Today I will be reviewing the NUR76 Skin Lightening Cream. I appreciate skin lightening is a very controversial topic which is prevalent amongst people of south asian and black heritage. However, I want to make this clear from the beginning. My intention is not to make my skin ‘whiter’. In fact I am happy and very proud of my skin colour. My main focus is to do with tackling hyperpigmentation and the blemishes on my face. For those who follow me will know, I often complain how my skin does not have a uniform tone. For example, the skin around my mouth area has a darker tone compared to the rest of my face, and this is more obvious, especially during the summer months.
I was in search of a cream that would help me with the above. Not only was I looking for something that would make the skin tone uniform but also give some much needed brightness. Dare I say, there isn’t a shortage of skin lightening/brightening creams available. However, most are not safe and will actually damage the skin.
Upon doing some research and looking into many, I came across the Nur76 skin lightening cream. This product is very interesting and below I will talk about it in more detail.
I purchased the product online from Amazon. It is sold in various strengths and packages, i.e. extra strong formula or a set where you get the face cream along with body lotion and soap etc. However, I purchased the ‘basic original’ version. This is where you get 1 skin lightening serum (30ml) and 1 skin lightening moisturiser (30ml). At the time of writing this review it cost me £47.
Nur76 Serum: Bearberry Extract (Arbutin), Tyrosinase enzyme, Licorice Extract, Rosa Centifolia, Avocado Oil, Vitamin C.
Nur76 Cream: Grape Seed Oil, Bearberry Extract, Tyrosinase enzyme, White Willow Bark Extract, Alpha Tocopherol, Chamomile Extract, Licorice Extracts, Ceramide, Titanium Oxide, Aloe Vera.
It claims all the ingredients used are ‘natural’ and they have no side effects. It helps to reduce freckles, age spots, liver spots, uneven skin tones and other hyperpigmentation safely and naturally.
How to Apply:
You cleanse your face and pat dry. Then you first, gently apply and spread the serum. Use only a small amount and let it sit on your face for a couple of minutes. Be sure to focus on the affected areas. After that, you apply the lightening cream on top.
No Harsh Chemicals: The product doesn’t contain harsh chemicals which was pleasing to know. Many skin lightening products are notorious when it comes to this. For example, hydroquinone is one of the most common ingredient used as it works as a skin bleaching agent. Initially it may give ‘positive’ results. However, long term it will certainly damage the skin. Some of the common negative effects range from skin dryness, skin peeling to discolouration of skin. Nur76, have sensibly kept away from using this.
Good Ingredients: Most of the ingredients are plant based and are pretty impressive. For example, avocado oil is known to nourish and moisturise the skin. Vitamin C helps to brighten and reduce hyperpigmentation. While aloe vera helps to keep the skin hydrated and has anti ageing properties. These are just a few to mention. Also, I like the fact that only a small amount of ingredients have been used.
Smell: The serum has a cool ‘planty’ fragrance and isn’t overpowering. It is gentle but at the same time pleasant. The moisturiser has a sort of soft talcum powder smell to it. I wasn’t put off by its smell and found it to be pleasing to my senses. Generally, I’m not a fan of strong powerful scents when it comes to my moisturisers and serums. In most cases, artificial ingredients are used for this. With the Nur76 skin lightening cream and serum, I was happy with their approach of staying away from this.
Hyperpigmentation: My main reason for using this product was to deal with my hyperpigmentation. After using the product for at least a month, I did definitely see an improvement here. My skin tone did appear more uniform and some of the dark patches on my face did fade away. It also brightened my overall complexion.
Marks and Blemishes: I had a few marks and blemishes on my forehead and was very eager to see if this product would help. I can say, it did make them a little lighter but didn’t completely get rid of them. Though to be fair I had only been using the product for only a month and it did say, to see full results I would have to use for at least 3 months.
Price: The most obvious downside is the price. £47 is a lot of money for a skin lightening cream where you only get 30ml. Yes, you get the moisturiser and serum. However, in order to see results you are required to use both. On the website it did say if you use twice a day, the products should last 7 weeks. In my personal experience, I did use twice a day and it only lasted me around 6 weeks. This meant, if I followed the guideline of using it for at least 90 days, then I would have to spend another £47. Not to mention if I intend to maintain the results I would have to spend this amount every 6 weeks. There is also the ‘advanced’ formula – stronger version. Here, you get the serum (30ml), moisturiser (30ml) and a sun protector (30ml). This will cost you a whopping £97!
Texture: The serum was really nice. I had no issues when applying on to my skin. However, I found the texture of the moisturiser a little too heavy for my liking. My skin is normal to dry and most moisturisers I use work pretty well. With this one it was not the case. It felt ‘weighty’ and when I tried to spread it, it took an effort to cover the surface of my face.
‘White Coat’: Once the cream was on, it didn’t give that ‘natural’ look. It felt a tad bit ‘cakey’, like a white powder look. It was as if I had dabbed some baking flour on my face. Those who use skin lightening creams will definitely know what I’m talking about. Though, it wasn’t as bad as some of the other products out there, I would’ve really liked if they had done something about this. I feel it would be more noticeable on dry skin compared to those with oily skin.
On the whole the product wasn’t bad. I liked it more than I disliked it – If it makes sense! I was really pleased that they stuck to a plant based approach and didn’t use harsh chemicals. In my view it is one of the better skin lightening creams out there and it did help with my hyperpigmentation and brighten my complexion. There a few reservations I have. Firstly, if you are looking to maintain the results, you would need to make repeat purchases, and I don’t think I would want to spend £47 every 6 weeks. Secondly, if the moisturiser was a little lighter and less ‘cakey’ then I might be tempted to give it a better score. I think the product would do well for those with oily skin. Those with dry skin, I don’t think it does enough to moisturise or hydrate the skin.
Let me know how the Nur76 skin lightening cream worked for you. Did you get better results?