Skin lightening creams, gels & lotions – anti-dark spots weapons

Skin lightening creams, gels, lotions or serums are used to achieve fairer complexions and deal with pigmentation related problems. They diminish or eliminate completely freckles, dark spots and age spots caused by sun damage and/or pregnancy and can alleviate post-acne pigmentation.

There a many excellent options to consider when looking for a skin lightening cream that works, most of them containing active ingredients such as Azelaic Acid, Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Tretinoin, and Arbutin. There are others that contain natural plant extracts, which can be efficient if you have a mild skin pigmentation concern, and also less powerful homemade remedies such as lemon, yeast apple vinegar, raw potatoes and many more that offer a slight improvement.

Despite all these remedies, the best skin brightening solution I know is prevention, making sure that even if you do succeed in diminishing hyper pigmentation issues, you won’t make the same mistakes that got you here in the first place.

For that to happen, it’s important that you are aware of underlying factors that cause dark spots and age spots, accentuate your freckles and damage the skin all together. Exposure to UV-sunlight, hormonal influences and oxidative stress can result in an overproduction of melanin in the skin. Pigmentation spots such as dark patches, age spots and freckles develop which causes skin to become less even toned and dull.

Antioxidants in skin whitening products are also essential ingredients in these types of products. They protect the skin against free radicals and provide many other benefits to the surface layer of the skin. Most importantly, they prevent future hyperpigmentations from appearing, which brings us to the next chapter that will allow me to further exercise my moral muscle.

Skin Brightening Creams

Skin Brightening Creams

Skin Lightening Tips

As with any skin lightening product, daily sun protection is a non-negotiable must. That means that regardless of the fact that your brightening cream has antioxidants, it is essential that you also use a sun protection cream SPF 15 or higher.

Some skin brightening products already provide this important advantage, so if you know there is a great chance you’ll skip on the SPF, you should probably consider one of these 2-in-1 miracle products.

I cannot stretch enough how important it is that you also wear sun screen. There is no sense integrating a skin lightening product in your daily routine otherwise, since sun damage is the root and ongoing cause of almost all dark spots and age spots. Consider yourself warned!

Skin Lightening Methods

There are also other natural remedies available for skin brightening and diminishing hyperpigmentations, like using lemon or raw potatoes or making masks with honey, lemon and apple vinegar.

However, without active ingredients that target melanin production, all you are doing is basically a homemade face scrub, which will exfoliate the surface layer of your skin. Naturally, the problem will slightly fade, yet if you are dealing with many years old pigmentations, you will need a more efficient skin lightening product.

Skin whitening creams + Micro Needling Derma Roller = <3

Skin whitening creams + Micro Needling Derma Roller = <3

Skin Lightening Cream

I know lots of people with dark spots on their faces, some caused by pregnancy hormones and that never really faded properly, some caused by sun damage, others by acne. It’s such a massive skin complaint, that the beauty industry has been more that happy to launch lots of products that target hyperpigmentations.

So many, that it is actualy not that easy finding the right one for you.  During testing periods, I came across some that make me break out, some that were too drying to my sensitive skin, others that had just an awfull texture and most that just didn’t get the job done.

Here are some which actually helped me overcome dark spots on my face and a post-surgery hyperpigmentation on my hand. Hope you find the right skin lightening cream, lotion, gel or serum for you, and that you’ll be more cautious in the future in regard to sun exposure.

Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream   

If you’re looking for a cream that reduces skin pigmentation and brightens your complexion, Eucerin is a fairly priced solution. This skin lightening day cream reduces the production of melanin at its source, support the skin’s natural restoration of cell damage and prevent future pigmentation. It’s one of the few which contains SPF 30, an essential factor when using skin lightening creams.

Avène D-Pigment Dark Spot Corrector

This skin lightening cream combines 3 active ingredients – Melanyde to slow down the production of melanin (pigment), Retinaldehyde to help eliminate excess melanin in the skin and Pre-tocopheryl, a vitamin E precursor and a powerful antioxidant, to protect the skin cells from free radicals.

This product must be used only at night, and applied as a localized or widespread treatment to eliminate dark spots, acne scars and age spots and it works well with skin micro needling rollers. It brightens the skin and has a velvety texture suitable for dry skin.

Brightening creams

Brightening creams

Revitol Skin Brightener

Revitol Skin Brightener is a revolutionary skin brightening product that has created a huge buzz in the market, every beauty aficionado has to try it. It contains herbal extracts that result into glowing complexion and it tackles different types of skin issues such as freckles, birth marks, uneven pigmentation etc

L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Moisture Cream & Essence

Daisy extract and vitamin C help restore skin brightness and eliminate dark spots and lessen discoloration. You’ll love the cream’s scent and silky texture and feel good in your skin all day long. By using the Immortelle Brightening Essence serum with wintergreen leaf extract you’ll also be gently exfoliating your skin and boost radiance.

