USING THESE SKIN WHITENING BOOSTERS
Adding any of theses skin whitening actives to your current skin bleaching cream will give them a major boost in whitening powder. Ferulic Acid is added to intensify & preserve the other active ingredients. A small amount of citric acid is added to all packs to further preserve the actives after they are mixed. the Vitamin-C + Hesperidin pack is like a ‘super Lemon’.
Hydroquinone is a Super-Antioxidant and is “Queen” when it comes to skin whitening/bleaching. HQ is the safest most potent synthetic skin whitening agent on the market. Unfortunately, HQ is banned in countries like India, Philippines, China, United Kingdom, Jamaica, and Africa. So darkskin people in those countries have had to find hydroquinone alternatives. Hydroquinone is one of many synthetic skin bleaching agents on the market, it just happens to be the most accessible and affordable skin bleaching option. There are also many herbal skin whitening agents & skin whitening peptides. These skin whitening herbal extracts & peptides are a very expensive option, but unfortunately they are the only option for for some people – because they are either allergic to HQ or HQ is banned in their country.
By now you’ve probably seen plenty of Youtube skincare videos about turmeric root and how it lightens skin, evens skintone, and removes dark spots. Even just a small amount of turmeric root powder in a face pack/mask or DIY cream significantly whitens skin and removes dark patches. I’m amazed at how turmeric root can remove darkspots/patches without targeting them directly with the eyeliner brush method. When applied ALL over, turmeric automatically targets those darkspots! In my research I found out the turmeric root is a old herb, used for thousands of years by indigenous Indian people. Not just as a culinary spice, but as a skin beautifying herb. Search the internet and you’ll find hundreds of articles and tutorial videos of Indian women sharing these skin whitening secrets.
I got to digging, I had to find out “What is this potent herbal whitening active contained in the turmeric root???”. Well, I found it and the chemical is called Tetrahydrocurcumin (THC). THC is a colorless hydrogenated product exctracted directly from the orange-yellow curcuminoids of the turmeric root. THC inhibits tyrosinase, which prevents the skin from producing melanin at all. THC is just as effective as hydroquinone, and at even lower doses. THC 0.25% is as strong as 4% Hydroquinone, and Turmericah cream contains a 20%! THC functions as an excellent antioxidant used for skin whitening; has superior antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; and provides UVB skin protection. THC powder is pure white, unlike the brilliant orange-yellow color of ordinary herbal turmeric powder. The only downside of using raw turmeric powder is the herb stains everything yellow – skin, clothes, floors, rugs, everything!
THC is guaranteed to turn your skin white when used in high doses consistently, just like HQ. THC is completely herbal and doesn’t contain any HQ , arbutin, or kojic acid. So anyone allergic to those skin whitening actives can safely use Turmericah to lighten their skin with no adverse reactions. Pregnant women whom prefer not to use HQ creams can also use Turmericah but I advise you to get your OB/GYN’s approval BEFORE you began using this product. [Source: Sabinsa]
HQ COMPARISON: THC 0.25% = 4% HQ THC BENEFITS:
• Just as strong as HQ
• Results seen in 7 days on exfoliated skin
• Bleaches skin many shades whiter
• Removes Melasma Patches
• Removes Darkspots & Redspots
• Removes Age Spots
VIDEOS RESULTS OF TURMERIC ROOT POWDER
Phloretin: is a new skin whitening agent that has gained popularity over that last year. Phloretin is a dihydrochalcone compound and a type of natural phenol extracted from the peels of apples & the root and barks of apple trees. Phloretin inhibits melanocytes and disrupts tyrosinase activity causing the skin to whiten. Studies have shown that Phloretin is as strong as arbutin (hydroquinone precursor). Phloretin is a very potent anti-oxidant. It can remove free radicals from the skin, prevent cell mutation, accelerate cell metabolism, reduce wrinkles, and enhance the skin’s supporting structure and immunity to UV light.
Phloretin is also an anti-inflammatory. This may not be as important to some of you, but regarding skin bleaching, it should be. When our skin becomes red due to trauma (i.e. injury, sunburn, pimple, etc.) that redness later turns into hyper-pigmentation or a dark spot/mark/patch. Also, for FITZ I-III (natural or bleached) the skin is so light that you can now “see” everything, like spider veins & red patches of tiny blood vessels. Ingredients like Phloretin will work on shrinking healing and diminishing those inflamed blood vessels, hence removing redness. Having anti-inflammatory properties makes Phloretin very effective in whitening skin, and removing red patches (rosacea) especially seen in FITZ I and FITZ II (natural or bleached)Download Phloretin info sheet [Phloretin.pdf]
PHLORETIN STUDY RESULTS[click to enlarge]
Phloretin is still fairly new so not many shoppes carry products containing this ingredient. Skinceuticals sells a product called Phloretin CF, it’s 2fl.oz, contains only 2% phloretin, and costs $166. My AppleWhite cream contains 20% phloretin, is deep penetrating, comes in 2fl.oz-8 fl.oz sizes, and cost a fraction of what Skinceauticals is charging. Checkout the reviews on their website, it’s extremely expensive but the results of phloretin are real. Even at just 0.5% phloretin whitens skin by 2 shades lighter. View the before & after photos from the study above.
