Tanned skin is slowly losing its fame, and numerous ladies are looking for ways to make their complexion fair and pale. The problem with skin whitening products is that they often contain harsh chemicals that contribute to unpleasant side effects.
Natural skin lightening is a viable alternative. Though it takes longer to deliver results, the action of natural products is milder, and it can still provide that beautiful, porcelain complexion you’re yearning for.
Safe Skin Lightening Ingredients
I’ve tried a couple of natural possibilities and here’s my list of the top skin whitening items. Giving those a try will help you figure out which one will deliver the biggest benefits for your particular skin lightening needs.
① Lemon Juice
Lemon juice has natural lightening abilities. You can use it on dark spots or you can apply it to your entire face in an attempt to make your complexion a bit paler.
Keep in mind that the use of lemon juice on your skin could cause mild irritation. Do a spot test to assess your tolerance and figure out whether the lemon juice is the right product for you. It’s also important to avoid using lemon juice before going out and exposing your skin to the effects of the sun. Put it on in the evening and apply your favorite moisturizer that also protects the skin from the sun next morning.
② Vitamin C
All natural sources of vitamin C deliver excellent skin whitening results. Vitamin C suppresses melanin production in an all-natural way, which results in whiter skin.
Since it is a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C produces anti-aging benefits, as well. It stimulates collagen production and restores the elasticity of your skin.
③ Alpha Arbutin
This bearberry natural extract inhibits the formation of pigments in the skin, which is why it often gets used in skin lightening creams.
The good news is that creams containing alpha arbutin don’t produce unpleasant side effects. This is one of the main reasons why alpha arbutin is a great alternative to the harsh hydroquinone that is used in numerous skin brightening formulas.
④ Kojic Acid
The Japanese Koji mushroom is a natural source of kojic acid. Kojic acid ranks among the best natural substances that inhibit melanin production in the skin. Thus, products containing kojic acid can be used to treat age spots, spots caused by unprotected exposure to sunlight or to make the overall complexion whiter.
Always test products containing kojic acid before opting for those. Some individuals may experience adverse side effects like skin irritation. Make sure that you have a good tolerance for the product before applying it on your entire face.
Mulberry extract has a skin whitening effect that is very similar to the manner in which hydroquinone acts.
The main difference between mulberry extract and hydroquinone is that the first one is less irritating and much safer to use on the delicate facial skin.
⑥ Licorice Extract
For years, licorice extract has delivered efficient and safe skin whitening. It’s active ingredient is called glabridin and it inhibits melanin production in the skin. Studies suggest that licorice extract does affect this natural process without causing any adverse side effects.
The anti-inflammatory properties of licorice extract turn it into a perfect option for soothing skin that has been irritated by unprotected exposure to sunlight.
⑦ Lactic Acid
Lactic acid is naturally found in milk and it has mild exfoliation and skin lightening properties.
Since lactic acid is so gentle, it can be used by individuals that have sensitive skin. It can be used to make skin smoother, healthier and more radiant.
⑧ Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is derived from alpha hydroxy acid, which is another mild and natural skin exfoliant.
Glycolic acid is often included in the formula of skin lightening creams because its exfoliating effects enables the other ingredients to penetrate the skin better. The activity of glycolic acid will also make the skin tone even and cause faster cell turnover.