Similar to the older range, this is formulated in Asia and primarily targeted at East Asian consumers, who prize fair, unblemished skin. Unlike the previous series however, this range is based on the same theory as bestselling Advanced Night Repair, and aims to support and harness the skin's own Circadian rhythm to repair and resist environmental aggressors which can cause uneven pigmentation and dullness.
According to Lauder's research, the skin pigmentation process has a definite Circadian (day/night) rhythm, and a day of being assaulted by UV, pollution, and other triggers rmelanin production, which peaks at night. Over time, these discolorations accumulate and can be hard to treat.
Whether you're into a fair or a tan look, I believe we all want even-toned skin because aside from lines and sagging, that's one of the biggest indicators of aging. And because a lot of so-called "whitening" products on the market aren't actually lightening, but actually simply contain potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents to help prevent further sun damage and allow the skin to heal itself, they are actually very worthwhile investments - no matter whether you prefer a tan look or not. (Hence my preference for Advanced Night Repair Whitening serum - sadly discontinued - over the original. I always felt it worked better!)
I'm not going into too much of the pseudo-science lingo and names because things like Light Cycle QD Complex, Quasi-Drug Anti-Inflammatory agents, or SIRT-Technology mean nothing to most people and are meant to sound impressive and scientific, but I always found unnecessarily confusing. Technically, "Quasi-drug" means "not really a drug", so those 2 words pretty much cancel each other out.It doesn't mean I don't believe the line does what it says though. I've used a lot of Lauder's serums over the years, and they are one of the premium lines that has given me consistently good results. I'll just say ignore all the mambo-jambo and remember that this line contains a lot of powerful plant-based antioxidants and anti-irritants like Baicalin and Sea Fern extract, which can help reduce and prevent the inflammatory response in skin which triggers melanin overproduction.
It also contains Molasses extract, a proprietary extract which is supposed to target and break up accumulated pigmentation in the skin, and help the skin to even itself out.
But traditionally, no whitening line I've used has been that great at treating existing discoloration quickly enough to see a noticeable difference within a few months, so I wouldn't get your hopes up. I would see the line as a great way to maintain and prevent further discoloration, and to accelerate your skin's own repair abilities so that it evens itself out slowly.
The Crescent White Range consists of 7 products.
- Cleanser (SGD$58)
- Moisture Treatment Lotion (SGD$94)
- Spot Corrective Essence (SGD$168)
- Moisture Creme (SGD$114)
- UV Protector SPF50/PA++++ (SGD$86)
- BB Creme SPF50/PA++++ & Brightening Balm (SGD$92)
- Powder Makeup SPF25 (SGD$22 for compact / SGD$72 for powder refill)
But if you ask me what I'd focus on, here are my top recommendations from the line.
|Estee Lauder Full Cycle Brightening Moisture Treatment Lotion|
The Moisture Treatment Lotion is a gentle toning lotion which just feels so refreshing on the skin. This is meant as a skin-prep and softener to enhance the serum and moisturizer, but it also contains all the active ingredients in the line, and just feels (and smells) lovely to pat on.
I would actually suggest decanting this into a small spray bottle and bringing it out with you for a refreshing mist in the middle of the day.
|Estee Lauder Full Cycle Brightening Spot Correcting Essence|
The core product in any skin range is usually their serum or essence, because this tends to contain the highest concentration of active ingredients. If you like the whole concept behind the Full Cycle Brightening range but have to focus your budget a little, then I would probably check out the Essence first and foremost.
This is a very lightweight, non-siliconey feeling serum that sinks in and absorbs quickly. Great for all skin types, including the very oily.
|Estee Lauder Full Cycle Brightening BB Creme and Brightening Balm|
The BB creme itself is alright; the coverage is very light so it only evens out the skin but will not give you much coverage. But if that's all you need, and you like the glow the balm provides, then it's an ideal second layer of protection over your sunblock.
I do like the SPF50 UV Protector sun cream in the range as well. It's completely translucent and doesn't leave a cast or a film on the skin, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to those with oilier skins. I tend to stick with cheaper sunblocks on a daily basis, but if you are going to be out and exposed in the sun for awhile, I think it's always good to have a block which is souped up with extra antioxidants and anti-irritants, because no sunscreen gives you 100% protection, and this has a backup safety net of good stuff to help minimize problems when you can't avoid sun exposure.
And yes - I would layer both sunscreen and a BB creme with SPF, just for the safety net. It can be tempting to be lazy, but a typical layer of sunscreen or foundation is usually not thick enough for you to maximize the sun protection factor, so it's far better to have two layers (you're more likely to max out the SPF50 protection) than to rely on just one.