HIGH DOSE PHLORETIN WILL:
• Whiten Skin Many Shades
• Remove Dark Spots & Melasma Patches
• Remove Red Spots
• Smooth Skin & Diminish Wrinkles
• Diminishes Rosacea & Redness
VITAMIN-C SKIN WHITENING
L-Ascorbic acid (vitamin-C) is a potent antioxidant chemical that is used topically in dermatology to treat and prevent photo-ageing & hyper-pigmentation. Vitamin-C evens skin tone; smooths rough textured skin; removes fine lines & wrinkles; removes acne scars. With continued topical & oral use, vitamin-C can help prevent dark spots from forming in the first place. Because vitamin-C is unstable and difficult to absorb into the dermis in the optimum dosage, stable liposomal compounds of Vitamin-C have been created to enhance the delivery of Vitamin C into the dermis. Vitamin-C is essential for collagen & elastin biosynthesis, and it is also an anti-inflammatory. There are whitening agents that interrupt key steps of melanogenesis (melanin production), Vitamin-C is one of those particular depigmenting agents. Tyrosinase converts the amino acid tyrosine into eumelanin/pheomelanin, the pigments that gives your skin its color. Vitamin-C whitens skin by interacting with copper ions at the tyrosinase-active site and inhibits action of the enzyme tyrosinase, thereby decreasing melanin formation. Vitamin-C also acts on perifollicular pigment. Oral vitamin-C alone diminishes the hyperpigmentation around your hair pores, and the dark bumps that result from Keratosis Pilaris. Your body requires vitamin C in all stages of wound healing. Applying vitamin-C to a healing wound will speed up healing and reduce scarring. Because vitamin-C is highly acidic, when it is used topically the skin is triggered to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are both naturally occurring protein fibers that help keep skin plump and firm. This is also how vitamin-C is able to prevent premature ageing.
VITAMIN C EXPLAINED
Ferulic Acid: Ferulic acid is a powerful antioxidant naturally found in the cell wall of plants including bran and certain fruit seeds where it helps to protect and preserve. In skincare, it does the same: protects & preserves. Applied topically, ferulic acid can protect against free radicals and help with skin rejuvenation. Ferulic Acid diminishes fine lines and wrinkles; strengthens and firms skin. Ferulic acid works in synergy with other potent antioxidants. It not only stabilizes highly oxidative vitamin-C, it actually intensifies the efficacy of vitamin-C and other antioxidants. According to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, “Ferulic acid alone (and vitamins C and E) provides partial protection but vitamins C, E and ferulic acid [altogether] provide virtually complete protection.”
[Recommended Max: 1%]
Hesperidin: Also known as lemon peel extract or orange peel extract, Hesperidin is a bioflavonoid with high concentration in citrus fruits (more specifically in the actual peels of lemons & oranges). In addition to its well-known benefits for cardiovascular function (spider/varicose veins treatments), type II diabetes, and anti-inflammation, recent studies have demonstrated multiple benefits of hesperidin for cutaneous functions. Including wound healing, UV protection, anti-inflammation, antimicrobial, anti-skin cancer, and skin lightening. In addition, hesperidin enhances epidermal permeability barrier homeostasis in both normal young & aged skin. The mechanisms by which hesperidin benefits cutaneous functions are attributable to its antioxidant properties, inhibition of MAPK-dependent signaling pathways, and stimulation of epidermal proliferation, and lipid production. Hesperidin can be taken as an oral supplement also. [Source #1, Source #2, Source #3, Source #4]
Vanillic Acid: Vanillic acid is extracted from the seeds of the vanilla bean. Vanillic acid is a potent anti-oxidant & tyrosinase-inhibitor said to be stronger than both vitamin-c (ascorbic acid) and kojic acid. Vanillic acid is highly stable, compared to vitamin-c and kojic acid, against heat & oxidation. Vanillic acid is usually added to herbal skin whiteners as a co-whitener to intensify their whitening efficacy. Being a strong antioxidant and free radical scavenger, vanillic acid can contribute to skin protection from damaging action of free radicals that are formed under UV and premature skin aging. Vanillic acid has been shown to have good penetration for the epidermis and dermis upon topical application. [Source #1, Source #2, Source #3,].
[Recommended Max: 3%]
Pterostilbene:(trans-3,5-dimethoxy-4-hydroxystilbene) is a natural dietary compound and the primary antioxidant component of blueberries. Pterostilbene is a more potent form of resveratrol, it is about four times easier to absorb into the skin than resveratrol. Which makes Pterostilbene much more effective than regular resveratrol. At only 0.4% Pterostilbene whitens skins and removes darkspots. Pterostilbene is also a mild UV sunscreen like resveratrol.
[Recommended Max: 0.5%]
Aloin & Aloesin: It’s been proven through scientific studies that chemicals present in Aloe Vera have skin whitening properties. The chemicals are Aloesin and Aloin. Which are also anthraquinones (quinones bleach skin). These chemicals eliminate darkspots & hyperpigmentation by destroying excess melanin and also keeping the skin from producing excess melanin in the future. To be specific, Aloin focuses on destroying the melanin in pigmented skin cells (darkspots/redspots/melasma) while the Aloesin keeps the skin from producing additional melanin. This combined effect significantly reduces hyperpigmentation & whitens skin.