What Skin Lightening Ingredients Are Considered Safe To Use?

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What Skin Lightening Ingredients Are Considered Safe To Use? This list is from the personal experiences of us and our friends. We are not doctors. These ingredients are considered safe but check with your dermatologist. Here are two great online sources we use for information on ingredients safety.

EWG’s Skin Deep Database
Campaign For Safe Cosmetics

Discovering Toxic Skincare Ingredients

what goes on your skin goes into your bodyThe skin is the largest organ in the body in both weight and surface area. The skin has two layers, the dermis, and the epidermis. The dermis provides support and structure to the skin. The epidermis functions to protect the body (acts as a shield). Underneath the dermis is the hypodermis which provides insulation for the skin.

Some chemicals in skincare products have nasty side effects including cancer. Remember what goes on your skin goes into your body. The EWG Skin Deep Database and the  Campaign For Safe Cosmetics are great resources. Use them to discover how toxic some skincare ingredients and products are.

Non-toxic skincare has become very popular. Today, there are more options for products that are not only safe to use but effective too. Despite tricky greenwashing trends, many companies are making quality non-toxic products. There is a lot of information on what skincare ingredients to avoid. The list below is some we like for skin lightening.

Skin Lightening Ingredients Considered Safe

Kojic Acid: Used in skin lighteners.

Products containing kojic acid with a concentration of 2 percent are considered safe. The CIR Expert Panel agreed that kojic acid could be safely used in cosmetic products.

Products containing kojic acid may lighten the skin and improve the appearance of age spots and sun damage. The reduction of dark spots can have an anti-aging effect. Kojic acid may also be helpful in decreasing melasma, which is the darkening of the skin due to pregnancy and other causes. It may also reduce the discoloration of scars. Although the acid does not improve the thickness of scar tissue, it may reduce dark pigmentation. Lightening the scar may make it less noticeable. It also has Antifungal and Antibacterial benefits.

Lemon Juice: Used in skin lightening and acne products.

Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production. Lemon is extremely acidic, which can irritate sensitive skin. Considered safe in low doses.

Bearberries: Used in skin lighteners.

These little fruits are well-regarded by dermatologists to be one of nature’s most potent skin brighteners. The chief selling point of bearberry extract is its abundant levels of arbutin, which Alpha-Arbutin is derived from.

Alpha-Arbutin: Used in skin lighteners.

A powerful deterrent for the development of dark spots on your skin. It’s also one of nature’s most potent skin brighteners. It has powerful antioxidants. the bearberry extract Alph-Arbutin acts a lot like hydroquinone without the dangerous side effects.

Aloe Vera Extract; Used in many skin care products.

This extract is a gel harvested from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant. This plant has a long history as a plant with many medicinal properties. Over time, Aloe Vera has been used as a moisturizer, a treatment for wounds, burns and other topical injuries

Coconut oil: Used as a moisturizer.

A well known natural skincare ingredient, it is also the most versatile. There’s growing science supporting the use of this plant fat as a topical skin soother. Recent research shows that coconut oil suppresses some of the body’s natural inflammatory agents. It helps to make the skin a better barrier.

Coconut oil is an excellent antibiotic. It fights bacteria, fungi, or even viruses that may attack your epidermis. Coconut oil has even been found to be effective at fighting off skin diseases like dermatitis.

Shea Butter: Used as a moisturizer.

Anti-inflammatory, itch relief. Derived from the nut of a shea tree, shea butter is an ingredient in many moisturizers. It’s loaded with fatty acids. It has a calming and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. It’s useful for treating and soothing eczema. Clinical studies using shea butter as a treatment for eczema showed less itching within 2-4 weeks. Shea butter doesn’t seem to cause skin allergies often, which makes it right even for the most sensitive skin types.

Papain (Papaya Papain) Used as a skin exfoiliant.

It’s a protein-degrading enzyme that is found naturally in papaya fruit. It’s often referred to as a “plant-based pepsin”. The cosmetic industry uses papain in exfoliating treatments to remove dead surface skin.

Licorice extract: Used in skin lighteners.

Great for redness, puffiness, and itching. It can be used on sensitive skin. All three of the key licorice chemicals can act against hyperpigmentation, such as age spots, acne scarring, sun damage, and melasma. It has fewer side effects than your typical anti-pigmentation treatments.

Argan oil: Used in moisturizers, facial cleansers, eye creams, and anti-aging skincare products.

Many regard argan oil as a super skincare ingredient. Sometimes called “liquid gold” it has many therapeutic and cosmetic uses. This is so because it is rich in natural Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It’s effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as scarring and stretch marks. It also works well in fighting the early signs of sun damage.

These are just some of the effective natural ingredients available. There are others. Most of the better natural skin lighteners contain some of these along with other ingredients. Remember to check those ingredients and do your own research.