'Japan' is actually a pseudonym for the world's largest vanity haven. Slimming capsules, skin smoothening tabs and tools, breast and butt enhancers, whitening creams and medications, and not to mention a long list of reputable makeup and skincare brands women of all ethnicities have learned to adore.
Name it, and they might just actually have it.
|Beauty Gone Mad: Nose Enhancers: Bibana and HanaHana|
I got the chance to compare 2 warring japanese oral glutathione brands: Tathion307 and ph338. Both are reputable and have earned mixed reviews from users. And here's my take.
I took ph338 from March to June 2009, while tathion last May 2010 up till now.
The Dosage. To achieve significant whitening, both tabs must be taken 3x a day, each pill along with Vitamin C (500mg). Most users recommend 'cocktailing' where additional supplements are taken daily to enhance the glutathione's effect (like NAC, ALA, grapeseed, etc). Since I'm not after the paperwhite effect, I took these whitening candies daily, 30mins - 1hour before breakfast, along with 500mg of Kirkland chewable Vitamin C's. I was only after the much raved 'glow' that it gives.
PH338 (100mg/tab) - I got the glow in a week's time (I took it 2x a day, took it once daily thereafter), my skintone became half a MAC shade lighter (this soooo subjective! but what can I do? I've no whitening meter) after 2 1/2 weeks, and I noticed that I gained a handful of weight a month after taking it.
TATHION307 (100mg/tab) - I got the glow in a few day's use and my skintone was headed to a MAC shade higher in a little over a week's time! Seriously, I was rather appalled that these little pills are so powerful! Although I didn't notice any significant weight gain during my intake, I disliked how more yellow my skintone became. I reduced my intake to every other day and luckily, I'm achieving the kind of glow I want!
The Availability. I'm getting stocks from a multiply seller (Cheska's Store). I've noticed that there are more ph338 sellers than tathion's. On the issue of fake glutathione brands, I'm happy to say that there is no circulation of these fraudulent whitening tabs YET.
|back part of ph338|
|back part of tathion307|
The Price. I chose to buy from multiply sites since Ebay.ph will let you shell out an additional 18-20% of multiply resellers' cost. Ph338 will cost you 1500-1900php ($30-40) for 90 tabs, while Tathion's price ranges from 2000-2400php ($42-50) for the same number of tabs.
The Verdict? I wouldn't hesitate to say that these two whitening agents are really effective. They are amazing. But I'm choosing to keep Tathion. It's a runaway winner since:
|Tathion307, Japan Glutathione, 2000-2400php/90tabs|
1. it is more cost-effective for me. I know that Tathion is 500 bucks more expensive than ph338, but since I'm taking it every other day, my 2000 bucks is good for half a year's use. While 6 months on ph338 will cost me 3000php. I'm a cheapskate, I know!
2. i don't feel fat with it like I did with ph338. Now, this is a controversial point. Most users claim that there's no weight gain with ph338, while a handful of us swear we grew like hippos! I find that I'm more hiyang with tathion in terms of the weight gain issue. (NOT SO FAST... Please check my tathion weight gain story!)
3. it gives me a celebrity-ish glow. I honestly have bad skin. Derma+gluta is actually my savior. I'm supposed to include 'healthy lifestyle' in the equation for great skin but I'm still working on that department (I sleep really late, I bask in the glory of palengke french fries and pringles). Ph338 gives me a nice kind of glow that's kinda sossy but Tathion grabs the trophy by allowing me to be capable of turning most guy's heads. Mwahahaha. I'm kidding. It's a hyperbole that people notice me more now that I've got this nice flawless look.
|HK trip, 2009, a month after using ph338|
|Malaysia Trip, 2010, a few weeks of using Tathion|