Product Review: Kahina Giving Beauty Brightening Serum
When I was in the 5th grade, my then best friend and I wrote a poem together about our freckles.
We both had them, we both hated them, so we did what any normal school kids would do: We got together after school and wrote a rhyme about trying to scrub them out with some soap and a washcloth. (Spoiler alert: Didn’t work.)
People who say freckles are cute are usually in the enviable position of not having them. That said, now that I’m a grown up and I know better than to fight what nature gave me, I’ve kind of learned to love them. July rolls around and whoa, whoa, whoa: I look like the most Irish girl you’ve ever met. That can be kind of fun. But as any woman with freckles knows, they can be a bit of a pain when it comes to color-matching and looking kind of bright and glowy.
Not that I’ve been inclined to do anything about it. I would obviously never use mercury-contaminated hydroquinone on my face. But when Kahina’s Brightening Serum popped up in my mailbox, I was so excited.
Here was a product full of natural actives—antioxidant green tea, seaweed, white lilly, argan oil—that could possibly correct hyperpigmentation and fade sun damage from a brand I trust more than almost any brand in our category. Here was a product not promising to scrub out my freckles as I’d wanted to do as a preadolescent but to simply…brighten and even my skin. Who doesn’t want that?
So I took the bait, and it worked.
I’ve been using the serum for about five weeks, twice a day. It’s not drying or irritating to my high-reactive skin. And while I loved it right away, the results were more retiring. But about three or four weeks in I could say with confidence: This s*#t works.
My freckles aren’t gone, and thank god (see above). But my skin is noticeably more even, the freckles under my eyes have faded, and the overall look and feel of my skin is improved. The color of my skin is more even from forehead to chin. Taken together these feel like signs that I’m not making it up.
Gosh, Kahina. You’ve done it again.
Now before you go out and buy it, which you should, freckles or not, wait for our deal tomorrow. (!!!)
And in the meantime: Have you ever tried a skin-evening cream or something for hyperpigmentation? And do you, like me, my childhood bestie Simone, and Anne of Green Gables, have freckles?
Ingredients: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, water/aqua/eau, argania spinosa (argan) oil*, undaria pinnatifida extract, lactobacillus ferment, glycerin*, pancratium maritimum extract, oryza sativa (rice) seed extract*, spirulina platensis (algae) extract*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter*, sodium hyaluronate, diglycerin, pinus pinaster, cetearyl glucoside, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil*, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil, tanacetum annuum flower oil*, vanillosmopsis erythropappa (bisabolol) wood oil, boswellia carterii (frankincense) resin extract, maltodextrin, mentha spicata (spearmint) leaf extract, sclerotium gum hydrogenated lecithin, p-anisic acid, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, xanthan gum