Our skin is the largest organ and one that affects how people perceive us. Healthy looking skin gives the impression of a perfect lifestyle. Many people suffer from uneven skin tone or sun spots due to too much sun exposure and acne scarring. We have prepared a list of natural ingredients that can help you improve the look and feel of your skin.
1. Kojic Acid
Kojic acid is derived from a fungus-like mushroom. It is a naturally occurring compound that can be used as a raw product or mixed with other ingredients. Products that mix it with other ingredients improve its performance because of the combined effort that comes from other natural skin lightening ingredients. It improves your overall complexion and easily clears dark spots on your skin. If you have had a harsh reaction from artificial skin lightening products, you should consider using this Kojic acid.
Kojic acid works by simply stopping or reducing the production of melanin in your skin. Melanin gives your skin the natural color pigmentation that darkens it and protects the inner tissues from the sun’s harmful UV rays. The more you have of Melanin the darker your skin will be. Age spots, spots related to hyperpigmentation and melasma, and sun spots will also generally contain more melanin that the rest of the healthy surrounding skin.
Licorice is a natural skin care compound that protects the skin from microbial infections and anti inflammatory qualities. It also protects the skin against the damage of free radicals and also reduces the levels of melanin production. It can therefore be used safely for skin lightening purposes.
It works for all skin types and works continuously by preventing the re-appearance of dark spots. It can be applied topically using a cotton pad. The best time to apply it is before going to bed. As any product that is applied topically and contains Licorice will also work very well on your skin without causing harmful side effects if you stop using it.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is commonly known as ascorbic acid and is one of the most abundant minerals in nature. It is a water soluble compound that is needed by our bodies for the proper functioning of cells. Since it is water soluble means that the body cannot store it. It is also a good antioxidant and helps to clear free radical from our bodies. That way it keeps our organs such as the skin functioning optimally. Vitamin C can work to lighten your skin by eliminating free radicals.
The free radicals cause the skin to react abnormally and develop spots concentrated with melanin. The skin attempts to fight of the characteristics caused by the free radicals which are similar to those of UV light. However, you should use it sparingly to get the best results. Most products have natural skin lightening ingredients in the right proportions for application on your skin.
Niacinamide has been found to be an effective skin lightener whether it is applied topically or taken orally. It is also known as Vitamin B and its water soluble. That means that it cannot be naturally stored in the body and you have to continuously supply it. It is known to rejuvenate the skin and slow skin aging as well. It is not affected by heat and light; therefore it is able to control hyperpigmentation very well. It remains potent in all formulated products even when stored for prolonged periods.
Niacinamide does not cause allergic reactions commonly seen on other skin whitening products especially when their usage stops. You can stop using Niacinamide anytime and your skin will not dry or crack. In fact it will be able to look great for a while before the positive effects of Niacinamide wear off.
Retinol acts by regulating keratinization which prevents formation of wrinkles and is among the best anti-aging compound. It prevents the formation of excessive melanin, which happens when your skin is exposed to the harmful UV light from the sun. It stimulates exfoliation of the skin, hence giving you a perfect look of a compact and healthy skin.
A product that contains the above ingredients without alcohol or mercury in it will give the best results. They are all natural compounds that have been proven to sooth the skin and keep it healthy.