A fairly new product in the skin lightening segment is RevPlex Skin Lightening Serum. In this review we will examine this product in order to find out, does RevPlex really work? It’s the tones that make the music. In cosmetics it’s not different. It’s the ingredients that matter. Let’s take a look at RevPlex Skin Lightening Serum’s most important active ingredients.
- Bearberry Leaf Extract – Is commonly used as an astringent in cosmetics and skin care products. It is also used as a lightening agent to fade freckles or skin discoloration which may be caused by sun damage or hormonal conditions. As a lightening agent, bearberry extract is thought to increase cell turnover rate, by causing the shedding of old skin cells, which do not reflect light as smoothly as newer cells and which make the skin look dull. Hydroquinone and arbutin are the two active components of bearberry extract thought responsible for its ability to reduce skin pigmentation. Both are reported to have reported to have melanin-inhibiting properties (melanin is the pigment that determines skin color). Bearberry is available in liquid, tablet or tea bag form (Wisegeeks, 2012).
- Arbutin – As one of the active ingredients in bearberry, arbutin is used in skin lightening treatments designed for long term and regular use.
- Licorice root – Glycyrrhiza glabra or the licorice root has been used for millennia as a flavoring agent and for its medicinal properties. The active ingredients include isoprenoid phenols, one of which is the compound known as glabrene. Glabrene is the agent in this plant that may serve as a skin lightening agent. Glabrene has significant inhibitory effects on melanogenisis, inhibiting enzymes in this process (Saxena, Sanjai, March 25, 2005). Other compounds in licorice root that can serve as skin lightening agents include isoliquiritigenin, glycyrrhisoflavone, and glyasperin (Xing-Hua Gao, MDa, Li Zhang, MDa, Huachen Wei, MDb, Hong-Duo Chen, MDa, 2008).
- Saxifraga sarmentosa Extract – An in-depth Google search revealed that Saxifraga sarmentosa extract is used in many cosmetics applications, with claims that it acts as a skin whitening agent. However, a search of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) PubMed Central medical literature database reveals there are no writings in the medical literature to support any medicinal claims for this plant or its extracts.
- Salicylic Acid Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid used topically as an acne treatment and skin peeling agent. As a skin peeling agent, it gently penetrates and exfoliates the upper layers of the skin’s surface. Once these upper layers of skin have been removed, newer, lighter-colored skin can grow in their place. Salicylic acid has also been shown to be effective at lightening skin and reversing sun damage. Salicylic acid can be combined with other skin lightening agents in mild and medium-depth peels to lighten skin and treat hyperpigmentation problems like melasma or sun spots. Salicylic acid is well-tolerated by those with darker complexions, and can also be used to treat scars (Salicylic.com, September 1, 2010).
- Vitamin C Vitamin C is important for proper skin health. It is vital to the synthesis of collagen in the skin repair process and in the maintenance of healthy skin tissue. As a skin lightening agent, Vitamin C acts as a melanin inhibitor to help produce lighter colored skin (YahooAnswers, (2012).
Looking at Ingredients vs the Formula
Not only should there be effective ingredients in a product but they should also be present in sufficient concentrations to be effective. Apart from that, the combination of certain ingredients, the formula should be effective. Often, cosmetic companies claim to have clinically proven products, but in reality they may be referring to using clinically proven ingredients rather than a clinically proven formula. There is a crucial difference between the two as some ingredients can become diluted when introduced to the formula. The only way to know for sure if a product works is to test the formula as a whole, instead of basing assumptions on third-party, anecdotal evidence from specific ingredients.
Revplex™ products have been clinically and independently proven to help improve one’s overall appearance. Additionally, our products have also been approved by a Dermatologist during clinical trials in order to confirm that our products are safe to use including on sensitive skin.
RevPlex Skin Lightening Serum is claimed to help fade; moles, freckles, hyperpigmentation, age spots, sun spots, intimate areas, and dark underarms.
66% experienced a reduction in the appearance of age spots after 4 weeks and 77% experienced a reduction in in the appearance of age spots after just 8 weeks
For more info, visit the official RevPlex website: Revplex Store – Skin Lightening Sub Page
More info on the ingredients
- Bearberry is a member of the Manzanita family and is found in the northern latitudes, along with higher altitude locations further south. Bearberry has historically been used for its medicinal properties. It contains the glycoside arbutin, which has anti-microbial properties and can be used as a diuretic (“Arctostaphylos uva-ursi,” 2012). Hydroquinone is the other active ingredient in bearberry. Bearberry extract is made from the leaves of the bearberry plant.
- Saxifraga sarmentosa, also botanically referred to as S. stolonifera, has many common names, including Strawberry Begonia. It is a perennial flowering plant native to Asia, which has also been naturalized in several places of the world through introduction. According to the Plants for a Future database, this plant has medicinal properties, to include being antibacterial, antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), depurative (cleansing agent), febrifuge (anti-fever), and suppurative (anti-pus). A poultice can be made for treatment of boils and abscesses, poisonous snakebites, otitis media, acute attacks of convulsions and haematemesis (Plants for a Future, 2012).