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Shining a Light on Skin Brightening

By: Lydia Sarfati
Posted: October 1, 2012, from the November 2012 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Ulva lactuca extract. It provides skin-brightening, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and its protective elastic fibers help prevent skin aging. It assists with metabolic stimulation and cell renewal.

Hexapeptide-2. This is a fast-acting skin-brightening peptide that works as an antagonist to MSH, binding to its receptors, thereby decreasing melanin synthesis.

Pelvetia canaliculata extract. It is an anti-inflammatory found to protect against DNA deterioration and skin-aging acceleration, most notably treating pigmented spots for a more even-toned complexion.

Beyond the Ingredients

Prevention is really the key to avoiding hyperpigmentation, so beauty brands developing these types of products sure be sure to encourage customers to always use an SPF and it that needs to be reapplied throughout the day. Also, advise customers to steer clear of topical products containing citrus or oil of bergamot; these ingredients can cause photosensitivity and increase the likelihood of sunburn.

References

  1. JM Gilbro and MJ Olsson, The melanogenesis and mechanisms of skin-lightening agents—existing and new approaches, Int J Cosmet Sci 33 3 210–21 (Jun 2011)

Lydia Sarfati, president and founder of Repêchage, is an internationally recognized skin care expert quoted in Vogue, InStyle, Glamour and The New York Times, and she has been featured on CNN, CBS and Fox. Sarfati has more than 30 years of experience as an esthetician, spa owner, manufacturer and consultant, and is the author of Success at Your Fingertips: How to Succeed in the Skin Care Business (Alluredbooks, 2005).