Everything you need to know about skin lightening

There are many causes for skin that is looking dark, dull and lifeless such as stress, pollution, poor lifestyle choices and also overexposure to the sun. Lots of people are left wanting skin that is lighter and looks brighter and therefore healthier. This can be achieved through natural skin lightening techniques and even with skin lightening products such as the Makari range. It is important not to try untrustworthy products that may harm your skin, they often include ingredients such as hydroquinone that can be extremely damaging for your delicate skin.

The ingredients used are known for helping to reduce the amount of melanin that this in the skin in the area it has been applied. However, most skin lightening products have been formulated to include other skin benefits than just lightening. These benefits include;

  • Reducing signs of premature ageing
  • Helping to give a healthy glow to the skin
  • Reducing the size of pores
  • Improving skin tone and texture
  • Correcting pigmentation problems
  • Lightening sensitive and intimate skin

It is preferable to use formulas that include ingredients such as: arbutin, emblica extract, kojic acid and vitamin C.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is known to play a key role in the production of collagen which is the protein that helps to provide elasticity and firmness to your skin, this also helps to prevent damage that may be caused to the skin by free radicals. Also established in skin repair and the formation of scar tissue this ingredient is used throughout the Makari Skincare range.
Emblica Extract
Emblica Extract Derived from the indian gooseberry plant which for many years has been used for medicinal purposes, it is established in being a powerful antioxidant. Known for protecting the skin from oxidative stress and helping it to retain its natural moisture. Similarly to the vitamin c this ingredient helps to prevent and reduce damage that has been caused by free radicals. Used in the Skin Doctors White & Bright Cream.
Arbutin This has been found to be a much healthier alternative to hydroquinone as it is naturally sourced. There are three types that are all proven to help inhibit melanin, beta-arbutin, deoxy-arbutin and alpha-arbutin. Alpha-arbutin is what can be found in the Skinception Illuminatural 6i Advanced Skin Lightener.

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation can occur as a result of hormonal changes in the body or even just excess sun exposure; many women experience this when pregnant or if they change their contraceptive pill. Hyperpigmentation can easily be treated with regular use of skin lightening products.



Everyone's skin has a varying amount of melanin which determines their skin colour however it may be oily, dry, normal or combination.


The overall aim may be to lighten the skin but you need to determine if you are dealing with skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, dark spots, acne scarring, sun damage or melisma.


It is advised to check the ingredients and avoid those that are not permitted to be included in skin care products. Stick to natural ingredients which are known to be safe and suitable for all skin types whilst being established in skin lightening.


It is the best for your skin to make sure you wear a sunscreen everyday that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, this help to prevent unwanted signs of ageing.

Caring for your skin

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Limit Sun Exposure

In addition to using SPF everyday it is important to limit how much sun your skin sees; exposure to the sun is known to cause freckles, sun spots and hyperpigmentation and even serious sunburn. Wearing a hat and using sun protection is the first step towards skin that is bright and glowing, the damaging rays of the sun may even cause skin cancer so it is best to avoid overexposure.

Regularly exfoliate and clean

Exfoliating your skin is important to keep it healthy and fresh, this will remove the top layer of your skin that is dead and damaged making your appearance feel dark, dull and lifeless. This will also help to lighten dark spots on your skin as you will be removing the damaged surface layer. Also cleaning your skin regularly will remove any pollutants and dirt that have built up on the surface and help to bring back healthy looking skin.

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The importance of diet and water

Established in being one of the best ways to have clearer and fresher looking skin is making sure you drink enough water and eat healthily. Nourishing your body with the right nutrients and keeping it hydrated is exactly what your skin needs to look rejuvenated and radiate youth. It is recommended that at least 2 litres of water a day is optimal for hydrating your skin and leave it looking brighter and fresher.

For your diet it is ideal to include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in order to attain vitamins such as A, C and E; highly processed foods will not give you these beneficial nutrients. It is also recommended to include a lot of oily fish in your diet for the healthy Omega 3 which is known to help hair, skin and nails; if you don’t like fish then you can get easy to take supplements of Omega 3!

Clinically Tested Skin Lightening Creams

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All of these creams and lotions that are designed to lighten the skin, work by aiming to reduce the melanin content in the skin, this is the pigment that determines your skin colour and is also responsible for tanning, sun spots and freckles.

These products have a number of great ingredients that are known to help lighten the skin such as; glycolic acid, vitamin C, arbutin, kojic acid and hydroxyl acids however it is important to check there is no mercury which has been banned in many countries but may still be used around the world. Lastly these skin lightening creams are safe to use but it is important to stop if you see any skin irritation as a result.

How to lighten skin with Makari

Makari are a well established cosmetic company that have designed a range of skin lightening products for the skin on your face and body; taking pride in their products being completely free from bleach and hydroquinone you can rest easy knowing your skin will be nourished and skin lightening will be promoted naturally. The Makari Exclusive range contains an advanced formula of organiclarine which is known to naturally help reduce melanin production. Whereas, the Makari Extreme range which is a more powerful skin lightening formula, not recommended for sensitive skin, contains carrot and argan oil alongside lightening ingredients to help promote radiant and youthful looking skin.

You can find a large range of skin lightening products here at Lé Luna that have been specifically selected for their unique and advanced formulas.