It's incredible what modern science is capable of producing in the modern skin care market. Truly, what once had to be accepted as a negative can be healed or diminished with little effort, and moderate investment. I'm speaking mainly, of course, about hyper-pigmentation and skin brightening creams. Hyper-pigmentation teaches us that the sun, weather, and aging is very damaging to our skin, creating dark spots, blemishes, and uneven pigment all along our skin. These changes are not able to be healed naturally by your skin alone, and no amount of scrubbing or tanning can return the even tone of your complexion without some smart science. Let us educate you a little with the science of skin brightening creams, the tools for which many people are utilizing to reverse these negative signs. Think you should be excited?
So, the question is, Will Fair and Lovely live up to its name? Or is there an ugly truth hiding behind the pretty package?
Many years ago a clinical scientist was working diligently at Unilever's research center in Mumbai, India. This scientist was studying the effects of vitamin B3 and its effects on the skin, and was the first to ask the question no one had even thought to ask before: If less Vitamin B3 within the body could lead to negative pigmentation in the skin. Extensive research would give him the answer. It was proven that Vitamin B3 could indeed lighten the skin. From there he would go on to create Fair & Lovely, the world’s first safe and effective skin lightening product. Today, at the heart of Fair and Lovely's scientific technology is Unilever’s synergistic combination of Niacinamide and triple UVA+UVB sunscreens (which give broad spectrum UV protection). Said to be powerful and effective, Fair and Lovely is marketed through its own website – where the manufacturer offers potential customers a skin analysis and more information on Fair and Lovely. The price for this product varies greatly depending on which retailer you choose to purchase from.
Fair and Lovely is a well established product, and has been around since early 1970. Though their website is sometimes hard to navigate, Fair and Lovely offer several customer reviews and video testimonials that showcase customers results. One of their largest praise worthy notes for the product is its smooth application that doesn't leave their skin feeling greasy – as well as the fact that there are little to no side effects when using it.
Oddly enough, Fair and Lovely is not available for purchase from its own website, and can only be purchased through third party retailers. This causes the price to vary greatly, depending on where you look. Added to that are shipping fees that further increase the bottom line of what you'll pay. The video reviews for Fair and Lovely do not come with english translations, making it difficult to understand. Finally, Fair and Lovely does not seem to have been put through any scientific or clinical studies that prove its effectiveness.
The known ingredients in this product can be found to the right.
water, palmitic acid and stearic acid, niacinamide, glycerin, cetearyl ethylhexanoate and isopropyl myristate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, hydroxystearic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, tocopheryl acetate, allantoin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, cetyl alcohol, dimethicone, titanium dioxide and aluminium hydroxide and stearic acid, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, potassium hydroxide, titanium dioxide and dimethicone, disodium EDTA, CI 77491, isopropyl titanium triisostearate, triethoxysilylethyl, polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, CI 15510, CI 17200, perfume
Fair and Lovely is a well known skin brightening agent overseas. In the west, however, it seems lost in translation. Offering customer reviews and testimonials – some even in video form, we were eager to learn more about the product and its results. What we found was that you could not purchase Fair and Lovely from the site, even though it's the main source for information regarding the product. Sold through third party sellers, the price for Fair and Lovely ranges from cheap to expensive, and rarely in between. While we'd like to give Fair and White a sporting chance at earning more and more western reviewers and customers, our neutrality has to be spent by recommending you avoid this product. Without clinical or scientific studies to prove its effects, we're not certain of the safety measures employed by Fair and Lovely, or how its formulation may effect you.