Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bloom Review: NIA24 Rapid Depigmentation Serum

This is a review that has been 3 months in the making! I have been using this product since June so I could show a true 12 week before and after comparison. So, if you have dark spots, sun damage and uneven skin, read on!
Back in June, I was give a bottle of NIA24 Rapid Depigmentation Serum to try as a Bloom Ambassador. NIA24 is a line of products designed to help repair moderate to severe sun damaged skin. I do burn incredibly easily with my fair skin, but I am only 27 years old and I hate the outdoors (I live in Florida for crying out loud) so I really don't have more than a few spots on my face to complain of as far as sun damage goes. On top of my few spots, I also have very uneven skin - I have a pink/red undertone is several places and it's really obvious. Now, I'm not one of those people that can't be seen in public without makeup for fear of what others will think, but I do like to look my best whenever possible so I try to never go out without at least a tinted moisturizer or foundation on just to make my skin look not so red and spotty. When I read that this product will even out your skin tone, I was immediately drawn in and wanted to give it a try.
This was the example photo given in the information about the product - looks pretty good to me :)

So, here are my before pictures. I tried to focus on specific areas - unfortunately my camera doesn't like to cooperate to really show my spots and redness. Funny thing I've discovered from doing all these reviews for Bloom is that it's very hard to take self portraits that show specifics. Anyway, the top picture was mainly to show the redness around the bottom edges of my nose (the ditch between my nose and face) as well as the spots at the joint of my lips. It doesn't really matter what I do, I can't seem to even cover up the redness in those areas - it always looks more red than the rest of my face. The bottom photo was to try and show the redness in my t-zone as well as a few spots on my forehead.

How about the application?
This product is a total breeze to use. Just squirt out 1 or 2 pumps of the serum.
Then apply to your face like you would a moisturizer (keep away from your eyes though - it will sting them).
The serum itself is more like a lotion and just absorbs into the skin. It leaves your skin just looking moisturized.
This photo was just after applying the serum. See, you can't even tell :)

The serum is supposed to be applied in the morning and at night and followed by a moisturizer. I really enjoyed adding it to my nightly routine especially since it's nice and quick. Also, it has a very nice faint scent. You really don't smell it while putting it on, but afterwards I always noticed a nice floral smell that was nice to fall asleep to.

So, how did it perform?
I tried my best to get good photos so you can see the difference, but I really don't think these photos do the results justice.

I'm particularly happy with the redness reduction around my nose - it's so much better! I do still have a few spots, but  they do seem lighter to me. I'm almost thinking the fact that I got a little sunburned during the 12 weeks may have affected my dark spots? I guess it's possible, so I'm not unhappy with my results on that. The fact that I can see a small difference is a win to me :)
Here's just a shot of my whole face and it really looks more even toned all the way around.

I give this product 4 out of 5 stars! I'm really happy with the results I got from this. It definitely takes a while to show results, but just with the results I have already seen in 12 weeks I'm confident I will see more change with continued use. I think it's unrealistic to think that a product would instantly change your skin, so I don't hold the time against it. The redness reduction is what I'm really sold on. I can see a big difference in how even my skin tone is especially in my problem areas. If you have a problem with redness or with dark spots and sun damage, I would absolutely recommend giving this product a try :)

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