There are so many skin care products on the market today it can very confusing for consumers. Unfortunately, some skin brighteners are not as good as they say, while others can annoying cause side effects, particularly if your skin is on the sensitive side .
In order to protect yourself from any unwanted effects of skin brightening creams it is important to know what substances are actually good for your skin and how you can apply these to achieve clear, bright skin with a healthy and youthful appearance.
The two main ways to brighten the skin involve:
- Using a bleaching process to inhibit the action of the tyrosinase enzyme which triggers the production of melanin (dark pigmentation) and other pigments which are released to the skin.
- The second method involves exfoliating the skin to remove the dead skin cells on the surface to expose the new healthy skin underneath. This can be achieved through using a facial scrub that contains natural exfoliants like honey or abrasive particles like crushed apricot kernels. Many skin care products use chemicals that act as exfoliants, like alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s). These acids are commonly used as they help to loosen the glue-like connections between the cells, allowing the dead skin cells to peel away.
Be aware that some exfoliating creams have very large amounts of alpha hydroxy acids which can actually make the skin more sun-sensitive, warns Sophie Ultimo (author of “Do It Gorgeously”)
For effective skin brightening, in most cases, it is good to use a combination of active ingredients to achieve the best results.
For example, in the past hydroquinone was the main ingredient used to inhibit the production of melanin and whiten the skin. While a topical cream containing 2% hydroquinone is usually recommended, this ingredient can cause skin irritations and might be better used in combination with other substances such as citrus extracts and liqourice extract , which is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Recent studies have also linked hydroqinone to cancer in laboratory mice and it is not recommended for use during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
Alternatively look for an all natural skin brightener that has the scope to both inhibit melanin production while caring for your skin at the same time.
It is important to look for a combination of active ingredients such as Arbutin or Kojic acid, which are natural alternatives to hydroquinine, in combination with other bleaching agents that also act as antioxidants to prevent the premature ageing of the skin, such as Emblica (indian gooseberry).
These and other similar ingredients can help the skin to recover much faster after the bleaching and reduce the likelihood of any side effects.
If you have sensitive skin it is also advisable to look for all natural products.
Meladerm cream developed by Civant has over 10 active ingredients in it’s specially designed formula.. The ingredients are all whiteners or anti-oxidants that are found in nature which can help to improve skin discoloration, reduce the appearance of dark spots and other skin issues, while giving your skin that bright, fresh appearance.
Visit the Civant website to learn more.