Top 5 Skin Lightening Creams & Whiteners

DOUBLE SIZED (2 oz) PURE VITAMIN C SERUM FOR FACE

This Pure Vitamin C Serum from Meera’s Beauty gives lighter, brighter skin, while fighting fine lines and wrinkles and providing hydration. It can be used to treat sunspots, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, age spots, and the signs of aging, leaving your skin with a plump, youthful glow. It contains 20% vitamin C serum to brighten skin, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and smooth skin, vitamin E to fight free radicals, and also contains witch hazel, aloe, amino acids, gotu kola extract, horsetail plant extract, dandelion extract, and geranium extract.

It penetrates the skin to stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate skin, reduces damage from sun, pollution, and impurities, and exfoliates for a smoother, more radiant complexion. It is made in the USA, in a GMP certified facility, and is cruelty-free. It also comes with a 100% 90-day satisfaction guarantee.

To use the Meera’s Beauty Vitamin C Serum, cleanse the face and pat it dry. Apply a small amount of serum to the face and neck. Let it dry for 15-30 seconds. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin greasy, so you can easily follow application of the serum with moisturizer,sunscreen, or cosmetics. Use daily for best results.

M.U Mermaid USA Whitening Pills for Skin

The M.U Mermaid USA Whitening Pills for Skin contain a proprietary formula that includes ginseng, and other ingredients designed to work synergistically to support glossy, smooth, white skin. The formula claims to work better than glutathione to lighten and brighten skin. It is made in the USA, and contains to sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, fish, shellfish, nuts, tree nuts, eggs, or dairy. It is made without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

To use the M.U Mermaid USA Whitening Pills for Skin, start by taking a before picture. The product has a money-back guarantee, but only if you prove that it doesn’t work with before and after pictures. Because you have to take 270 capsules to qualify for the guarantee, it would be well outside of Amazon’s return window, so take pictures first.

Every bottle has 90 capsules. Take 1-2 times a day, 1-3 capsules at a time. 3 bottles over 3 months are needed to achieve full results, or to claim the guarantee.

Organys Retinol Cream with Hyaluronic Acid & Aloe Vera

The Organys Retinol Cream with Hyaluronic Acid & Aloe Vera has a potent blend of ingredients to rejuvenate the skin, leaving it smooth and glowing. It can be used to treat wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dark spots, acne scars, crepe skin, fine lines, milia, blemishes, under-eye bags, dark circles, and other signs of aging. It evens skin tone and texture, improving the look of fine lines, acne scars, and age spots.

It contains prescription-strength retinol fight the signs of aging, along with hyaluronic acid to plump the skin, and aloe vera and rosewater to perk up tired skin. The powerful antioxidants repair and protect skin, without dryness or irritation. It is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin.

Organys is an eco-friendly company that minimizes waste and uses responsibly sourced ingredients. All their products are cruelty-free. The retinol cream is made in small batches of high-quality ingredients so that every bottle is fresh and effective. It is backed by a 100% money back guarantee.

To use the Organys Retinol Cream with Hyaluronic Acid & Aloe Vera, apply it daily to the face, neck, eye area, and on the hands. Retinol products are best used at night before bed, because they make the skin especially sensitive to sun exposure. If using in the daytime, always follow with a sunscreen.

Skin Lightening Serum

The Lantique Skin Lightening Serum works to instantly brighten and nourish skin. It also covers scars, dark spots, and freckles, while providing light sun protection, for a radiant healthy glow. Over time, it reduces hyperpigmentation from sun damage, hormones, and hair removal. It reduces the signs of aging. It is lightweight and non-irritating, suitable for men and women with all skin types.

It contains arbutin, which lowers tyrosinase activity and reduces melanin production, cats foot to relieve inflammation and heal skin, butyrospermump parkii fruit fat for added moisture and nutrients, and nicotinamide vitamin B3 to nourish and smooth skin. These ingredients are scientifically tested and proven to not damage skin, and this botanical formula was not tested on animals. It is backed by a 30-day guarantee.

