7 Best Ingredients For Skin Whitening Soap

All women want even, clear and radiant skin. The challenge begins with drak spots or hyperpigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition which refers to any darkening of the skin. Dark patches form on areas commonly exposed to the sun. It is caused by the excess of melanin which gives our skin its colour. 

Although hyperpigmentation is harmless, most are uncomfortable with the way it makes them look.

 

Hoping to lighten your skin tone?

Here's the best ingredients to do the job:

 

Glutathione

The most popular ingredient used in skin whitening. Glutathione is a potent antioxidant which can even be taken as a food supplement. 

Glutathione contains amino acids in abundance and is very safe as it doesn't have any free radicals or toxins that could ruin your skin.

In fact, it helps cleansing your skin and removing all impurities to help achieve a brighter complexion. With this, you can expect your hyperpigmentation levels to reduce.

Glutathione can sink deep into the cell and do its work there. 

 

Arbutin

Alpha arbutin is found in the leaves of bearberry plant. Available in 2 form, alpha arbutin is a purer form of arbutin and has better stability and effectivity compared to beta arbutin.

Alpha arbutin lightens the skin by inhibiting melanin production in the skin by reducing tyrosinase activity (for melanin production). It also helps reduce skin tanning due to UV exposure.

Use it gradually in the first few weeks to make sure your skin doesn't react negatively and then increase the frequency of use.

 

Niacinamide

Also known as pro-vitamin B3, niacinamide is an antioxidant, sebum (oil) balancer, acne fighter, anti-inflammatory, ceramide booster and a very effective skin lightening active.

It's effective with hyperpigmentation because it decreases the number of melanin transferred to pigment producing cells to skin cells by more than half. 

Niacinamide is a popular skincare ingredient especially for skin discoloration and anti aging properties. It's been shown to significant;y reduce age spots with continued use and promote skin radiance.

 

Kojic Acid

Kojic acid is usually made as a by product of malted rice which is used to make sake.

Kojic acid prohibits production of melanin and penetrates the upper layers of the skin causing a lightening effect. 

It can cause some side effects like redness and irritation. Always use a low concentration and test on your skin first before use.

 

Licorice

The juice derived from the roots of licorice plant has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for all kinds of skin ailments.

Licorice root contains 2 main ingredients that help with pigmentation: glabridin and liquiritin. Gladridin helps to retain tyrosinase which is an enzyme that produces melanin. Liquiritin helps to break up and remove melanin and pigmentation in the skin

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a popular brightening ingredients found in serums. It's an amazing antioxidants that is beneficial for hyperpigmentation. 

It works by brightening hyperpigmented spots on the skin, but not lightening normal skin. It can also help to create healthy glowing skin

 

Papaya / Papain

Papaya contains alpha hydroxy acides (AHA) which are effective in cell turnover and exfoliation. 

 

 

2 WHITENING INGREDIENTS TO AVOID

 

Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone can irritate sensitive skin and may result in redness, itching or dryness.

Research suggests there may be lethal side effects associated with long term use of synthetic hydroquinone. 

Due to its toxicity and potential side effects, the European community banned its use in cosmetics. In the US, the FDA announce in 2006 that it could potentially cause cancer.

 

Mercury

Early 1900s, mercury was a popular ingredient used for altering the pigmentation of the skin because of its abilities to interfere the production of melanin.

Though popular by demand, mercury was deemed hazardous and classified as a toxic chemical by the FDA.

This chemical has many dangerous side effects with some being kidney damage, skin discoloration and excessive scarring on the skin. 

Mercury can also affect brain functions, impair speech and hearing functions.

 

 

 

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