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This time we want to tell you about lightening creams. Surely you have heard of them and maybe you are looking for the ideal cream. In the cosmetics industry they are widely used not only by women, but also by men.

Thanks to this type of products we have the possibility to have a much healthier and radiant skin. In addition, they help to prevent future skin damage and their results are usually visible within a few weeks. Here we provide you with all the information you need to know before using one. We hope you like it.


  • Lightening creams are designed to act on the skin cells responsible for producing melanin. This is what gives colour and pigmentation to the skin. By regulating its production, skin tone can be changed.
  • There are two types of lightening creams depending on the area where they are to be applied. The difference between them lies basically in the structure of the skin in the area to be treated. That is why it is important to choose the right one for the area we want to treat.
  • To choose correctly and based on the needs of your skin, it is necessary to consider some factors such as skin type, ingredients and the application of the creams you want. This way it is much safer to get the results you want.

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Buying guide: what you need to know about lightening cream

Applying products to the skin, the largest organ of the body, should not be a conscientious action. That's why we want to guide you in your purchasing decision and give you the information you need to know to make the right choice. We hope you find it useful.

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What is a lightening cream and how does it work?

To understand how a lightening cream works, it is first necessary to know how the pigment in our skin works. Melanin, which is responsible for giving colour to the skin, is produced by cells called melanocytes. Depending on its distribution, the tone is determined, from very light to very dark.

When there is excess melanin production or a high concentration in one area of the skin, the skin becomes darker. It is very common for this to happen on elbows, armpits, knees, neck or genitals. In addition to hyperpigmentation, discolouration is also a problem related to this pigment, only in reverse.

Lightening creams act on the melanocytes by reducing melanin production. This gradually lightens the skin. At the same time, they help to even out the skin tone, giving it uniformity, fading spots, scars and providing moisture and brightness to the skin. They also increase the production of collagen and new cells.

  • Lorem They can lighten up to 3 tones
  • They reduce spots
  • They are easy to obtain
  • Very easy to apply
  • You must take more than usual care of your skin
  • They can be expensive
  • For best results you need continuity

Body or face lightening cream - what should you pay attention to?

Lightening creams are generally differentiated according to the area to be treated. Most of the creams on the market specify the type of use they should have. Here we explain what these two variables are and why they are different from each other.

Facial lightening cream. You probably know that facial skin is much more sensitive than the rest of the body. It is thinner, more sensitive and more noticeable, and it is also the skin that comes into the most contact with UV rays. That's why it needs special, intensive care, otherwise age marks such as blemishes would become visible very quickly.

For this reason, face creams contain active ingredients that not only help to constantly regenerate the skin cells, but also protect the skin. Facial lightening creams not only even out skin tone, among other things, but also provide you with all of the above benefits.

Body lightening cream. Body skin cannot be grouped into a single type either, however, its characteristics are much more similar, with the exception of the genital areas. The latter are usually very sensitive, but most body creams allow you to apply them to these areas.

A lightening body cream can be applied all over the body, including the face, and its main purpose is to even out the tone and return it to its natural state. It usually does not contain as many ingredients as a facial cream, although it depends on the brand.

Facial lightening cream Body lightening cream
Application Face and neck All over the body
Function Lighten, even out, remove stains and brighten the skin Lighten and even out skin tone
Presentation From 30 ml to 400 ml From 100 ml to 1 Lt

Buying criteria

It may seem simple to choose a lightening cream, but you need to consider a few factors that will make a difference to the results you get. That's why we've taken on the task of detailing each one for you.

Skin type

It is always important to consider the characteristics of your skin if you want to apply products on it. The results depend on it, and you can avoid certain unwanted reactions. We explain the two types of cream that specify the type of skin on which they can be applied.

Normal to oily skin. These skin types are the most common and the most resistant to the application of creams. For this reason, they may contain a higher percentage of active ingredients that work on pigmentation. If you have this type of skin it is better to choose a product with these characteristics. You are sure to get results faster.

All skin types. If the specific cream is for all skin types, it is most likely to be considered for sensitive skin. For the same reason it will surely not have a high concentration of active ingredients that can generate reactions or irritations. If this is your case we recommend using a product with these characteristics to avoid skin problems.


In addition to the importance of knowing which products you are applying to your skin, the effectiveness of these creams lies in their ingredients. That is why we will tell you which are some of the ingredients that must be present in order to work and obtain the expected results. It must contain at least one of the following active ingredients:

Hydroquinone. This chemical compound inhibits the production of melanin, specifically blocking the function of the enzyme tyrosinase. It is one of the most commonly used ingredients for blemishes. Its maximum prescription is 5%. We recommend a cream with the highest percentage possible.

Glycolic acid. One of the most commonly used ingredients for this type of product. This alpha hydroxy acid works in the deepest layers of the skin and is therefore very effective. To treat pigmentation we recommend a high percentage of this ingredient. It is allowed to use up to 20% in the formula.

Salicylic acid. It is considered a keratolytic agent. Due to its physical form, crystals in the form of needles, it is used more in dermabrasive treatments, however it has been proven that in topical products it also has good results. We recommend it if you want to even out your skin tone rather than remove blemishes.

Mercury. We recommend that you avoid products containing mercury at all costs. Believe it or not, many creams do not have the necessary quality controls. It is probably present in very cheap products but consider that it is a toxic and harmful ingredient for the body.


Normally the cream is applied as part of the daily routine, however this type of cream that specifically lightens the skin should be used with more caution. We tell you what the two application options are for you to consider which one to choose.

Daytime. When creams are to be applied during the day, they usually do not have any specifications, i.e. they will not say "daytime". The instructions will probably say to apply twice a day. Some may have SPF sunscreen. We recommend that you apply sunscreen after application anyway.

Overnight. If you want visible changes faster, we recommend using a night cream. These have a higher concentration of depigmenting active ingredients and work better without sun exposure. Do not use it during the day as it can have the opposite effect and stain your skin.

"It is always necessary to protect your skin from external factors such as pollution and the sun to avoid signs of ageing and to preserve your original tone."

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