7 Natural Ingredients That Really Whiten Skin

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skin whitening creamSkin whitening creams are often used to address problems associated with hyper-pigmentation, including melasma, acne scars, dark spots and uneven skin tones. Traditionally these creams were formulated using synthetic ingredients like hydroquinine and mercury. These ingredients are both effective bleaching agents as they supress the formation of melanin, the pigment that darkens or “tans” our skin. However, recent studies have shown that these ingredients can be toxic to the body and can impair normal body function if used for extended periods of time. Hydroquinine (C6H6O2) is a chemical that is used in hair dyes and in the manufacture of rubber. It has been linked to cancer and banned from use in cosmetics in some countries.

According to the World Health Association, inorganic mercury used in skin whitening soaps and creams can cause kidney damage, skin discolorations, rashes and even neurological problems. You can read their flyer here:  http://www.who.int/ipcs/assessment/public_health/mercury_flyer.pdf

When mecury and hydroquinine are used for prolonged periods they can not only cause serious health issues, they can also “re-oxidise”, reacting with the sun’s UV rays to actually increase melanin production causing pigmentation problems and premature ageing of the skin. Fortunately, scientists have now discovered a number of  ingredients from nature that are equally as effective as skin bleaching agents, without the risk of harmful side effects.  Natural skin lighteners can help you to achieve a whiter complexion in two ways:

    1. By inhibiting the production of melanin in the basal layers of the skin
    2. By absorbing harmful UV rays and reducing the effects of sun damage

Natural ingredients proven to whiten skin include: 1. Alpha Arbutin – is a synthetic product, produced in the form of a white powder, that is derived from natural plant sources like the bearberry plant. Bearberry extract comes from the leaves of the bearberry plant and has been shown to be a good alternative to hydroquinine. It acts by inhibiting the enzyme, tyrosinase, which is responsible for the production of melanin in the skin. Bearberry extract also offers UV protection sun filters which can reduce the amount of tanning and prevent premature ageing of the skin.

Bearberry (Arctostaphulos uvaursi)

2. Kojic Acid – is a white crystalline powder that comes from the koji mushroom, Aspergillus oryzae, in Asia. It is produced as a by-product in the production of the rice wine, sake, and is an effective skin whitener. Kojic acid can cause mild skin irritations for some people so it is best to choose a whitening cream that combines Kojic acid with moisturising, anti-inflammatory ingredients that soothe the skin and reduce the risk of irritation. kojic mushroom

3. Emblica extract (Phyllanthus Emblica) – comes from the Indian gooseberry plant. This plant has been used for medicinal purposes in India for many years. Emblica extract has been found to be a powerful antioxidant containing large amounts of Vitamin C and antimicrobial properties. It helps the skin to retain its natural moisture while protecting it from photo-damage and oxidative stress. Emblica extract has been shown to suppress the production of melanin and is considered a safe de-pigmenting agent for use in cosmetics.

Indian Gooseberry Phyllanthus Emblica

4. Liquorice Extract (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – has been used in China since ancient times to treat all sorts of skin complaints and in the early 1990’s the whitening compound, glabridin, was first identified by Japanese scientists. Glabridin protects the skin by absorbing harmful UVA and UVB rays. Clinical trials have shown that it is effective in treating hyperpigmentation (including dark spots) and it can be used to reverse the damage caused by acne scars. Glabridin has the capacity to inhibit the activity of the tyrosinase enzyme by as much as 50% without damaging skin cells. Liquorice extract has anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm the skin and reduce skin irritation and redness. Liquorice roots 5. Giga White® is a patented skin brightener that is widely used in modern skin lightening creams as an alternative to hydroquinine. It is made from from 7 Swiss Alpine plant extracts including the peppermint, primula and mallow plants. Clinical trials in Asia using Gigawhite showed significant lightening activity after 12 weeks of treatment in subjects aged 22-55, with minimal to no skin irritation. It is effective in treating dark spots, skin discolorations and sun damaged skin.

Swiss alpine plants, Gigawhite

6. White Mulberry (Morus alba) – and other species of the mulberry plant have been shown to effectivly inhibit melanogenesis (melanin production) with possibly a more potent ability than Kojic acid. Clinical trials have found that mulberry root bark extract and leaf extract from the twigs can inhibit tyrosinase activity be as much as 50%. Cosmetices containing white mulberry extract can also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to restore fibrillin. White mulberry and paper mulberry are both considered suitable for dermatological use. You can read more about white mulberry skin whitening properties here: http://www.skinandallergynews.com/index.php?id=1059&type=98&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=216679

White Mulberry

7. Vitamin C – Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges are natural skin bleaching agents used in homemade skin lightening recipes. Vitamin C is known to assist in the production of collagen fibres that support you skin and keep it firm. l-Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C AsA, is a naturally occurring anti-oxidant that can slow down hyperactive melanocytes in the upper layers of the skin when applied topically.

Skin Whitening Creams

While it is possible to purchase some of these ingredients individually online it is easier to choose a good brand skin whitening cream that is formulated from these natural whiteners.

Be aware that some products advertised as skin “brighteners” may not be designed to also whiten the skin. They will typically contain ingredients that will exfoliate your skin. This process will remove dead skin cells (and some excess pigmentation) so your skin will appear “brighter” but the ingredients may not actually lighten or bleach the skin. Depending on the results you are hoping to achieve check the list of active ingredients first. Good skin whitening creams like Meladerm will contain a combination of the ingredients listed above that are proven to actually “whiten” the skin, along with moisturising and protective ingredients that will care for the skin to avoid unwanted skin irritations.

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shital mishra November 29, 2014 at 4:20 pm

thanking u very much really it help me in reducing darkness of my skin

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Lisa Hill April 7, 2016 at 8:01 am

Vitamin C really helps in skincare, You might have seen many vitamin C serums. You can also get Vitamin C from natural sources such as Emblica extract, It really helps a lot dealing with skin issues and I have also seen it help people suffering from acne.

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S.Siva April 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Can you use meladerm cream?
Any. Side effects?
What are the ingredients have meladerm cream?

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Angela Clare January 13, 2017 at 6:51 am

Meladerm is suitable for most skin types. The side effects are minimal as it is made from all natural ingredients. Most people have no side effects. For a list of ingredients see this article.

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Muhammad Nafees February 4, 2017 at 7:28 am

Is this cream is available online?
Can you ship it to USA ?

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Angela Clare February 7, 2017 at 11:55 pm

Yes this product is available online and they ship to the USA.

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