Nature’s Essence Personal Care – Lacto Bleach (Remedy for Tan removal)
Okay, let me start by saying that this product is THE most effective tan clearing product I have ever seen but I’m not going to recommend this product to anyone. Why? Because this product is so effective that it’s scary. Read on and you’ll understand.
Being in Chennai at the height of summer, sunscreen often fails its purpose. I sometimes forget to reapply after the prescribed 3 hour gap and I have been known to skip it altogether on occasions (Sins against my skin I know :(). I tanned like crazy and since I don’t trust Chennai beauticians to do anything but take my money, I wanted to find a home face pack which could help with the tan. A few inquiries with my Delhi beautician produced a recommendation – Nature’s Essence Lacto Bleach/ Lacto Tan Clear. Surprisingly, I found this product almost instantly when I looked through a local beauty store. Considering that it’s an unheard of brand (to me at least), I’d expected to have to go to greater effort for it. I also found some other products by this brand in the same store and after reading the ingredients (All natural!!!) I couldn’t resist adding a couple more of them to my loot.
The Key Ingredients mentioned on the pack are Milk, Honey and Lavender Oil. It costs Rs. 60 for a 40 gm pack. The outer packaging is quite nice – a yellow, white, grey and silver box with the instructions for usage clearly given.
When you open the box, the container packaging leaves a little to be desired. It’s a cheap looking white plastic tub (I hate tubs) with a screw off cap and a little plastic press down cap inside. This put me off a bit but I don’t usually pay much attention to the aesthetics of the packaging as long as the product works for me. The packaging makes it quite messy to use the product though. I need to scoop out the product with a spoon and then use a brush to put it on my face. They so badly need to make the packaging a little bit easier to use.
The pack itself is a white cream that spreads quite smoothly on the skin. It has a slight generic drugstore rosewater-ish odor which I didn’t even notice when I had the pack on. It takes about a teaspoonful to cover my face and neck completely.
As per the instructions, I spread a layer of the cream on my face and left it on for 15 minutes. I felt a slight prickly sensation on my cheeks but it was not really an irritant. After 15 minutes, I wet my fingers and massaged it gently as recommended and then washed it off.
When I washed off the pack, the skin on my face had lightened about 2 shades in 15 minutes. My dark spots had lightened too and my skin tone had evened out. My skin felt a little dry after using this and required a moisturizer but I have dry skin on my cheeks anyway. A little spritz of rosewater mixed with glycerin took care of it beautifully. I might have noticed such a marked change because I was quite badly tanned from my normal skin tone and others who are less tanned might notice a less immediate and dramatic effect. I was hoping to show you guys before and after pictures but I’m dead wary now about reusing it on my face and somehow this anti-tan effect doesn’t work on my arms, maybe because the skin is thicker than the facial skin.
Now we come to my problem with this product. There is NO way milk, honey and lavender oil did that. There has to be something else in that cream to produce this much change in my skin colour and I’m afraid of the kind of damage such a potent chemical can do. The ingredient list on the box is not exhaustive (No percentages given for one thing). The main active ingredient has to be something else. It might well be something herbal and harmless but we can’t know for sure that it’s not some horrible chemical that will cause our skin to bubble and peel like a zombie in a horror movie. I know I’m being a little paranoid but this is my only skin and I have to live with it for the rest of my life. A little paranoia is a good thing, don’t you think?
- Clears up tan amazingly well.
- Hasn’t broken me out yet and it’s been a week since I used it.
- Price – Rs. 60 for 40 gm (One tub should last for 2 – 3 months with weekly usage)
- Might have a dangerous and potent unknown chemical in it.
- Ingredient list is not exhaustive.
- Tub packaging –unhygienic and messy.
So now you can understand my ambivalence towards this product. On one hand, it does everything it claims to do and more. And on the other hand, I’m scared of the toll my skin might have to pay for this seeming miracle. My beautician assures me that she uses this regularly on herself and it has not caused any ill effects so far. She has beautiful skin, so I must agree with that but I still don’t know if I will use this again.
What do you guys think? Has anyone else used this? Have you had any problems with it? Is it safe?
I don’t really want to give up on this product because this is the single most effective product I have ever found. It’s tempting to use it because it is so very effective but the thought of all the nasty things that could happen scare me. If any of you out there have any answers… please do let me know.