Skin Lightening Lotion

Olay Professional Pro-X Spot Fading Treatment

If years of sun damage has left a toll on your skin, you’ll need this gentle lotion to reduce the look of your dark spots and to hydrate and brighten the skin tone. Its formula contains concentrated exfoliating ingredients that remova dullness and make the skin appear more radiant. I like that it contains some good soothing agents and a good amount of niacinamide, that is likely to improve brown spots and uneven skin tone.

Lancôme Bright Expert Dark Spot Corrector

Enriched with yeast extract, this brightening lotion erases the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation, promoting a more radiant complexion. It doesn’t cause dryness or break outs, so you’ll be able to use this even if you have dry or sensitive skin. You’ll be able to see signs of improvement in just 4 weeks of use, 70 to 80% of your imperfections erased.

Vichy ProEVEN Daily Dark Spot Corrector

Use this exclusive melanin targeting formula, combined with LHA, Vitamin Cg and Vitamin E. It instantly reveals a more radiant glow, evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of dark spots, age spots, sun spots, post-acne scars and provides luminosity to dull skin and evens out the skin tone.

It’s suitable for all skin tones, ages and sensitivities.  It’s quite hydrating on its own, so those with oily skin may be able to skip their moisturizer, yet if you have combination or dry skin, I suggest you also use a hydrating day cream.

Skin lightening ingredients

Skin lightening ingredients

Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Skin Brightening Corrector

If you’re looking for a hydroquinone-free skin lightening treatment that dramatically helps reverse the appearance of dark spots and discolorations, than the PTR lotion is the right fit for you. Fused with niacinamide, lipochroman-6, caffeine and other 21st century patented ingredients, this treatment addresses age spots and dark spots caused by sun damage and pregnancy, as well as post-acne discoloration. It’s super effective with continued use and it has a powerful, but non-irritating formula, which I love about most Peter Thomas Roth products.

Skin Lightening Gel

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

This skin lighting serum is comparable to a leading prescription ingredient in visibly reducing dark spots and freckles. Over the course of 12 weeks, you will be able to see your skin pigmentation, acne scars or age spots improving by up to 58% and what’s great about this gel is that it’s also appropriate for the chest area and the back of your hands, where age shows fast.

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum

This serum targets skin imperfections, stubborn dark spots, age spots, acne scars and uneven skin tones  and prevents future pigmentation from appearing.  The Yomogi Extract and Angelica Root Extract diminish and eliminate melanin pigment and banish imperfections you left untreated in years. I love it because it smoothes out the skin tone and refines the skin, for a radiant, flawless look.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

This effective skin lightening serum uses naturally brightening activated vitamin C, peony extracts and white birch to even out skin tone in just a few weeks. It reduces dark spots, acne scars, freckles and leaves the complexion brighter and smoother. In just 8 weeks, you’ll be able to see a clear improvement for up to 80-90%.

La Prairie White Caviar Spot Corrector

La Prairie skin lightening gel pen targets active ingredients on localized areas where you have dark spots, acne scars and pigmentation. It also improves skin texture, mattifying and soothing the complexion.

Swiss garden cress sprout extract promotes brightening, while soy isoflavone prevents the potion from lightening the skin that doesn’t need it. It’s the perfect choice for those with a darker skin tone, whom worry that the skin lightening products they use might influence the skin around the pigmentation.

Skin brightening lotions

Skin brightening lotions

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum will reduce the appearance of sun spots, freckles and age spots. Hydroquinone fades existing imperfections, while hexapeptide-2, an advanced skin-lightening peptide, prevents future damage by helping stop pigment formation. It also contains Glycolic acid, which exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, encouraging active ingredients to penetrate more quickly for fast results.

This skin lightening serum is also one of the most moisturizing on the market, as its formula helps skin attract water, binds water to the skin and helps it retain water.

Clarins Bright Plus HP On-the-Spot Brightening Corrector

The battle against dark spots is offered in the brightening serum launched by Clarins through the help of sea lily, the key ingredient that diminished dark spots, age spots, acne pigmentation and other annoying discolorations. The raspberry extract and the vitamin C work as antioxidants in order to prevent any more skin damage caused by sun exposure.

Which skin lightening cream have you tried in order to diminish the appearance of dark spots and how did they work for you? Let me know if you prefere the natural remedies or you’ve only had luck with skin brightening lotions and serums.


As a professional make-up artist and beauty enthusiast, Luiza's expertise has become highly prized over the years. As owner of this site, she set her mind to create a publication for those who are focused not just on beauty trends and popular brands, but also on the industry's most well-kept secrets.

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  1. Angel Binase says:

    Is vitamin C skin corrector cream whitening?

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