I have been testing the Arbonne RE9 Advanced Brightening Skin Care line – I recently wrote about the Brightening Cleansing Foam and Toner, the first two steps toward getting bright and glowy skin. Today I have my thoughts about three other products – the Brightening Serum, the Brightening Protective Cream, and the Brightening Night Cream.samples
The new RE9 Advanced Brightening Serum ($65.00) is a lightweight serum that is meant to even out skin tone give skin radiance. Over the years I have developed issues with hyperpigmentation and uneven tone so I’m always looking for a boost in this area. Like all of the products in the brightening range, the Brightening Serum features Arbonne’s proprietary SakuraBright Complex, which is called the ‘Arbonne Advantage’ and is a blend of brightening ingredients that over time will brighten skin, increase luminosity, and lighten dark spots. The ingredients are interesting and definitely help to even skin tone:
Cherry blossom extract promotes the appearance of skin radiance with hydration
Ascorbyl glucoside, a stabilized form of Vitamin C, brightens to help temporarily diminish the appearance of dark spots, improve the appearance of skin tone and revitalize the look of skin’s radiance
Licorice root extract hydrates, leaving skin with a vibrant, healthy-looking, natural glow
Cucumber, watercress, and red clover extracts moisturize to soothe the skin
Beet root extract delivers hydration to the skin
I definitely think that this serum works, especially when you use it along with the other products that have similar ingredients. This serum has a scent that is noticeable, however – it smells of roses, and while the cleanser and toner had a similar scent it was lighter. The serum’s fragrance is stronger, so if fragrance bothers you this would not be the product for you.
For daytime moisturization, the new RE9 Advanced Brightening Protective Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen ($66.00) is a great way to get radiant skin while also protecting it from UVA/UVB rays. This is a mineral sunscreen that features botanicals to increase radiance. It’s a rather thick cream and you don’t need much of it. In fact, if you use too much it’s tough to blend in and you can end up with a white cast because of the zinc oxide, so be sure to use it sparingly – helps it last longer and makes it a better value, too! The main ingredients include:
Zinc oxide, a non-Nano, mineral sunscreen agent, offers broad spectrum SPF protection
Japanese pagoda tree flower extract, a botanical with antioxidant properties, helps improve skin’s moisture barrier to help dull, tired-looking skin look refreshed and glowing
Stabilized vitamin C helps support collagen through moisturization to improve the look of skin texture and tone
Olive squalane, containing omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, replenishes the skin’s natural lipid barrier to support moisturization for smooth, healthy-looking skin
I like this daytime moisturizer a lot. It’s actually quite soothing to skin and very hydrating. Again, it has that darn fragrance – and roses just aren’t my favorite. Wish Arbonne would cut that out.
For night, the new RE9 Advanced Brightening Night Cream ($88.00) is what your skin needs to take full advantage of beauty sleep. It fights fine lines and with the SakuraBright Complex it also brightens and evens out skin tone. I find this one has an almost cooling effect when applied. The texture is thick and is almost pudding-like. It doesn’t have as much fragrance, thank goodness. It feels great on – it’s very hydrating and makes skin feel silky and supple. Major ingredients include:
Brightening Serum Ingredient List: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Hexylresorcinol, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Sodium Stearate, Polyacrylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Prunus Lannesiana Flower Extract, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Sodium Metabisulfite, Dextrin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Malic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Triethyl Citrate, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene.
Brightening Protective Cream Ingredient List: Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 4.95%Inactive Ingredients: water, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, glycerin, isononyl isononanoate, saccharide isomerate, steareth-21, squalane, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP copolymer, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone, steareth-2, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, hydrolyzed ceratonia siliqua seed extract, laminaria digitata extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, sophora japonica flower extract, tripleurospermum maritimum extract, malachite extract, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, dehydroxanthan gum, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, menthol, adenosine, sodium hyaluronate, polyglyceryl-3 laurate, sorbitan oleate, sorbitan isostearate, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, triethoxycaprylylsilane, polysorbate 60, propanediol, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, sodium citrate, citric acid, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid.
Brightening Night Cream Ingredient List: Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Pentylene Glycol, Dipentaerythrityl Tri Polyhydroxystearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Triethyl Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Ethyl Linoleate, Lecithin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyglycerin-3, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Prunus Lannesiana Flower Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Betula Alba Leaf Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Sodium PCA, Squalane, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylresorcinol, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Mixed Tocopherols, Dextrin, Phytic Acid, Malic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool.
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