Review! Hydropeptide LUMAPRO-C

Leslie here with a skin care review! I recently participated in a campaign with BrandBacker and was able to receive a new serum from Hydropeptide for review purposes! I have been giving the LUMAPRO-C a trial run on my skin for the last month, and I’m here to let you guys know if it is worth the splurge! So let’s dive right in!

The Product:

LUMAPRO-C Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector from Hydropeptide. Available on their website for $148 for 1 oz of product.


The Claims:

This is a pigment correcting serum that safely brightens any complexion. It is a drug free formula with 8 key brightening ingredients that powerfully address existing hyper-pigmentation by encouraging resurfacing and prevent excess pigmentation from accumulating in the future by blocking key factors that cause uneven complexion.

This targets all kinds of pigmentation issues including age spots, sun damage, and pigmentation from acne and “pregnancy mask” (otherwise known as Melasma).

I don’t have a TON of hyper-pigmentation, but I do have spots of acne scars and inconsistency in tone all over due to freckles.


Most of the key ingredients are honestly not anything I have heard of before – I thought they just made them all up! But after researching them, they are legit clinical ingredients. Listed below are the key ingredients, and in layman’s terms what that means/ why they are included in the deck.

  • DermalRX SRC: Yeast extract and soy amino acids (a skin resurfacing oligopeptide derived from bio-fermentation. it actively refines and restores skin texture and radiance safely)
  • ALGAKTIV LightSKN: Plankton extract and lecithin (evens the skin tone and dramatically reduces skin age spots thanks to its smart melanin modulation. it acts as a whitening agent.)
  • SymWhite 377: Phenylethyl resorcinol (used in a wide range of cosmetic applications to brighten the skin tone, treat uneven skin tone, as well as diminish the appearance of dark facial & armpit hair.)
  • Brightenyl: Diglucosyl gallic acid (restores a perfect and even skin tone by blocking the melanogenesis process at several levels and by protecting the skin and preventing its inflammation. 4x times more potent than vitamin C.)
  • Belides NP: Bellis perennis (daisy) flower extract (recommended for use in skin-lightening cosmetics and in case of pigmentation disorders, hyperpigmentation or age spots.)
  • SymVital AgeRepair: Zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract (Reduces the number and depth of deep and medium wrinkles and plumps up the skin by pushing the wrinkles from the inside out)
  • Metabiotics Resveratrol: Pichia/reservatrol ferment extract (a non-animal derived ingredient offering anti-wrinkle, skin firming / smoothing and anti-inflammatory properties. promotes collagen synthesis.)
  • BV-OSC: Tetrahex­yldecyl ascorbate (a stable, oil soluble form of Vitamin C. Studies have shown it to stimulate collagen production as well as clarifying and brightening the skin by inhibiting (the production of pigment), thereby promoting a more even skin tone. Unlike ascorbic acid, it will not exfoliate or irritate skin.)

**Sidebar- if you are confused about what a ‘peptide’ is, Paula’s Choice does an outstanding job of explaining all common ingredients and buzzwords of skincare. View their explanation of peptides here!

It looks like most of the ingredients are ‘whitening’ which is a popular skin care goal in a ton of cultures around the globe. But overall brightening and tightening will improve the look of your skin, and ultimately help you look a little younger!

The product also contains Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Lime, and Tangerine peel extracts- assisting in the brightening AND giving this the most delicious, juicy scent!

The full ingredient list is slightly different on the package than on their website, so here is the packaging.


First Impressions:

In my experience, any product claiming to brighten, whiten, or fade spots tends to really irritate my sensitive skin.They almost feel like they are just burning any spots off of my face.

But I was pleasantly surprised that this serum did not sting or burn! Depending on the intensity of steps I take before (i.e. if I use a mask and my pores are more open), there were times it was a little red in places after application. But no discomfort, itching, or over drying. They recommend using this AM and PM, so I pared down my regimen to incorporate this twice a day. I was also surprised that this serum did not affect makeup application or increase oiliness throughout the day! I am super particular about things I put on my face for day time. And this has slipped in quite nice to my day routine!

And did I mention it smells amazing?? Like candy. Delicious tangy candy.

Results/ Before & After

This product MAINLY deals with pigmentation issues, so a before and after will be super helpful! Here is a basic, no touch ups, before and after photo. This was using the same ring light at the same time of day. These photos are THREE WEEKS apart.


L-before, R-after

The main difference I can tell right away is that my skin looks healthier on the right. It has a glow and an even tone. My freckles do not seem to be affected (yay!) but everything just looks much more even.

I decided to throw a few intense filters on these photos because it kind of shows you things you can’t see right away. First, let’s look at the “Color Enhance” filter:


L-before, R-after

Look at that difference! The redness is so much more toned down on the right and you can really tell how much more even my skin tone is.

This next one is the “Equalize” filter:


L-before, R-after

Look how much the redness has gone! And isn’t it crazy that my freckles are actually more intense in the after – but everything is a little more evened out? I knew this serum was doing great things, but I couldn’t tell how awesome until I saw it through these filters.

The Verdict:

So as far as fading hyper pigmentation, I can’t say that I had too many issues that I personally needed to correct to begin with. I have some acne scarring, that I do feel it starting to lighten up with everything else. So I can’t attest to how well this will work for someone with areas of concern.

BUT- things I did not know this serum would even ADDRESS- I have not had a breakout since I started using this product. You read that correctly. NO BREAKOUTS- NOT EVEN HORMONAL, which I can usually never avoid. Does it say it combats that? No. Does this make it a game changer? YES.

And the redness! I had no idea it was even addressing the redness around my nose and chin. I have such a hard time with those areas and redness, so if this can help to calm and eventually eliminate that- well then I might need to make room in the budget for this sucker!

You made it to the end! I really hope you enjoyed my review, and thanks for reading!


 This post is Powered by BrandBacker, and samples were received free of charge for review purposes.

Use code BBLUMA20 to receive 20% off your LumaPro-C purchase! (not an affiliate code, I receive no compensation if you place an order. Just sharing the savings!!)

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