Shea Radiance co-founder Funlayo Alabi discusses the differences and delves into cultural issues.
All women, regardless of age or ethnicity want even, clear and radiant skin. The quest for beautiful skin can take us in a number of directions and it is important to examine the differences between brightening, lightening and bleaching for the desired results.For most women, the challenge to achieve radiant skin begins with dark spots or hyperpigmentation caused by the accumulation of melanin. Hyperpigmentation can be exacerbated by genetics and ethnicity.
For black and brown skinned women of African, South East Asian and Hispanic descent, hyperpigmentation can create an uneven skin tone.
For Caucasian women of European or Asian descent, blotchiness and spots caused by sun damage and the aging process are challenges that stand in the way of clear and radiant skin. Other roadblocks to clear skin are dryness and breakouts caused by hormonal fluctuations related to life changes like menopause and stress.Skin brightening products remove dull cells and reveal radiant, glowing skin.
Skin brightening products are an integral part of a skin care regimen to combat aging and for a smooth even skin tone. Some of the key brightening actives include Niacinamide, Vitamin C derivatives such as Ascorbic Acid and Ascorbyl Glucoside, Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Mulberry extract. Hydroquinone is the most widely used and effective ingredient to address hyperpigmentation, however …