There are a whole bunch of products out there which claim to brighten and lighten our complexions. In fact there is a billion pound industry built on the perception that fair is beautiful.
While many condone this, the truth is that most people strive for a brighter complexion. For example, for my wedding makeup, I was offered an option of skintones, I could be white, natural, or bronze. I shrugged these options off in favour of my own complexion, only brighter with a hint of golden (I was an Asian bride, after all).
Anyway, my point is, that while ‘whitening products’ are the reserve of Asians, brightening products are universal, Caucasian women also wish to have an even, illuminated skintone.
One such product which promises the former but delivers the latter is Hello Glow’s Whitening Face Polish, which I recently trialled.
When you think of a whitening product, you think of Fair and Lovely, or those dodgy creams you see in the Asian grocers. I wouldn’t touch any of these with a barge pole. However, what caught my interest with Hello Glow Whitening Face Polish was that it used only 100% natural ingredients.
Ingredients of Hello Glow Whitening Face Polish
The all-natural list gave me the confidence that I wasn’t bleaching my face within an inch of its life. Plus being an advocate of homemade beauty, it was the kind of thing I’d usually put on my skin.
Hello Glow Whitening Face Polish comes in a very cute little package and pays homage to its all natural, homemade-esque feel.
The packaging is akin to Lush’s products, basic branding that looks like some mummy-entrepreneur could have made it themselves.
The polish itself looks like washing powder, feels like washing powder and smells a bit of coconut.
The small grains smooth on nicely, and after massaging a small amount onto the face for 30 seconds, as advised, you’re left with a smooth canvass and dry skin has been polished away. Not that I’ve ever done this, but I imagine Hello Glow has a similar effect as microdermabrasion, as the grains are so fine.
One word of caution regarding Hello Glow would be not to exceed the recommended 30 seconds on the skin. One night, I thought I’d leave the product on my skin while I brushed my
teeth for two minutes. But my skin felt tight and hot, as though it was stinging. Once I rinsed away, my skin was fine, if not a little red. So don’t be a dumb-ass like me and follow the instructions! On that note, I would perhaps say that it might be harsh for very sensitive skintones, and the natural powders do deliver a tough sloughing action.
After trying it day and night for a few days, I did find that my skin felt smoother and looked brighter. I don’t think it whitened the skin per se, but I think instead it had a better offering. I looked like me, only brighter. For me, this is a much more appealing prospect.
Hello Glow’s Whitening Facial Polish costs £10, which I think is good value for money. I once got tricked into buying one of Murad’s brightening cleansers, which did bugger all and cost £30. In my mind, this delivers a better result at a lower cost.
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