I don’t use whitening soaps to get fairer skin but more to brighten my dull complexion. This goes especially after a trip to the beach when my skin gets really ashy. I only go to the beach once or twice per year and this is the only time I allow my skin to be exposed to the sun.
Since I actively avoid sun exposure (I work from home, much of my time is spent indoors), I’m quite fair. In the rare occasion that I do head out, I always wear a sunblock with at least SPF 50. That’s how serious I am about avoiding the sun.
You can imagine how positively vampiric my skin tone has become since it’s the rainy season here in the tropics.
I picked up the Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar because 1) I had great experiences with its older sibling, the Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid Intensive Whitening Soap (review here) and 2) plain curiosity.
What is it: Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar
According to the brand, the Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar is:
An intensive whitening bar with glycerin that deeply moisturizes and nourishes dry and dull skin.
Proven to moisturize 42% better that regular Kojic soaps.
With glycerin – a powerful moisturizing agent that prevents moisture loss and restores the skin’s firmness and elasticity
The soap is orange in color, just like all of the whitening soaps sold here in PH. However, this one is translucent and this is the reason why I wanted to try this, never tried a glycerin soap before!
Right off the bat, I noticed that the Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar doesn’t lather up as quickly as the brand’s older whitening soap. It takes a while to work up a lather and the lather itself isn’t as dense. This doesn’t bother me although it meant using more of the product to get a decent lather.
This is the first time I used a whitening soap all over the body, I typically use whitening soaps on my face. I do feel that this soap is much gentler on the skin. My skin doesn’t feel too dry and itchy compared to the old kojic soap.
When I used the old whitening soap by Belo, my skin felt tight the first time I used it. I did not feel any skin tightness at all. Initially, I was wondering if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I feel that the new formula wasn’t as potent as the old formula but by the second day, my face started drying up a bit. This is a sign that it’ll start peeling soon so I suppose the new formula is just as potent.
By the third day, my facial skin took on a darker, shinier tone. The sides of my nose and my inner cheeks started peeling. A week and a half later, the skin all over my body started taking on a much lighter tone. There was minimal peeling, almost imperceptible. My skin became radiant too. As for my facial skin, it was still peeling even after 2 weeks of use.
Anyhoo, the Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar is tinier than most whitening soaps I’ve seen so I felt that this won’t last for a month. FYI: I use the soap every single day since I got it. I did not cut the soap into smaller pieces to extend usage.
Update: As of writing this, I’ve been using the soap for 16 days and I still have a bit of the soap left. I think the soap will last for another week or two, which certainly exceeded my expectations. Now to illustrate its whitening and brightening effects, here’s a before and after picture. On the left was the day I started using the soap and on the right is a week or so after using the soap:
At a glance, it seems as if there wasn’t a lot of changes in my skin tone. Well, I was at my fairest even before using the soap but my skin has a sallowness to it, a strong yellow undertone if you look closely. On the right, my skin looks brighter and whiter.
Also, my face was breaking out. Not sure if the soap was the culprit because I’ve made changes in my skin routine during testing + hormones issues, maybe. As you can see from the picture above, my skin tone is uneven and the sides of my nose look extra dark. That’s because my skin is still peeling almost 3 weeks after using the soap.
Update: I’ve been using the soap for 22 days now and here’s a before and after picture:
As you can see, my skin has become even fairer on the right. You might think how my knuckles were positioned differently between pics affected the color of my skin but zero in on the skin below the wrist.
This was taken exactly 8 days apart and the difference speaks for itself. I stopped using the soap on my face after the 2-week mark because I’ve been breaking out heavily. Again, not sure if the soap is the culprit since I’m also testing out different skin care products.
So I used the soap for a total of 23 days, not bad for a whitening soap this tiny. I had a teensy bit of the soap left but it is no longer usable so I threw it away.
The whitening effect is gradual and the results are quite subtle. But it does work and that’s the most important thing about the Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar.
However, at less than PhP 100 per tiny bar, I thought this product is a little steep. I saw other brands offering similar products in packs of 3s that cost PhP 120! And each bar was massive! Sure, you’re probably paying for the extra glycerin and other manufacturing costs but I wish the Belo brand would give more of the product at a reasonable price.
This is the same issue I had with another Belo product. I wish the brand would charge less if you’re getting less product. I’ve no problems paying more if I’m getting my money’s worth.
Will I repurchase the Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar? Probably not, it doesn’t really stand out from all the other whitening soaps I’ve tried before. That being said, I’ve only tried, like, a couple of other whitening soaps in the past so take that for what it is.