Moisture. One of the things considered most important in skin care today is keeping the skin hydrated. Contrary to what many people believe, when you have oily skin you still have to moisturize – skin type does not exempt anyone from needing moisture. Whether you’re oily, dry, sensitive, acne-prone, or combination, your skin needs to be moisturized.
It may sound counterintuitive, but the oilier your skin, the more you need to moisturize. When you dry out your skin, your oil glands put in double time to produce more sebum than they already do (which, if you’re oily, is a lot!).
Sebum functions as a protective layer over your skin, which is why we all should thank God for oil glands. And believe it or not, sebum helps lock in moisture that makes your skin look great. But when there’s too much oil, it blocks the pores and creates a nasty environment where acne reigns supreme. This is the reason for blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. Ew, right? No, thanks!
Here are some tried and tested moisturizers that not only help lighten skin tone but give your skin the boost that it needs.
Zeta White Lightening Moisturizer
When skin is dry, flaky, or wrinkly, it tends to look darker and dull. A good lightening moisturizer is able to bring a youthful glow to the skin by keeping it nourished and hydrated. Zeta White lightening moisturizer does exactly this. Instead of bleaching your skin and introducing harsh whitening chemicals, this product nourishes your skin so that wrinkles and fine lines are reduced and dry, flaky skin is eliminated.
With licorice as its main brightening ingredient, Zeta White promises lightening and moisturizing while being gentle to your skin. This is a great product to invest in if you are looking to achieve an overall glow, not just a bleached effect. It can affect pigmented spots and rejuvenate facial skin to achieve a youthful and bright appearance. But not just that, it also provides protection from harmful UV rays, so you don’t have to apply another product for sun protection.
Celeteque Hydrating Moisturizer
If you’re looking for a light and gentle moisturizer, this is a good product to consider. Boasting only a few ingredients and free from parabens that are potentially harmful to the skin (but that are present in many cosmetic products today, so watch out), it is proven to be safe for use by those who have very sensitive and reactive skin types.
The consistency is very watery and it is easily applied. You only need a few seconds to leave it to dry, and your skin is prepped for primer, make-up, or whatever comes next in your skin care regimen.
This moisturizer does not provide any skin lightening effects, but it does make a good partner for any brightening serum or product of your choice because it prepares the skin to absorb the nutrients from your other skincare products.
L’Oreal White Perfect Day Cream Melanin Vanish
If you prefer something heavier for the day, you may want to consider L’Oreal’s White Perfect Day Cream. Its rich moisturizing properties are great for those who are dealing with excessively dry or flaky skin and who will benefit from a richer concoction. Its near-creamy texture also has a luxurious feel to it that makes application an experience to look forward to.
One of the great things about this moisturizer is that it inhibits melanin production and lightens dark marks left behind by acne scarring or sun exposure. Melanin is the hormone that creates pigmentation in our skin. It exists not just to produce color, but also to protect us from the harmful effects of too much exposure to the sun. The lighter our skin, the less melanin is present, which means greater vulnerability to sun damage.
However, when dealing with dark spots, melanin inhibition is very important because it reduces the pigmentation in our dark marks and prevents new pigmentation from occurring. Good sunscreen should follow, though, so that no further sun damage is wrought on the skin while fading those pesky dark marks.
Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer
If you are dealing with acne-ridden skin that is highly sensitive and reactive to sunlight and harsh chemicals, this might be the perfect moisturizer for you. Gentle, oil-free, and non-comedogenic, this moisturizer by Aveeno is known to be very mild and suitable for those who have sensitive skin.
This does not have any lightening properties whatsoever, but if you think you are some shades darker due to dryness or flaking, this could be just the lightening that you need. It’s great as a rich moisture-enriching product that that does the job of keeping the skin moisturized and eliminating dullness.
Olay White Radiance Brightening Intensive Cream Moisturizer
Another product that combines lightening, moisturizing, and sun protection is Olay’s White Radiance Brightening Intensive Cream Moisturizer. It has SPF24, which makes it a great sunscreen-slash-moisturizer for daytime skin care. It does not provide immediate lightening results, but it does help to brighten dark spots and restore the skin to its original tone. If you think you are a shade darker than you originally were, then this should be a product to consider.