Skin Brightening Serums: Skinfood Yuja Water C Whitening Ampoule Serum & Neulii AHA VITA Brightening SerumReview

Neulii product received complementary from RoseRoseShop for đánh giá purposes. All opinions are my own and are unbiased.

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I have sầu hyper-pigmentation issues due lớn sun damage that occurred in another lifetime when I lived in bright, sunny Southern California. I have sầu been using actives & brightening serums to try and lighten those spots. Two products that I have been using are Skinfood Yuja Water C Whitening Ampoule Serum và Neulii AHA VITA Brightening Serum. I purchased the Skinfood Yuja hàng hóa myself & Rose Rose Shop provided the Neulii serum for me to đánh giá ~ Neulii is Rose Rose Shop’s own skincare br& and they launched five sầu different serums: AHA Vita Brightening, Aloe BHA Soothing, Greentea BHA Pore Tightening, Snail Bee Anti Wrinkle and Teatree BHA Blemish Control.

If you are interested, I have reviewed two other Neulii serums: Snail Bee Anti-Wrinkle (review) and TeaTree BHA Blemish Control (review). My skin type is oily, blemish prone with aging concerns ~ hyper-pigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles.


Skinfood Yuja Water C Whitening Ampoule Serum Skinfood recently came out with a Yuja line ~ Yuja (Yuzu) is a citrus fruit very popular in Asian markets, especially in Korea. Skinfood’s Yuja Water C line are from Goheung organically grown yujas from the first và only Korean yuja artisan farmer, Taehwa Park. These yuja fruits are grown without pesticides & chemical fertilizers ~ instead, organic fertilizer made from seawater and organic compounds is used. (source Skinfood)

Description: A brightening synergy ampoule that contains organic Goheung yuja extract & oil khổng lồ help lighten melasma & hyperpigmentation. Yuja, also known as yuzu in Japan, is a citrus fruit that is cultivated in Asia. It’ s sometimes referred to lớn as “citron.” It’ s about the size of a tangerine, và is yellow-orange when ripe. The mature fruit contains a large amount of seeds. The fruit is not usually consumed lượt thích an orange, with the rind peeled and the pulp eaten. Like a lemon or lime, it is highly prized for its fragrant zest, essential oil, seeds, và juice. The juice of a yuja is particularly sour, và forms the base for yujacha, a citron tea which Koreans swear by as a cold and flu remedy, and ponzu, a popular Japanese cooking sauce. 


Citrus Junos (Yuja/Yuzu) is a powerful antioxidant, just like many citrus fruits are. It contains more than 3 times the amount of vitamin C than lemons & vitamin C helps combat không tính tiền radicals. It can help reverse hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles that were caused by free radical damage. It can also aid in the production of collaren, resulting in firmer and younger looking skin. Yuja helps soothe & smooth your skin. This product contains 30% of Yuja extracts và oils. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is a powerful antioxidant that acts as an anti-inflammatory, improves your skin elastithành phố, enhance the skin barrier function & also it helps khổng lồ even out skin tone và reduce post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Beta-Glucan is a compound that is naturally derived from mushrooms, oats, yeast và grains. It helps stimulate the production of collaren, speeds up wound healing, soothes and calms skin due khổng lồ its anti-irritant & svào anti-inflammatory properties, moisturizes, locks in natural moisture, anti-aging và anti-wrinkle due khổng lồ its anti-oxidant properties and also helps repair your moisture barrier.Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate Filtrate ~ Probiotic, fermented ingredients in skin care products are highly moisturizing & also have sầu antibacterial properties, which is why my blemish-prone skin loves it so much. Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) is a superfood it not only contains antioxidants like beta-carotene và Vitamin C, it also has Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E ~ which creates radiant skin và shiny hair as it revives skin tissue, Vitamin A & K, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Amino Acids & Folic Acid (Vitamin B9). All of these vitamins help care for your skin & keep it glowing và healthy. Broccoli also contains glucoraphanin, a phytonutrient, which has been reported in reversing sun damage on your skin.

Hydrating and soothing ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate, aloe vera, argan oil bisabolol (chamomile derivative) help make this ampoule a rich source of moisture for your skin. Ingredients such as cedarwood oil, diacetyl boldine, maackia fauriei, sodium ascorbyl phosphate and ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (derivatives of vitamin C) are antioxidants that contribute to evening out and brightening skin tone.

