Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sensi Whitening

I've been raving about the scar-lightening wonder that is La Roche-Posay's Sensi White Essence since October last year, and now that I'm running out I looked to repurchase it, only to find that it's apparently been discontinued. I turned to its cream counterpart instead- the Sensi White cream- to replace it. (Part of what I bought in getting that skincare freebie bag that everybody's mad about now!)

The Sensi White cream comes in far more user-friendly packaging- an airtight design to keep airborne contaminants from tainting the product in the container's reserve and a pump to dispense the product are far better than the pipette and apothecary-style glass bottle that the essence came in. The ingredients are also very very similar, sharing the same active ingredients 'ferulic + gingko', LHA (lipo hydroxy acid) and niacinamide, which is one of LRP's star ingredients, also featured in their Effaclar Duo which I've used many a tube of. To tell you the truth, I think the cream and essence are basically identical products in smell and description.

LRP Sensi White Cream's ingredients 

The essence's ingredients list is as follows:
Aqua/water, glycerin, dimethicone, niacinamide, alcohol denat., isopropyl lauroyl sarcosinate, sodium benzoate, sodium hydroxide, PEG-100 Stearate, polysorbate 80, dimethiconol, ginkgo biloba extract/ginkgo biloba leaf extract, xantham gum, isohexadecane, isopropyl myristate, capryloyl salicylic acid, caprylyl glycol, acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ferulic acid, disodium EDTA, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, glyceryl stearate, parfun/fragrance
Aside from a few disparities, the Sensi White cream and essence are of the same vein. Seeing as you can't even get hold of the essence anymore, this is more of an assurance than anything else; the cream is theoretically an adequate replacement for the essence. Upon my initial purchase of the essence back in 2014 I was wondering which Sensi White product to try to eradicate my acne scars with, and I went for the essence because in the sale the savings were the most worthwhile, as it retails for about $45 AUD for 30mL. Considering the cream is $38 for 50mL it could be seen as better value but the slight variation in the ingredients list and concentrations of ingredients might attribute to a difference in potency. The texture varies slightly, as the cream is less fluid in consistency and more opaque in colour, but they absorb into the skin equally well. The cream is slightly less tacky than the essence in finish.

At first impression I'm a lot happier with the cream's presentation- the different packaging solves a lot of problems which the essence bottle faced- the product would collect around the neck of the bottle when returning the pipette to its closure and normal use could cause the product to be exposed to potential contaminants and air which could affect the integrity and purity of the product. Granted, both products do contain silicones and alcohol denat, which may not be beneficial or useful in its efficacy, especially for the acne-prone skin that many users would have, as they'd be using the product to eradicate hyperpigmentation from acne scars, as I am. The silicones might just be included in the formula for the texture that they lend and the alcohol might be there as a catalyst or preservative. The formula isn't 100% perfect but it's very very close to the ultimate solution that I am ever going to find to get rid of acne scars, and for that it does a great job. What used to linger on my face for as many as 3-4 months is now gone in less than a month because of the Sensi White products. I haven't started using the Sensi White cream on a daily basis yet, but I'll be sure to update when I have.

l-r: Sensi White Cream, Sensi White Essence

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