• Contains kojic acid and arbutin to help reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Natural alternative to chemical skin lightener hydroquinone - less likely to cause irritation
  • Contains cucumber and anti-bacterial thyme to soothe and calm skin
  • Helps maintain results following invasive cosmetic procedures
  • Ideal for all skin types
  • Attractive packaging


  • Very expensive
  • Results seem to vary between individuals

Full Review

SkinCeuticals products do not come cheap. But are they worth the hefty price tag? A bottle of the SkinCeuticals Phyto+ comes in at $72 for a 1oz bottle in store. Designed to treat hyperpigmentation and sun damage, this is branded as a gel, but is more like a liquid/serum.

It comes in a small glass bottle with an eyedropper. The liquid itself is bright green, but thankfully it doesn't stain your skin in any way. It needs to be used both morning and night, after cleansing and before moisturizer. Thankfully, although the bottle is small, it does last – I've got about 5 months use from one bottle.

The SkinCeuticals Phyto Plus contains kojic acid, rather than hydroquinone for skin lightening power. While this suits me fine, apparently some people can suffer a reaction to this, although technically, it's a more natural, kinder alternative.

Overall, it does take time to work – I had some dark sun damaged spots on my temples that I wanted to eradicate, and it took around 4 months before they had almost gone. I'm quite mixed in my feelings towards this product. Yes, it works, but it works slowly, and I think my skin would be better with something hydroquinone based, as my pigmentation is deeper in my skin dermis and so needs more radical treatment.

What the SkinCeuticals Phyto Plus did do really well was as a post-peel healer. I had a few medium density peels on my skin and used this as part of my recovery regime and it really seemed to deliver a rapid reaction in terms of easing redness, fading marks and smoothing out that lower dermal damage.

In Closing

SkinCeuticals is a well-known medical skincare company, and all the ingredients used are pure, pharmaceutical grade, which is something I feel reassured by. Phyto Plus seems to be something people either love or hate – because it either works or it doesn't – it really seems to be a gamble, that's dependent on your skin type and tone. While it is a lot to spend on a 'gamble' – if you are one of the lucky ones that get the great results, then I'm sure it's worth every cent.

If you're interested to see more hyperpigmentation products online, Amazon offer a really wide range at the best prices, including SkinCeuticals at $10 less than the in-store price.