With that versatility in mind, it’s no surprise that SkinCeuticals, which is known for its science-driven skincare product portfolio, would put it to work. Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment offers 3% Azelaic Acid, along with 2% Alpha-Arbutin (a known brightening agent) and 5.75% Phyto Botanical Blend (to combat dullness). This strategic combo allows the formula to brighten, smooth the skin, and clarifies congested skin in one step.
With the products in hand, I started using it twice a day, replacing it with my usual vitamin C. It’s the same mint green shade as the bottle says, and I was surprised to find that the texture had more weight than the average face serum – on the contrary, it was more of a gel light. I applied it after cleansing and before moisturizing, and it spread well on my skin, absorbing quickly and evenly.
I don’t know if it’s the season, my hormones, or just a passing chance, but my skin has been relatively clear for a week or two now, so it’s hard to say if all the credit belongs to this serum. (On the other hand, it didn’t cause any rashes either. I guess no news is good news.)
However, my dark spots seem to be fading faster than usual. And I’ve noticed the biggest improvement in the texture of my skin, which is so smooth and soft, it’s almost in baby territory. The errant bumps and tiny clogs I’m prone to – the kind that never come to mind and are therefore impossible to get rid of – have apparently disappeared.
What I find compelling is that instead of relying on the usual vigils, the treatment takes a multifactorial approach to a similar multifactorial problem. Consequently, the SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment was convincing enough in its payoff that I kept it in my routine and saw what it offers in the long run – and also told everyone about it.