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How to Avoid Damaging Skin While Brightening

Have you ever wanted to wake up in the morning and look into the mirror to see a brighter and fairer you? Glowing skin can give the appearance that you're "lit from within." Several factors contribute to dull and pigmented skin, such as heat, overexposure to the sun, pollution, poor lifestyle choices, medical condition, or even stress.


The goal of skin brightening is to restore your natural skin glow by removing dead skin cells from the surface. However, skin brightening should not be confused with skin whitening. Skin whitening is usually associated with more aggressive procedures to bleach the skin and achieve a skin tone lighter than what you already have.


Ingredients to Look for in a Good Skin Brightening Serum

Of course, we all yearn to have glowing skin and sometimes do whatever it takes to achieve it – whether right or wrong.

There are varieties of skin-lightening creams and lotions out on the market today. But excessive use of chemical-based cosmetic products can damage your skin. Natural skin brightening serumscan lighten your skin tone and give you a flawless look.

One essential factor to consider when picking a skin brightening serum is to make sure its ingredients are safe for your skin type. The MOOD Illuminate Face Serum contains natural ingredients that are safe for all skin types and tones. Here are the ingredients used in the Illuminate Serum for brightening the skin without causing any damage.


  • Retinaldehyde: The most potent form of Vitamin A approved without a prescription. ILLUMINATE works up to 11X faster than retinol to brighten skin tone. The closest element to retinoic acid; retinaldehyde, boosts collagen production and increases cell turnover. It also decreases the appearance of fine lines and dark spots (hyperpigmentation). It has shown to even skin tone and provides anti-aging benefits twice as fast as retinol - in about four weeks with nightly use.

  • Turmeric (Curcuma Longa Root Extract): A recent study discovered that turmeric can brighten skin within three weeks. Combined with Broad Spectrum CBD oil as the carrier, it also has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Kojic Acid: This super-ingredient helps brighten your color by preventing the formation of melanin, a pigment that gives sun and age spots their color.

  • Vitamin E: Also known as the "workforce Vitamin," Vitamin E assists cellular restoration, strengthens the skin barrier, and promotes healing. It is paired with Vitamin C to create the perfect antioxidant duo.

  • Vitamin B3: In the form of niacinamide, it helps seal in your skin's moisture supplemented by the hyaluronic acid while improving the skin's texture and further reducing wrinkles and fine lines appearance.

  • Licorice Root: Licorice extract is a natural skin-lightening alternative to chemical hydroquinone.

To prevent skin damages, avoid skin brightening creams containing hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a chemical compound used in many skin whitening creams. It bleaches your skin by reducing the number of melanocytes present. Melanocytes are skin cells that produce melanin. Hydroquinone causes a condition called ochronosis (discoloration of the skin) marked by papules and bluish-black pigmentation.

A bright, healthy, glowing skin doesn't just happen by simply wishing it into existence. Natural skin brightening serum like the Illuminate Serum will lighten your skin tone by bringing back your natural shade. However, if you're using prescription brightening, follow the directions of a certified dermatologist.