Friday, July 11, 2014

Belo Intensive Whitening Bar (Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid)

Half of 2014 has gone by, and I've had a pretty nice realization. I'd rather spend on trips to the great outdoors than malls. This means, if I had the budget, I'd rather go hiking than buy a new dress. So much for being a girl!

Early this year, I've been bitten by the travel bug. Every month, my traveling friends would either go sightseeing, hiking, or do adventures (zipline, yes?). As much as I enjoy it, these trips have taken toll on my skin. Even though my friends refer to me as "the one who doesn't change color" (or get darker), at the end of the day I still get those pesky tan lines, and my limbs aren't as fair as they use to be.

Enter the heaven-sent Belo Intensive Whitening Bar. I received a sample last May from Glamourbox, and I remember promising myself to use it after summer. I guess now's the perfect time to put it to test!

Belo Intensive Whitening Bar (Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid)

Belo Intensive Whitening Bar is quite new in the market, and it claims to be Belo's most most effective product innovation. We all know Kojic Acid, as it's the most popular whitening agent used in Japan. One peek at our grocery shelves alone is enough to let you see its popularity also here in the Philippines. But what's unique about Belo Intensive Whitening Bar is that it combines both Kojic Acid and Tranexamic Acid - which makes it 64% better than products with Kojic Acid alone.


Kojic Acid is an organic compound that effectively inhibits the production of tyrosinase and melanin giving skin a visibly lighter appearance. Tranexamic Acid, on the other hand, is a peptide proven to inhibit inflammation and melanin formation. It is ideal for stubborn dark spots that do not respond to other skin lightening ingredients.


First impression? My, what a skinny bar of soap! For its price, it better be good.

I've tried another brand of Kojic Acid soap before, so I braced myself for the "dry skin days" ahead. Surprisingly, I did not have that problem with Belo Intensive Whitening Bar. What's weird in a very good way was my skin feels squeaky clean in shower, but soft and supple afterwards - no lotion required. Also, I like its sweet scent of this soap - other whitening soaps don't smell as nice as this.

This soap can be used on the face and body, but I choose to just use it on my body. I've experience no stinging or itchiness, though that could probably happen if you have sensitive skin or if you use it on the face. I've been using this everyday for a week now, and so far I've noticed its skin brightening effect. On the 7th day, I rubbed my skin slightly while taking my shower, and the dead skin cells all over my body came off like it's nobody's business. (Yup, including thy underams! Yey!) So yeah, no need for a separate body scrub as well.

 Lookie! :D

Before & After

I used the soap on my body, but concentrated it on my left arm for the purpose of this review. The photo is not edited, except for cropping, labels, and watermark. The whitening effect is subtle since it's just been 7 days, so what more if you use this long term?


So does Belo Intensive Whitening Bar work? You bet it does! So far, 2 of my sisters have traded their bar soaps to this as per my endless raving.

Price: P59.75 for 65g
Available in leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide

Dr. Vicki Belo is an authority in the health and beauty industry, catering to every Filipino - from celebrities to the general public alike. I'm actually happy when Belo decided to make beauty more accessible through their affordable yet effective mass-market products. I haven't tried a Belo product that I didn't like, so to sum it up, they really know their stuff!

Love,
Helen

51 comments:

  1. It looks a lot like Koji bar I see in the groceries and drugstores. I'm glad that this worked for girls who want it <3

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    1. Lahat sila orange! :D Yeah, I'm glad it works too.

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  2. How long does a bar last? It does look really thin!

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    1. On me, 3 weeks when used once a day. On my friend, a little over a week. :\

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  3. Is this more effective than kojie san kojic acid soap? Thank you!

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    1. For me, yes. I like this one better because it's not as drying as Kojie.san.

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  4. Nakakatanggal po b ng pimpes at pimple marks

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    1. Hindi ko masabi eh, di ko kasi tinry sa face.

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  5. What if po once a day lang nagagamit? May effect pa din ba? Thanks

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    1. Yes, I used this only during the evening. But make sure to not expose yourself to the sun in the morning. Wear long sleeves and use an umbrella. :)

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  6. What if once a day lang nagagamit, may effect pa din ba? Thanks

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    1. Yes, I used this only during the evening. But make sure to not expose yourself to the sun in the morning. Wear long sleeves and use an umbrella. :)

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  7. Once a day mo po ba ginagamit to?

