We all want glowing skin free of discoloration. But complexion perfection can be perplexing to achieve – especially when it comes to ‘las manchas’ you know those dark spots we try to avoid. We’ve all heard about the dangers of hydroquinone (irritation, hyperpigmentation, thinning of the skin, bluish pigmentation after long-term use), but where’s a chica to turn to safely lighten and brighten?
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You no longer have to sacrifice your health in the name of radiant skin. The key? Use products that contain ingredients that are proven safe and non-irritating.Here are a few serious skincare solutions (available at your dermatologist’s office) that are worth the investment.
Lumixyl – Developed by Stanford University dermatological researchers to address mild to moderate hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, Lumixyl, a non-irritating synthetic peptide technology, reduces tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for initiating the overproduction of melanin, without affecting the skin’s natural pigmentation. Results can be seen in eight weeks. ($120)
elure Advanced Skin Brightening system – Winner of numerous beauty awards, elure relies on an enzyme derived from a mushroom, called Melanozyme. The ingredient effectively decreases excess pigment in the skin and improves skin tone in an effective and safe way. Well-tolerated by all skin types, even sensitive skin, elure studies report brighter and more even skin tone often in as little as four weeks. ($125)
ZO Skin Health Brightenex – Dare to go without makeup! From ZO Medical by Dr. Zein Obagi, Brightenex is bioengineered to target skin discoloration, uneven tone, freckles, and melasma without hydroquinone side effects. Brightenex is 25 years in the making and is now the first commercial product to stabilize pure retinol (1.0%), melanin inhibitors and antioxidants with natural, patented Oleosome technology, which decreases the risk of irritation and improves results. ($110)
JF Aesthetic Advanced Koji Cream – This unique non-prescription skin brightening cream improves the appearance of sunspots, melasma and post inflammatory hyperpigmentationwith the power of Kojic acid and Vitamin C. It brightens skin with hydroxyacids, to penetrate and accelerate exfoliation of dark spots to create a clear and even complexion for more radiant and youthful-looking skin. ($99)