To target dark pigments effectively, we must first understand their causes. UV light is the number one factor for color pigments. After being exposed to the sun, the level of Tyrosine will increase in our skin, which turns into melanin after oxidation. Hormone imbalance is another reason for dark spots to form among women. During pregnancy, the level of Estrogen is exceptionally high in a mother’s body, which will induce the production of melanin. Unstable moods can also trigger the formation of dark spots. Moreover, stress and sleep deprivation slow down the skin’s metabolism and result in accumulation of melanin.
In another words, reducing Tyrosine and dissolving existing melanin are ways to prevent and eliminate dark spots. Hydroquinone and Arbutin are two major ingredients often found in whitening products to reduce Tyrosine, while Ferulic Acid and Kojic Acid suppress its activity level. Vitamin C, a.k.a. L-Ascorbic Acid, is commonly used for breaking down melanin. Also, AHA accelerates the renewal of stratum corneum, thus helping to lighten pigments.
Here’re 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 Extract 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 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, and replenishes moisture to the skin.
Apart from whitening products, foods that are rich in Vitamin C and E, such as fruits and nuts, boost great skin-whitening benefits. Include these foods in your diet, get plenty of sleep and always apply sunscreen, then you are on your way to having bright, clear and translucent skin.= )