The only thing worse than acne itself are the scars and dark marks it leaves behind.
For acne suffers, you know the struggle. While acne can go away in a few days, the dark marks and/or scarring it leaves behind can linger on your complexion for months.
So what do you do?
Historically, skin-lightening products acted as bleaching agents, filled with synthetics that were harsh and potentially irritating. Fortunately, Mother Nature has provided us with plant-based ingredients that act as natural skin brighteners that are good for your skin and help bring your skin back to a healthy glow post inflammation quicker than if you had done nothing at all.
How do they work?
Natural skin brighteners work by nourishing your skin with antioxidants and blocking the over production of melanin that can be triggered by acne inflammation. They can also help by gently exfoliating dull skin, keeping skin clear and encouraging fresher skin cells to be pushed to the surface. The result is fresh, calm, nourished and protected skin that gives off that unmistakable healthy glow.
Here are a few examples of natural skin brighteners we like:
Mulberry extract is an effective brightener and antioxidant that can inhibit the activity of tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is an enzyme found in plant and animal tissues that catalyzes the production of melanin through oxidation.
Licorice extracts are taken from the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant. It contains a component called glabridin, which helps prevent pigmentation brought about by UVB rays.
Also known as Vitamin B3, this ingredient is very soothing, can help prevent the acne that eventually causes scarring and can improve post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and signs of photodamage. Niacinamide is a natural active that is actually very widely studied and tested. Clinical trials verify Niacinamide’s effectiveness as a natural skin brightener... so naturally, we like it a lot here at Astrida NaturalsVitamin C
One of the more well known natural skin brighteners is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also a natural antioxidant helps suppress melanin over production. It can also make your sunscreen more effective; a must for preventing uneven skin tone. We use Vitamin C in the form of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate - highly stable form of Vitamin C that doesn’t break down in skin creams.
Among the different kinds of teas, green tea has been found by researchers to be the strongest inhibitor of tyrosinase in a study using mushrooms. Green tea is also known to be a powerful antioxidant.
What’s the best way to use natural skin brighteners?
If you want to see results, a serum is the best way to go. Facial serums are designed to penetrate down into the deeper layers of your skin, delivering actives where melanin synthesis occurs. Our lightweight Mulberry & Licorice Brightening Facial Serum is formulated to do just that.
Note: Always, always follow up with proper sun protection when using skin brightening products or reserve your brightening routine for nighttime use only. Unprotected sun exposure will undo any progress you have made toward even skin tone. This is super important. Do not skip your sunscreen if you want to even your complexion.
With proper and continued use, fresh, radiant and brighter skin can be achieved — and you won't even need makeup to flaunt your healthy, smoother and more balanced skin.