I really like DHC skin care products, so they were my first stop to try to even my skin tone. My skin is pretty fair and very prone to sunburns, so I do, unfortunately, have a few patches that have darkened and I’d love a way to lighten up those areas or get rid of them completely. The DHC Alpha-Arbutin White Cream is supposed to be great for moisturizing while evening skin tone. DHC say that the cream is good at lightening dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, from things like sun, which can make your skin look old prematurely. Unfortunately, you can probably guess how well this worked out though since I purchased the new Lancome DreamTone earlier this week.
This cream is made with vitamin E to moisturize your skin and leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft. The addition of mulberry is what is supposed to brighten and even out your skin tone. I’ve read on several beauty sites that mulberry is the thing to use for getting rid of dark patches, so I was hoping to find out that it really was true and not just a myth. But sadly for me, it didn’t seem to have much of an effect on my dark patches. However, as a moisturizer it was great and did make my skin soft and great looking. I used it at night because it is quite thick and would be dreadful under makeup I think because it is not only heavy but so moisturzing. I see much mascara and eyeliner smearing if you tried to use this under your makeup.
This cream should be good for everyone’s skin, no matter your dryness or oiliness. DHC has an entire range of Alpha-Arbutin White products, such as a toner, mask, and a lightweight moisturizer. Naturally, they suggest that you use the whole line, but I just used the moisturizer and masks to see how they would work for me. I figured that if it was going to work, it would do it and I wouldn’t need to layer it up with the whole line. There’s a single review of it on the DHC UK website, and that person indicates that it has worked for them, she uses it with the DHC Alpha-Arbutin White mask too. So, I was really hopeful that it would work for me too.
I used the whole pot of this and kept hoping that it would start working but even after six months, my dark spots remained just as dark as when I started using it. So, while I wouldn’t recommend it for dark spot treatment or evening out skin tone, as I mentioned above, I would suggest it highly for a really good nighttime cream that won’t break the bank. Since it is so creamy and thick you don’t need that much of it to moisturize your skin and leave it feeling beautiful. If you are in the market for a nice moisturizer, I would suggest you try it, but just discount the skin tone brightening properties. I had purchased the Alpha-Arbutin White Masks as well, but while the masks are a lovely little relaxing me-time treat, they didn’t do anything spectacular for my skin. I also did not notice the cream and mask combo making a bit of difference.
As with all DHC products, you must go to the DHC website to purchase them. At the DHC UK website, you can get a 35 gram/1.2 oz pot of the Alpha-Arbutin White Cream for £39.00. Several months ago when I bought mine, I was able to buy it in a set with the Alpha-Arbutin White Mask for £39.00 (the cream was £4.00 cheaper then too). When I bought the set they had a box of 5 masks that were regularly £8.50, but now they seem to just sell a single mask for £3.75. It’s a shame they no longer offer the set because it offered a 10% discount over buying the two items separately. It’s also a shame that they don’t sell more masks in a pack. I think that £3.75 is far too much for a single mask, especially for something that requires continued or long term use to work. At the DHC US website, you can get a 35 gram/1.2 oz pot of the Alpha-Arbutin White Cream for $49.00. Also in the US, you can still get the box of five Alpha-Arbutin White Masks for $12.00, but sadly they don’t seem to offer the set either.