Clarifying Glow Serum

I just noticed that I have never done a post explaining what my serum does or contains! Since many of you are using my serum now, I decided to sit down and write about it.

I created this serum to target my skin concerns: acne, inflammation, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and sunspots.

I chose the ingredients very carefully, and since I’m making this for myself and not for profit, I didn’t skimp on good ingredients; otherwise, what’s the point of making it yourself?

You can get the Clarifying Glow Serum for yourself right here!

Clarifying Glow Serum Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice, Rose hydrosol, Hydrocotyl (Centella Asiatica) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Niacinamide, Squalane oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, N-acetylglucosamine, Glycerin (and) Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (and) Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (and) Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract (and) Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract (and) Gluconolactone), Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Morus Nigra Leaf Extract, panthenol, Sodium lactate, Lactobacillus/lemon peel ferment extract (and) butylene glycol, Alpha Arbutin, Sea buckthorn oil, Rosehip seed CO2, Cetearyl Alcohol & Glyceryl Stearate & Chlorelleth-20, Dehydroacetic acid Benzyl Alcohol, Cucumis sativus seed oil, Pelargonium graveolens oil, sclerotium gum.


Aloe Barbadensis Juice and Rose hydrosol: used for their soothing properties.

Centella Asiatica: You know me: I have a soft spot for Centella. So of course I had to include it. Centella has been used for a long time to help heal wounds and treat eczema. Studies have shown that the main constituents of Centella- Asiatic acid, madecassic acid, and asiaticoside- help increase collagen production and improve skin strength.

Licorice: soothing, anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory. Contains liquiritin and isoliquertine so it might help brighten the skin.

Willow Bark Extract: antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial. It contains natural salicylic acid-like properties so you can get the benefits of BHA without the irritation. It has gentle exfoliation properties to help skin cell turnover.

Niacinamide: Niacinamide is the active form of vitamin B3. It has been shown to be safe and non-irritating, help stimulate collagen synthesis, and reduce the damage of aged and photodamaged skin.

N-acetylglucosamine:  It’s found in our skin. It helps increase collagen production, and increases moisture and elasticity of the skin. It also has been shown to speed up wound healing. Studies have shown that when NAG is combined with niacinamide, it will increase its ability to reduce hyperpigmentation.  Studies also show that it can help increase the production of hyaluronic acid in our skin, thereby improving skin hydration. NAG has exfoliating properties similar to AHA and BHA but without the irritation so it’s good for sensitive and rosacea skin.

Squalane oil:  Another love of mine. Super lightweight yet stable oil.  Naturally found in our skin’s sebum, it lubricates and protects our skin.

Daisy Flower Extract: helps even out skin tone, reduces dark spots, anti-inflammatory.

Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract:  astringent, skin lightening, antibacterial, antioxidant.

Morus Nigra Leaf Extract: skin lightening, possible inhibits melanin production.

Panthenol: anti-inflammation, increases stratum corneum hydration and reduces TEWL.

Sodium lactate:  a great humectant, helps retain moisture

Lemon peel ferment extract: antioxidant, anti tyrosinase to inhibit melanogenesis therefore helps lighten skin.

Arbutin: helps block epidermal melanin synthesis, skin lightener, evens skin tone on all skin types, helps minimizes liver spots, much safer than hydroquinone.

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract: anti inflammatory, cell regenerating.

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract: anti inflammatory, antioxidants, protects against UVB damage.

Sea buckthorn oil:  It’s non-staining despite the bright orange color! It scavenges for free radicals and helps cells regenerate.  Lots of antioxidant properties that help fight wrinkles and soothe irritated skin.

Rosehip seed CO2:  high in linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, which is great for acne.  Helps cells regenerate and heals scars.

Cucumis sativus seed oil:  well, you know cucumber is great for skin! Need I say more? Lots of phytosterols help our skin strengthen its barrier. Helps revitalize skin; great for acne, eczema, psoriasis…

Pelargonium graveolens oil:  excellent for congested, oily, combination skin.  It helps balance gland secretion.  It also helps tone and tighten skin tissue.  Can help treat dermatitis, eczema, and acne. It has wound healing abilities with cell regenerating properties.  Don’t you love the scent of geranium? It’s one of the top oils for treating depression, soothing anxiety, reducing stress, helping improve your self-esteem and balancing your moods. May help in balancing your hormones also.

Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate: Skin conditioning and preservatives properties.

Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate: skin conditioning.

  • My serum does contain honeysuckle. Honeysuckle does contain chemicals that are similar to synthetic parabens; their molecular structures are similar to each other. I’m not making any claims or statements here.  You just have to decide for yourself.  But keep in mind that many plants including licorice, black cohost, red clover,chasteberry, ginseng etc. do have some estrogenic activities. Also, many studies have shown that parabens are safe.  I chose not to use products containing synthetic parabens because I noticed my skin tends to be irritated when I use them. It itches and becomes red.  
  • With the continuous use of my serum, I have less breakouts now. The hormonal ones are smaller in size, not as red and angry as before.  The spots go away faster. They dry up and fall off on their own. I don’t have to squeeze them lol. My overall skin tone is much brighter.  My sunspots are lighter. As with any skincare products, what works for me might not work for you.  We are all unique! I put a lot of thought into the formulation of this serum and went through so many trials and errors. I truly hope it works for you!


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  1. June 28, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Love this so much congratulations for producing your own serums, what an achievement.i
    It has an amazing ingredient list too

    • PUG
      July 5, 2016 / 11:44 am

      Thank you so much Esnath!

  2. July 4, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Would love to try this! Can you wear this alone as you would a facial oil?

    • PUG
      July 5, 2016 / 11:42 am

      Hi Julie! yup! it’s very hydrating and can be wear by itself after toner. but if you’re extra dry you can always use another moisturizer or facial oil after 🙂

    • PUG
      July 5, 2016 / 11:41 am

      Shruthi 🙂 Thank you for visiting!

  3. Jordan
    July 7, 2016 / 1:52 am

    I have very oily and acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation and scarring from my acne, would this product be good for me?

    • PUG
      July 8, 2016 / 9:11 am

      Hi Jordan! I have combination skin with really oily T zone and acne prone but my skin like the serum. A little bit goes a long way and effective. it doesn’t need to pile on your skin to work 🙂

  4. July 14, 2016 / 1:46 am

    Such an amazing ingredients list Hun.
    Where do you sell this and for how much?
    Missy xo

    • PUG
      July 14, 2016 / 10:44 am

      Hi Missy! Thank you for stopping by! Right now I can only do Paypal invoice and the price is $30/15ml with more than a month of use or the full size $50/30ml. Shipping to UK is $10 for First Class International shipping. It’s a really active formula! If you’re interest just let me know!

      • August 7, 2016 / 1:59 am

        I just purchased hun, cant wait 🙂

        • PUG
          August 8, 2016 / 3:24 pm

          Thank youuu! <3

  5. Kristen
    October 18, 2016 / 11:15 am

    I was wondering what percent niacinamide is in your serum? I’m very interested in buying it I’m just hung up on this question because I’m looking to resolve another niacinamide serum that claims 5 % is the most effective at fading spots. Thanks 🙂

    • Kristen
      October 18, 2016 / 11:16 am

      Replace ***

    • PUG
      October 18, 2016 / 11:38 am

      Hi Kristen!
      It contains 5% of niacinamide, and 2% of alpha arbutin 🙂 I’ll list it on the post soon! Thanks!

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