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How To Lighten Skin with VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants+ Treatment Exfoliating Toner

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How to lighten skin

I often receive questions asking for my recommendations and tips on how to lighten skin discoloration. Now there’s an almost underground side to skin care focusing on asian (south, east and west) and black skin where lighter and brighter is more desirable (in the same way a tan is more desirable in western countries).

Illegal skin care and dangerous lies

There are many treatments out there that are either dangerous and illegal, or others that promise the earth and delivery zilch, often accompanied by a hefty price tag.

Fair & Lovely

The biggest blaggers on the market are brands such as Fair & Lovely, a skin lightening cream offering temporary brightening tints with plenty SPF. Products with an SPF can technically be called lightening as they help prevent darkening of the skin by shielding against the sun.

Banned in the UK

Skin whitening can only be achieved by shutting off the colour producing cells (melanocytes) and this used to only possible in the UK with prescription-only treatments such as Hydroquinone, causing severe skin irritation and life-long sensitivity.

Hydroquinone in particular is now banned in the UK and the FDA are also considering the same. Mercury is also a common ingredient found in many illegal skin brightening agents and is unquestionably toxic on the skin.

In short, avoid these products at all costs. There are also some treatments on the market using a laser to lighten skin – again, their efficacy is not clear.

So how can I brighten my skin?

You can do a huge amount to brighten the skin and improve its radiance which can ultimately cause the skin to appear whiter (don’t like using that descriptive but it’s what so many of you look for) and lighter.

Exfoliate

The focus of this post (and in-depth below) is the VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants+ Treatment Toner, a powerful yet gentle chemical exfoliant that breaks down the bonds of dead skin cells, increasing their uniformity thus allowing them to better reflect light, giving the effect of brighter skin. Ta-Dah!

Vitamin C

This has been used by many brands (including VMV Hypoallergenics) to achieve a fabulous skin lightening effect by working as a powerful antioxidant that simultaneously helps control surface pigmentation.

The trick is to make sure the Vitamin C doesn’t oxidise but many brands have found a way to encapsulate the ingredient, preventing spoilage.

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

Yes, I used to work for the brand but this isn’t biased nor am I being paid to say this. From working with clients all those years ago to reading other’s review it online, this product works. Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, with continual use, lightens the skin, reduces dark spots/hyperpigmentation and unifies the skin tone; read my review of it here.

VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants+ Treatment

On to the main event and my first VMV Hypoallergenic products review. With so many serums and moisturisers out there, it was such a surprise to see a toner targeting skin brightening and lightening; particularly one that’s hypoallergenic and formulated with such high quality ingredients.

What it is and what it does

I think calling it a toner is a bit weak as toners, in my honest opinion, are nothing but fragranced flim-flam designed to remove excess cleanser (that is irrelevant unless you’re using a really crappy cleanser).

So now we’re calling it an exfoliator and not a toner, I can tell you that VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants+ Treatment is designed to remove surface dead skin cells whilst conditioning and hydrating the skin, brightening and lightening in the process.

How it works

Some people don’t like alcohol based exfoliators (such as the hugely popular Clinique Clarifying Lotion etc) but some, including me, do. However, I find that twice-daily use of them is far too much and that a few times a week is plenty.

So yes, it contains denatured alcohol as its base ingredient but it is blended with water as the second ingredient; it’s there to help loosen dead skin cells whilst removing excess surface oil.

Hydration

Third on the list is fabulously hydrating glycerin so as the alcohol can potentially dry the skin, this is immediately counteracted by the moisturising properties of the glycerin

Blend of 7 bizarre botanical extracts

Then there’s mallow extract, cowslip, lady’s mantle, speedwell, lemon balm, yarrow and green tea.

To cut a long story short, this blend of essential oils and unusual plant extracts help to break down the bonds of dead skin cells; calm the skin and work as effective antioxidants to protect the skin from oxidational and environmental damage.

Does it work?

I often joke about how I have commonly east-asian skin care concerns; I have combination/oily skin, prone to outbreaks and I love being as light, bright and white as possible (simply because my skin doesn’t tan) and my ears always prick up during conversations on how to lighten skin.

With the VMV Hypoallergenics Toner I haven’t found that my skin looks any lighter, but 100% I noticed an improvement in brightness and radiance; my skin glows! Unlike many other toners and astringents my skin didn’t feel dehydrated a few hours later but rather felt comforted and retained its brightness.

My easily clogged pores (particularly on my nose) seem reduced in size and clearer and not that I’m dirty by any means, but everything just seems cleaner and more refined.

Where can I buy VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants+ Treatment Toner?

VMV Hypoallergenics products are available in the UK exclusively from Beauty Bay and the VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants+ Treatment Exfoliating Toner is available here for £54.50/125ml with free delivery; they’re currently low on stock so grab yours whilst you can

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Harvey Specter
Posted at 15:30 January 26, 2015
Tom
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Late to the party – but just recently we have seen some good results using the Concentré Anti-Taches by Guinot. It seems particularly effective on hands…thought it was worth a mention.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 14:30 January 26, 2015
Tom
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Late to the party – but just recently we have seen some good results using the Concentré Anti-Taches by Guinot. It seems particularly effective on hands…thought it was worth a mention.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 13:19 October 25, 2014
Thom Watson
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They’re a really promising brand that’s already well established in the US but would be great to see here more in the UK. As far as Clinique’s Even Better serum, it’s definitely worth investing in if you have any concerns of hyperpigmentation and brightness/even skin tone.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 21:26 October 24, 2014
Mr. Wharff
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Thanks for introducing this intriguing brand Thom! I’ve always hesitated purchasing Cliniques Dark Spot Corrector – maybe I should just try it!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 13:19 October 25, 2014
    Thom Watson
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    They’re a really promising brand that’s already well established in the US but would be great to see here more in the UK. As far as Clinique’s Even Better serum, it’s definitely worth investing in if you have any concerns of hyperpigmentation and brightness/even skin tone.

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