The 411: Brightening vs. Whitening vs. Lightening

by Chinelo And Ndidi May 19, 2018

We currently have 3 products that “brighten” the skin and we get questions about what this means and how it is different from whitening, lightening, and bleaching. So, here’s a quick rundown:

The terms lightening, whitening and bleaching are often used interchangeably. Skin bleaching is a term that was more popular in the 80's than it is today, and is essentially the same as skin whitening. The difference between skin lightening and whitening is largely based on the degree/severity with which melanin production is reduced. Skin lightening is used when the method is more gradual and the effect less obvious while whitening is used to describe a more aggressive technique. Both techniques use tyrosinase inhibitors to block the skin’s production of melanin. Skin whitening uses stronger inhibitors such as hydroquinone or mercury to strip the skin of its melanin.

Skin Brightening is an entirely different concept. Our skin is continuously creating new skin cells to replace older skin cells, and often, these dead skin cells remain on the skin’s surface and can cause it to appear dull. Exfoliation removes these dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, thereby revitalizing it and making it look more radiant and “brighter”. Brightening here is achieved with ingredients such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, vitamins A, E and C that help the skin to naturally shed dead skin cells. Some brightening products may also contain natural extracts and antioxidants that have lightening properties e.g. licorice root extract to help gradually fade dark spots.

A brightened face is typically described as looking fresher and more vibrant while a lightened face is more likely described as looking shades lighter.

Regardless of whether a product is labeled lightening or brightening, it is very important to pay attention to its list of ingredients. This is a better indicator of what the product is likely to do for your skin. Ingredients like hydroquinone and ammoniated mercury commonly found in lightening products have been shown to harm the skin with prolonged use.

Here at Bolden, our approach to beauty is very holistic, and our goal is to preserve the beautiful skin we are born with. Check out our brightening products: Bolden Brightening Toner; Bolden Brightening SPF 30 Moisturizer; and Bolden Nighttime Glycolic Acid Serum.

 



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17 Responses

Proscovia Nakityo
Proscovia Nakityo

September 02, 2019

Very helpful information thanks so much

Feel Solomon
Feel Solomon

June 28, 2019

Thanks so much

Chinwe Kelechi
Chinwe Kelechi

June 23, 2019

I am grateful for the information. Knowledge is power.

Chinwe Kelechi
Chinwe Kelechi

June 23, 2019

I am grateful for information. Knowledge is power.

Michael Sarah Amarachi Genevieve
Michael Sarah Amarachi Genevieve

April 08, 2019

Tanks for making me to understand umunne m. Udo diri unu

D
D

March 26, 2019

If I have pale skin but got a tan, would removing dead skin (brightening) also make my skin lighter?

Goodness
Goodness

March 17, 2019

Nice and lovely

Ann
Ann

February 04, 2019

This is good. Educating

avantika jain
avantika jain

February 04, 2019

This is educative and very much condensed. A debt of gratitude is in order for the insight.Very useful and helpful.Am happy to have gone over this data. Much obliged to you.

Anne
Anne

January 22, 2019

Very informative and helpful.Am glad to have come across this information. Thank you.

Glory
Glory

December 07, 2018

Thanks a lot

Anita
Anita

October 24, 2018

Am glad to join this platform

salome
salome

October 24, 2018

This is educative and well summarized. Thanks for the insight.

marklyn gonsalves
marklyn gonsalves

August 22, 2018

aging skin Sun spot hydropiment skin need a good Sun cream

Lisa
Lisa

June 01, 2018

Brilliant article Ladies! I can’t wait to try the toner!!! x

C24
C24

May 22, 2018

This is super insightful!

JoAnne
JoAnne

May 22, 2018

What about a moisturizer for night time?

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