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Ingredients That Improve Your Skin’s Tone

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Turmeric, arsenic, honey, lemon, tiger grass, burning face masks, glow tonics, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It seems apparent that a whole lot of time has been invested in the quest to even out skin tones, and little wonder. Dark spots, acne scars, sunspots can not only look Mar perfect complexions, but they also can also contribute to signs of aging and, if history is anything to go by, most of us will try almost anything to avoid that. Although the vast array of snake oils may seem overwhelming, there are a few key ingredients experts say are worth looking out for. Read on to find out which ones they say are most effective.

Uneven Skin Tone
The major causes of uneven skin tone are hyper-pigmentation, hormones, sunspots, and discoloration due to scarring from acne. Sun exposure can lead to an excess of melanin or pigment production in the skin which can create freckles and dark spots. Contraceptive pills and hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can also cause discoloration, as can exposure to pollution and environmental factors.

Treatment
While there are numerous professional brightening treatments available many of them are quite risky. According to Kristine Colman, dermal therapist, “You risk hypopigmentation, which leaves you with a loss of pigment.” While it may be tempting to use Intense pulsed light (IPL) photo facials, chemical peels, and cryotherapy, which yield fast results, it may be best to consult a dermatologist before going these routes.

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Ingredients To Look For

Soy
If you’re still bearing the evidence of your latest breakouts, you may want to try something which contains soy proteins, which help eliminate blotchiness and redness. A word to the wise: look for ones containing an SPF, as sun exposure can turn red marks into more permanent ones.

Enzymes
Melanozyme is a mushroom-derived enzyme that breaks down melanin responsible for producing dark pigments in your skin. However, beware of products with retinoids and hydroquinone which can create redness, burning, and dryness. Colman says, “Hexylresorcinol concentration at 0.5% has proven to be just as effective as 2 % concentration of hydroquinone.”

Botanicals
If you want to keep things in the flora and fauna family, a number of plants, such as angelic root and yomogi have been known to speed cell turnover and break down melanin to fade dark spots and acne marks. Colman recommends licorice for skin lightening and arnica flower extract, a known anti-inflammatory, for brightening.

Acid
Hydroxy, Glycolic, Kojic, and salicylic acid all act to remove dead skin cells, smooth out fine lines, and even out skin tone. The most effective products combine these with skin brightening ingredients.

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Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the most commonly used skin brightening ingredients. Its antioxidant properties lighten hyperpigmentation and prevent further spots from developing.

Make Up
If these ingredients don’t do the trick, You can always try light diffusing makeup. Keep in mind that the key to the even looking skin is the way the light reflects off it. Pigmented, rough skin does not reflect light in the same way that young healthy skin does. Translucent finishers and iridescent powders will boost skin tone while covering imperfections.

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Try These Ingredients To Brighten Skin

Why would anyone want “bright skin?” As a civilization, we are obsessed with reversing the effects of time, especially with regard to our skin. As we age, the skin that we were born with becomes darker, due to exposure to the sun and light. Although we may never hope to return our skin to the state from whence it came, there is promise of returning it to a healthier, simpler state, before the evil sun did its damage.

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Skin brighteners defend skin against post- inflammatory hyper pigmentation, or any type of inflammation on the skin, specifically, blemishes from acne. Dr. Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD and senior vice president of The Skin Cancer Foundation says,” When the acne resolves, sometimes the skin stains, which is causing too much pigment to be released. That’s a common issue where a skin brightener may help. In addition, skin brighteners help target age spots and brown spots, which are caused by ultraviolet rays.”

The Ingredients
Although most brighteners contain similar ingredients, they may work entirely differently depending on the formula. Here are some ingredients found in most skin brighteners and what they do.

Hydroquinone
While it may be 50 years old, “prescription hydroquinine is still the gold standard in bleaching,” according to Pearl Grimes, professor of dermatology at UCLA . The drug works to fade spots and block enzymes used to create new ones, and can lighten skin blotches in about four to six weeks when used in combination with a nonprescription retinal or retinoid.

Azelaic Acid
If your skin tends toward redness, this ingredient is for you. Often used as a treatment for rosacea prone skin, it “only targets melanin, so it doesn’t lighten healthy skin,” says Jeannette Graf, assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai school of Medicine.

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Melazyme
This enzyme has come a long way from its original purpose of whitening paper. Melazyme is the only ingredient capable of dissolving melanin on the surface of the skin. (Other enzymes impede the melanin production, blocking pigments from the surface of the skin.) The mushroom derived ingredient usually works within four weeks, as compared with the one or two months it takes for most brighteners to take effect.

Kojic Acid
Kojic acid is a white powder used often used in Japan as a natural treatment for reduction of skin discoloration. Studies by the American Academy of Dermatologists have shown its clinical ability to fight hyperpigmention by limiting the tyrosinase, the protein which produces melanin. Kojic acid is also an antioxidant, suitable for sensate skin.

Alpha Arbutin
Alpha arbutus is one of the most effective skin lightening ingredients available and has been proven to work on all skin types. The chemical properties inhibit tyrosinase from producing melanin, which is responsible for creation of pigment and outperforms all other bleaching agents. Alpha arbutus is found in a powder form and is pure and water soluble.

Beta Arbutin
Often referred to simply as Arbutin, beta arbutin, or bearberry extract lightens skin by inhibiting activity of tyrosinase. It is no as strong as its alpha counterpart, but has been used to treat skin pigmentation and brighten skin.

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