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AXIS-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum Review

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Every once in a while, there comes a brand that seems to hit the mark for my skin with every product. I’m starting to believe AXIS-Y is one of those brands. I’ve tried their sunscreen, wash off masks, sheet masks, and other products - they have all been great. Read my blog reviews by clicking #AXISY (and check their Instagram for more info about products). The latest thing I’ve been trying is AXIS-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum.

This product combines niacinamide with squalane to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation while giving the skin a healthy glow. The serum can be bought on the official AXIS-Y website and on YesStyle (use reward code KBHOBBIT for savings).

AXIS-Y skincare follows the 6+1+1 model - six base ingredients, one core ingredient, and one effective technology. The core ingredient in the Glow Serum is 5% niacinamide, well known for its ability to help with pigmentation and the appearance of pores. The six base ingredients are squalane, sea buckthorn, papaya, allantoin, rice bran and calendula. When I was little, we used to make sea buckthorn oil, because it’s such a potent skin healing ingredient. And I still remember my mom steeping calendula flowers to make a soothing bath. It’s nice to see what I would consider traditional (and effective) ingredients in modern-day skincare. The brand’s technology marries rice bran with niacinamide in a specific ratio for best results.

How to use:

  • Apply a small amount to the entire face or just the problem areas

  • Pat in to help with absorption

I like using this serum after cleansing and toning, typically in the evening (because I have more time then). It would also be suitable for morning use. I apply it all over the face.

The pump makes it very easy to dispense the needed amount. The product is a clear, somewhat liquid gel. I do not notice a scent, however my sense of smell has been quite whacky in recent weeks due to an illness.

AXIS-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum is vegan and cruelty free.

My impressions

I find this product interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever had a serum in packaging like this, and I like using the pump more than the traditional dropper. I also appreciate that the formula is 5% niacinamide. Niacinamide is effective at 2-5% concentrations, yet several brands increase it all the way to 10%, which makes reactions and irritation more likely for some people. More isn’t always better.

Dealing with pigmentation is a long, tedious process. I’m using various things for that, including daily diligent SPF applications. I do feel like my overall complexion is brighter and pores look smaller since starting the AXIS-Y serum. It’s very easy to apply and isn’t sticky (a big important part for me). I’ve also been putting it on a large freckle / pigmentation spot on my arm, where I don’t use any other products besides spf, and I’m seeing it slowly lighten.

This is definitely a good serum to try if you are looking for niacinamide as the star ingredient but don’t want to risk some of the higher % formulations.

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AXIS-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, Erythritol, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Chlorphenesin, Arginine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Glutathione, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Allantoin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil


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