Ask most people to name what makes someone look older than they really are and wrinkles will be a popular answer. However, according to recent studies, dark spots are the biggest indicator of age. A good serum can help fight these pesky spots and glotherapeutics has two great options: Lightening Serum and Brightening Serum. Both of these serums contain active ingredients to help diminish the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation and freckling. So which to choose?
First, let’s clarify the terms “lightening” and “brightening.” Lightening refers to the practice of using chemical substances to provide an even complexion or lighten skin tone by lessening the concentration of melanin. This method not only targets existing pigmentation, it also affects the melanogenesis process (which is the process that results in melanin production and formation in the skin- aka hyperpigmentation). Brightening products target the surface layers of the skin with ingredients designed to improve skin’s overall brightness and texture. This method focuses on melanin that has already been deposited into our skin and is visible on the surface- it helps to break it up and even overall tone.
Here are some key differences between the two serums:
The biggest differentiator between the two serums is that Lightening Serum contains 2% Hydroquinone, a very powerful skin lightener that inhibits the synthesis of melanin. In addition to Hydroquinone, Lightening Serum contains Lactic and Salicylic Acids. In contrast, Brightening Serum relies on botanical lighteners to deliver results. It contains several botanical lighteners including Licorice Root Extract, Mulberry Bark and Bearberry Extracts.
Because it contains very powerful ingredients, we only recommend using a small amount of Lightening Serum as a spot treatment once or twice daily. Brightening Serum can be applied as a spot treatment or all over the face once or twice daily.
Duration of Use:
After using Lightening Serum for 6 months, we recommend waiting 1-2 months before starting a new course of treatment. Brightening Serum can be used continuously until desired results are reached.
Both Serums may increase sensitivity so the sun so it’s extremely important to wear a sunscreen daily. Unprotected or excessive sun exposure can delay or inhibit results.
In conclusion, if you have distinct areas of pigmentation that you want to resolve we’d suggest the Lightening Serum . If you are looking to increase your skin’s overall luminosity and create an even glow, the botanically-based Brightening Serum is the ticket!