Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Vitamin-C Doesn't Lighten Skin. What Does?

Skin lightening ingredients that you should know more about.  First let me inform you of a myth.  Vitamin-C does NOT lighten skin.  It doesn’t.  Vitamin-C is, however, one of the most powerful antioxidants you can apply topically to your skin.  Vitamin-C does impact hyper pigmentation (dark spots) but not by lightening them, this is so important to understand.  Vitamin-C’s role, in regard to skin lightening, is that it retards the skins’ ability to form dark spots, it does not lighten dark spots that are already there.  Vitamin-C, especially in high concentrations,  (check out BRS brand Vitamin-C Elixir for the most potent you can find) works by protecting your skin from the free radicals that contribute to the damage that becomes dark spots.  See the difference?  So when you are looking for a product to lighten dark spots Vitamin-C is not the ingredient to look for.

Recently there has been a lot of attention on the Kakadu Plum used in skin lightening products.  These products boast about the high concentrations of Vitamin-C in them.  Well, that’s all fine & good but, like I mentioned above, although a very powerful ingredient when used as an antioxidant, Vitamin-C doesn’t lighten the skin. 

Let’s address their advertising for a second, before moving on to what ingredients actually help to lighten the skin.  First, the Kakadu Plum advocates (people selling products that contain it) claim it has the highest amount of Vitamin-C on the planet. Depending on the source, and there are many, the Camu Camu Berries has as much if not more Vitamin-C.  On all charts these 2 run very close.  The range for both is anywhere from 2700mg of Vitamin-C  per 100g to 3100 mg per 100g.  The Kakadu Plum is a powerhouse when it comes to one of the best antioxidants available, but it isn’t antioxidants that lighten the skin. 

So what are the best sources of Vitamin-C?   Consider the following,  Ascorbic Acid IS Vitamin-C and it works absolutely as well or better than any rare berry or plant from the Amazon or anywhere else.  I urge you to make note of the people making the claims on these new products they claim are better, they simply are not.  It’s important to know which types of Vitamin-C absorb deepest into the skin.  When Vitmain-C comes from a food based product that is fiber rich and contains mostly cellulose you should know it is not even active when applied topically.   Ascorbic Acid has been proven to be the BEST and most deeply penetrating way to apply topical Vitamin-C.  Okay, enough about Vitamin-C.

Now on to actually lightening the skin.  Remember Vitamin-C does not lighten dark spots, but it does interfere with your skins’ ability to make additional dark spots by retarding the melanin production responsible for darkening the skin through damage caused from free radicals and exposure.  So what does lighten the skin? 

In medical studies…….note, ‘medical studies‘…… and not from someone trying to sell a product (although BRS  sells skin care products, our products are based on medical research not hype).  Arbutin is the BEST and most potent form of skin lightener there is.  There are 2 types of Arbutin, alpha and beta.  Alpha Arbutin is more productive in lightening of the skin.  What is Arbutin?  It is a natural source of hydroquinone.  It is derived from natural sources of Bearberry, Mulberry, Cranberry, & White Mulberry.  Many skin care companies use Arbutin in their skin lightening products, and that's great!  But in what concentrations?  This is important to know.  Beautiful Radiant Skin Products use Arbuin as it’s main ingredient in our Luminous White Skin Bleaching Cream, but we take it a step further.  Our fillers are not fillers at all, we add (not dilute) our Arbutin with other highly active ingredients that make this product the most potent you can find.  We mix it with Vitamin-B3, Bellis Perennis Flower Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sage, Ginseng & Rosemary Extracts, & Avocado Oil for moisture.  Our product will lighten without drying and is scientifically based and proven.  Google our ingredients to see how they work together to lighten the skin.

In short, Kakadu Plum may be rich in Vitamin-C, but it cannot deliver as deeply as Ascorbic Acid which IS Vitamin-C.  And Vitamin-C doesn’t lighten skin when used topically, it is important for skin as an antioxidant not a skin lightener.  Check out all our products at