Jul 092012
 

Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Concentrate Continuous Action TXC  ($195/1.7 oz.) is a daily brightening skincare serum. It is said to “deliver a high intensity of the TXC™ molecule, while Pearl Protein Extract visibly corrects skin’s dullness and moisturizes.” TXC™ is the first active brightening ingredient registered in Japan as a quasi-drug by a Western company — has a distinctive structure that delivers continuous action for 12 hours. According to Chanel, it’s use will make skin to become brighter and more radiant, as dark spots diminish and the complexion appears more even.

Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Complex applies as a white-clear serum, and absorbs quickly. I’ve been using this for about four weeks, together with Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester 15 and near-constant sun protection. These added elements are important.  Vitamin C repairs. Although some skin generates darks spots without sun exposure, many dark spots will come out stimulated by sun exposure.  In my opinion, if you don’t have adequate sun protection while using any dark spot corrective treatment, you are throwing your money away.

I’ve been pleased with this product cocktail–I’ve found significant lightening of the dark areas of my skin. Of course, I don’t know how much of this is attributable to each product separately, but this combination has been effective. Ingredients (click to enlarge) for the Chanel:

Of course, the Chanel serum is not inexpensive. If you are looking for a lower cost solution, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution ($49.50/1.0 oz.) is a less expensive alternative. Note that the Chanel has 1.7 ounces, the Kiehl’s has 1.0 ounce of product.

I had been using Kiehl’s for a few weeks before my Chanel arrived, and I had been seeing good results with the product. According to Kiehls, this product contained “Activated C”– an ingredient that is fast acting at evening skin tone and breaking apart existing dark spots and discolorations.  Also, Kiehls Clearly Corrective contains botanical ingredients, such as White Birch to enhance clarity and luminosity as well as Peony to help prevent future dark spots and discolorations. Here’s Kiehl’s chart:

Here is an ingredient list for the Kiehls (click to enlarge):

As far as a comparison between Chanel and Kiehls, it’s very hard to scientifically compare them with just myself as the test subject. There are very few reviews of the Chanel around. I was able to get samples of the Chanel at a local counter (probably enough for one to two weeks, not a full twelve week treatment round).  I’d suggest that you try to get samples of either or both, as availability allows, before investing, to test them on your own individual skin.

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