SkinCeuticals' New Moisturizer Rings In At $105 — Here's Why It's Actually Worth It

A product that treats dark spots, redness, and inflammation while hydrating skin? I'm in.

SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment
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SkinCeuticals has long been at the forefront of the beauty industry, and the brand leads the charge in the medical aesthetic skincare realm. Their innovative serums and top-of-the-line moisturizers are beloved by dermatologists, celebrities, and real everyday people alike. Simply because they work.

Sure, the products have a bit of a steep price tag, but it's for good reason. And the brand's latest drop, the Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment, is no exception.

According to SkinCeuticals partner physician, Dr. Alicia Barba, the product was crafted with synergistic modulation technology to enhance skin tone, texture, clarity, and overall radiance. A few key ingredients like 2% alpha arbutin, 3% azelaic acid, and 5.75% phyto botanical blend, help to achieve those enviable effects.

"If you're someone looking for bright, clear, smooth skin without the use of hydroquinone or retinols that can cause irritation and redness, the [Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment is] is a great way to achieve the skin brightness and clarity you're looking for in a format that's gentle enough for daily use. " Dr. Barba tells InStyle.

SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment

To shop:; $105

Now to get into the nitty gritty of these ingredients, alpha arbutin helps to inhibit "melanosome maturation," meaning it treats discoloration and hyperpigmentation from acne or other inflammatory conditions, while the azelaic acid promotes cell turnover to reduce clogged pores and excess oil, according to Dr. Barba. And for the cherry on top, she says that the brand's phyto botanical blend targets inflammation and redness for an overall clearer complexion.

"This lightweight, daily moisturizer helps correct out-of-balance skin to improve radiance, texture and clarity while soothing the skin," she says.

After trying it for myself, I can truly say that one use of the moisturizer soothed my dry, irritated skin's redness (and on the coldest day of the year). My stubborn acne scars were visibly less noticeable, my cheeks appeared less flushed, current blemishes were less red, and my skin felt hydrated.

Plus, it does all this without the heaviness or greasiness of other moisturizers.

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But don't just take my word for it. The product also saw great results in clinical trials with patients reporting, on average, an overall decrease of post-blemish marks by 20%, improvement in rough skin texture by 19%, and reduction pore-clogging surface oil by 28%.

Plus the new product is beloved by Dr. Barba's real-life clients for "its brightening and skin-soothing properties."

"Its clinically proven results demonstrate its impressive efficacy, making it such a great addition to an existing regimen, morning or night," the MD shares. "I know users will love this because it is a simple step that makes a noticeable difference."

The best part? It's even safe for those with sensitive skin (I can attest!). "It is gentle, yet allows for a nice glow," Dr. Barba notes.

The SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment is available now at

The Splurge is our recurring column dedicated to expensive beauty products that are worth it. This week why SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment is worth it's $105 price tag.

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