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Tuesday, 28 February 2012 14:09

Brighten Up

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We’ve all seen the commercials boasting about products that will even skin tone, diminish the sign of dark pigmented spots, and brighten the skin. With skin brighteners growing in popularity it’s hard to know what’s true, what’s false, and what products are really worth the investment (not to mention are the ingredients safe!). So what should you look for in a skin brightener, and what can they really do for you?

The main thing skin brighteners do is fade those brown spots, usually caused from sun damage, and make the skin color look more even. While most skin brighteners do actually work, it’s important to take a look at the ingredients to make sure they are active (so they will produce a change in your skin).

The most effective ingredients are hydroquinone and the new Chromabright.  Hydroquinone can be more of a risk with some people reacting to it. Unfortunately, Hydroquinone is actually banned in some countries.  Chromabright, however, a new patented active molecule for skin brightening, is proven to have higher melanogenesis inhibition than Arbutin, MAP and Kojic Acid, and the same depigmenting effect as hydroquinone. Chromabright will stimulate collagen production, protect against photo-aging, while preventing premature aging, hyperpigmentation and acne.


A lot of skin brighteners also use milder ingredients, such as vitamin C or vitamin B derivatives, kojic acid or plant extracts. These ingredients won’t be as effective at removing dark pigmentation but they will produce some milder results in the skin.

Here are some tips to make your brightening product more effective: 

 

    1. Keep skin exfoliated. If the skin is exfoliated, the brightener will penetrate deeperand more easily producing better results. Try removing those dead skin cells with a micro crystal polish or a Clarisonic facial scrubber to be sure the active ingredients in the brightener won’t be blocked. To get even better results, get a microdermabrasion or herbal enzyme peel from your favorite esthetician to keep skin fresh and remove those dead skin layers.

 

    1. Use sunscreen. If you’re not using a sunscreen you’re wasting your time using a skin brightener.  Institut’ DERMed Brightening Moisturizer provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection to prevent skin discoloration and premature aging for a healthy, vibrant complexion. Remember to continue using sunscreen even after the brown pigment or uneven color is gone or they will reappear.

 

    1. All ethnicity's can use  brighteners. But before using any product, discuss the ingredients with your esthetician to be sure they are the best bet for your skin type and skin concern.
     


If you have brown pigment that won’t go away and you have followed all of the basic rules for using a brightener, then unfortunately the pigment is deep in the skin. If the pigment is too deep, the products won’t penetrate to treat the discoloration.  For these stubborn spots, discuss your laser treatment options with your esthetician.

 

 

 

 

 

 Changing Skin, Changing Lives,

 

 

Lyn Ross