Summer is my favourite season of the year. The hot temperatures and clear skies bring us out of our cozy dens to swim in the crystalline waters of the ocean, gather for barbeques in a friend’s back garden or lie on the grass to stargaze with that precious someone in the middle of the night. But, as pleasant as it is to feel the sun’s warm kiss on your skin, it is a well-known fact that its ultraviolet radiation often leaves an unwanted and lingering mark of its presence in the form of dark spots.
Preventing them from making an unannounced appearance on my skin while still making the most of what the summer season has to offer is a top priority for me, which is why I double my skin-brightening efforts during this time of the year. One of the secret weapons I employ most often is The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Whitening Essence, a natural essence infused with powerful brightening and moisturizing vitamins and botanical extracts.
Chief among them is niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 that reduces the appearance of dark spots. Niacinamide works by inhibiting the transfer of melanosomes (the cells that produce melanin) to the keratinocytes at the epidermal level. Melanin is the pigment that gives your spots their dark colour so, by preventing it from making its way to the surface of your skin, it effectively reduces them. On top of it, niacinamide hydrates your skin, soothes any irritations and fights acne. Licorice is another brightening extract that does double duty: not only it fades dark spots away, but its antioxidant properties fight free radicals before they can leave unwanted marks, such as fine lines and wrinkles, on your skin.
But, the most unusual ingredient in this essence must be harakeke extract. Derived from the New Zealand native flax, harakeke extract has been used by the Maori people for its powerful moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties for centuries. The extract from the red blooms of this plant is rich in fatty acids, such as oleic acid and linoleic acid, that deeply moisturize skin, repair its broken protective barrier and impart softness and plumpness to the complexion. Like this weren’t enough, harakake is a source of phytosterols, a group of substances known for their ability to soothe irritated skin – the Maoris use it to relieve the itchiness that often plagues dry skin.
I use this essence both in the morning and at night after toning. Immediately, my skin receives a burst of moisture that keeps it soft and hydrated for hours. As an added bonus, all this hydration also plumps up my skin, making my fine lines look smaller. Since I’ve started using it, I’ve also noticed my complexion looks brighter and has no dark spots. I will keep using it all summer long to make sure it stays this flawless!
Summary: The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Whitening Essence deeply hydrates the skin, soothes irritation and fades the appearance of dark spots.
Claims: The moisturizing whitening essence makes dull skin tone look bright and clear while moisturizing skin from deep within.
Ingredients: Phormium Tenax Extract, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glycereth-26, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, PEG-32, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, C14-22 Alcohols, Chlorphenesin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Methoxy PEG-18, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Perfume, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Glucoside , Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Honey, Calendula Officinalis Flower Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
Where to buy: Glamour Flare