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Bio-essence Tanaka White

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I’m so tan, what for I need whitening products?? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t need to be a Snow White and I’m proud and happy with my “so-called-tan” skin tone. But why is there still a need for whitening products?

Although my skin tone is quite tan, but if you notice in my previous post (showing me without make-up), I have uneven skin tone and some small freckles. The freckles doesn’t really cause a huge concern, but since I received this sample from Bio-essence, why not?

What causes uneven skin tone?

> Sun exposure: When skin is repeatedly exposed to UV light (sunlight), sun damage occurs. Brown spot appears as a results of too much melanin being produced to help protect skin from UV light.
> Hormones: Melasma is hormone-related hyperpigmentation caused by increased hormone stimulation. It is most commonly experienced by women who are pregnant (which is why it’s also known as the “mask of pregnancy”) or taking contraceptives, but can also be a reaction to cosmetics or medications.
> Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation:  This is a darkening of skin that’s the result of scarring, which can be caused by acne lesions or skin injury.

What causes freckles?
Freckles are thought to develop as a result of a combination of genetic tendency (inheritance) and sun exposure.

By knowing what causes uneven skin tone and freckles, you can know the importance of applying sun block products before you go out!

2 products received from Bio-essence

> Tanaka White 4x intensive white serum
> Tanaka White double whitening day cream SPF20

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Short intro about Tanaka White
Bio-essence launch its Tanaka White series in 2008, as a basic whitening range to combat initial signs of aging like dull complexion and to prevent the occurrence of dark and age spots to maintain skin fairness

> Tanaka White 4x Intensive White Serum
Is a improved and specially formulated with premium alpha-arbutin which is 9x more powerful than beta-arbutin.

Ok what is Arbutin?
Arbutin is normally found in most of the whitening products in the market. Is actually extracted from bearberry plants and helps to brighten dull and yellowish skin, is a great natural whitening agent that is known for eliminating pigmentation and improving overall skin complexion. It also helps maintain skin’s fairness by preventing the formation of melanin and protects skin against harmful UV rays!

> Tanaka White Double Whitening Cream

The Double Whitening Day Cream comes with SPF 20, Tanaka Extract and Tranexamic Acid to help suppress excessive production of melanin, protects skin from harmful sunlight and repairs skin for instant fairness from within so that skin glows with crystal clear luminosity. Regain bright and naturally fair skin as it helps repair damaged cells and encourage cell renewal.

Product testing time!!


Close up of the freckles / before and after use of the products (1 week test)
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The change is not very drastic but I’m surprise that my freckles do lighten a bit! Both photos are taken in the same place and under the same lighting.
Readers who are concern on pigmentation and freckles you may consider trying this products, since is quite affordable, wouldn’t burn your pocket! But do take note, my freckles is not very very obvious and not in serious conditions, so the results is quite positive.

Whitening Serum 30mls S$45.80
Double Whitening Cream SPF20 50g S$29.80
Products can be purchase from Watsons, SASA, Major Supermarkets, Gurdian, NTUC Fairprice…

As usual, I always recommend to try sample products first and see if you like it before buying it!!
‘Like’ Bio-essence Facebook page and get a sample HERE!


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