Ishizawa Laboratories Toumei Shirohada White Pack — Review

This product was a total surprise for me; I didn’t know what to expect when I first used it. The only thing I knew was that it’s supposed to lighten up my complexion, but I didn’t know how exactly it would do it. 

The two, active ingredients of the formula are tranexamic acid and liquorice root extract. Both fantastically cope with hyperpigmentation and facial reddening. The product includes a host of emollients and plant extracts that provide hydration and antioxidants. One of them is worth mentioning – soy milk ferment, which contains probiotics and improves an uneven skin tone. One more of the main brightening ingredients in the formula is titanium dioxide. The product is fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types. 

This Pack offers dual brightening effect; one is instantaneous the other comes with frequent use. This bouncy gel-cream contains a copious amount of titanium dioxide, which stays on skin after washing off the product and mimics a fair-looking complexion, just like mineral sunscreens do. When I first used this Pack, I was confused because it left a white film I hadn’t expected. It created an excellent base for a Geisha-style type of makeup. But the Pack has more brightening capability, thanks to tranexamic acid and liquorice root extract. These two ingredients were the reason why I bought the product. Last year, I used this Pack regularly twice a week for some time, and it helped to even out my skin tone. Naturally, I used other ingredients in my daily routine, like ascorbic acid, azelaic acid, and niacinamide. After using the mask frequently, I could notice the difference it’d made. However, about two or three months of using the product, I gave up on the Pack, as the whole application process was exceedingly tedious. It takes more than one cleansing to wash off the residues. I understand that such products are popular in Asia, but why wouldn’t someone use mineral sunscreen instead? It seems more sensible to me. 

Overall, it’s an odd product. It helps to brighten skin, and I would recommend incorporating it into an elaborate skin-brightening routine to get the best results. However, I am on the fence about this one. It has the right formula to tackle hyperpigmentation issues, but the taxing procedure of removing the Pack makes me dislike it. If you are into products that offer residual brightening effect by glueing particles to your face or enjoy over-cleansing your face, then go for it. But if you’re like me, then get a tranexamic acid serum (or moisturiser) to reduce hyperpigmentation in a straightforward fashion.  

Ingredients: COSDNA – the ingredients are not listed in a descending order. 

You can get the Toumei Shirohada White Pack from Yesstyle.com [aff] and Amazon JP [aff]. 

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