There is nothing as upsetting as hyperpigmentation, melasma or other unwanted dark marks and blemishes on your skin. Whatever the cause, be it age spots, birthmarks or an uneven skin tone, there are some great lightening products that can have some terrific results.
“Here At Krasey Beauty, we have studied the problem of hyperpigmentation in great depth. From our intensive research we have compiled a list of the three skin lightening products that we believe provide the best (and safest) skin lightening results”.
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Choosing A Good Skin Lightening Cream
The skin lightening market place is packed with hundreds of products that all promise amazing results.
However, sorting the good from the bad, and finding a lightening or whitening product that suits you and your skin is not always easy.
You need to be aware of any potential side effects, in particular some harsh ingredients can cause dryness and irritation.
As such you need to be aware of the risks, knowing what ingredients are safe, and those that you should avoid.
We have done a lot of the the legwork for you, having researched and reviewed countless skin lightening products over the past three years.
We have listened to thousands of user testimonials and have read countless clinical studies.
Our findings have shown us that too many manufacturers use untested, or potentially risky ingredients such as mercury and hydroquinone.
These can lighten your skin, but have been also linked to some rather nasty side effects including rashes, irritation, burning and swelling.
Nature has been very generous to us, and as such has given us many plant based extracts that work alongside our skins natural renewal cycle to reduce the level of melanin being produced.
This directly alters the appearance of those hateful dark blemishes.
It makes the skin cells lighter in colour, ultimately reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, melasma and other dark marks.
Krasey Beauty’s Top 3 Skin Lightening Creams
Here are our top 3 skin lightening creams for anybody suffering with any form of skin discolouration.
- Zeta White
- Skinception Illuminatural 6i
Lets Take A More In-Depth Look At These Products
1. Zeta White Lightening Cream
Zeta White is the top rated lightening product, and for good reason.
It uses an all natural formula with no risky ingredients such as hydroquinone or mercury.
It’s not just one product, its a three part system that comprises a face wash, moisturiser and night cream.
The makers sell and ship worldwide, you can buy the complete system, or the products individually.
Used daily it reduces the production of melanin, to gradually lighten and smooth your complexion.
- UK developed and made
- Cruelty free
- Suitable for all skin types
- Free from any side effects
- 100% natural, no risky chemicals
- Lightens skin naturally without causing any dryness or irritation.
Manufactured with natural ingredients to whiten skin, hydrate and smooth your complexion
Use twice daily ( morning and evening )
Price – 50mls for $49.95
Hydrates, lightens and protects the skin
Uses licorice extract to reduce melanin production and reduce the cellular damage caused by everyday toxins.
Price – 30mls for $49.95
Helps to clear darker dead skin cells to allow lighter skin cells to rise the surface.
Use before going to bed, and wake up with brighter, lighter skin
Price – 30mls for $49.95
The three products can be bought for $149.95 with free shipping. You also get a FREE bottle of Zeta White lightening body lotion, or you can buy individually.
The makers provide buyers with an industry busting 100 day cash back guarantee.
This assures you of a full refund should you be unhappy with the results.
All in all, Zeta White is a first class product.
It is clear that the manufacturers have really done their homework.
They have developed an all natural product that will lighten pretty much all cases of hyperpigmentation
2. Skinception Illuminatural 6i
Illuminatural 6i is the flagship product by reputable skincare manufacturers Skinception.
Made in the US, it was clinically developed by a leading aesthetic cosmetic surgeon.
Developed to spot treat cases of melasma, liver and age spots as well as general hyperpigmentation problems.
It is free from any harsh ingredients.
The formula contains all natural, non aggressive ingredients that gently reduce melanin production.
It aids the sloughing away of dead darker skin cells and promotes a lighter, smooth and even skin tone.
The formula uses key ingredients such as green tea, aloe vera, maritime pine bark, as well as Vitamin C and Vitamin B3 – both essential to getting healthy looking, lighter skin.
It also includes a built in UV filter to help guard against the suns harmful rays.
Sold and shipped worldwide from the official manufacturers website.
Prices start at $ 49.95 for a 30 day supply.
There are some bulk buy offers that offer some fantastic savings.
Our vote for best buy is the three month supply – this will cost you $129.95 – a saving of $19.90
The makers also offer a lengthy 67 day cash back guarantee.
Another excellent product, Illuminatural 6i has a global fanbase and a proven track record.
3. Meladerm Pigment Correction Skin Lightener
Meladerm is a hugely popular product made by US based Civant skincare and one the best skin lightening creams on the market.
Sold as a pigment corrector that works to reduce hyperpigmentation.
It also controls other dark patches including age spots, acne scars, melasma and uneven skin tone.
Meladerm works by reducing the production of melanin, this is what gives the skin its darker colour.
Working with the skins natural renewal cycle, older dead, darker skin cells are sloughed away, allowing newer lighter skin cells to take their place.
The makers sell Meladerm as a standalone product, a 50ml bottle sells for $49.99.
There are some discounts too, with a $20 saving to be had when you buy 2 bottles.
Meladerm is also sold as part of a lightening kit that contains a toner, cleanser, sunscreen, and depending on the kit purchased, a lightening serum.
Prices for their lightening kits start at $149.99
The makers offer a relatively short 30 day cash back guarantee when compared to the other products on the list.
Although they do make allowances for international orders by allowing a further 14 days on top for shipping delays.
Civant are a well established manufacturer and Meladerm is hugely popular across the world for its effective results
Best Skin Lightening Creams – That Didn’t Make the Top 3
The above three products are what we consider to be the most effective and most popular. This is based on consumer opinion.
However, the following products get an honorable mention.
