[Local] Review: Wardah Lightening Facial Serum

?????????????I just bought my third box of Wardah Lightening Facial Serum, so obviously this is a good one. It’s a box of 5 ampoules, each 5ml, and is marketed as containing Vitamin B3 to help brighten skin. Each of the ampoules has a twist cap opening, and the liquid content is a clear gel (not too runny) with a very faint floral scent.

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Wardah Lightening Facial Serum list of ingredients
Wardah Lightening Facial Serum list of ingredients

Niacinamide (or Vitamin B3) is the second ingredient after water in Wardah’s Lightening Facial Serum, and this was what caught my attention. Niacinamide is a very popular ingredient in products targeted for skin brightening or lightening, since it is touted to reduce wrinkles, hydrate, peel, AND help skin turnover at the same time, with many clinical trials and scientific research to prove the claims. You can read a bit more here, here or here, and googling will result in many more info about this ingredient.

Not only that, Glycerin and Aloe are also high in the ingredient list, and both are hydrating substances. Tocopheryl Acetate or Vitamin E, and Sodium Hyaluronate, another hydrating ingredient, are also present at relatively smaller amounts (but potentially still of sufficient quantities to be effective, as the list is relatively short). Housing the Serum in small ampoules is also a smart move as it reduces contact with oxygen (therefore slowing the breakdown/degradation of the ingredients).

Each ampoule of 5ml is sufficient for 4-5 applications in my experience – I use this liberally to coat my face, neck and upper chest. I use this only at night, after a thorough cleansing of my face, and the Serum is followed by a basic moisturizer to ‘seal in’ the hydration (I like St Ive’s Collagen Elastin Moisturizer). Even without the additional moisturizer, this Serum alone is hydrating enough for my oily facial skin, but I put on moisturizer on top since my neck and chest area can always use it.

So, great ingredients and packaging – but what about performance? Indeed, I see the brightening impact even after the second use! After the use of one ampoule (4-5 consecutive nights), I see significant brightening and overall evening out of skin tone.

I never use more than one ampoule continuously, preferring to switch around what I use to get the most benefits from different skincare ingredients. I usually take a few weeks before opening and using the next ampoule. So a box can last me at least 3 months. At a price of Rp54,000 for 25ml (less than US$5, and it is often on sale), this product is obviously a winner. Highly recommended and I applaud Wardah for making a good product (using internationally proven effective ingredient) at a price that everyone can afford!

Burt’s Bees Serums, Creams and Lotions: a Comparison

I almost forgot I once did this nifty little table comparing various Burt’s Bees serums, creams and lotions, until someone asked for it today. Note this was done at least 2  years ago, so there might be changes in formulation. For example, the Radiance Lotion used to be SPF15, but is now SPF7 (though I notice the active ingredients are still the same percentage). I need to do a comprehensive review of all the products, but for now, I hope this is still helpful. My personal favorites are the Repair Serum (isn’t the ingredients list just beautiful?) and the Ageless Night Cream.

Burt’s Bees serums, creams and lotions comparison (in PDF, for a more satisfying visuals,  ha!)

Comparison
Repair Serum with Attar of Rose
Radiance Serum
Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum
Radiance Day Crème Radiance Night Cream Radiance Day Lotion SPF 15
Size 1oz/30 ml (serum) 0.45oz/13ml (serum) 0.5 oz/15ml (serum) 2 oz (crème) 2 oz (crème) 2 oz/60ml (lotion)
Price (per US web) $18 $18 $25 $18 $18 $18
Claim Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while supporting the renewal and restoration of your most delicate skin. Increase moisturization by 15% in only 2 weeks, while nourishing skin with 134 nutrients including vitamins A, C, D and K, minerals and 17 amino acids. In 4 weeks, you’ll notice your skin becoming more even toned. Target fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, mouth and forehead to fight skin-damaging free radicals and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by strengthening skin’s moisture barrier. Helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and renew your skin. Bee pollen in the formula helps skin maintain its essential moisture and restore its natural radiance Help renew and enhance skin’s natural radiance. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide broad spectrum protection to reflect the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays, which are associated with premature aging. Help renew and enhance skin’s natural radiance. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide broad spectrum protection to reflect the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays, which are associated with premature aging.
How to use Using the pad of your finger, apply in droplets around the eyes, lips and on any skin wrinkles and gently massage. Use daily after cleansing. Gently pat and smooth a small amount directly around your eyes, mouth and forehead. Use daily after cleansing. Gently pat and smooth a small amount directly on lines and wrinkles around your eyes, mouth and forehead. Gently smooth over your face and neck after cleansing each day for the simple radiance of beautiful skin. In the evening after cleansing and toning, smooth a small amount of cream over clean, toned face and throat, using gentle, upward strokes. Gently smooth over your face and neck after cleansing each day for radiant, sun-protected skin.
Ingredients rosa canina (rosehip) seed oil Water Rosa canina (rose hip) seed oil Water Water Active Ingredient: titanium diosice (2.55%); zinc oxide (3.0%)
 simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil  glycerin  simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil  sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil  prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil Inactive Ingredients
 lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil  alcohol denat  borago officinalis (borage) seed oil  glycerin  stearic acid Water
 tocopheryl acetate  royal jelly  corylus avellana (hazel) seed oil  ricinus communis (castor) seed oil  glycerin  helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
 oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil  glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract  oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil  stearic acid  tapioca starch  ricinus communis (castor) seed oil
 borago officinalis (borage) seed oil  glucose  tritium vulgare (wheat) germ oil  royal jelly  cholesterol  glycerin
 triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil  xanthan gum  calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract  kaolin  lecithin  cocos nucifera (coconut) oil
 corylus americana (hazelnut) seed oil  phenoxyethanol  camelia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract  fragrance  fragrance  sucrose distearate
 citrus aurantium dulcis (orange/neroli) flower oil  sodium chloride  helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil  prunus serotina (wild cherry) bark extract  royal jelly  royal jelly
 rosa damascena (rose) flower oil  glucose oxidase  citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) oil  pollen extract  helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil  sucrose stearate
 calendula officinalis flower extract  lactoperoxidase  rosa damascena (bulgarian rose) flower oil  mentha viridis (spearmint) extract  citrus medica limonum (lemon bioflavonoids) peel extract  acacia senegal gum
 camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract  caramel  punica granatum (pomegranate) oil  betula alba (birch) bark extract  equisetum hyemale (horsetail) extract  calendula officinalis flower extract
 beta-carotene  tocopherol  arctium lappa (burdock) root extract  humulus lupulus (hops) extract  hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract
 tocopherol  glycine soja (soybean) oil  aloe barbadensis leaf juice  rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract  hydrastis canadensis (golden seal) extract
 ascorbyl palmitate  vegetable oil  sucrose stearate  pinus strobus (pinetree) cone extract  xanthan gum
 retinyl palmitate  beta carotene  lecithin  beta-carotene  lecithin
 sucrose distearate  vegetable oil  citric acid
 sodium borate  sodium borate  fragrance
 xanthan gum  xanthan gum  chlorphenesin
 chlorophenesin  chlorphenesin  phenoxyethanol
 phenoxyethanol  phenoxyethanol