To target dark pigments effectively, we must first understand the causes for them. UV light is the number 1 trigger for color pigments. Exposure to the sun increases the level of Tyrosine in the skin, which turns into melanin after oxidation. Hormone imbalance is another reason for dark spots among women. During pregnancy, the level of Estrogen is exceptionally high in a woman, which will induce the production of melanin. Unstable moods can also cause the formation of dark spots. Moreover, stress and lack of sleep can worsen skin’s metabolism and result in melanin accumulation.
In another words, to combat color spots, we must reduce and suppress Tyrosine, and break down existing melanin. Hydroquinone and Arbutin are two major ingredients often used for reducing Tyrosine, while Ferulic Acid and Kojic Acid can suppress its active level. Vitamin C, aka L-Ascorbic Acid, is the most widely used for breaking down melanin. Also, AHA accelerates the renewal of stratum corneum, thus helping to whiten pigments.
Here’s our picks for some highly effective skin whitening products:
La Roche Posay Sensi White [+] Essence Essence (Upgraded Version) (For Sensitive Asian Skin), 30ml
Features an upgraded formula for more effective and longer lasting whitening results. All-new ingredient Phenylethyl Resorcinol brightens skin from the source. Ferulic Acid and Ginkgo Biloba Extracts even out and smooth skin tone while LHA gently removes dead skin for a brightened complexion. Nicotinamide is effective in preventing skin dullness.
SkinCeuticals Serum 20 AOX, 1oz / 30ml
Formulated at the precise concentration proven to deliver maximum amounts of vitamin C to the skin, Serum 20 is now formulated with AOX+ advanced antioxidant technology, combining Ferulic Acid with 20% L-ascorbic acid to enhance skin whitening antioxidant performance. This lightweight and fast-absorbing serum neutralizes free radicals, defends against environmental damage, and helps prevent premature signs of aging.
Contains 20% highly concentrated pure Vitamin C, which targets stubborn dark spots and acne marks and prevents the formation of melanin. It helps promote skin cell renewal, rebuilds collagen, brightens skin, firms and smoothes wrinkles, reduces redness and replenishes moisture to skin.
Apart from using whitening products, foods that are rich in Vitamin C and E, such as fruits and nuts, boost great whitening benefits. Consuming more of these foods and always apply your sunscreen, then you are one step closer to having bright, clear and translucent skin.= )