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How To Choose the Best Skin Brighteners
What is a Skin Brightener?
A skin brightener is a cream or serum that has the ability to lighten the skin. People tend to use it most often on their hands and face. The primary reason for this is that lightening the skin is an effective way of diminishing skin discoloration marks and/or age spots. There are also people who use it because they think that lighter skin makes them look younger and gives their skin a special glow.
The cream works by inhibiting the amount of melanin that's produced in your skin. According to Science Direct, Melanin is responsible for skin pigmentation. The higher the level of melanin, the darker your skin. By decreasing the amount of melanin that's produced, the cream effectively lightens the skin.
One warning is to avoid creams that contain mercury, since this substance can be toxic and may lead to mercury poisoning (source). It's particularly dangerous to an unborn fetus. There are some companies that have included it in their product, as it's a great skin lightening ingredient. Avoid such products!