gloBrightening Serum Overview
Dark spots and discolorations on your skin have many causes. Sun damage, freckles, old acne marks, melasma (hormonal issues due to birth control and/or pregnancy), or just plain age. Whatever the cause, they interfere with that smooth, flawless canvas we all want, so they simply must go. To that end, you can find hundreds of products that make promises about smooth, even, radiant skin tones. But finding one that actually does what it should is a lot harder than you might think. We’ve looked at several, and still haven’t found the holy grail.
Today’s contender is gloBrightening Serum. It’s from gloTherapeutics (the skincare line by gloMinerals makeup), and it claims to target discolorations with a full spectrum attack, leaving you with a smooth, fresh, glowing complexion. Now just to be clear, this is what they all promise. So it’s our job to look past the promises to find the truth. The first place we look is the formula.
At first glance, you can see right away that gloBrightening Serum doesn’t mess around. When it says full spectrum, it means it. This stuff contains several components specifically designated for lightening dark spots and discoloration.
- Tyrostat which naturally inhibits tyrosinase which is the chemical reaction in skin that takes melanin and turns it into dark spots and patches.
- Lumiskin which comes from the bark from a tree in Chile. It also inhibits tyrosinase.
- L-Arbutin which is known as the natural alternative to hydroquinone (the most widely used skin lightening agent).
- Azelaic Acid, derived from grain and yeast which helps normalize irregular cell growth, it also serves as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
- Licorice Root Extract which is also and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that inhibits the effect of the sun on skin.
- Mulberry Bark and Bearberry Extracts which brighten skin
- Lactic and Glycolic Acids which are exfoliants to remove outer skin layers, so the newer, lighter skin shows through, and skin appears smooth and fresh.
You can apply gloBrightening Serum to just the spots or all over your face. The instruction recommend once or twice daily use.
gloBrightening Serum Pros and Cons
Advantages of gloBrightening Serum
- The gloBrightening Serum reviews we’ve found have been favorable, though there aren’t very many out there.
- It’s got several ingredients that have been shown to lighten skin and provide anti-aging benefits.
Disadvantages of gloBrightening Serum
- There isn’t a lot of feedback available online to help us determine if it truly is effective.
- The formula contains a lot of Witch Hazel and Alcohol, which are both drying and damaging to skin.
Where to Buy
There are several online sources for gloBrightening Serum, including the gloTherapeutics website. The 1 ounce pump sells for approximately $42.
If you have dry skin, I’d definitely stay away from gloBrightening Serum, as it would likely make that condition worse because of the alcohol and witch hazel. Our more oily skin friends may have better luck, but these ingredients really aren’t good for anyone’s skin. We were really hopeful that this skin lightener may be the one. Unfortunately, gloBrightening Serum isn’t.