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A potent and effective tone treatment for age spots, sun spots, and uneven skin tone (hyper-pigmentation) arising from sun damage. With Kojic Acid, and Alpha-arbutin.

May be used with very mild peels of 5% concentration. Do not use this cream with peels above 10% strength.

Ideal for:

  • Melasma dark patches usually arising during pregnancy or can result after taking oral contraceptives or HRT Chloasma (as above).
  • Hyper-pigmentation -skin discolouration, blemishes, or darkened patches usually arising from inflammation (sun damage etc).
  • Blemishes resulting from acne outbreaks.
  • Freckles, blemishes arising from over exposure to sunlight.
  • Age spots sometimes known as liver spots due to their colour.

Kojic acid: is primarily used in cosmetics for its skin lightening effect. It acts as an inhibitor of tyrosinase, which is responsible for the formation of melanin - the skin colouring agent in skin. Kojic acid also reduces existing melanin in the skin thereby assisting in the depigmentation of the skin. Kojic acid successfully reduces age spots and pigmentation on face and body, typically caused by sun damage. Kojic acid is also known to have an anti-microbial effect.


Alpha-arbutin: a natural skin lightening agent derived from the bearberry shrub. It works by blocking tyrosinase activity in the skin, so reducing the formation of melanin. Detailed and extensive research has shown that the agent Arbutin sends a signal to melanocytes cells telling them there is sufficient melanin already produced. This results in the melanocytes turning off production of the melanin producing cells. It also protect the skin against damage caused by free radicals. Arbutin is very popular in Asian and Japan for it's skin lightening properties. Other properties of arbutin include its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It has a non irritating, non toxic effect on the skin and can help with conditions such as such as freckles, liver spots and hyperpigmented areas of the skin.

How Effective-Tone works: Hyper-pigmentation and blemishes are usually caused by some form of trauma to the skin - sun damage, acne, eczema etc. When the skin is damaged or traumatised it responds by creating melanin as a protection measure. Melanin is the protective pigment in all our skin. The creation of melanin is not always uniform and thus localised patches of skin with excess melanin can appear. Blemish reduction creams do not work by bleaching or lightening the pigmented areas. They work by suppressing the amount of melanin created by the skin. Our skin is replaced (depending on your age) every 4 to 12 weeks. As the layers of skin are shed and replaced by new layers the skin attempts to duplicate as precisely as possible the layer of skin that is to be shed. Have you ever wondered why even childhood scars stay even though the skin has been replaced many many times? Its because the skin has re-created the scar in every layer of skin that it has since generated. It's the same with blemishes. The skin will even recreate the patches of uneven melanin. This cream intervenes to prevent the skin from creating too much melanin so, as the uppermost layer of skin is shed, the skin does not duplicate quite as precisely the same patches of over-pigmented skin that are being replaced. It will take one complete skin cycle to see the results as the uppermost layer of skin will need to be replaced by a new, less pigmented. layer.

Please Note - This is not a skin lightening / bleaching cream. It will not lighten the skin beyond its genetically pre-determined colour, but will help to improve the overall look given time. If you use this product without sun protection, it simply will not work as effect. Please use our sunscreen Aftercare Lotion SPF15.

Active Ingredients: Water, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil, Glycerine, C10-18 Triglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-6 Palmitate/ Succinate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Betaine, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil.Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diacetyl Boldine, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrolised Jojoba Esters Gluconolactone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance

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