Lightening Gel

sku # 1515-11


Reveal a bright, even skin tone.

Primary Benefits:

Brighten, lighten and even skin tone safely and effectively with this active, concentrated serum.

Who Needs It:

Those with dark spots, age spots or brown patches who want to lighten and brighten the skin. Great for those seeking an effective alternative to hydroquinone. Can be used on the face, neck, décolleté, back of the hands or anywhere else there is hyperpigmentation.

Product Overview

Brighten and lighten! This effective microemulsified gel lightens hyperpigmentation such as age spots and brown patches with Azelaic Acid, Arbutin, and Mulberry. It minimizes sun and environmental damage, while counteracting skin irregularities and discoloration for a brighter, evenly toned complexion.

About Hyperpigmentation
By Kendall Weatherman, Licensed Esthetician

Hyperpigmentation is basically, excessive and unevenly distributed color or pigment in the skin. It can range from light tan to dark brown patches to large areas that are darker than the normal surrounding skin. While this troubling condition is professionally referred to as hyperpigmentation, it is commonly referred to as uneven skin tone, skin discoloration, age spots, sun spots, dark spots or liver spots.

Hyperpigmentation is mainly caused by repeated overexposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds, injuries to the skin such as cuts or acne blemishes, hormones, aging, as well as certain medical conditions, inflammation, medications, skincare products and procedures.

Excessive sun exposure is the primary cause of hyperpigmentation. Normally, when skin is exposed to the sun it produces pigment, also known as melanin, resulting in a “tanned” appearance. This is the skin’s way of protecting us. Overexposure to the sun over time causes this protective mechanism to go awry, resulting in areas of the skin that are darker than the adjacent areas. Sun exposure leads to inflammation, which essentially permanently “turns on” the protective mechanism and “fixes” the pigmentation.

Hormones play a big role in causing dark spots or hyperpigmentation. When hormones are elevated due to pregnancy or taking oral contraceptives sun exposure is highly likely to cause a form of hyperpigmentation called melasma. This is most prevalent on the cheeks, nose and forehead as these areas have more sun exposure.

Aging is another major cause of hyperpigmentation. Melanocytes, which are responsible for making pigment (melanin) decrease by10-20% each decade of adult life. So, when aging skin is exposed to the sun, the remaining melanocytes attempt to compensate for the lacking ones, which results in age spots and uneven skin tone.

Medications, including hormones (oral contraceptives, estrogen) antibiotics, antiarrhythmics, antimalaria drugs, chemotherapy, tricyclic antidepressants, and phenothiazines can also cause hyperpigmentation.

Medical conditions like age-related diseases, endocrine diseases (Addison’s disease), inflammatory skin conditions (acne, chronic dermatitis, eczema, lichen planus, lupus) and iron overload can also manifest in hyperpigmentation.

Some sources indicate that lack of hydration, weak moisture barrier and free radicals also contribute to this irregular production and dispersion of pigment.

Hyperpigmentation can be treated but can be difficult depending how deep or severe it is. The best topical solutions include naturally sourced ingredients that inhibit the production of pigment or melanin such as Arbutin, Azelaic acid, Glycolic Acid, Mulberry (Morus Nigra) and Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate).
Water (Aqua), Azelaic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vit. C), Morus Nigra Root Extract, Arbutin, Glycerin, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol.
Half an hour before bedtime, after thoroughly cleansing the skin, apply a small quantity on healthy hyperpigmented areas only (caution: only apply at night on healthy hyperpigmented spots). Apply your recommended care cream on remaining areas. This gel should never be applied on irritated skin or on unhealthy, questionable hyperpigmentation. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membrane.