Spoiler alert: The majority of drug store pigmentation solutions are rubbish. (There, I said it!) Many of them feel adding the teensiest dash of melanin-inhibiting niacinimide to the mix justifies a skin-tone evening claim which often just isn’t enough. Noreva’s Trio White Night-Time Intensive Depigmenting Care (R339,99, Clicks and selected dermatologists), however, takes a multi-pronged approach and its actives are listed towards the top of their ingredients lists, not the bottom.
For the record, Noreva do that annoying thing where they lump their ingredients in complexes and give them awkward names like Reductol and Vita C2G, none of which can be easily googled. However, if I look at the ingredients on the box, I can see it contains nice quantities of alpha-arbutin and ascorbyl glucoside, a form of vitamin C that’s more stable and powerful than many of the other types. (The whole stability thing doesn’t mean it’s less prone to a psychotic break, only that it’s less likely to break down when exposed to light and air and can thus work for longer in your skin.)
But to get back to alpha-arbutin. This is a very safe form of naturally occurring hydroquinone derived from Bearberry leaves. Of the two arbutins out there – alpha and beta – alpha is your baby as it’s been clinically proven to inhibit melanin production and is the much more stable of the two. As for ascorbyl glucoside, this is a great antioxidant that can also help inhibit the formation of melanin while assisting with your skin’s natural collagen creation process.
Noreva have a day time treatment in this line but the night-time formulation is far superior. Also, there’s nothing stopping you from using it in the day. Just slap on a sunscreen and off you go. The texture is great – a gel-creme that’s light enough to not to encourage the oilies in anyone with a combination skin type.