To use the Lantique Skin Lightening Serum, store it in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Smooth a thin coating of cream on the skin. It can be followed with moisturizers, sunscreens, or cosmetics.

Skin Whitening Cream with 2% Hydroquinone

The Rozge Skin Whitening Cream with 2% Hydroquinone is specially formulated to lighten and brighten skin. It can be used on the face, neck, and body to rejuvenate, brighten, and lighten the skin. It works to reduce the appearance of freckles, scars, age spots, liver spots, and other skin problems caused by hyperpigmentation.

Hydroquinone is FDA approved, and effective in preventing melanin formation, so it lightens naturally from within. This formula also contains mineral oils to smooth the skin and prevent irritation, citric acid to promote cell turnover, and mulberry root extract that is rich in vitamin A, potassium, and antioxidants that heal skin and prevent further damage from sun or irritation.

This skin lightening cream has been clinically tested and proven to be effective at whitening the skin within a month of regular use. It is safe for all skin types, and can be used on underarms, elbows, and even intimate body parts. It is made in the USA from natural ingredients, alcohol-free, and not tested on animals.

To use the Rozge Skin Whitening Cream, cleanse and exfoliate the skin at night and pat it dry. It is most effective when used after a body scrub. Apply the product and leave it to work overnight. This product will make the skin more sensitive to sun, so always use a sunscreen when skin whitening.

About Skin Lightening

There are many skin lightening creams available, with a wide range of effects. Some creams are targeted at generally lightening and brightening the skin. Some are targeted at reducing dark areas of the skin, like acne scars, melasma, and age spots.

And some are anti-aging products that lighten the skin only incidentally, due to repairing sun damage and rejuvenating the skin. This means that, whatever your skin care concern, there is probably a product tailored to meet your specific need. However, with every product claiming magical age-defying and skin lightening effects, it can be hard to sort out which one is best for you.

Skin Lightening Ingredients

For most people, it is easiest to begin by first identifying key ingredients and narrowing your choices from there. Every ingredient offers key benefits, so when you know what ingredient to look for, you can better make your selection. Also, if you know what ingredients don’t work for you, you can avoid them in the future. Here are some of the most popular skin lightening cream ingredients.

Antioxidants

Oxidation is the name for the chemical process where an atom or molecule loses electrons. The act of losing an electron creates a “free radical” – a molecule, ion, or atom that has too few electrons. It seeks weak bonds to “steal” an electron, and, in so doing, creates more free radicals, which perpetuate the act of stealing electrons and cascade oxidation throughout our cells in a domino effect. What this boils down to is that, over time, our skin cells get damaged at the molecular level.

Antioxidants are substances that have an “extra” electron. When they encounter a free radical, they donate their electron, stabilizing the free radical and stopping the domino effect of damage. All antioxidants are essential in the process of skin healing and repairing itself, and also for protection and preventing future damage.

Antioxidants are made within our own bodies, and are part of our natural defense mechanisms, but we can also consume them, particularly in vitamin-rich foods.

Some of our most famous skin-boosting beauty ingredients are antioxidants, including:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is essential for wound healing and for collagen synthesis. Without sufficient vitamin C, skin lacks the necessary collagen to function properly, resulting in scurvy.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger.

Glutathione

Glutathione is an antioxidant that has the unusual side effect of suppressing tyrosinase and therefore inhibiting the production of skin-darkening melanin. It is common in skin-lightening creams because of these dual functions. 

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme C10 is another free radical scavenger and is essential for electron transport and cellular respiration. Because it uses the same pathways in the body as cholesterol, it has been studied and found to also be beneficial in the treatment of heart disease and muscle disorders.

Retinol/Vitamin A

Retinol is an essential nutrient and is essential for the health and moisture levels of skin.

Antioxidants are best used in a system-wide approach. In other words, use antioxidants topically in your beauty products if they are right for you, but also eat a diet rich in antioxidant foods. By using antioxidants inside and out, you can prevent cell damage on the surface of the skin, and also in its deepest layers. Antioxidants also tend to work synergistically, so there is a close chemical relationship between glutathione and vitamin C, for example.

