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Nothing ruins your complexion like unseemly redness, sun spots, moles or other discolorations, and nothing is more frustrating than finding a wonderful new product that says it will brighten your skin and remove dark spots, but fails miserably and makes you wonder why you ever thought spending money on this thing was worth it.
So today, Vine Vera introduces you to some of the best ingredients when it comes to skin brightening. Some of these will require a dermatologist prescription, and others will be found in ingredient lists of some of your favorite creams in the beauty aisle, but either way, get ready to do your research before getting another skin brightening serum, and check to see if it has at least one of these ingredients before it goes anywhere near your face.
Kojic acid suppresses the enzyme tyrosinase, inhibiting melanin formation to brighten skin overall. Kojic acid is usually derived from mushrooms, so you may be able to find it in natural, organic products without any added synthetic chemicals.
Azelaic acid is great for easily irritated skin, and is a solid choice if you don’t want to brighten your normal skin-tone, but simply wish to correct “problem areas.” Like many of the ingredients in this list, it targets melanin production in the skin, but Azelaic acid specifically targets excess melanin, so it will work towards fixing things like dark sun spots or redness caused by rosacea. Azelaic acid is a good choice for people of color who are fine with their gorgeous darker skin, but want a more even complexion.
Hydroquinone both blocks the enzymes that’s responsible for making spots on skin, and gradually erases current ones overtime. For products with Hydroquinone, you’ll probably need a prescription, but if you want reliable, beautiful results, it’s worth asking a dermatologist about.
Mulberries are known for making great Jam, growing really fast, and providing a great habbitat for silkworms. But did you know that the extracts from the mulberry root can actually help in skin brightening? Look for products that list mulberry in the ingredients list. A little goes a long way with these extracts, so it doesn’t have to be very much.
The enzyme Melanozyme does something no other compound on this ingredient list does: it dissolves melanin on the surface of the skin (as opposed to simply blocking production of new melanin), making it the fastest skin brightener out there, working within just four weeks as opposed to a minimum of two months for most others.
Alpha and Beta Arbutin
Another skin brightener derived from berry plants, anything on an ingredient list with the word “arbutin” is likely to have been taken from cranberries or blueberries, or sometimes bearberry leaves. There’s not a lot to say about this one, except that it works with patience, and it’s another one that you’re likely to see in organic or all-natural products, so keep an eye out for Arbutin if you’re looking for a natural skin brightener that actually works.