Minimalist Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid 1% Serum Review: 8 Weeks Result BEFORE & AFTER [2021]

About the Brand

Minimalist skincare is an Indian brand that is completely based on chemical skincare formulas. The brand faced some severe backlash from beauty bloggers and the audience because of their idea to copy the formula and packaging of the brand “The Ordinary” but we will be giving an honest opinion keeping this controversy beside. This review is based on the results we saw after 8 weeks of continuous application of the Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid 1% serum. Although, the brand is quite transparent with the ingredient source and list, which is a very good thing.

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Product Information


Price: INR 549
Suitable For: All skin types.
Rated: 4.5/5
Texture: Water-like.
Colour: Transparent
Smell: Chemical-like.
Quantity: 30ml
Other Essential information: Fragrance-free, paraben-free, non-comedogenic, paraben-free, and silicone-free.
pH: 4.7-5.2


Aloe Vera Juice, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Alpha Arbutin, Propanediol, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Pullulan, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Lactic Acid, Lecithin.

About the Ingredients

1. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice is quite beneficial for the skin. It helps to soothe irritated and acne-skin. It also helps in treating skin burns and wounds or UV-damaged skin. As the first ingredient is aloe vera juice, it tells us that this serum is aloe-based so we will suggest people who are allergic to aloe should not try this particular serum.

2. Dimethyl Isosorbide

Dimethyl Isosorbide is a solvent that is used to stabilize active ingredients. It is used in this serum to stabilize alpha arbutin so that the product can work efficiently on the skin. However, talking about Dimethyl Isosorbide or DMI, it is derived from corn sugar and is 100% safe to use.

3. Alpha Arbutin

Alpha arbutin works effectively on spots, scars and pigmentation. It is hundred percent safe to use on acne skin. Moreover, alpha arbutin also works for skin brightening and whitening. You may see alpha arbutin as the main ingredient in skin whitening creams. We would suggest you to use a high spectrum sunscreen after using this serum.

4. Propanediol

Propanediol performs various roles in a skincare product. It can be used as a solvent, humectant, or emollient. Studies show that propanediol is good for the skin and can make your skin clear, clean, and soft. Well, some studies also suggest that propanediol is better than propylene glycol which is commonly used in skincare products.

5. Ethoxydiglycol

Ethoxydiglycol is a humectant and helps to hydrate the skin. It helps in preventing water loss from the skin making the skin look hydrated and fresh. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel concluded that Ethoxydiglycol is safe to use.

6. Sodium Hyaluronate

Sodium hyaluronate is hydrophilic which means that it attracts moisture and water from the air and keeps the skin hydrated and soft. It helps in preventing water loss keeping the skin plump and healthy. However, studies conclude that sodium hyaluronate works better than hyaluronic acid.

7. Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is used as an anti-bacterial ingredient in cosmetic products. But, studies suggest that this chemical is not so good for the skin especially if you are breastfeeding. Studies show that this chemical can react badly if gets absorbed by the skin. We would not suggest breastfeeding women use this serum.

8. Pullulan

Pullulan is a naturally-occurring ingredient that helps in defining the texture of a product. It makes the product thick so that the product can hydrate the skin nicely.

9. Ethylhexylglycerin

Ethylhexylglycerin is used as a humectant and emollient to stabilize other ingredients. This acts as an anti-bacterial ingredient and helps to save the product from getting spoiled.

10. Hydroxyethylcellulose

It is a binding ingredient that helps to bind ingredients in a product which increases the performance of a product. This is 100% safe to use and can be used by everyone.

11. Xanthan Gum

Xanthan Gum is very hydrating for the skin. It does not have any side-effects on the skin and can be used by anyone. It is 100% safe and is used in most cosmetic or skincare products.

12. Sclerotium Gum

Sclerotium Gum acts as a thickening agent and helps in improving the texture of the product. It has a gel-like consistency which helps to hydrate the skin. It also helps to make the skin soft and supple.

13. Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate

Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate is a naturally-occurring ingredient which helps in increasing the shelf life of skincare or cosmetic product. It is used to stabilize preservatives and antioxidants in a product.

