Gentle Magic Review: Does Gentle Magic bleach skin?

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Gentle Magic Skincare Review

You’ve probably seen Gentle Magic products in every supermarket you’ve visited in Southern Africa and you’ve probably heard someone talking about them. The Gentle magic products range from about R14-R57. They are dermatologically tested and come in really simple packaging. Their range includes the skincare soap, skincare lotion, skincare cream, skincare serum, skincare mask, skincare balm and skincare oil.

  • The Skincare Soap

The Skincare Soap comes in a 100g green bar. It uses uses mico-granules to exfoliate the skin and leave it feeling fresher and clearer. Also helps to eliminate fungal and bacterial activity on the skin to keep it healthy. It foams up really well but it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry.

Price: ±R10.00

  • The Skincare Mask

The skincare mask is a rich, exfoliating facial scrub with natural Kaolin clay to draw out impurities and resurfacing jojoba beads to promote a healthier, radiant glow. It comes in a 100ml tube.

Price: ±R32.95

  • The Skincare Lotion

The Skincare Lotion comes in a 125ml clear bottle. It gently disinfects skin to protect it from spot-causing germs and bacteria. It also helps control oil, unblocks clogged pores and minimizes them. It contains vitamin B3 and ethyl alcohol which may make your skin tingle a little bit.

Price: ±R11.95

  • The Skincare cream

Skincare Cream comes in a 50ml container. It mattifies the skin, reduces oiliness, controls shine and promotes a healthy looking skin. The Gentle magic skincare cream is a mattifying moisturiser enriched with pure silica powders and Vitamin B3 for a healthy, shine-free skin.

Price: ±R18.95

  • The Skincare Serum

The Skincare Serum helps to reduce blemishes, protects against harmful sunlight, increases vascular activity and oxygenation, promotes healthy subcutaneous growth. It comes in a 50ml tube. The packaging used to indicate that it contained SPF but that isn’t reflected in the packaging anymore (I don’t know why).

Price: ±R26.95

  • The skincare oil

The Gentle magic oil is non-greasy & fast absorbing. It’s loaded with Vitamin E & Rosehip seed oil for instant skin rejuvenation. It promotes a youthful, radiant looking skin tone. It comes in a 70ml bottle. I personally feel like it didn’t do much for me so I stopped using it. If you have really dry skin then this would be perfect for you.

Price: ±R35.95

So what is really in the Gentle Magic products?

Here is a list if some of the ingredients in Gentle Magic products.

Aqua: Is essentially just water. It is primarily used to dissolve other ingredients in preparations of cosmetics and personal care products.

Glycerin: It hydrates the skin, leaving it looking fresh, smooth and dewy. Glycerin is great for all skin types, including sensitive skin and oily skin because it is very lightweight therefore it does not clog pores.

Stearic Acid: is an emollient, i.e it is a cream that moisturizes your skin, leaving it feeling hydrated and smooth. Stearic Acid also acts as an emulsifier, i.e it mixes water with oils and stabilizes the mixure.

D-Panthenol: Also known as pro-vitamin B5. It basically moisturises the skin. Pro-Vitamin B5 keeps the skin moisturized throughout the day by absorbing moisture from the air into the skin.

Cetostearyl Alcohol: It thickens and stabilizes cosmetic products. Unlike other types of alcohol, it not drying or irritating.

EDTA: Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) is a stabilizer used in cosmetics to prevent ingredients in a given formula from binding with trace elements (particularly minerals) that can be present in water. EDTA also keeps other ingredients from causing unwanted changes to a product’s texture, odor, and/or consistency.

Triethanolamine: Is a pH balancer and emulsion stabilizer in skincare products. It also enhances the penetration of the product into the skin.

Propyl Paraben and Methyl Paraben: Are basically perseveratives used in skincare to extend the shelf-life of a product life by preventing the growth of many kinds of bacteria, mould, and yeast.

MethylSulfonylMethane: is a naturally occurring form of organic sulfur. It provides the body with the sulphur that is required for optimum collagen and keratin production, which helps keep skin healthy and strong to guard against premature ageing and skin damage.

So does gentle magic have bleaching agents?

Essentially, it is possible that Gentle magic products contain MethylSulfonylMethane, EDTA and Triethanolamine lauryl sulphate in substantial concentrations, leading to faster and deeper penetration of other ingredients that may be the reason why people get noticeable results in a short period of time. So it is not that gentle magic bleaches your skin, it just gets rid of your uneven skin tone, revealing your “true” complexion. Also MethylSulfonylMethane blocks harmful UVB rays, so it kind of helps prevent your skin from tanning, hence maintaining a lighter complexion.

Some people observe that even if they stop using the products their complexion stays “light” because gentle magic got rid of the all than “tan”.

Gentle Magic clearly states on their website that their products are dermatologically tested and are routinely sent for testing by independent laboratories. They also state that their products do not contain any bleaching agents.

So what do the numbers on Gentle Magic packaging indicate?

The numbers on the packaging do not indicate the intensity of the products. Those numbers just show which batch the product came from. Those numbers make it easier for the company to identify which batch the product came from which makes it easier for them to recall them if there is a problem.


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