Facetheory exaglow serum review S10
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Facetheory Exaglow serum review

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I’ve been using Facetheory’s Exaglow Serum S10 science it first came out in September 2020, so I can give it a fair and honest review. I use it before I apply my amil-c whip cream, and Regina C retinol Moisturiser which are both from Facetheory. I bought it because it promised to target and reduce the melasma on my face that I’ve had since using the Mirena IUD a few years ago (I don’t use that coil any more due to its side effects). Read on to see what I thought about this skincare serum!

Facetheory are based in Sheffiel (UK) and are making a great name for themselves in the natural beauty and skincare arena. You can find a link to their website further down this page.

Facetheory exaglow serum review
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What the brand says

“Exaglow Serum S10 contains 5% tranexamic acid, a cutting-edge active ingredient in skin brightening technology that is already widely used in Southeast Asia to even out the complexion by targeting dark spots. Products containing tranexamic acid have been shown to help lighten areas affected by discolouration, including melasma and age spots.”
Exaglow serum Facetheory review
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Cost & Packaging

Facetheory skincare is in the low to medium price range as the products start at around £11.99 and go up to around the £29.99 mark. This serum cost me £29.99 for two 30ml bottles, it’s only £18.99 for one 30ml bottle but I took a punt as it looked pretty good stuff.

The main reason I like Facetheory is that they send everything out in eco-friendly packaging and use mainly glass jars with aluminium screw-top lids for most of their products or metal tubes for sunscreens etc. Everything I’ve bought from them has arrived in cardboard and paper with no plastic packing tape. They also use loads of natural ingredients and offer non-scented versions of face creams – they’re not just pretending to be an environmentally friendly company, they’re actually doing it.

Facetheory is also a local company, based in Sheffield and everything is Vegan/Leaping Bunny approved, which means it’s cruelty-free.

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Exaglow Facetheory serum for skincare
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Application

As with my other serums from Facetheory, the top of the bottle houses a glass dropper which is easy to use. I usually drip a couple of drops on my forehead area, then one drop each to my cheeks, with a drop to my upper lips too as that’s where I have the most melasma. You really don’t need much of this stuff on your face, as with my other Facetheory products, only a small amount is required as their products contain a high concentration of actives. 

To apply, I use my finger to gently rub in the serum around my face, concentrating on problem areas and be careful not to drag my skin too much – this is much helped by the consistency of the serum, it pretty much glides on easily enough.

It doesn’t take long at all to soak in, so expect to be able to apply your next product, or make-up, within a minute or so. It also leaves no residue, unlike some serums can.

Facetheory Exaglow Serum S10 Results

This really works well on reducing the melasma on my face and I’d say, by using it regularly, it’s about 80% less visible than before I started using the serum.

I’ve also noticed that the few age spots I’ve have are also much less visible from using the serum. It also seems to have helped my fine lines and red patches around the lower sides of my nose too.

I’m about halfway through a 30ml bottle after using it every day for 3 months, so it’s pretty good value.

How did Facetheory Exaglow S10 Serum do?

  • Effectiveness 100% 100%
  • Smell 100% 100%
  • Kindness to environment 75% 75%
  • Price 80% 80%

The price is great considering the excellent results I got with my melasma. I gave a full score for the smell as I can’t detect any smell at all, or least it’s not offensive. The 75% score for the environment was because I’m not sure if the droppers are recyclable – I use mine for craft projects but I know some people put them in with the roadside collection.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

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LACTIC ACID

An alpha hydroxy acid that helps exfoliate skin by breaking down the material that binds together skin cells.
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LIQUORICE EXTRACT

Fights dark spots, hyperpigmentation and excess oil. Soothes sensitive or reddened skin.
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NIACINAMIDE

Also known as niacin (vitamin B3), it helps reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
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SODIUM HYALURONATE

The salt of hyaluronic acid, a skin humectant.
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VITAMIN C (SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE)

Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that helps defend skin from free radicals and reduces environmental damage. This product contains sodium ascorbyl phosphate, a stable salt of l-ascorbic acid associated with less sensitivity than its counterparts.
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TRANEXAMIC ACID

A synthetic analog of the amino lysine, used to lighten areas affected by discolouration, including melasma and age spots.

Facetheory Exaglow Serum S10 ingredients list

Aqua, propanediol (humectant from corn syrup), tranexamic acid (derivative of amino acid lysine), niacinamide (vitamin B3), lactic acid (AHA, vegan source), sodium ascorbyl phosphate (stabilised vitamin C), glycerin (humectant), sodium anisate, (preservative from star anise), sodium levulinate (preservative from sugar cane), glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice) root extract, gellan gum (gelling agent), sodium phytate (natural chelator), sodium hyaluronate (salt of hyaluronic acid), citric acid (pH adjuster), potassium sorbate (preservative).

This serum is free from

Animal ingredients, benzalkonium chloride, benzophenones/benzophenone derivatives, bisphenol a (BPA), butoxyethanol, BHT, carbomer, coal tar dyes, -cones, ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA), formaldehyde, hydroquinone, liquid petrolatum, methyl cellosolve, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, mercury, mercury compounds, mineral oil, oxybenzone, parabens, paraffin oil, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, polyethylene glycol (PEGs), resorcinol, siloxanes, sodium nitrite, sulfates, thimerosal, triclosan, triclocarban.

Facetheory Exaglow Serum S10 video review

YouTube video coming soon!
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I’m working on a YouTube video review for this product. When it’s ready, you’ll find it here. In the meantime, scroll down the page to read the ingredients list.

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