SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex is a lightweight facial cream that consists of a blend of powerful antioxidants, vitamins, peptides, and collagen that are proven time and again to help brighten skin and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.
At US$125 per 2 oz. bottle, is there anything extraordinary about this product that makes it stand out from your average daily moisturizer and skin lightening cream?
The SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex promises to improve your skin tone, blot out skin discolorations, and promote youthful, radiant skin. Positive results become visible in at least four to 12 weeks of regular, continued use.
Lytera does not contain hydroquinone, an active skin lightening ingredient that continues to be the gold standard in improving the appearance of blemishes and dark spots but, the safety of use of which has become questionable. Despite lacking hydroquinone, SkinMedica claims that the results of the formulation used for Lytera is comparable with the results that can be achieved with 4% hydroquinone. SkinMedica claims that the formulation is gentle enough to suit all skin types.
SkinMedica has been in the business of developing advanced formulations for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging care for over 10 years. In 2013, the company was acquired by Allergan, a pharmaceutical drug maker that has become even more popular when it marketed Botox as a wrinkle treatment, and Latisse as an eyelash growth enhancer.
SkinMedica skincare products are made from a combination of essential skin vitamins and a patented formulation termed TNS. TNS consists of a combination of growth factors, soluble collagen, antioxidants, and matrix proteins. Product development undergoes intensive R&D.
SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex is made with the following ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Polyacrylate-13, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tetrapeptide-30, Hexylresorcinol, 4-Ethoxybenzaldehyde, Retinol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ethyl Linoleate, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Tocopherol, Squalane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Phytic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.
The vitamins, antioxidants, peptides, collagen, and retinol found in Lytera work together to help your skin fight signs of skin aging. These ingredients have been proven, time and again, to result to visible improvements in uneven skin tone and dark spots.
Pros of Lytera
Other than its ability to treat skin discoloration, the retinol and antioxidants found in Lytera helps the skin fight wrinkles and other signs of skin aging. Studies also support product claim that peptides help inhibit skin discoloration caused by overproduction of melanin.
Lytera does not contain hydroquinone, the safety of which for use in personal care products is in question due to its potential of being carcinogenic. Lytera also does not contain parabens which are often used as preservatives in skincare products.
Cons of Lytera
US$125 for just a 2 oz. bottle is a hefty price to pay for skincare, most especially when most other ingredients found in Lytera can be obtained from your average skin lightening cream.
Lytera also does not contain any UVA and UVB protection, which means you must pay for a separate bottle of sunscreen.
Customers are divided in their views regarding the effectiveness of Lytera in brightening skin and lightening skin discoloration. Some product users apply Lytera only on occasion but claim that dark spots, particularly those caused by acne marks, lighten up. Some customers claim to have not experienced any noticeable improvements in their skin discoloration issues.
Expert opinion points out that Lytera’s claims have scientific foundations and that the product is likely to deliver on its claims.
How Does Lytera Work?
The niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and retinol found in Lytera has been clinically and scientifically proven to help improve the appearance of uneven skin tones and other skin discoloration issues. Vitamins also act as powerful antioxidants that help protect skin from further damage.
Are There Any Side Effects?
There are no known side effects in using Lytera although, there is possibility for skin irritations and allergies because it contains fragrance. If you have special conditions, pregnant or lactating, it will be best to consult with your physician before using Lytera.
How To Apply It?
After thoroughly cleansing and toning your skin, apply generously on face, neck, and decollete. Recommended for use morning and evening but make sure to put on sunscreen during daytime use.
Product contents may become reactive with heat and exposure to direct sunlight. Keep your bottle of Lytera in a cool, dry place. Refrain from using this product if you’re planning pregnancy, are pregnant or, lactating.
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