Whitening, Brightening, Lightening…Oh, My!

Know the difference between skin lightening, whitening and brightening.

In the skin care lifestyle, people are always looking for new ways to better their skin. Whether it is the appearance or texture of the skin, we will try anything to get our skin looking and feeling the way we want it to. This can become problematic due to the ridiculous amount of skin care products, treatments, and procedures. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what in the world we need for our skin.

A significant trend that has emerged is whitening, brightening, or lightening or skin tone. To some people, each treatment sounds the same, but this is not the case. These three methods require different routines and assist with various skin tone issues. We did some research to help you figure out your best option!

Skin Lightening

We have all encountered sun damage, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation problems throughout life. All of these issues are a huge factor of our skin tone becoming uneven. No matter how much makeup you may use to cover that up, it only does just that, hiding the problem instead of fixing it. People have been turning to skin lightening products to reverse the issue of an uneven skin tone. If this is a matter you are having with your skin, find products that have natural ingredients such as arbutin, kojic acid, niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and bearberry.

Skin Brightening

Aging is a significant influence on our skin, thanks to wrinkles and dead skin cells. At young ages, our skin cells had a fast turnover rate and shed off our skin quickly. However, over time the cells descend into a slower rate causing them to sit atop of our skin for longer periods of time and creating a dull complexion. This creates more definition in fine lines and under-eye circles. But you don’t need to spend loads of money for this treatment, try out home remedies or DIY masks!

Skin Whitening

This has just recently surfaced but is not recommended. People have been stripping their natural skin pigment with harsh bleaching skin strips due to standards in certain countries deeming a ‘white complexion’ to be beautiful. Doing a skin whitening treatment can cause irritation and discoloration in the skin. Embrace your natural skin pigment and don’t change it based off of what the media is saying!