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  8. Once a day po sa buong body. Pero sa braso and face twice

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  9. ok lang po ba gumamit ng nylon bath loofah pag gagamit neto o hindi po yun recommended dahil baka masobrahan sa exfoliation yung skin, thanks po

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    1. I think it's okay to use it as is. Or pde ifoam mo siya sa bath lily para mas mabula, pero wag na yung hard loofah baka mairritate lang skin mo.

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  10. Hi helen :) ask ko lng po gumagamit na kc ako ng ibang kojic brands tpos bumili ako ngaun ng kojic belo pwede ko ba xa gamitin agad khit gumamit nako ng ibang kojic?

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    1. Ok lang yun, kahit may warning sa likod na wag muna ibang whitening. Parang scary yung nakasulat diba, pero mas gentle pa ito kesa sa ibang kojic brands na natry ko. This one leaves my skin soft pa nga. :)

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  11. Pwede po ba gamitin ung belo kojic khit gumagamit ako ng ibang kojic soap?

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    1. Yup pwede naman, pero stick to this one na muna para malaman mo if nagttake effect siya sayo o hindi. Wag sabay sabay ng different brands.

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  12. NOPE! "Discontinue other whitening brands one week prior to use as this may not be compatible with Belo Intensive Whitening Bar." Yan po nakasulat sa back nung Belo soap.

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    1. But if you've tried the soap itself, gentle siya e. Weird enough... But it's nice.

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  13. Oo nga e..nkakatakot ung warning :) thanks :)

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  14. I suggest you cut the bar of soap into two or three pieces. It can really save you some money and the soap will last longer.

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  15. Hi, how long do you keep the lather on your skin before you rinse off, okay lang ba mga 5 mins? Thanks!

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    1. Mga ganun lang. Length of around 2 songs habang kumakanta sa shower. Haha :D

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  16. Pwede kaya gumamit ng eskinol after nito? Baka kasi makasunog ng skin. Thanks :)

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    1. Di ko lang sure, I've never tried Eskinol.

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  17. Hi. May ginamit kang lotion kasabay ng soap?

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    1. Minsan. Pero di whitening lotion ginamit ko kasabay nito para makita kung effective ba siya on its own.

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  18. my aunt brought this to our home and I asked if I can try some on my face. Damn just 3 mins in I can already feel the tightening. If this is effective, I'll use this 3 times a day lol (Laban kung laban xD)

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    1. Haha! How nice of your aunt. How's it working so far? :)

      Thanks so much!

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  19. hi ms helen. wanna try this as soon as possible! nakakalighten ba din ito ng dark spots yung pimple noon na na dark spot na? and what product po pala ginagamit mo sa face? hope u can help me get rid of my dark spots caused by pimples and breakouts huhuhuhu thanks and more power!

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    1. Hi Lady! I don't use this on my face so I can't tell, but based on other people's experiences nag wwork rin ito on dark spots. I just use SPF on my face to prevent darkening, but I don't use a particular product that reduces spots. Sorry. :\

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  20. I've been using it for two months now and let it sit on my skin 5min twice a day and it wasn't that effective at all for me!

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    1. Do you get sun exposure? Do cover up, use SPF, or an umbrella so it won't negate the whitening effect of this soap. Or you may want to combine it with their new lotion from this range as well. Haven't tried that one yet, though.

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  21. Can I use it? A 17 yr one.

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    1. No indicated age, but I recommend use for ages 18+.

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  22. Pwd po ba gumamit kht 17yrs old?

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    1. No indicated age, but I recommend use for ages 18+.

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  23. I've been using it for 2 days na and it did gave me a tingly sensation. I only leave it for 2 mins scared na maburn yung skin ko. Been having lots of breakouts lately and sana malighten niya ito. It really does take a toll on my self esteem.

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    1. Hope this works out for you, J! Try Celeteque's Acne Solutions Gel Moisturizer (P355). I use it to treat my occasional breakouts.

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  24. Hi ms. helen! ano pong ginagamit mo sa face?

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  25. Okay lang ba na gumamit ng ibang soap? Kaka-ubos lang kasi ng Belo Kojic soap ko at di pa ko nakakabili huhu.

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  26. How long should I use the soap? Like for example I already meet my desire skin tone, should I discontinue using it? Thanks!

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