Out come the breezy frocks, tank tops, cutoffs, and bikinis—which means your skin should be smooth and flawless from top to toe. But not everybody’s #blessed with that natural goodness. Plagued with dark blemishes like sun spots, ashy elbows and knees, and discolored underarms? Fear not! We’ve got a few whitening solutions to target your tricky areas. Just scroll down for our tips on getting soft, radiant, and even-toned skin all over.
1. CLEANSE WITH A SCRUB
Noticed how your complexion sometimes turns dull and gray? You’ll need to help your skin slough off dead skin cells that accumulate over time, which in turn amps up radiance and reduces discoloration.
Look for a wash infused with willow bark extract and pumice, like Jurlique’s Purely Bright Cleanser, which also contains lightening extracts of Vitamin C, Kakadu Plum, Citrus Unshiu Peel, and African Birch. You can also curtail melanin production from the get-go to reduce darkening altogether. Pond’s Flawless White Deep Whitening Facial Foam decreases dark spots and lightens the complexion with Niacinamide, 12HSA, and GenActive.
2. BRIGHTEN DARK CIRCLES
Troubled by the dark rings emerging beneath your eyes? Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Whitening Illuminating Eye Serum is specifically formulated for Asian skin.
It’s purpose: to brighten eye area and diminish the appearance of dark circles using a blend of algae extracts and micronized diamond powder. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, indeed.
3. SPOT-TREAT BLEMISHES
If you’re plagued with pimple marks and splotchy skin, supplement your lightening creams and lotions with a specialized spot treatment.
Try Lumiere Organic’s Midnight Secret Spot Treatment Power Whitening Serum, which uses a powerful combination of bearberry extract, rosehip oil, and licorice root extract to even out a spotty face. Its lightweight, translucent, non-greasy formula is quickly absorbed by skin, which is a definite plus given our weather in the Philippines.
4. TARGET UNDERARMS
Due to the effects of shaving, plucking, sweat, and friction, many Filipinas suffer from discolored underarms. Thankfully, there are lotions specially concocted to care for the thin, delicate skin under your, well, pits.
Zenutrients’ Whitening Underarm Cream is made with papaya, kojic acid, and tea tree extracts to smoothen and lighten underarms with regular use. Similarly, Dove’s Original Whitening Aerosol Deodorant restores underarm skin to its natural tone with vitamins E and F (while battling sweat and odors, of course).
5. REJUVENATE YOUR JOINTS
Ashy elbows and knees are the result of an accumulation of dead skin cells, dirt, and dry skin. To lighten these oft-forgotten areas, scrub ‘em with a gentle whitening soap bar like Zenutrients’ Whitening Glutathione & Papaya Soap.
Its nourishing papaya extracts and beauty-boosting glutathione will uncover more radiant skin over time. (It works on the rest of your body, too.)
6. EXFOLIATE ALL OVER
The skin–lightening power of your body bar only goes so far. Boost it in the bath with a good scrub, like Lumiere Organic’s Intense Whitening Body Catalyst Scrub Powder.
This silky, translucent body polish refines the skin with gem powders, rosehip oil, green tea, bearberry extract, and hyaluron-c cellular regenerating complex. The bonus benefits are major—the mix minimizes the appearance of pores, stretch marks, and cellulite!
7. HYDRATE WITH A BODY SERUM
Yup, there are serums for the body now! To clarify all over, try a lightweight, non-sticky, fast-absorbing lather like Nivea’s UV Whitening Body Serum SPF25.
This lotion is rich in antioxidants from 95 percent pure Vitamin C derivative, licorice, and red seaweed—lightening, moisturizing, and protecting skin with advanced UVA/UVB cell protection, SPF 25, and PA++.
8. PROTECT WITH SUNSCREEN
We all know that the sun causes darkening (on top of dryness, burning, and all that bad stuff). That’s why wearing daily sun protection is a must! Prevent photo-aging with a sunscreen containing with licorice extracts, active whitening complex, and collagen. This will minimize the appearance of spots, prevent sun-induced wrinkles, and hydrate the skin on top of everything else.
We suggest Nivea’s Whitening Immediate Collagen Protect Face Cream, which has a whopping SPF 50 built in.
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