I had heard my cousin rave about Neutrogena Fine Fairness Essence for so long, that I just had to try it out. But wherever I went, I was told that this product was out of stock. I kept hunting for it every time I went shopping though. Somehow, the more this eluded me, the more I was convinced, that this was the dream cream for me. An SA told me that Neutrogena was revamping their products in India and it would take at least a month before I could get hold of this one. I gave her my number and asked her to call me whenever she had it. She eventually called, and I was happy to go and get it home.
What Neutrogena Fine Fairness Essence Claims: Visibly reduces the appearance of sunspot and lightens overall complexion. A breakthrough formula, with ‘smart’ whitening mechanism is clinically proven to provide:
- Fairer and more even toned complexion
- Visibly more delicate and luminous texture
Price: Rs. 645 (Indian Rupees)for 30 ml. Ouch!
How to use Neutrogena Fine Fairness Essence: Apply daily after cleansing and toning. You may experience a mild tingling or redness. This is normal and temporary.
Special Ingredients: Retinol and Vitamin C
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A known to combat signs of aging such as age spots, skin dullness, fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is also known to be against skin aging and useful in skin rejuvenation.
Neutrogena Fine Fairness Essence, is a light yellow colored cream, well, not really a cream. It’s not thick and creamy like a cream, and neither is it a liquid. It’s something in between a cream and a lotion. I don’t know how else to put this. It’s lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin. It is easy to spread and very little is required to cover your entire face and neck. I couldn’t detect any distinct smell, so I guess this is not perfumed at all, which I like. I do not prefer heavily perfumed creams as they tend to irritate my skin. It smells more like a prescription ointment. It comes in a hygienic, easy to use tube.
In the initial days off use, I had a mild stinging sensation on my face. But the pack instructions do mention this might happen and that it is normal and temporary. So I ignored it, and the stinging stopped in a few days time. As the days passed, I could see my skin looked brighter. A kind of well rested look. It definitely added some glow to my skin and my skin tone seemed more even. My skin was also a lot smoother and fresh looking. All credit to the Vitamin C, I guess.
This formula makes my skin a wee bit shiny, as in oily. I don’t know the reason for this, as retinol is actually known to cause dryness. Come to think of it, this formula is not greasy as soon as you apply it. But the next morning, I could see some shine on my face. Every time I start to use a new product, I immediately start praying that I don’t see any of those dreaded zits the next morning. I however had no breakouts even after a fortnight of using this fairness essence. It not only did not break me out, I had a feeling this was the reason I wasn’t getting any new ones. I get one or two occasional pimples around that time of the month and this time I didn’t. I also noticed that it faded one or two tiny marks from a few zits I previously had. So far so good. I believe this might work well for those with pigmentation on their skin.
In my opinion this would work fine for most complexions. For those with dry skin, it may further dry the skin as it contains Retinol. This product however does not seem to contain a dose of retinol high enough to cause too much irritation or flaking. This maybe a good idea to use if you want to prepare your skin for a higher dose of retinol later on. People with dry skin, however, would not find it moisturizing enough and would still have to use a moisturizer along with this. I needed a moisturizer around my mouth and cheeks as I have combination skin.
Also I only use this cream in the night as it contains retinol which makes the skin prone to sunburns and tanning. Sunscreen is a must. All in all I would say this was not bad at. Although it lives up to its claims of a more even skin tone and reducing spots, and yes, also a more luminous texture, it did nothing much for me with regard to the fairness even after continued use. This is not for you, if you are looking for a whitening product.
Will I buy this again? Maybe or maybe not. I am confused on this one. This did not render much fairness, but is good as an overall night cream, until my skin gets used to the retinol and I can switch to a stronger concentration. On second thoughts, maybe I was not completely satisfied with this product because I had very high expectations to begin with. Also because this is a bit pricey, I would like to explore other retinol products in the market before I settle for this one.
STOP PRESS: I did a small post on Divija’s blog called “What’s in my Bag?”. Damn! I am going in a hiding now.