Fancl Whitening Essence
Continuing with my Fancl haul, the Whitening Essence in the Perfect Whitening Kit is the pièce de résistance as it is recommended to use this product prior to putting on the Whitening sheet mask, and then one would follow up with the Overnight Brightening Mask; in addition, the Essence is also safe to use for both day and night even on non-mask days — provided that proper sun care is in place in one’s routine.
As per my research, I love the fact that all of Fancl products are created with only essential ingredients beneficial to our skin and are free of additives like fragrance, alcohol, petroleum surfactants, mineral oil, parabens, and artificial colors. The brand also places a lot of emphasis on their products being gentle and safe and thus the reason why many of their products are deliberately packaged in small bottles as it would be enough for a 30-day supply to ensure freshness and all bottles come with fully sealed caps to be removed before use. Best of all, all skincare packages bear a manufacturing date, providing total transparency for consumers.
In regards to the product itself, the pump bottle is a great dispenser for the product and I like how there is a small grey back at the back of the bottle that changes colour when it’s almost empty. Being fragrance-free, the the Essence has a gel-like texture and it is easily and quickly absorbed upon application. I used this Essence diligently day and night on my entire face as opposed to a spot treatment, as well as in combination with the Whitening and Overnight Brightening masks; given that I have sensitive skin, I was and still am very wary about whitening/brightening products as there is a high chance of my skin turning red, raw and itchy if it’s too strong of a formula/has artificial fragrance/ just plain makes my skin unhappy. I am, however, very happy to report that up till now, my skin is still good to go with zero irritations or redness 🙂
With this in mind, I feel that this Essence works a little slower than what one would imagine with whitening/brightening products. For my skin’s sake, I’m completely okay with this kind of treatment process to go a little slower; I would rather have my skin gradually clear up and brighten up with a little extra help from treatments like this, rather than a relatively instantaneous peel that would most likely leave my skin a titch too red and raw. Just a titch 🙁 In terms of results, my skin looks brighter and clearer; my acne scars have lightened up quite a bit and I feel that it’s because I used the Essence in addition to the rest of the products in the Perfect Whitening Kit 🙂
All in all, I can see myself popping back out to Fancl for a second bottle once this one runs out as an ongoing skin brightener as opposed to a more…fast-acting, short-term treatment. <3