5 Effective Ingredients for Skin Whitening

5 Effective Ingredients for Skin WhiteningThere are plenty of chemical substances that help combat unwanted pigmentation, get a more even skin tone, and even make the skin a shade or two lighter. Some of them are safe and effective, others are of questionable safety or even outright toxic. Here’s our list of skin whitening ingredients that are considered both effective and safe for use.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a widely used skincare ingredient due to its antioxidant properties. It protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, prevents premature aging, boosts collagen production, and yes, lightens the skin. One of the greatest things about vitamin C is that it can be found in many products you can buy at a supermarket. So you don’t even have to splurge on expensive creams and serums to whiten your skin; a homemade facial mask with fresh fruit will do.

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Alpha-Hydroxy Acids

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a class of organic acids known for their use as chemical peels. They loosen the substance that holds dead skin cells onto the face, allowing the dead skin to peel off and revealing the young, fresh skin. In addition, AHAs help get rid of pigmentation and make the skin look brighter. AHAs most commonly used in cosmetics include glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid.

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Kojic Acid

Kojic acid is produced by several species of fungi. It is a by-product of rice fermentation during the production of sake, and therefore is most commonly found in Japanese skincare products. Kojic acid lightens and brightens the skin by suppressing an enzyme necessary for the production of melanin (the pigment that colors your skin, hair and eyes). So if you need to brighten up dull skin, try a kojic acid serum.

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Licorice Extract

Licorice extract is sourced from the root of licorice plant. It contains a chemical compound named glabridin that has several properties that are useful for cosmetic applications. In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, glabridin inhibits the production of melanin and therefore whitens the skin, making it look fresh and glowing.

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Papaya Extract

Papaya extract contains an enzyme named papain that has exfoliating and skin lightening properties. It is gentler on the skin than, for example, alpha-hydroxy acids, making it safe even for sensitive skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin, products with papain are a good choice for a lighter and brighter complexion.

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