Name: Bearberry Brightening Moisturizer
From Laviol Organic’s website:
Certified Organic Bearberry Brightening Moisturiser is a light moisturiser providing excellent hydration. It is formulated with organic Bearberry and Mulberry to help reduce the signs of skin dullness, discolouration and lighten age spots and freckles.
What I liked:
- thin, but not runny, lightweight texture
- makes skin soft and smooth
- has antioxidant properties
- temporarily brightens skin
- may help reduce discolouration and age spots
- pleasant fresh scent
- hygienic packaging
What I didn’t like:
- not moisturizing enough for those with dry skin
- it’s unclear if the amount of skin-lighteners in this product is powerful enough to work properly
- the price
Although I haven’t jumped on the organic beauty craze bandwagon (nor I will in the future as I believe there are simply good and bad products, regardless of the origin of their ingredients), I enjoy trying a few natural products every now and then. So, when a few months ago (yes, this review is looong overdue), my friend Tine sent me a sample bottle of the Bearberry Brightening Moisturizer by Laviol, an organic Australian brand, that promises to help brighten skin dullness, discolouration and lighten age spots, I was intrigued.
It’s not easy to formulate a product that effectively treats those issues, and can it be done using only natural extracts? The short answer is maybe. For the long one, you’ll have to keep reading. The brightening moisturizer, which comes in a bottle with a hygienic pump, has a very thin, lightweight, but not runny consistency that spreads easily on the skin and sinks in immediately. However, this also means that it’s not very moisturizing.
While it makes my t-zone soft and smooth for hours, my dry cheeks need a richer lotion, especially during the cold winter months. It is also not that good at keeping oil production under control as, after a couple of hours, shiny patches start to show up on my forehead and nose. Because of this, the formula is better suited to those with normal to slightly combination skin that’s neither too oily nor too dry. But what about its brightening properties, I hear you ask?
Laviol claims they are due to the Bearberry and Mulberry extracts. While research on the latter is very scant, there is some evidence that Bearberry can inhibit melanin production thanks to two of its components: Hydroquinone, one of the most famous and used skin-lighteners in skincare products, and arbutin. Mulberry contains arbutin too, which is why the claim it helps brighten skin comes from. However, neither of these two ingredients are used in very high concentrations, so it’s hard to say whether they actually work.
This brightening moisturizer also contains a third skin-lightening agent, which is used in a higher dose: Liquorice Concentrate. Liquorice roots contains compounds that interrupt the stimulation of an enzyme that activates the production of melanin, which means it can help with discolouration and age spots. I don’t suffer from these problems, so I can’t tell how you how well this moisturizer works at reducing them, but I noticed that, after application, my skin looked brighter. This brightening effect, however, was only temporary.
Both Liquorice and Bearberry extract, just like Green Tea, have antioxidant properties too so, with regular use, they can help to prevent the premature appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. In addition, the moisturizer didn’t make me break out, which is something I always dread whenever I try a new skincare product. However, I didn’t see any drastic improvement during the period in which I used this moisturizer. Overall, this is a nice moisturizer for those with normal to combination skin with hyperpigmentation problems looking for a natural alternative. However, a product with Hydroquinone or Kojic Acid would very likely treat these conditions faster and more effectively.
Green Tea Concentrate, Shea Nut Beeswax, Kelp Concentrate, Liquorice Concentrate, Aloe vera Concentrate, Helianthus Natural Oil*,Bearberry Concentrate, Jojoba Seed Natural Oil, Butter Monostearate, Vegetable Glycerine,Glyceryl Sorbitan and Cetearyl Honey, Olivate Natural Oil, ,Rose Hip Orange Concentrates, Bergamot Essential Oil, Guar Gum*, Mulberry Root Concentrate Powder, Natural Tocopherols. *certified organic
Available at: laviol.com.au
Laviol Organic Bearberry Brightening Moisturizer is a thin, lightweight moisturizer with antioxidant properties that sinks immediately into the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. However, it’s not moisturizing enough for those with dry skin. The moisturizer also claims to help reduce discolouration and age spots and, while it contain natural extracts with skin-lightening properties, it’s unclear whether they are used in a high enough concentration to work their best. Although I don’t suffer from hyperpigmentation, I noticed a brightening effect after application that, however, only lasted a few hours.