Ingredients: Water, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Propanediol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Propylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Gelatin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Maactê Fauriei Stem Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Celluthua kém Gum, Arginine, Hydroxyethylcelluchiến bại, Sodium Carbomer, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Junos Fruit Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Juniperus Mexicana (Cedarwood) Oil, Maltodextrin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Diacetyl Boldine, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol cosDNA analysis


One of the problems I have sầu with this ampoule serum is that it comes in a clear bottle. If you have Vi-Ta-Min C products, it should be in a darker bottle to lớn ensure that it doesn’t degrade quickly. Even though this is a smaller bottle, it does take a while to lớn use up. This has an eye dropper applicator to make it easy khổng lồ apply the serum. It has a light citrus scent, which I adore và this is very hydrating, but it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on my face, as it absorbs fairly quickly. This increased my moisture màn chơi by a jaw dropping 62%!! 


This feels lovely on my skin, hydrates nicely, no tacky residue and smells great too ~ but does it brighten và lighten my hyper-pigmentation? Nope.



Neulii AHA VITA Brightening Serum The Neulli line of serums come in a frosted clear plastic bottle with a pump applicator, making it easy to lớn apply. The pump doesn’t squirt the hàng hóa out all over the place, but I am concerned about the bottle ~ just as with the Skinfood Yuja ampoule serum, this is also in a clear plastic bottle, even though it is frosted. My experience with AHA’s is that it should be in a dark colored bottle, not clear. A clear bottle will cause the product khổng lồ đại bại its effectiveness quickly.


Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit is a vitamin-rich, anti-aging ingredient that contains antioxidants, promote cell health, moisturizes and helps heal sun-damaged skin. It is a natural astringent and can reduce the appearance of pores, as it can tighten the skin. Apple fruit extracts are perfect for oily skin và blemish prone skin types, aging skin, dull and uneven skin tones.Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) contains vitamins C, A & E, beta carotene, minerals, amino acids & fatty acids. Vitamin C is important for brightening và stimulating collagen production. It contains 200 khổng lồ 800 times more vitamins than apples. Sea Buckthorn is known for its antioxidant properties khổng lồ help slow down aging và to regenerate new skin cells, while penetrating deep inlớn your derma layer và locking moisture inside.Glycolic Acid (AHA) is an exfoliator and helps clear up acne, moisturizes & reduces the appearance of fine lines và premature aging, by increasing cellular turnover, revealing new skin. If your skin is sun-damaged, adding AHA to your skin care routine is beneficialBetaine  is superior for its intense moisturization and hydration properties, without the stickiness, & also reduces the appearance of fine lines và wrinkles, while attracting moisture (humectancy) và relieving skin irritation.

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Panthenol helps cellular renewal and is an effective moisturizer. It is derived from plants & this ingredient comes from Vitamin B5. Panthenol is a natural humectant, which retains moisture và hydrates the skin. It also is a good lubricant on the skin, making skin look soft & smooth. It is also an anti-inflammatorySodium Hyaluronate is an intensive sầu moisturizing ingredient which bonds water lớn keep skin hydrated. It is a natural substance found in the human toàn thân and it made up of amino & uronic acids, and helps retain 100 to lớn 1,000 times its own water weight in our skin cells.Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is an antioxidant Vi-Ta-Min that is essential for tissue growth, repair và collagene production. It is one of the best anti-aging ingredients, as it does combat miễn phí radicals.

Neulii AHA Vita Brightening Serum is also không tính phí from parabens, phenoxyethanol, artificial colors & artificial scents.

Ingredients: Water, Pyrus Malus(Apple) Fruit Water, Hippophae Rhamnoides Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycolic Acid, Betaine, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate , Hydroxyethylcelluthất bại , Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbic Acid analysis


The texture of this serum is very watery and it has a bitter scent to lớn it, common with AHA products. I use this all over my face, concentrating on my cheek area, as that is where my sun damage is the greachạy thử. According khổng lồ the instructions, this is to lớn be used before a toner ~ and I vày use it that way, as it is so watery. It dries quickly và without any sticky or tacky residue. I’ve sầu talked about AHA’s before & what they are, but I will recap that information here again for you.

AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) are mainly derived from fruit and milk sugars ~ these are the most comtháng using natural sources: glycolic acid (sugar cane), lactic acid (milk), malic acid (apples, pears), citric acid (oranges, lemons), tartaric acid (grapes). The two acids that can penetrate deeper inkhổng lồ your skin layers are lactic and glycolic acids. You want an acidity of 3 lớn 4, with a 5 lớn 8 percent concentration of AHA. The AHA ingredient should be one of the top 3 ingredients in the các mục and since AHA’s need time to lớn absorb inlớn your skin, you should not really bother with products that will be rinsed off, lượt thích cleansers. You should piông xã AHA’s if your skin is not prone to lớn breakouts or you really want khổng lồ lighten hyper-pigmentation and tone & firm your skin, as they can stimulate collaren và elastic production in your skin.

Now, this product has only one AHA ingredient ~ glycolic acid ~ và it isn’t in the top three, but in the middle of the danh mục. It is iffy, because even though it meets the first criteria of an AHA acid, the placement in the ingredient danh mục is questionable. Apple extracts can be an AHA, but it would be listed as malic acid, which it isn’t. Now, is this an AHA? The pH cấp độ of Neulii AHA Vita Brightening serum looks to be a solid 3, which means it meets the second criteria for an AHA product ~ it passes the AHA kiểm tra for pH levels, which I had mentioned that it needed lớn be between 3 & 4 to lớn be effective sầu as an exfoliating hàng hóa that also firms & conditions your skin. However, Neulii didn’t post the percentage of the AHA, so I did a little digging. The lovely blogger Little Porcelain Princess had a screen shot of the Certification of Formula for this product và it looks like glycolic acid is 1.5% và ascorbic acid is at a woeful .0010%. The concentration for the acids is not effective sầu enough, even though the pH cấp độ is on target. 


This AHA serum did help refine my skin texture & smooth it, but it didn’t lighten my sun damage hyper-pigmentation. I did not break out with blemishes with this, so that is a win ~ sometimes with AHA & BHA’s, I will experience a mild “purging” for a week but I did not with this hàng hóa.


As neither of these products were effective with skin brightening, I decided khổng lồ experiment with them. I took some thin cốt tông sheets và soaked them with both the Neulii & Skinfood hàng hóa, making my own “sheet mask”. I then applied that lớn my face for around 30 khổng lồ 35 minutes. When I removed my homemade mask, I did notice an immediate brightening of my skin tone. However, it does go away in a few hours, just lượt thích many brightening sheet masks. I guess you could use these to lớn make your own masks, but since there is a huge variety of brightening skin masks out there that are inexpensive, I guess I would ask ~ Why bother? However, for me, as I already have these products, this is another way to lớn use them.

Final Thoughts

This was a tough review lớn write ~ both products look great on paper for brightening abilities, but they did not work for my skin. Maybe I have really tough skin when it comes lớn Vitamin C ~ I have only found one product that has worked for me using Vitamin C & that still only works for new PIH (post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation) ~ Rohto lớn Melano CC Medicinal Stain Essence with Vitamin C và E I have sầu yet to lớn find a hàng hóa that works on reducing my old hyper-pigmentation spots. I will always be on the hunt for new items, but these two vị not work for me. I did love sầu Skinfood’s Yuja sản phẩm for its scent & moisturizing capabilities, but that isn’t enough for me to make a repeat purchase of it. Neulii AHA Vita Brightening serum seems khổng lồ have right pedigree for an AHA ~ it has a perfect pH cấp độ và contains glycolic acid, but the concentration of glycolic acid is nowhere near where it needs khổng lồ be. Whether it was the laông xã of acids or not, it did not work for my skin. That said, YMMV (your mileage may vary) và these products might be your Holy Grail. For me, neither of these items came cthất bại lớn brightening and evening out my skin tone.

Have you tried either of these products? How did they work for you ~ was it better, worse or neutral? Out of the 3 Neulii products I have sầu tried, this one is not as effective as the other two were. Skinfood gets points for hydration and its scent, but that is about it.

Where To Purchase

Skinfood Yuja Water C Whitening Ampoule In Serum  44mL

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Neulii AHA Vita Brightening Serum 10 mL

RoseRoseShop carries Neulii AHA Vita Brightening Serum (cliông chồng here) for around $13.00 USD & all of the Neulii skincare products as well. They ship internationally and have some of the lowest prices on Korean skincare & makeup products.

Disclaimer: Neulii sản phẩm received complementary from RoseRoseShop for đánh giá purposes. All opinions are my own and are unbiased