There is a clear difference between brighteners and whiteners. These are two different products both in composition and for end use. However, the two are confused by many. Skin brighteners do not lighten your skin. These products basically enhance your skin tone which is natural. A product which promises to bring radiance to your skin or make it glowing is a skin brightening product. The products which peel or exfoliate our skin can be counted in this category. These can also be distinguished considering the end results from these two products.
The brightening products mostly contain Vitamin C and are meant for consumption in the form of pills. These products not only have effect on the skin but help to increase body stamina to a great extent. However, it should be remembered that the effect is not permanent. Vitamin C normally used for skin brightening can also be injected in the body. It is a known fact that excess of Vitamin C is bad for kidneys. This may be a cause of formation of kidney stones and, in certain cases excess of Vitamin C can cause kidney failure. Brightening products need to be taken under strict medical supervision and on the advice of an expert.
In addition to oral pills, food which you eat has a remarkable effect on the brightness of the skin. In case you are young, your body has remarkable properties to absorb natural minerals from food and also does convert food ingredients into vitamins and energy necessary for bright skin. This strength goes down as you grow old, needing supplements. Remember to eat a well balanced diet for bright and glowing skin.
Skin lightening agents are basically for lightening the skin color. Skin lighteners act in a way to change the current chemistry of your skin cells by lightening its shade. In fact, this product acts to reduce the quantity or activity of melanin in your skin cells. Melanin provides color to our skin. In case the melanin is active the skin becomes darker. Skin lightening products act in a way to reduce melanin. These products usually contain bleaching agents or are a concentration of botanical lighteners that de-pigment our skin. Products like retinoic acid etc. alter melanin synthesis by 10 to 20 percent.
Lightening products have been in use for a long time now. Products available in the market are quite safe and tested and tried. Before buying any product it is essential to make a proper study of the contents. Remember your skin is involved and most often facial skin. Do not go in for cheap products that use mercury or hydroquinone, these products may cause damage to your skin.