Natural Skin Brighteners For Healthy Glowing Skin

Posted by on 7/29/2014 to Ingredients
Natural Skin BrightenersOh, those pesky dark marks. For acne suffers, acne scars that appear after the inflammation is gone are almost as bad as the acne itself. Maybe worse! Acne can go away, but those dark can stay with you for months. Historically, skin-lightening products acted as bleaching agents, filled with synthetics that were harsh and potentially irritating. Fortunately, Nature has provided us with ingredients that act as natural skin brighteners that are good for your skin and can help you achieve that healthy glow.

How do they work?

Natural skin brighteners work by nourishing your skin with vitamins and blocking melanin production. 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? 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

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 Extract

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.

Niacinamide

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. Naturally, we like it a lot!

Vitamin C

One of the more well known natural skin brighteners is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also a natural antioxidant helps suppress melanin formation. 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.

Green Tea

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.

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.
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