Our Illuminating Moisturizer is a powerful skin lightening & toning formula consisting of many natural ingredients such as licorice root, resveratrol, alpha-arbutin, niacinamide, bilberry root, and glutathione.
Below is a breakdown of some of the ingredients and their effect on skin lightening. Basically, our products work by exfoliating the skin cells on the surface revealing the new cells underneath, while at the same time stopping or slowing the proteins in the skin that produce melanin. The more melanin your cells produce, the darker your skin will become. Since you will be consistently generating more lighter pigment than darker ones, and suppressing the mechanism which makes you darker, your skin will lighten over time with proper sunscreen application.
Alpha-arbutin: Alpha-arbutin is a molecule extracted from the bearberry plant that prevents the formation of melanin by inhibiting protein enzymes that stimulate pigment-producing cells. It has a non-irritating, non-toxic effect on the skin and can help with conditions such as freckles, liver spots and hyperpigmented areas of the skin and reduces the degree of pigmentation after UV exposure as well as containing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Resveratrol: Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant compound found in high amounts in the skins of grapes and in red wine. In clinical trials, it has been shown to reduce the production of protein enzymes which cause melanin production, increases the shedding of the upper layer of dead skin cells to remove excess melanin and spreads melanin across the skin layer to even the skin tone. It also possesses anti-aging properties and neutralizes free radical damage and increases collagen production. It has recently surfaced as a promising topical treatment for hyperpigmentation disorders and severe acne.
Bilberry Extract: Bilberry root is an antioxidant that comes from the bilberry fruit, which is a relative of blueberries. Recently, bilberry extract has proven useful for treating hyperpigmentation and sun damage due to its chemical composition, which includes botanical hydroquinone, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Glutathione: Glutathione is a substance produced naturally by the liver and the human body’s main antioxidant. It blocks the protein function responsible for stimulating melanin production and changes the way the skin synthesizes melanin by making it produce light-pigmented melanin instead of dark pigmented melanin. The result is a shift to a lighter, even skin tone making it great for hyperpigmentation.
Licorice Root: Licorice is known for its skin brightening properties, acting as a skin lightening agent, as well as an oil controlling agent. The root extract part of the licorice plant inhibits pigmentation, halting melanin production which is the cause of hyperpigmentation, and has been shown in clinical trials to remove dark circles, darkened skin due to scars, dark spots, as well as diminishing excess oil on the skin. The root extracts are potent for red, acne-prone skin as well as for dull complexions and dehydrated skin. The root also contains a particular compound that works as a gentle sunscreen. It acts as a shield and protects the skin from UVA/ UVB rays. It leaves the skin brighter, hydrated and clearer.
Niacin: Niacin is an active ingredient of Vitamin B3, a vitamin that occurs naturally in many foods. Studies have shown several benefits of its usage on aging skin including improved skin barrier function, improved appearance of photo-aged facial skin, like texture, hyperpigmentation, redness, fine lines, and wrinkles as well as reduced oil production. It is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Among these benefits is the ability to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface.
It is recommended that you read up on the specific ingredients for each product. Understanding the mechanisms of the various natural ingredients available to us and their effect on skin can help find you a permanent skin regimen where desired skin goals such as brightness, complexion and skin tone can be consistently maintained. We also highly recommend our customers to research on their own. This so you can better understand the healthy, natural options available to you and realizing that we use the best natural ingredients out there. Directions and more ingredients can be found in the product slideshow of this page.