Belo Intensive Whitening Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid Bar
Bought from: Sampleroom
Right after I heard Belo's launching a new soap--which is, by the way, quite interesting with all the claims to be whitening but non-drying--I told myself that I should give that a try. I am not really into lightening my complexion right now but I am after making it more even toned. When Sample Room had this on their list, I immediately spent my points to get myself a bar together with the Belo Intensive Whitening Body Cream which, I think, is best when paired up. Anyway, in this blog post, I will be sharing my thoughts about this soap, it's pros and cons and everything in between! Keep on reading!
BELO’s most intensive whitening bar yet that boasts of the unique combination of today’s two most powerful whitening actives. (1) Kojic Acid: An organic compound that effectively inhibits the production of tyrosinase and melanin, giving skin a visibly lighter appearance. (2) Tranexamic Acid: A peptide proven to inhibit inflammation and melanin formation. It is ideal for stubborn dark spots that do not respond to other skin lightening ingredients.
Since this is a glycerin-based soap, it's not as opaque as other bars. It's kinda jelly-looking and is tinted orange (due to Kojic) and a bit sticky when you try to smoothe your fingers to it. Surprisingly, this soap does not melt easily on soap dishes but you might want to cut them in tiny bars before use to prolong its life, which I did so this lasted me for more than two weeks.
I am using the soap twice a day, twice per bath time to ensure accuracy of review. I usually let it sit on my skin for more or less 10 minutes and see for myself how much drying it can be (of if it won't dry it at all which is impossible, of course, for water can also suck out skin's moisture alone).
The soap does not lather very much when applied so you really have to apply a few more times when you are cleaning your skin. Unlike other Kojic soaps, this does feels a bit less drying and won't irritate the skin. Sometimes, when I leave Kojic Acid Soaps on my skin over time, it gives me the wrinkled and taut skin and worse, itchiness and irritation happen. However, since this soap does not lather much on the skin, I feel like it does not do much in cleansing away all day's dirt and oil accumulated on it. With this, I still prefer the old Kojic Soap from Belo which lathers well enough to give me a squeaky clean feeling. Anyway, you can restore moisture by applying excessive amount of lotion afterwards. Still, I wouldn't ignore the fact that this soap is best for face usage because it feels very gentle on skin and won't contribute to parched pelts and breakouts.
Considering the tiny size of this bar, I wouldn't have high expectations in terms of its lightening capabilities. However, it is effective in exfoliating the skin and bring out a brighter and even more radiant complexion and works better when paired with other Belo products.
Overall, I would say that this soap is not bad at all, but is less effective than the old Belo Intensive Whitening Bar from Belo in terms of whitening the skin. However, if you have dry skin but still want to dry soaps that are Kojic Acid-based, then you might want to give this a try without the risk of getting excessive flaking of skin or dryness. This is safe to use whatever skin type you have and in my experience, didn't break me out.
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