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Niche Topics (Beauty and Wellness) is all about a natural approach to healthy skin,
hair and nails. You'll love our collection of organic homemade beauty, bath and body
treatment recipes using natural ingredients that nourish, pamper, cleanse and protect
your skin. Harness the healing powers of Mother Nature's bounty to make yourself
Most Asian women desire fair complexion, and many are willing to spend thousand of
dollars on skin lightening products to pursue beautiful crystal clear white skin
SK-II, a well-known premium brand is very popular because the key ingredient, Pitera®
is scientifically proven to help you achieve a brighter, fairer porcelain skin that
glows from within. However, not everyone can afford SK-II skincare products as they
all come with a huge price tag. If you're looking for just-as-good but cheaper alternatives,
be very careful. Certain skin whitening ingredients are dangerous and can harm your
skin as well as your health if used for an extended period of time.
Therefore, I suggest you find out more about the many differentskin lightening ingredients
available on the market and then decide which are the safe skin whitening ingredients
that will work best for your skin.
Safe Skin Lightening Ingredients
1. Alpha Arbutin/ Beta Alpha
Beta-Arbutin or Arbutin is a natural extract of the Bearberry (Uva Ursi) shrub which
can whiten and lighten skin by inhibiting tyrosinase activity (formation of melanin
pigment) without the side effects commonly associated with long term use of synthetic
hydroquinone. It can be used as a safer alternative to hydroquinone to promote skin
whitening, to prevent liver spots and freckles, to treat sunburn marks and to regulate
It is best to look for skin lightening products with alpha-arbutin since it has a
stronger skin whitening effect than beta-arbutin. Also, beta-arbutin may cause skin
irritation in some individuals with sensitive skin.
2. Kojic Acid
Kojic acid, discovered in 1989, is a natural substance derived from Japanese Koji
mushroom. As a skin lightening agent, kojic acid works by inhibiting melanin production
(dark spots and brown pigments). Although not harmful to human health, kojic acid
have a few adverse effects on skin, if used excessively. It may cause skin irritation,
and continual use after irritation may result in allergic contact dermatitis.
3. Licorice Extract
Licorice extract is a very popular skin whitener and has been used for years to effectively
lighten skin discolorations. The main compound for skin whitening is glabridin, a
potent skin lightener that inhibits pigmentation by preventing tyrosinase activation.
Studies have shown that licorice extract can brighten dull skin while remaining non-toxic
to the melanin forming cells.
Licorice root also has anti-inflammatory properties and is especially effective at
evening out or fading sun tan.
Mulberry, white mulberry and/or paper mulberry are powerful inhibitors of Tyrosinase
enzyme than hydroquinone. And, skin irritation with mulberry extract is less than
other skin lightener agents.
5. Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid, a substance derived from AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) exfoliates skin
to allow deeper penetration of other skin lightener ingredients into the skin. By
accelerating skin cell turnover, glycolic acid brightens and evens skin tone naturally,
and also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
6. Lactic Acid
Lactic acid works similarly to Glycolic acid but is typically better suited for people
with sensitive skin. Lactic acid removes dead skin cells to reveal new healthy cells
underneath. As a result, the dry flaky skin disappears and skin becomes smoother,
fairer and brighter with a youthful glow.
7. Lemon Juice Extract
The citric acid in lemon juice is one of nature's most potent skin bleaching ingredients.
However, it can irritate skin and should only be used at small concentrations in
skin lighteners. Also, do not expose your skin to sunlight with lemon juice as it
could have the opposite effect and make your skin darker. Lemon juice can be extremely
drying to the skin if applied directly.
8. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that occurs in many different forms ((L-ascorbic
acid, ascorbic acid, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) each with distinct properties.
Studies have indicated that Vitamin C has the ability to suppress melanin formation
and whiten skin naturally when applied.
Vitamin C also protects skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation
from the sun. Exposure to ultraviolet light (UVA or UVB) can speed up aging by damaging
the collagen fibers of the skin.
Aside from coffee grind and brown sugar, what else is good to exfoliate skin? Find
out gentle exfoliating face scrub ingredients from your kitchen that can keep your
skin baby smooth and radiantly bright.
Make your complexion glow radiantly and fairer with these skin lightening home remedies
that are super charged with lemon juice. Discover what else you can use to bleach
skin (face and body) naturally and safely.