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Minimalist Alpha Arbutin 2% Serum Review

minimalist alpha arbutin serum review

Minimalist Alpha Arbutin 2% Serum Review – Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid 1% Serum – This brand is known to be the Indian version of ‘The Ordinary’ but, with more of budget friendly approach. Previous to this, i was using the Loreal Crystal Micro Essence which i have already reviewed for you guys.


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For Oily skin, Acne Prone Skin – Use along with niacinamide serum for best results.

I recommend using a Niacinamide serum (Reviewed Here) of 5-7% concentration for better skin tolerance, Anything higher(Like 10%) could cause breakouts.

For Pigmentation – Use Alpha arbutin serum religiously along with Vitamin C Serum for 3 months to get even toned glowing skin.

Follow up with a good moisturiser.

For best results, Wait for at least 2 minutes before layering another serum over the Alpha arbutin serum.

Although Alpha Arbutin is the mildest skin lightener with no known side effects, it is better to do a patch test behind your ear or near the jawline.


Read on to know how it fared on my skin which is normal-sensitive type.

Minimalist serum review

Product Details

An anti-pigmentation daily serum with Alpha Arbutin dramatically reduces dark spots and blemishes for brighter, even-looking skin.

Why it’s awesome:

A soothing, skin tone enhancer with a potent & safe skin lightening active Alpha Arbutin (9 times more effective than beta Arbutin) that ensures even tone in 5 weeks.

An ultra-light formula that easily absorbs into the skin is also proven to reduce the degree of sun tanning to a great extent after UV exposure, resulting in clear, radiant skin.

You MUST use a sunscreen of 30-50 SPF+++  along with this to protect your skin. WHY?

Melanin protects our skin against the UV rays of the sun.

The alpha arbutin inhibits the production of melanin so there is nothing to protect our skin if we do not apply sunscreen.

So do not skip sunscreen at any cost. Reapply every 4 hours too.

minimalist alpha arbutin serum review

Minimalist Alpha Arbutin Serum Price

30ml – 549 bucks.

You can get this on sale on all online shopping websites.

Amazon – BuyNow

Ingredient Analysis

Minimalist serum contains an excellent combination of hydrating, skin brightening and antiaging elements that work together to improve your skin health, texture and tone.

minimalist alpha arbutin serum ingredients

Ingredient analysis credit

minimalist alpha arbutin ingredient Analysis

minimalist alpha arbutin serum


Apply 2-3 drops after cleansing and hydrating with Hyaluronic Acid in the morning (AM) and evening (PM). You can spread it all over your face with a gentle circular motion.

Using Hyaluronic Acid before Alpha Arbutin enhances its absorption.

Wait for 1-2 minutes for the Alpha Arbutin to penetrate your skin’s deeper layers before going in with your other serums or moisturizers.

For brighter skin complexion,

  • Layer it with AHAs /BHAs.
  • Apply Hyaluronic Acid, and then Alpha Arbutin serum.
  • People with sensitive skin can use Niacinamide instead of AHA/BHA along with Alpha Arbutin.
  • Sunscreen

Since it lessens the production of melanin, the skin should always be protected with a high SPF 30 and above sunscreen to avoid sunburn.

Although this serum is proven to show effect in 4-5 weeks for full benefits, we recommend to use it religiously for 2-3 months daily. Since it is also a preventive serum, keep using it to avoid new dark patches.

Colour And Consistency

The minimalist alpha arbutin serum is clear in colour.

It does not have any fragrance and has slimy gel like texture.

minimalist alpha arbutin serum

My Experience

Skin Type – Normal Sensitive

Finally. we have come to the minimalist alpha arbutin serum review part.

The Minimalist alpha arbutin serum is slimy maybe because of the Aloe Vera juice in it. It does not have a not runny consistency.

The serum does absorbed quickly and there is no sticky feel at all.

minimalist alpha arbutin serum review

You only need 3 drops of serum for your entire face and neck. But, i usually focus on my problem areas.

As i have sensitive skin, I did a patch test twice just to be sure. This serum did not irritate my skin at all. I advise you do the same too as the serum contains alpha arbutin 2% which is pretty potent.

Irritation And Breakouts?

I generally get tiny pimples, bumpy skin or tingling sensation when introducing new products to my skin but, this time around fortunately there wasn’t any reaction like that.

There is no fragrance or nasty chemicals added in this Minimalist serum either. That is a extra plus for those with sensitive skin.

In Short, My skin loves this serum. 🙂

***Although the brand recommends us to use this serum twice a day, i use it only at night followed by Vitamin c serum and a good moisturiser. I could still see results.


The Minimalist alpha arbutin serum is like a magic potion for me.

It did add a glow to my skin in less than a week which never happened before.

My skin appeared so smooth and calm without the bumpy texture and visible pores.

This serum does not make my skin oily or sticky even after hours of applying it. It is certainly so light weight that you can totally forget about it after applying it.

My skin tone actually got visibly brighter only after 3 weeks.

The Minimalist alpha arbutin serum does lighten acne scars, and dark spots.

I could definitely see changes in skin tone and texture but, it could differ for everybody.

It may take up to 12 weeks for acne scars, dark spots and hyper-pigmentation to fade completely but, you can see the patch lightening in about a month which is impressive.


Good packaging

Budget friendly

Slimy gel based texture

Non sticky and matte

No tingling or purging

Lasts for 3 months

Suitable for all skin types

Shows visible results

Adds a glow to your skin in less than a week

Skin appears smoother and less bumpy

Tightens pores

Controls oil production

No irritation or breakouts

Prevents new acne breakouts

Fades dark spots and hyperpigmentation

Improves skin texture and tone

Can be layered with makeup


Nothing 🙂

19/02/2022 – The recent batch does not seem to be as effective as before. 🙁 Formula change or low quality?? So, i wont be repurchasing this anymore.

Will I Recommend Minimalist Alpha Arbutin Serum?

Yes, absolutely.

If you have dull skin with problems like dark spots or pigmentation. you can certainly give this a chance. I’m sure your skin will love it.

Once again i repeat, do a patch test first and check whether it suits your skin.

Rating – 5/5

That is the first product i have given five star rating in all my years of blogging. 🙂 And this is not by any chance a paid review.

We have come to the end of Minimalist Serum Review – Alpha Arbutin 2% And HA 1%.

See You Again Next Week With Another Review Or Recipe.

Have A Wonderful Week Ahead Guys. 🙂




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  1. Can i use alpha arbutin serum on my lips , becouse my lip have deep dark lining around it.Does it lighten my lips?

    • Sorry for the delay in responding to comments. It’s not recommended to use Alpha Arbutin 2% face serum on your lips, as it’s formulated for the face and may not be safe for ingestion or ingestion of its particles. If you’re looking for a lip serum or treatment, it’s best to use products specifically designed for the lips.

    • Unfortunately Yes, The new formulation is not as effective as the old one. The old formulation was perfect in itself, I do not understand why the brand had to reformulate and ruin it. None the less, you may want to consider trying other alpha arbutin serums from brands such as Suganda, De-construct, or The Ordinary. Hope that helped, Devika.

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