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Top 3 Skin Lighteners & Brighteners

There are many causes of skin discoloration with the main culprit being the sun, but acne scarring and hormone related melasma are also to blame.

And it’s true, dark spots cause us to look a lot older than we are! 

Treating your skin with a topical for a more even, brighter, and less spotty complexion is the #1 thing you can do for your skin for a more youthful appearance.

It’s a fact that as we age, our skin undergoes radical changes that can cause these dark spots, causing us to feel helpless and insecure about our faces.

Topical skin lighteners and brighteners can drastically help to fade those embarrassing dark spots also known as hyper-pigmentation, redness and splotchiness. 

With consistent use, you will see those dark spots start to slowly fade away revealing a more youthful, bright, and more even skin tone!

It’s very important to protect with SPF while you’re lightening your skin, see my notes at the bottom for best results.

Here are my Top 3 Choices for Skin Lightening & Brightening Treatments

#1 – Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil

Beautycounter Brightening Oil

Price: $69

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The Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil is your daily radiance boost that lightens, brightens and evens the skin tone!

With antioxidant Vitamin C and omega-rich Marula oil, it’s the perfect blend for lightening and brightening!

This citrus-scented facial oil penetrates and absorbs quickly to replenish and awaken dull, tired skin.

It’s also an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winning product. Check out over 650+ plus reviews on Beautycounter from women who have tried it. 

Silky smooth in texture and lightweight, the Brightening Oil contains a blend of seven natural oils to improve radiance and moisturize.

What I love about the Brightening Oil is that is a natural solution for lightening the skin, with no toxic ingredients and NO HYDROQUINONE which is a hormone disruptor and should be avoided.

I am a huge fan of Vitamin C in skin care because it works to lighten the skin and is also a fantastic anti-oxidant to treat wrinkles and nourish dehydrated skin. I’ve used the Brightening Oil for a couple years now with great results!

Use 4-6 drops alone on cleansed skin, or use it over your moisturizer. It smells and feels wonderful and can be used daily to keep your skin glowing, beautiful and radiant!

Check out my Beautycounter Top 10 Favorites for a couple of great products I use for daily SPF protection!

#2 – Illuminatural 6i Skin Lightener

Skinception Illuminatural 6i Skin LightenerPrice:  $49.95

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My #2 skin lightener is Illuminatural 6i and it’s made by Skinception – a highly reputable manufacturer which specializes in anti-aging and skin care and I use many of their products regularly.

Illuminatural 6i works by attacking the root of the problem – blocking the formation of melanin in the deepest layers of your skin!

Every 28 days, your skin completes a cycle of “regeneration”, shedding dead skin cells and replenishing itself, so that over a period of 28 days, your dark pigmented cells slowly, naturally get sloughed off, allowing your NEW, lighter skin cells to rise to the surface.

This is how Illuminatural 6i is able to work so effectively – its ingredients literally stop melanin production in its tracks!

I’ve had a problem with dark spots ever since my mid twenties, first from birth control and then aggravated by UV damage.  I’ve tried many products that didn’t work for me, including prescription strength hydro-quinine which caused an itchy rash. The stuff is toxic!

I used Illuminatural 6i for the four months leading up to my wedding day and I had fantastic results and a beautiful ivory complexion for my big day!

#3 – Meladerm for Hyperpigmentation

Meladerm for hyperpigmentationPrice: $49.99

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My #3 skin lightening cream is called Meladerm, made by Civant Advanced Skin Care Solutions. This is a clinical line of skin care that’s been on the market since 2003 and has great reviews.

Meladerm is formulated with over 10 advanced ingredients (including Kojic and Lactic acid) to target hyperpigmentation and help fade the appearance of skin discolorations and dark spots.

Both Kojic and Lactic acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so using at least a daily SPF 30 is recommended. This is good advice for any skin lightening routine.

Civant Skin Care puts your safety above anything else and has an entire skin care line that’s impressive. Meladerm contains no hydroquinone, mercury, steroids or other harmful bleaching substances.

It’s also paraben-free and comes in an airless dispenser which keeps the ingredients stable and fresh, which is imperative when you’re housing AHA’s such as kojic and lactic acid.

Meladerm has a lovely texture, with a very light feel to it. It feels more like a serum than a cream and completely absorbs into the skin, leaving no sticky residue. It has a nice slip to it, and is easily spread over the face, neck and chest, or the areas you’re treating.

The instructions are to use it twice daily on cleansed skin, allowing it to absorb for 10 minutes before applying makeup and/or sunblock.

Meladerm contains the highest concentrations of active ingredients tolerated by the skin. You can expect results in as little as two weeks!

The Importance of Using a Sunscreen While Using a Skin Lightener

The key to any skin-lightening routine is to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 (I use 50 on my face) to prevent further sun damage and darkening of the skin.

For your morning application, you should first apply your skin lightening cream, allow it to absorb for a few minutes, and then apply a moisturizer with an SPF, and then your makeup. And then you are set for the day!

You may not think that you get much sun driving in your car or walking through parking lots, but all these minutes in the sun can all add up to more sun damage.

Trust me, one day at the beach or any prolonged period in the sun without sunscreen will cause those dark spots to pop right back up.

The key is to lighten, protect along the way, and continue to protect! Wearing a hat or visor will also help overexposure to the sun.


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Q: Any sunblock product causes a rash on my face as well as clogging pores creating a "pimple" which I do not need at 67 years old. Are any reputable skin lighteners sold without any SPF in the the formula? I have tried a couple over-the-counter brands but have not seen good results. -Clara

A: Clara, my top recommended skin lightening product, Illuminatural 6i does not contain sunscreen and it does not contain hydroquinone which is toxic. If you'll be in the sun for any long period of time, I do recommend wearing sunscreen while you are lightening. Try a good quality sunscreen such as Obagi Sun Shield. Rachel

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Q: Steps to use xtreme brite lightening cream -nickesha

A: Nickesha, Xtreme is not a product I recommend or have used, so I can't advise. Did it not come with directions? Do you just have the lightening cream or did you buy one of their whole sets with like 5 different products? I looked and could only find a not-so-good website offering Xtreme Brightening products. If it did not come with directions, I would contact the manufacturer. Rachel

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Rachel Vrabel

Rachel is Chief Editor of Women’s Blog Talk and writes reviews across the spectrum of anti-aging, health and beauty. She has an English degree from USF and worked in finance for 15 years before establishing this website in 2011. She loves having a place she can share her inspiration for health and beauty and continue to help others! She lives in South Florida with her husband and her hobbies include beach volleyball, HIIT training and combing the beach for sea glass and shells.


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