As a woman of colour, my number one skin concern is hyperpigmentation – the overproduction of melanin in the skin.
Darker skin is more prone to pigmentation due to increased level of melanin in our skin. A number of factors can cause an increase in melanin production, the main ones includes sun exposure, hormonal changes and skin injuries like cuts, burns and acne.
During my teens and early twenties I suffered from severe acne and unfortunately I was always picking at my spots. This led to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – skin trauma caused by acne, eczema, psoriasis, cuts or burns. Essentially during the healing process the skin overcompensates by increasing the production of melanin and my skin was left darkened with acne scars.
I’m a huge fan of PHB Ethical Beauty and I’ve been putting their new ‘Skin Brightening Bio-gel‘ to the test.
Harness the healing power of Aloe Vera & Beautiful Botanicals and fall in love with your skin once again…
PHB Ethical Beauty – Skin Brightener Bio-Gel (50ml | £25)
This brightening Bio-Gel blends the finest quality organic Aloe Vera with Neroli, Immortelle & Licorice in a radiance boosting and regenerative formula. Rich in essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that help brighten dark areas and target discolouration for glowing, even skin.
Aloe Vera has long been revered for its skin healing benefits. It has been used for centuries as a natural treatment for a variety of skin ailments including eczema, psoriasis, acne, burns and even wounds.
Aloe Vera contains a high number of active components including vitamins, minerals and fatty acids which are essential for healing, repairing and improving skin’s appearance.
Handmade with love | For all skin types, dark spots & uneven skin tone | Safe to use during pregnancy | Suitable for all genders | Recommended for ages 3+.
- Aloe Vera: Cools & soothes skin. Improves hydration barrier, reduces discolouration
- Neroli: Targets dark spots and dullness
- Immortelle: Powerful regenerative properties for brighter and more even skin
- Licorice: Targets melanin production, helps reduce & prevent the appearance of pigmentation
Aqua (Water), Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) leaf extract**, Vegetable glycerin**, Sclerotium Gum, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice), Biosaccharide Gum-1, Xanthan gum, Coco-caprylate, Propandiol & Salix alba, Citrus aurantium (Neroli)*, Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange)*, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citrus parasidii (Grapefruit)*, Helichrysum italicum (Immortelle)*, Benzyl alcohol, Vetiveria zizaniodes (Vetiver)*, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla)*, Citrus aurantium amara (Petitgrain)*, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang)*. †Limonene, †Linalool, †Citral, †Geraniol, †Citronelloll, †Benzyl Salicylate, †Benzyl Benzoate, †Farnesol, †Cinnamyl Alcohol, †Benzyl cinnamate.
Let me start off by mentioning the gorgeous eco-friendly packaging. The FSC Certified outer box and glass bottles are 100% recyclable. The pump and cap however are not recyclable.
The glass airless pump bottle makes it easy to dispense the product.
I’ve been using this gel for a few weeks in my morning and evening routine. The gel has a thin consistency and is easy to apply. A little goes a long way, I just need 1-2 pumps. I rub the gel between my palms, taking a moment to inhale and enjoy the beautiful refreshing and uplifting scent before massaging into my skin.
The divine scent of this product comes from the precious Neroli flower oil, which is believed to encourage feelings of confidence, strength, courage, joy and peace. We’ve combined this delicate floral with refreshing Grapefruit Immortelle essential oils to awaken & enliven your skin and senses. Rounded off with grounding Vetivert and restorative Petitgrain, chosen to re-energise your spirit and also calm your mind.
It absorbs well and doesn’t leave any sticky or greasy residue. Now I’ve noticed my skin is brighter and smoother. I wasn’t expecting my acne scars to suddenly fade overnight but I’m hoping with continued use it will even out my skin tone and I’ll see some improvement with my hyperpigmentation.
Have you tried PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Brightener Bio-gel?
Disclosure: Product chosen as part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Program. As always I give honest and unbiased reviews of products I receive. This post contains affiliate links.