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Recently I had the opportunity to try out an Elucent skincare regime for a month. Elucent is a skincare range that’s produced by Ego Pharmaceuticals, the company behind brands like SunSense, QV and Azclear. I’ve always been a fan of their scientific, evidence-based approach.
Elucent is their higher-end skincare range, which contains products specifically designed for anti-ageing and whitening. The Anti-Ageing range is based around alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and vitamins while the Whitening range contains a range of brightening ingredients including safflower seed, niacinamide, vitamin C and antioxidants (but no hydroquinone). Elucent’s products are dermatologically tested, made in Australia, manufactured to pharmaceutical standards and not tested on animals. There are lots of actives in these products. Since my main skincare concern is hyperpigmentation, I was matched with a bunch of their whitening products, and their anti-ageing cleanser.
Elucent Anti-Ageing Gentle Cleanser
Elucent Anti-Ageing Gentle Cleanser ($29.99 for 95 mL) is a standard foaming gel cleanser that comes in a convenient pump container. It has gentle surfactants and lots of glycerin to reduce dehydration. I really liked that it doesn’t feel stripping, but still takes my make-up off efficiently. The cleanser also contains 1% lactic acid and 1% glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids that are great for exfoliating, anti-ageing and evening out skin tone. I don’t usually look for actives in my cleansers, but they’re a nice bonus. The pH is a skin-friendly 4. My only complaint about this product is that the fragrance isn’t my favourite – it smells very mildly acidic on top of a generic floral scent.
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Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, 1% Lactic Acid, 1 % Glycolic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Parfum.
Elucent Whitening Day Moisturiser SPF 30
Elucent Whitening Day Moisturiser SPF 30 ($49.99 for 95 g) is broad spectrum SPF 30 and includes some of the newer, highly effective, photostable filters: bemotrizinol (Tinosorb S) 2.15%, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (avobenzone) 3.5%, methylene bisenzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol (bisoctrizole / Tinosorb M) 5.0%, and octyl methoxycinnamate (octinoxate) 8.0%. High UV protection is really important for preventing any pigmentation from getting worse, and in my experience Tinosorb S has been the most effective UVA-protective ingredient for my hyperpigmentation-prone skin.
The moisturiser also has beneficial actives as well: niacinamide which does pretty much everything (evens skin tone, reinforces skin barrier etc.), safflower seed oil and emblica fruit extract. I also found it really moisturising without being greasy, and comes in a convenient pump.
Annoyingly, I found that it bunches up and rolls off a bit when I put my make-up on on top, despite trying different waiting times and different make-up products. Since I wear make-up pretty much every day, this didn’t really work in my routine. If it works for you, this moisturiser/sunscreen is a fantastic option.
Also, unlike the vast majority of SPF moisturisers and sunscreens on the Australian market, it has a full ingredients list, which is fantastic if you have any sensitivities!
Aqua (Water), Cyclomethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Sodium Lactate, Isostearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate (and) Glyceryl Stearate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Decyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Linalool.
Elucent Whitening Night Moisturiser
Elucent Whitening Night Moisturiser ($49.99 for 50 g) is a cream that comes in a solid-feeling jar. It’s a light textured cream that doesn’t feel overly greasy, and it made my skin feel really nice and smooth the next morning. If your skin is oily like mine it’ll be enough for winter, but I ended up using humectant toners underneath it anyway because of how dehydration-prone my skin is. I really like the high amount of niacinamide and sodium lactate in this. The sodium lactate acts as a humectant and a really mild AHA, both of which my skin loves.
Aqua (Water), Cyclomethicone, Sodium Lactate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Dimethicone (and) Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Glyceryl Stearate, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Lactic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Parfum, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA.
Elucent Whitening Spot Corrector
Elucent Whitening Spot Corrector ($49.99 for 30 g) contains the actives in the whitening line (niacinamide, vitamin C as ATIP, safflower seed oil, emblica extract) in a more concentrated format to target smaller areas of pigmentation. I personally didn’t notice a big difference in pigmentation while I used this product, but I also didn’t take any progress photos either like I should’ve (skin changes are usually subtle and need photography to trace!). I’m surprised that Elucent don’t have any before-and-after photos in their marketing – I think it would be great to see some results with controlled lighting.
Aqua (Water), Sodium Lactate, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vitamin C), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Lactic Acid, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum.
Elucent can be purchased at Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and the Ego E-Shop.
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