14. Lactic Acid

Lactic acid is very good for treating hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and age spots. It is actually a bit milder than glycolic acid. It helps in improving skin texture and also helps in reducing pore size.

15. Lecithin

Lecithin is a penetration enhancer that ultimately helps in penetrating the product deeper so that we can witness the best results from the product.

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Minimalist Alpha Arbutin 2% + Hyaluronic Acid 1% Serum comes in a transparent glass bottle. The packaging is very simple and basic. The bottle contains a glass dropper inside which helps in taking out the product without any wastage. The packaging is good and aesthetic. Moreover, you can also carry the bottle during travelling. We will rate the packaging 8/10 as it is neither bad nor too different or unique.

Product Claims

  1. Brightens the skin.
  2. Reduce the appearance of dark spots.
  3. Treats pigmentation.
  4. Remove tanning.
  5. Makes skin soft and supple.


  1. Helps in removing dark spots and acne spots.
  2. Improve skin texture.
  3. Treats pigmentation.
  4. Brightens the skin.
  5. Hydrate the skin deeply.
  6. Suitable for all skin types.
  7. Fragrance-free.
  8. Free from harmful chemicals.


  1. None.

8-Weeks Result


You can clearly see the results. Minimalist alpha arbutin 2% + hyaluronic acid 1% serum has shown impressive results in just 8 weeks. Use this serum everyday regularly to witness best results. However, talking about the before and after pictures, you may see that with continuous use of the serum, skin is looking much clearer and brighter. Also, it has treated the red acne marks. We would like to recommend this serum to everyone having such skin concerns.

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Things to Keep in Mind

  1. For external use only.
  2. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen after using this serum.
  3. Do not use any active ingredient on the top of it. Do your research before layering your skincare products.

How to Use?


In Morning

  1. Cleanse your face with your regular cleanser.
  2. Use your toner.
  3. Take 2-3 drops of Minimalist alpha arbutin 2% + hyaluronic acid 1% serum in your palm.
  4. Warm the product by rubbing it in your palm.
  5. Apply all over the face.
  6. Wait for 2 minutes and let the serum gets absorbed.
  7. Use your moisturizer.
  8. Finish with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

At Night

  1. Cleanse your face with your regular cleanser.
  2. Use your toner.
  3. Take 2-3 drops of Minimalist alpha arbutin 2% + hyaluronic acid 1% serum in your palm.
  4. Warm the product by rubbing it in your palm.
  5. Apply all over the face.
  6. Wait for 2 minutes and let the serum gets absorbed.
  7. Finish with your night cream.


We will rate this product 9/10. The ingredient list and the formula are very good. The serum is very lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. With regular use, you will see amazing results on your face. It will help you in treating dark spots, acne spots, red spots, and pigmentation. The Minimalist alpha arbutin 2% + hyaluronic acid 1% serum is definitely a must-try.

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1. Can alpha arbutin reduce dark spots?

Yes, alpha arbutin is a spot corrector. It not only works for dark spots but it can also treat pigmentation.

2. Can alpha arbutin treat pigmentation?

Yes, alpha arbutin can treat pigmentation if used religiously.

3. Can you layer alpha arbutin with vitamin c?

Yes, you can layer alpha arbutin with vitamin c but let do the products get absorbed first. Apply one by one.

4. Can you layer alpha arbutin with retinol?

Yes, you can layer alpha arbutin with retinol.

5. Can you use alpha arbutin and niacinamide together?

Ye, if your skin type is oily then you can use both of these together. It will help in controlling excessive oil production.

6. Is Be Minimalist a good brand?

Yes Be Minimalist is a good brand. Their product formulation are quite good the best thing is that they are very transparent with the ingredient list and source. Moreover, all the products are effective and very lightweight. The products are free from harmful chemicals and fragrance.

7. Are Minimalist Skincare products effective?

Yes, minimalist skincare products are effective. It will show amazing results if used consistently.

8. Is alpha arbutin serum effective for acne?

No, alpha arbutin is not as effective on acne as other active ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. But, it works effectively on dark spots and acne scars.