The Safe Guide to Skin Lightening

We all want perfect, flawless, evenly-toned skin. It feels like that shouldn’t be too much to ask for, but unfortunately many of us battle with issues like blemishes, spots, and most of all, hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation basically means ‘too much pigment’, and is what happens when your skin produces too much melanin leaving you with dark spots or patches. While this can be very upsetting and frustrating, the good news is that, with the right products and regimen, hyperpigmentation can be treatable. As always, your safety and health are of the upmost importance to us. So we’ve put together a few tips on how to effectively and safely brighten and even out your skin.

First of all, find out what’s causing your hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by a number of reasons; including pregnancy, acne scarring, sun exposure and certain medications. Pinpointing the reason behind your hyperpigmentation makes it much easier to treat.

Secondly, know your ingredients. When shopping for an effective brightening product, it’s important to ensure that you aren’t wasting your money on a product that won’t deliver. Some ingredients to look for include:

  • Hydroquinone: This is a powerful lightening ingredient that works by breaking down pigment molecules and reducing the production of melanin. Hydroquinone works fantastically at lightening age spots, and Murad Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Serum combines it with AHAs for super-charged results.
  • Licorice: A great natural lightening ingredient, Licorice has long been used ayurvedic skin care thanks to its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. However, it is also a wonderful skin brightener and has been shown to effectively lighten hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure. If you’re looking for a brighter complexion, try Derma E Skin Lighten Cream, which contains brightening licorice and hydrating Milk Thistle.
  • Kojic Acid: This natural ingredient, sourced from mushrooms, prevents melanin production and fades existing hyperpigmentation. Kojic Acid works really well when it comes to larger areas of hyperpigmentation, like melasma, and also evens out your skin tone. If you’re new to Kojic Acid, try Exuviance Intense Lightening Complex, which will even out your complexion and fade age spots and dark patches.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is not only a wonderful lightening ingredient, it is also full of anti-oxidants that protect your skin from environmental damage, and can also help reverse sun damage. Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum Brightening Serum utilizes all of these properties to effectively target dark patches and age spots as well as brighten the skin and improve skin texture.

Finally, try not to think of these products as a one-stop solution. Using complimentary products like a brightening face wash will enhance the efficacy of your lightening products. And don’t forget your sunscreen; protecting your skin from the sun is incredibly important and will prevent hyperpigmentation from recurring.

-Rebecca Harrison