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Skin Whitening Versus Skin Brightening – What's the Difference between Them?

Updated on September 12, 2014
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The Differences

First and foremost, both creams work to improve and enhance the overall complexion of your skin - the difference between them is mainly the ingredients are used, some ingredients are much stronger than others and others are more harmful so it's important to do a lot of research into this area of skin care creams. Some ingredients will simply exfoliate and brighten skin whilst others will act more as bleaching agents and thus will be more harmful.

Skin Whitening Creams

With regards to skin whitening creams, these are product designed more to bleach the skin and provide a much more permanent effect – so for most people it is a very serious path to go down when you decide to use these creams. You should be very careful when using these creams, as you can probably already tell that they can be quite harmful. They work by restricting the production of the enzyme known as tyrosinase - which is mainly responsible for the overall complexion of the skin as it controls the production of the melanin pigment.

Up until recently you would be able to find most products containing a bleaching agent such as hydroquinine (more commonly known as HQ). However, as research now suggests that long-term use can be quite harmful and even serious in some cases, production is gradually decreasing and more products are starting to contain safer and even natural ingredients.

You should look for products contain the natural ingredients that can now be found quite commonly. Some great natural ingredients that are used to whiten the skin are:

  • Mulberry extract
  • Kojic acid
  • Bearberry extract

It's also important to note that you should take extra precautions when going out in the sun and also using skin whitening creams as they can make your skin much more sensitive to the sun and you don't want to risk any additional damage that could be caused. You should also make sure that you have a balanced diet and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Skin Brightening Creams

Skin brightening creams are of course a bit different, first and foremost there aren't as harmful and their main use is to exfoliate and provide brighter complexion to worn out and dull skin. There are many reasons why someone might have dull skin such as damage from the sun, the change in environment, stress and so much more. At first the skin will gradually revive itself and skin brightening creams will be needed - however, as a person ages this process generally becomes less effective and so the use of skin brightening creams can be very beneficial.

So using the skin brightening creams will ultimately exfoliate your skin and stop it from looking so dull. It will not whiten your skin, but you might find that it will provide you with a nice healthy glow - it will also remove dead skin cells and the appearance of dark spots and blemishes will be less noticeable.

Skin brightening creams generally only contain healthy and natural ingredients, so there isn't too much to worry about with regards to harmful side-effects. Listed below are some common ingredients that you will find within skin brightening creams that will provide great effects and be of great benefit to you:

  • Vitamin A, C, and E
  • Rice bran
  • Beta hydroxy salicylic acid
  • Alpha hydroxy acids
  • Bromelain

So you can see is quite big difference between skin whitening and skin brightening creams. They will provide you with completely different effects, one is much more harmful than the other, and the other can be used genuinely to improve the health and appearance of your skin. If you're thinking of using skin whitening creams make sure to take the harmful side-effects into consideration and weigh these with the benefits.

© 2014 Ruby Jackson

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