This treatment for dark spots and dullness mimics laser therapy and promises a flawless, even complexion.
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Sheena Lim, 31, stay-at-home mum “It’s non-sticky but moisturising enough. My face did feel a little tighter after applying it, and my skin looked slightly more radiant, although I’m not sure if it’s a temporary effect.”
Dhaniah Suhana, 29, student “It absorbs really well and my skin feels smoother and hydrated. I didn’t notice a significant fading of my dark spots and freckles, but overall, my skin became brighter and more glowy.”
Nimrta Kaur Sandhu, 30, senior executive “I use it quite diligently morning and evening but haven’t noticed any difference. It does feel nice to put on and is absorbed easily.”
Teo Ling Nah, 34, teacher “It has a light texture and leaves a dewy finish. It also locked in moisture for more than 12 hours with makeup on, and my skin texture was improved and brightened as well.”
Elfarina binte Mohammed Zaid, 35, company director “The serum smells nice, and left my face feeling fresh yet non-sticky after a few seconds. My dark spots look lighter too.”
Seah Choon Ying, 36, underwriter “My complexion looks more radiant, and my skin feels smoother and softer. After one month’s use, I noticed that my skin tone looks more even and feels more hydrated.”
WHAT Shiseido White Lucent Microtargeting Spot Corrector, $155 (30ml), $200 (50ml)
THE SCIENCE You’d usually go to your dermatologist or aesthetic physician for laser therapy to treat pigmentation. But while lasers can help lighten dark patches on the skin, it only works on larger areas, and not on the scattered, less pigmented spots across the face. These scattered spots are what cause the skin to lack clarity and look uneven.
Shiseido’s intensive brightening serum fills the gap. It treats the tiny, undefined spots on the skin in two ways. First, by helping the skin to respond the same way as after laser therapy – by optimising turnover so that skin cells containing melanin are “pushed” to the surface and eventually sloughed off as dead skin to reveal a radiant complexion – but without the damage and scabbing of a laser treatment.
The second method uses sakura blossoms, said to suppress the signals given out by UV-exposed skin cells to produce melanin, preventing more spots from forming.
HOW TO USE After cleansing and toning, dispense one or two pumps onto your palms and smooth onto skin, then follow with moisturiser. You can also use it before and after brightening cosmetic procedures.