This is Hydroxatone’s dark spot correcting product, but as it turns out it doesn’t contain anything that’s really capable of making the slightest difference in brown skin discolorations, other than a cosmetic difference. The base formula is best for normal to dry skin, but you’re most likely not considering Luminique for its moisturizing capabilities!
The company maintains that their Lumisphere blend is proven to fade freckles, dark spots, and other discolorations; however, if such proof exists, it isn’t published or available for public scrutiny. That means you have to take Hydroxatone’s word for it, and that is something we are reluctant to do.
As it turns out, Lumisphere is a trade name for a blend of ingredients that includes titanium dioxide, emollient thickeners, a film-forming agent, and an ingredient known as diacetyl boldine. None of these ingredients in the Lumisphere blend have research proving they’re effective skin-ingredients—and none are preferred to the gold standards of sunscreen, hydroquinone, certain forms of vitamin C, or arbutin.
Please refer to our list of the Best Skin-Brightening Products for examples of products that stand a very good chance of improving your discolorations, not just covering them up.
This advanced skin-brightening formula features Lumisphere, an ingredient proven to fade freckles, dark spots and discolorations for a more-even, uniform complexion.
Weaknesses: Expensive; several products contain irritating ingredients that hurt skin's healing process and ability to produce healthy collagen; jar packaging causes the antioxidants and other key ingredients to break down; over-the-top claims not supported by published research.
Hydroxatone is a mail-order company that sells various anti-wrinkle and anti-aging products, all at fairly high prices. You need to know that these products are absolutely not worth your attention, let alone your beauty dollars. It's not that they don't contain some great ingredients, but almost every formula has its share of problems that make investing in this line the wrong way to go (especially if your concern is wrinkles or discolorations).
The key ingredients Hydroxatone touts are peptides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are used industry-wide, so you're not getting anything special or unique with Hydroxatone. What's particularly frustrating is that the company makes a much bigger deal about their "special" ingredients then is deserved. For example, the peptides don't work like Botox, the hyaluronic acid won't replace the need for dermal fillers, and their claim that these products contain the most effective anti-wrinkle ingredients isn't supported by published research. Even the "clinical studies" Hydroxatone mentions are meaningless, especially since they weren't done double-blind and the results were not compared with other products (that, in most cases, would likely work even better).
For more information about Hydroxatone, call 1-800-672-2259 or visit www.hydroxatone.com.
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