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Mar 3, 2013

Rose Link UK Hello Glow Whitening Plus Facial Polish|Discover A Radiant Complexion

Maintaining an even and brightened complexion has always been my skincare priority. I've experienced many whitening and brightening products, and after years of trials and errors, one thing for sure is that there is no overnight miracle. You'd be very lucky to even discover a product that delivers the promised result gradually.

When Rose Link UK approached me to test out their Hello Glow Whitening Plus Facial Polish (£4.99 GBP for 30mg / £9.99 GBP for 100mg), I was quite thrilled as it's definitely not easy to come across with an organic or all-natural whitening product.

There are no fancy or hard to pronounce chemicals in this product but a few simple and natural ingredients that are known to boost a glowing and radiant skin.

  • Rice powder serves as a natural exfoliator and contains ceramide, which helps with the skin's natural collagen production.
  • Coconut milk is an effective and inexpensive skin moisturizer.
  • Potato starch contains natural richness in Vitamin C, which is a great whitening ingredient.
  • Milk and honey is a known combo for achieving hydrated and smooth skin.
The bottle is small but contains loads of finely milled powder that can be used to exfoliate the skin. The powder feels silky and smooth and does not irritate my skin.

Applying this twice a week, I ended up using lots of products because I need ample amount to really get a good exfoliate for my entire face and neck, so I can't imagine that this small container will last me a long time. And talking about the bottle, I'd much prefer a different packaging because it's hard to control the amount of powder that comes out, but this is a minor imperfection.

This gentle and preservative free facial polish delivers instant whitening result. My skin is soft, smooth, and illuminated after each use. However, this glowing effect is not long-lasting. And after using this for a few weeks, I noticed no apparent brightening and whitening outcome. Nonetheless, I've enjoyed this product because I just can't help but crave the baby soft skin that it leaves me with.

The polish is extremely easy to use. Mix it with water and apply onto the face. Gently massage the skin for about 30 seconds and rinse clean with water. For oily skin girls like myself, you'll probably want to use a separate facial cleanser afterward. The powder is non-abrasive and is gentle enough to be used multiple times a week. It doesn't really feel like an exfoliator but more like a microdermabrasion. This should be suitable for all skin types. 

Although I really like how my skin reacts to this product, I have to say that the overwhelming scent is a huge turnoff (for me personally). It's suppose to be the natural fragrance from the milk and honey powder, but it's so strong that it turns into this floral aroma, which lingers on the skin long after I stepped out of the shower. I'm very sensitive to scents, so I may be exaggerating a bit. If you are not fond of heavy fragrances, you may want to think twice before trying this out.

Overall, this is a decent exfoliator that releases an immediate brightening and softening effect on the skin. It's hard to have this type of products that are all-natural and chemical free, which is why this is gentle enough for frequent usage. The strong smell of the powder is definitely a negative for some people, but its great ability to achieve soft, smooth, and glowing skin certainly out-weights this. Despite the price tag for such small amount of products, it's actually a very budget friendly alternative to some similar high end choices such as the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliants ($50 for 75g).

What are your opinions on brightening and whitening skincare products? Do they really work? Or are they just gimmick products created by a good marketing campaign? Share your ideas in the comments.   ~Angela

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  1. wow, this seems really interesting! I can tell the difference on the before and after photos! thanks for sharing ^_~

    1. Janet, I tried taking those images in similar lightening, so the result is pretty accurate. The immediate brightening effect is very noticeable.

  2. Sounds really interesting! I am still a bit wary about to side effects this kind of whitening product could have though.

    1. Melissa, I understand that not everyone is comfortable with whitening products, but I think most of that comes from misleading advertisements. Whenever a whitening product is mentioned, people tend to think that it's going to bleach our skin. In fact, that is absolutely not true. A good whitening product only gradually brightens and evens out the skin over a long period of time. In this case, this is an all-natural product with pretty natural ingredients. I really don't think there will be any negative side effects (other than if you are allergic to any of the ingredients).

  3. I have used many whitening/brightening products over the years too. From sets of Diorsnow to Chanel to many other miscellaneous brands, I find that it works to a certain extent. It definitely won't lighten my skins to a couple of shades but it does help with hyper pigmentation. I have also tried many whitening masks and while those does instantly brighten the skin it certainly didn't last too long. I'm always on the look out for better whitening products!

    1. Sophie, I feel the same as you. There is a limit as to how light our skin can turn. Everyone is born with different skin tone. No matter how much whitening products we use, a NC35 is never going to change into an extremely fair skin tone (via regular skincare products). And I think the right mentality to think of these products is really to even out the skin tone, so that our skin looks smooth and healthy.

  4. Yes you are right but you can do affords to protect your skin from skin diseases. I have a dark complexion but I always use antibiotic soap to prevent my skin from harmful skin diseases

  5. Nice post! I like the natural methods and try to stay away from those nasty chemicals. Hello glow looks good, i tried piona strong bleaching cream which worked for me. I found it here I hope you don't mind me sharing the link but its got some good natural skin lightening info.


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