Updated: May 17
Meet the magic ingredient that banishes dark spots and pigmentation
Pigmentation. It’s something you don’t usually think about until you decide to act on it—then realize (in horror) that you already have an uneven skin tone that’s covered with a smattering of dark spots. Dull skin or blotchy skin makes you look tired and adds years to your face. Not cool.
Introducing arbutin, a molecule extracted mostly from the evergreen bearberry plant, and the one ingredient you’ll want to look out for in your anti-pigmentation cream. Don't just take our word for it—let us share more about arbutin’s renowned facts.
1. What is Arbutin?
As mentioned, arbutin is most commonly found in the bearberry plant, although it’s also present in wheat and pears. Arbutin, a natural derivative of hydroquinone, is used to inhibit the overproduction of melanin—the pigment that causes dark spots on our skin.
2. This means fewer freckles…
With frequent sun exposure, melanin is produced a lot quicker. Melanin contains enzymes called tyrosinase, which are activated when in contact with UV light. This leads to dark spots being unevenly distributed around your face and body. By using an anti-pigmentation cream containing arbutin, you are inhibiting enzymes that are responsible for fueling these melanin-producing cells.
3 …and lightened acne scars!
We know the feeling—when you’re well out of your teenage years and finally cleared of acne, but still deal with impossibly stubborn scars from yesteryear that refuse to go away. Instead of splurging on laser treatments that may prove to have side effects, using an arbutin-infused anti-pigmentation cream is a much more natural and affordable solution. While blemishes may take a while to fade due to arbutin’s active component being released slowly and naturally, it’s well worth the wait for clear and visible results!
4. While working hard to combat pigmentation, it remains incredibly gentle
An ingredient that packs a punch, yet is a ‘softie’ at heart? We’re all in! Arbutin gets our top vote for its effectiveness in maintaining radiant skin while being gentler than other skin-brightening solutions like kojic acid and straight-up hydroquinone (which kills cells responsible for increased melanin) by focusing on inhibiting pigment-producing enzymes instead of destroying them.
It’s also effective on all skin types, the perfect reason to make it your go-to brightening agent without worrying about irritating your skin. Healthy glowing skin will soon be yours, minus the harshness of usual skin brighteners.
5. It works excellently with vitamins for skin brightening perfection
It’s a no-brainer that arbutin is one of the most popular ingredients used in brightening skincare as it works wonderfully alongside vitamins like Vitamin C and Vitamin E to deliver a whole suite of benefits like promoting skin healing, reducing inflammation and irritation, to provide overall brighter, radiant skin with reduced pigmentation. This is exactly why we love having it in our moisturizer—the numerous benefits are simply too good to pass up.
Our bestselling moisturizer can speak for itself. Brightening Moisturizing Cream with Arbutin and Vitamins from The Moisturizers Co. is your one-stop anti-pigmentation moisturiser, suitable for dry, sun-damaged skin that requires intense hydration and a boost of radiance!
When manufacturing this night cream, The Moisturizers Co. took into account of various women’s concerns about blotchy skin and dark spots. This kept them focused on using only natural botanical and clinical-grade actives to target the key problems. In this moisturizer, arbutin works alongside different ingredients like Vitamin E to reduce inflammation and promote healing, Rosehip extracts and Vitamin C to eliminate blotchy skin and protect skin from UV damage, as well as nourishing lipid-rich oils such as Carrot Seed Oil packed with beta-carotene—a powerful antioxidant that works to fade signs of aging while keeping wrinkles at bay, amongst many other skin-loving qualities.
Be sure to look out for these qualities in your anti-pigmentation cream for effortlessly beautiful, glowing, and supple skin.
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As featured in Her World, CLEO, FEMALE, Shape, Nuyou, Singapore Women’s Weekly, Daily Vanity, Layers of Skins.