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Whether you like their products or not, you have to admit that Sunday Riley skincare is killing it. And Sunday Riley Tidal Water Cream Brightening Enzyme is the latest product in the ever-expanding Sunday Riley beauty empire, with a product deemed a “next-generation water cream.” Aside from the fancy name and modernist packaging, the product does stand up to my analytical eye, with two forms of hyaluronic acid, papaya enzymes, and a high concentration of alpha arbutin — 1% — amongst the highest I’ve seen in a product. This makes this cream a great add-on for anyone with dry skin and dark spots, but a cream not recommended for anyone with oily skin. For more, read on.
Alpha Arbutin at 1% Concentration is an Effective Skin Lightener
Alpha arbutin is proof that you can’t be afraid of every ingredient that is banned in Europe and Japan. It has rarely been associated with negative side effects — even more rarely than hydroquinone — and is used consistently in the US. Due to this ban, my only consideration is that it should not be used by anyone with darker skin tones, similar to hydroquinone.
Alpha arbutin works like the vast majority of hyperpigmentation inhibitors, including hydroquinone: It works by inhibiting tyrosinase, the enzyme essential to melanin production in the skin (Journal of Cosmetic Science). Alpha arbutin is more potent than beta arbutin in lightening the skin; both 1% alpha arbutin and 1% beta arbutin are considered to be more potent than 4% kojic acid in lightening the skin. Still, neither alpha arbutin nor beta arbutin are as effective as 2-4% hydroquinone in lightening dark spots, improving melasma, and improving hyperpigmentation overall.
Papaya Enzyme Smoothes the Skin
The key behind papaya enzyme is in its constituent papain. An exfoliant derived from tropical fruits like pineapple and papaya, papain contains proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes that leave skin smoother and softer (The Complete Book of Enzyme Therapy). It can leave your skin soft, smooth, and free of flaky dead skin cells, but without the burning sensation some people experience with an acid peel. In a product like Sunday Riley Tidal Water Cream Brightening Enzyme, it is designed to slough away old, resistant, dry skin cells to lead way for ingredients like alpha arbutin to improve the appearance of the skin and work their proverbial magic.
.Sunday Riley Tidal Water Cream Brightening Enzyme is a great product for those with dry skin and dark spots. I don’t recommend it for anyone with dark skin tones, oily or acne-prone skin, however.
Ingredients In Sunday Riley Tidal Water Cream Brightening Enzyme
Water, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed Gum, Ethyl Macadamiate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer (and) Lecithin, Isododecane, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Strelitzia Nicolai (Bird of Paradise flower) Seed Aril Extract, Alpha-Arbutin, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) seed extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Papain and Carbome 1, 2-Hexanediol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Algin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract (and) Melia Azadirachta Flower (Neem) Extract (and) Amino Esters-1 (and) Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract (and) Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract (and) Lawsonia Inermis Extract (and) Ocimum Sanctum Leaf (Holy Basil) Extract, Pearl Powder, Fragrance, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.