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Skin Lightening (Whitening) Ingredients
List of popular skin-lightening and whitening ingredients found in home remedies and commercial preparations.
Home Remedy Ingredients
Several ingredients which may be included are not listed here, examples: Saffron, Avocado oil, Grape seed oil, Shea butter, active Manuka honey, Aloe vera, Apple cider vinegar, Buttermilk, Dandelion sap
Yogurt is normally used as the base. Lactic acid in yogurt promotes exfoliation, moisturization, and a natural brightening of skin tone. It evens out skin discolorations, minimize fine lines and wrinkles. It allows deeper penetration by other skin lighteners.
Lime or Lemon Juice
Lime juice is the most potent and effective skin bleach. It can irritate skin in high concentrations. Direct application will dry-out skin. It is not a good exfoliating agent.
Tomatoes help whiten skin. Tomatoes have many micronutrients for the health of skin: Vitamins C, E, K, B1, B6, B3, B2 and Lycopene.
For centuries, Turmeric has been used in making curries, cosmetics, and medicinal purposes in India. Turmeric is a basic ingredient of Wedding whole body mask. Turmeric lightens the skin, but it must be used carefully. High amount will dye your skin yellow. Turmeric also interacts with soaps. Do not use soap after using a preparation with Turmeric powder for a period of 24 hours.
There are many different forms of Vitamin C, when applied topically have shown to reduce melanin and whiten the skin. These include L-Ascorbic acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, and Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), when applied topically, is effective skin lightening agent. It is also effective in reducing acne
Besan (Chickpea flour)
It can be used for normal skin (neither oily nor dry) as a base to formulate masks. Besan helps lighten skin. It has zinc. If you have dry-skin, substitute Besan with finely powdered oatmeal.
Oatmeal is used to bind ingredients in preparations formulated for dry-skin
Almond Oil is a penetrating moisturizer. Good against dry skin, helps restructure skin. Good for removing scars of old pimples. Almond oil is added because most of the skin-lightening agents tend to dry-up skin.
Honey promotes exfoliation, moisturizes, helps lightening agents to penetrate deeper.
Commercial Preparation Ingredients
Over the counter skin lighteners may contain many ingredient included in Home Remedy ingredients such as: Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Lime juice extracts
This is the most efficient, most effective, and fast acting skin whitening agent than any other single ingredient. It inhibits activation of Tyrosinase. This is derived from Bearberry through a complicated manufacturing process making it an expensive ingredient
This is an extract of Bearberry, often called as Arbutin. It inhibits activation of Tyrosinase. This is not as effective as Alpha-Arbutin.
Kojic acid is a by-product obtained when rice is malted and fermented to make Saki. It was isolated in 1989, and found to be very effective in inhibiting Melanin production
Glabridin in Licorice plant inhibits activation of Tyrosinase. Glabridin is found in small trace amounts, making plant-part selection very important. Licorice is also anti-inflammatory.
Extract from the roots of Mulberry plants are potent inhibitors of of Tyrosinase enzyme. A 0.4% concentration of paper mulberry extract inhibits Tyrosinase by 50% compared to 5.5% for hydroquinone and 10.0% for Kojic acid.
It is extracted from Phyllanthus Emblica fruit. The extract provides long-lasting and stable antioxidant activity. The extract has significant skin lightening properties
It helps to peel off the skin cells that are normally pigmented cells. This allows the lower skin layer to come up that is somewhat lighter
Derivative from 'Western Dock' plant. It inhibits activation of Tyrosinase. Efficiency is increased when combined with Arbutic and Kojic acid
Glycolic Acid promotes exfoliation and a natural brightening of the skin tone. It evens out fine lines and wrinkles. Helps other skin lightening agents to penetrate deeper. Glycerin is a form of Glycolic Acid
Alpha Hydroxy Acid
AHA are mild organic acids and act same as Glycolic acid, except it is more suitable for sensitive skins. These acids include Lactic, Citric, Malic, Glycolic, and Tartaric acids.
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