So, here I am talking about Likas and Silka. I’ve written about them before in one of the “How did you find me? / Searches of the Day” posts, but I think this should get its own review.
I am not going to post up pictures.
There are a few reasons:
1. My methodology of testing these soaps was not accurate
2. You can look up the images of the soaps for yourself
3. You just have to trust me based on how I described them to work. I can’t compare before and after.
I heard from C that there was Likas actually available in Sydney, and I received a bar of it from her. I later then went on my little field trip (it was actually quite ghetto and frightening in retrospect) and bought some more soap. When I was there in the little Filipino supermarket, I noticed that they sold Silka as well, and it was 20c cheaper at $3.30. (I think this was the price – I don’t have Silka anymore)
Being the curious little girl I am, I bought 2 bars of Silka just to test it out.
Verdict? Likas works. Silka also works. They both work.
What’s the difference? Likas is a slightly larger soap, almost unscented, whilst Silka is heavily perfumed but smells very fresh. The problem I had the most with Silka was reading all the FDA warnings since it was denied import into the States due to a colour additive. I figured that if they sold it here in Sydney, it would be good enough (we have pretty strict regulations here).
Which one is more effective? Hard to say.
I started off using just one Likas bar and I could tell that it was drying out my skin and it lightened some areas that I really didn’t think would lighten – including my forearms and to a degree my fingers (I know, wtf, dark fingers). I then went on the two bars of Silka which didn’t dry out my skin at all (it contains vitamin E), but I was freaked with the FDA warnings anyway and wanted to finish them ASAP. During that course I think it kept me fair (it was summer here in Sydney) and I haven’t tanned. The darker areas I mentioned about however, didn’t lighten any more than they already did.
Things to note: I’m Chinese, so I’m generally fair in my own way. I don’t like to tan. I don’t wear sunscreen except for the SPF on my face from bbcream and lotion (I know this is bad, but meh). Occassionally I used the Silka whitening lotion Ramille got me if I know I’m going to be out for a sunny day (eg. photoshooting). Having said that, the lotion is only SPF6, but I haven’t gotten any darker at all.
Oh, and I walk to Uni as well. I don’t wear a hat or sunscreen, but I wear sunglasses. I haven’t tanned from that, either.
I think if you have some areas on your body that are well – I can’t say abnormally, but darker than expected, Likas should be able to lighten it for you. I use Likas in the shower- I lather it up all nicely (it lathers very well) and I use a Korean Italy towel to exfoliate all over. I’ve stopped that for a while because I’m a bit lazy on the exfoliation (this always happens when I start uni again), but it was proven to be quite effective. Think about it – remove dead layers of skin, whiten the new layer.
In a way though, these soaps are more about maintaining your skin to a certain fairness rather than bleaching your skin. I still don’t consider myself to be the milky shade I’d like to be (photos beg to differ though), but I’ll continue using Likas. I won’t be buying Silka because I’m worried about the coloring additive (it’s silly, isn’t it? A perfectly good soap, but the colour undermines the entire product).
How does this compare to other “whitening” products? Oh this is very cheap and affordable in comparison. I know a bar of Dettol soap is only $1/ bar, whilst these are 3-3.5x the cost, but it’s well worth it. There are so many whitening products out there and I highly doubt they work. This is a fairly cheap and mild product, so it’s definitely worth a try. I again stress this: you won’t turn whiter overnight. Notice the spots you think are darker than what they should be, and you will find a difference.
Can I use this to whiten my face? C warned me not to get this on my face, but I did it anyway because I loved how smooth it made my face and how squeaky clean it felt. Surely enough, the skin on my face was too dry and started pumping out oil. Yep, I got pimples. And my skin wasn’t so smooth no more LOL. I suggest you just use something like a rice mask (eg. the one by SKINFOOD is quite good – I am using that now) once or twice a week, and you should be fine. Use bbcream with a good SPF and drink water and milk. Over time your face will pale up.
I’ve switched back to Likas and I found that I’m not peeling any more. Probably because I got over the initial exfoliation stage and I don’t really have much excess dead skin to peel. During my time when I used Likas and Silka I did NOT moisturise at all. For those who get exceptionally dry, please put on some lotion 🙂
Where to buy this in Sydney? At any Filipino grocery store.
Recommended? Oh yes, very. Good price, easy to use (you don’t have to go out of your way or spend extra time – you just use this in the shower so it takes no time at all) and quite effective.
OTHER NOTES: I can’t believe this, but I actually forgot to write the most important aspect of these soaps: they clear up your skin. If you have KP aka chicken skin (those bumps along your arms or legs that just won’t go away), Likas and Silka help to unclog your pores and smoothen the skin out. I am amazed because after just maybe 6 months of using this soap, I think the bumps have decreased in size by 50%. I believe that with another 6 months with good exfoliation should get rid of these altogether.
Also, my eczema scars are the dark type (you know how they’re red and then they turn dark) – Likas has helped to fade them. Some of them are faded that they’re almost gone. Again, it takes time, but it’s worth the try. I’ve tried various things to help the eczema marks go away, but this has been proven the most effective since it’s easy and fused into the daily routine.