In order to remedy the effect of dull, dark skin, there are brightening products that can help unify your complexion and make it glow. Since these are little known and often confused, let’s review what you need to know about skin or facial brighteners.

A Brightener Is Not a Skin Whitener

A brightener is used to unify and clear up blotchy skin that lacks moisture. It is useful for people who have hyperpigmentation or spots on their skin because of dermatological problems like acne, pregnancy mask (melasma), eczema or even scarring. It can also have a restorative effect on dehydrated or pigmented skin that is deficient in water. It is also used to treat skin that has suffered because of hormonal problems resulting from taking medication or from pregnancy. A brightener is therefore not a skin whitener – it will not strip the epidermis, but unify it and brighten it to give it back its natural beauty and make your skin shine!

Ingredients to Avoid in Brighteners

Cortisone, as prescribed by a doctor, is found in many skin brighteners, but it is very dangerous. It is a hormone used in drug treatments whose application to the skin should be avoided. It is still found in cosmetics, as it is anti-inflammatory, and is a powerful brightening active that inhibits some skin cells. There are many dangers to applying cortisone on a daily basis, such as:

– It does not brighten the skin evenly

– It dries and weakens the epidermis

– It can cause hairiness

– It unbalances the skin, which can lead to acne or other ailments

Hydroquinone, as prescribed by a doctor, is also called benzene-1, 4-diol or paradiphenol, and is a product that can be toxic to the skin, as it contains benzene, a phenol derivative. In fact, it can cause significant melanocyte disorders, which affects the skin’s pigment cells. Because of this, when used as a brightener, it can lead to hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, achromia, irritations, skin infections (bacterial infections, etc.) or even eczema. Hydroquinone-based products can also cause high blood pressure, diabetes and even skin cancers, as the substance penetrates into the blood flow and spreads throughout the body.

Good and Bad Behaviours

In order to prevent any complications and side effects that could be caused by using so-called brighteners that are toxic to the skin, you should avoid buying products in boutiques that are not specialized in medical aesthetics. It is always wise to consult a competent person in a professional institute specialized in aesthetic care who is aware of the dangers and can recommend a number of safe solutions. This will prevent you from doing visible and irreparable damage to your skin. In order to get effective, lasting results like a bright, uniform complexion, a brightening routine requires several steps and cannot be done just by applying a cream. In fact, first and foremost, you must clean the skin in depth in order to eliminate dead cells and promote oxygenation, as well as provide daily physical protection against the sun.

Very often our skin is dull and has suffered damage from a few of our “poorer” lifelong habits. To brighten and illuminate your complexion, you should keep yourself properly hydrated by drinking large amounts of water every day. You must also avoid prolonged exposure to the sun in order to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays that darken it and cause sometimes-irreversible spots.

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