4. Tenrios Skin Lightening Serum
Another all natural skin lightener and dark spot corrector.
It uses a mix of proven lightening ingredients that include:
- Kojic Acid – Reduces Melanin production and promotes a lighter skin tone
- Alpha Arbutin – Another key melanin reducing compound
- Vitamins C and E – Helps to make the skin look brighter and more healthier
Most users report good things with this product, it seems particularly good at reducing the appearance of acne scars too.
Its relatively inexpensive too, at just £14.99 for a bottle containing 50ml
The only issue with this product is that it is currently only available in the UK through the makers Amazon store.
5. Murad Rapid Age Spot And Pigment Lightening Serum
Murad are an established cosmetic company and this product has been in the top 10 lightening products in the US for the past 3 years.
It’s a fast acting lightening serum that treats age spots, freckles and other small dark blemishes.
It’s not suitable for large areas of discolouration, more of a local spot treatment.
The makers claim that many of its users see a noticeable difference in as little as one week.
Its extensive formula contains Glycolic acid to help exfoliate and remove dead, darker skin cells.
The formula also includes Hexapeptide-2 which is a specialist skin lightening peptide that the makers tell us lightens and evens skin tone.
The full list of ingredients is as follows:
It’s cruelty free, with all Murad products all being tested and developed on people, NOT animals.
We do have one concern with this product in that it does contain Hydroquinone at 2% concentration.
This is the maximum permissible strength allowable in OTC products.
Hydroquinone has been linked to causing some unpleasant side effects and adverse reactions in some users, in particular those with sensitive skin.
It is readily available throughout the US and many other countries worldwide.
Prices do vary considerably for a bottle containing 1oz.
You can pay anything between $43 and $72 depending on where you buy.
6. Obagi Nu-Derm Clear Fx
Obagi Nu-Derm Clear Fx is a great little product for treating unwanted dark spots on your face.
It is free from any nasty ingredients such as Hydroquinone and bleach.
The formula is largely based around Antioxidants, Vitamin C and E.
It also contains Arbutin, a natural lightening ingredient that reduces the production of melanin.
As new skin cells are produced, they become gradually lighter in appearance.
This facial lotion can help to treat and reduce the appearance of melasma, dark spots, freckles and birthmarks.
It can also help reduce the redness commonly experienced after an acne breakout.
Obagi Nu-Derm Clear Fx is thought to be generally free from any side effects but we have recently discovered a few cases of irritation and inflammation.
We suggest that you always carry out a patch test before using on your face.
Apply a small amount of product onto your wrist and leave for 24 hours to check for any irritation.
It is not cheap however, a bottle containing 2 oz (57g) will set you back $103.50.
This should last you up to 4 weeks if used as directed.
7. SkinCeutical C E Ferulic
SkinCeutical C E Ferulic is a specially developed serum formulated around a mix of antioxidants and vitamins.
Its makers tell us that it helps to brighten and lift your complexion by reducing the damage caused by free radicals.
Apart from its skin lightening benefits, it can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It protects the skin from UV damage as well as pollution from Infrared radiation and ozone pollution,
Its formula contains Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), and Ferulic acid – a plant based anti oxidant.
The product is free from any parabens and is suitable for all skin types.
SkinCeutical C E Ferulic is suitable for use on your face, neck and decollate area.
Available throughout the US, it’s the most expensive product on our list with a bottle containing just 30ml costing $166.00
Best Skin Lighteners Buyers Guide 2020
Here are some guidelines to follow when choosing a skin lightening product.
Skin Lightening Products – What to Look out for?
The very first thing to consider when choosing a skin lightening product is the formula.
Its always advisable to choose a product that has a natural base to its formula.
Most plant based ingredients do not cause any irritation or side effects, even on the most sensitive skin.
Chemical base ingredients such as hydroquinone and mercury can cause dryness, burning, irritation and rashes, even when used at government approved strengths.
(Hydroquinone for example cannot legally be sold in over the counter products at strengths more than 2% concentration.)
Ingredients to look for include:
- Vitamins C, A and E
- Licorice Extract
- Kojic acid
- Coconut oil
- Alpha Arbutin
- Various fruit extracts
Is the Whitening / Lightener Made by a Reputable Manufacturer
It is also important to do your due diligence when researching a skin lightening product.
Are the manufacturer established?
Do they sell direct or only sell through third party websites like amazon and eBay?
Does the website display a physical address for the manufacturer?
How about user testimonials? Are there a good number of positive user reviews available to read?.
On that note, do not be put off by the odd bad review.
It’s very hard to please everybody, and lets face it, some people are never happy and complain for any reason.
If there is a lot of negative feedback however, it’s probably a good idea to look elsewhere.
The best skin lightening creams, as you would expect, have more positive comments from past customers.
Ordering a Skin Lightening Cream – Payment Methods
Most good cream manufacturers will offer a wide variety of payment options.
Bank transfer, debit and credit card payments as well as PayPal are commonly used by reputable manufacturers.
Look for a manufacturer who will offer payment in variety of local currencies, which means that they ship worldwide.
A good company will ship to most popular countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland, UK, the US and throughout Europe and Asia.
After Sales Service – Customer Service
A trustworthy manufacturer always displays a physical address and a telephone number (quite often toll free).
They should also offer an email address as well as a live chat option too.
Another thing to look out for is a lengthy cash back guarantee.
This not only highlights the manufactures confidence and belief in their product, it also demonstrates their desire for complete customer satisfaction.
Guarantee periods can vary from between 14 days up to 100 days, obviously the longer period offered, the better as it gives users more time to try and evaluate the product.
Most of the best skin lightening creams will share these commonalities.