Most antioxidants, except for glutathione, tend to lighten skin simply by making it healthier and stronger, healing signs of past damage and preventing new ones. They tend to have few, if any, side effects, and then only in extremely large doses, and are a natural way to lighten skin.

Acids

While it may seem counter-intuitive that acids be healthy for skin, but many of our bodies natural skin production and healing mechanisms rely on weak acids called alphahydroxy acids, or AHAs. AHAs are used by the body deep within the structure of the skin to build and strengthen skin cells, building collage and increasing skin thickness. When they are applied topically, they reduce cell adhesion and promote exfoliation, promoting the removal of dull, dead surface skin to expose healthy skin below.

Acids tend to promote skin health by promoting exfoliation and cell turnover, removing dull surface skin and revealing new, healthy skin. In this way, they tend to be good for reducing the visibility of scars and sun damage by breaking down cell bonds and encouraging new growth. Acids are also often used as the first step in a treatment series, because they remove old skin and allow subsequent products and treatments to penetrate more deeply.

Some of the most common acids we see in skin care include:

Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid is a powerful exfoliant and the most common ingredient in chemical peels. It is frequently used by itself in milder preparations, or in a more concentrated form when administered by a physician, or as part of a skin treatment series.

Citric acid

Citric acid is a common exfoliant

Lipoic acid

Lipoic acid is commonly marketed as an antioxidant, but isn’t a true antioxidant. It seems to function as an agent that helps the body synthesize antioxidants like glutathione.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is one of the body’s primary lubricants, essential for moisture balance throughout the body. It is also a key component of skin tissue repair, and functions to build new tissues and reduce inflammation. Finally, it scavenges free radicals.

As with antioxidants, the body produces these acids on its own. However, topical treatments can be highly effective for exfoliation, healing, moisture, renewal, and other skin-boosting features. However, some of these acids can be irritating to the skin, and may not work for people with sensitive skin.

Other Skin Whitening Ingredients

There are other ingredients known more specifically for skin whitening (as opposed to general skin health and rejuvenating). Here are some of the most common.

Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is an organic compound that is used for, among other things, developing photography. Used topically, it can whiten the skin, but has been found to cause cancer in rats, and is banned for cosmetic use in many countries. In the US, concentrations of 2% are available over the counter, often combined with exfoliants to allow the product to penetrate more deeply and work more quickly. The FDA is considering banning hydroquinone.

Arbutin

Arbutin is a compound derived from the bearberry plant. Chemically, it is a relative of hydroquinone, and, like glutathione, suppresses tyrosinase activity and therefore melanin production.

Kojic acid

Kojic acid is a by-product of the act of fermentation of rice, and was discovered in Japan during the process of making sake. It inhibits the formation of pigments and reduces oxidative browning, and is used as a skin lightener. It is also antibacterial and antifungal, and is shown to protect from radiation, and may even reduce the activity of cancer cells.

Azelaic acid

Azelaic acid may be an all-around beauty booster. It is an organic compound that kills acne-causing bacteria on the skin, and reduces the growth of keratin that exacerbates acne. It can also be used topically to reduce inflammation and smooth bumps of rosacea. It is another tyrosinase inhibitor, and suppresses melanin production, and is therefore used to treat melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, particularly on darker skin tones.

Finally, it is a 5ar-inhibitor, and reduces the effects of excess androgen, so it can be used to reduce the effects of scalp hair loss, but also reduce excess body hair growth.

As you can see, there are a wide range of skin brightening and lightening ingredients available, and compounds that are known and proven to treat certain skin problems and disorders. Hopefully, knowing what these ingredients are, what they do, and how they work will help you choose the skin lightening products that are right for you.

Conclusion

Whether your hyperpigmentation is due to age, sun damage, acne scars, hormones, or for any other reason, there is no reason to live with skin that is prematurely old, uneven, discolored, or that simply makes you feel uncomfortable. Choose the right products with high quality ingredients and, just to be on the safe side, eat a diet rich in antioxidants, and have the best, brightest, most beautiful skin of your life.

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