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What, Exactly, Is Skin Brightening?

Hale Cosmeceuticals has a lot of products with active ingredients that brighten skin, but what does that mean? What, exactly, is skin brightening?

The short answer: skin brightening is the process by which skin tone is evened out by facilitating the break down of excess pigment. There are a number of ways to achieve a more even skin tone, but only a few of them are actually safe.

6 Methods to Achieve Skin Brightening

Uneven skin tones are usually caused by buildup of the skin pigment melanin. So, skin brightening happens when excess pigment is removed or otherwise chemically degraded. There are six ways this may be achieved:

  1. Destroy melanocytes—the cells that produce melanin
  2. Inhibit the formation of melanin
  3. Inhibit the biosynthesis of tyrosinase, an enzyme that catalyzes the production of melanin
  4. Inhibit the formation of melanosomes, an intracellular organelle that stores and transports melanin
  5. Bleach melanin
  6. Interfere with the transfer of melanosomes

Of these six methods, only numbers 3 and 6 are actually safe to practice using at-home skincare products. And, Hale CosmeceuticalsSB-7 Skin Brightener has the active ingredients to inhibit tyrosinase production and interfere with melanosome transfer:

  • Licorice, mulberry and emblica extract
  • Azelaic and ferulic acids

Our formula also contains other ingredients that contribute to a brighter, more even skin tone, including niacinamide (B3), Vitamin C and kojic acid.

The Best Time for Skin Brightening

Hyperpigmentation is largely a result of sun exposure. In an attempt to protect itself, skin ramps up melanin production. So, once summer is over, you are likely to see the full effects of your fun in the sun…and that makes fall and winter the perfect time for skin brightening treatments, including chemical peels. Plus, low solar intensity coupled with shorter days and temps that make you want to stay inside are good conditions for post-peel skin.

Of course, you can work toward a brighter, more even skin tone without a peel using our SB-7 Skin Brightener. Contact us today to request a sample or to order your full-size product.

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