Top 5 Skin Whitening Products

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Everyone is on the lookout for the best products to give you clear, even and bright skin. But where do you even begin such a search? We’ve done the hard work for you and found the top five skin whitening products that are sure to give you great results.

Before you pick which one is best for you, there’s a few things to consider:

  • - Are you looking for a cream to fit into your morning routine, or nighttime routine?
  • - What is your budget?
  • - Are you looking for unscented, or scented?
  • - What type of skin do you have?

A solid whitening cream is indispensable in today’s climate. Our skin is constantly exposed to the sun and harmful pollution, giving us dull and dry skin. These creams can change that. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s an option in this list that will improve your skin.

Have a favourite that we didn’t mention? Let us know!

But first, what is a whitening cream?

If you’re unfamiliar with skin care, the term “whitening cream” or “whitening products” may sounds really sinister. Do these products actually bleach your skin? Does this mean these products will change the colour of your skin?

Skin bleaching is far from a proper whitening cream.

Face whitening products, such as creams, lotions and serums, are usually a staple within K-beauty and Korean skin care routines. These products work to improve the look of your skin and reduce dark spots, blemishes and freckles.

“The ingredients, such as vitamin C, licorice-root extract or mulberry extract, in these whitening products help to gently break down the melanin clusters that cause unwanted freckles or spots and even out the skin tone by getting rid of dead skin cells by helping the skin renew itself."

So while “whitening products” may sound worrying, it’s actually about improving the brightness and texture of your face, rather than bleaching your skin. It’s always good to check the label of any new product you’d like to try to ensure it has proper and safe ingredients.

Number 5: White Radiance Brightening Intensive Cream Moisturizer by Olay

Everyone knows the name Olay, so it’s no surprise that one of their products has made our list.

Not only does White Radiance work to reduce dark spots and lighten your skin, it also provides protection from the harmful UVA/UVB rays of the Sun. This product gives your skin a great healthy glow while still protecting you from the sun. A winning combination! We all know that wearing proper sunscreen is essential to keeping your skin healthy, but we often forget to apply it every day. With White Radiance, you’ll get SPF protection within the cream itself.

White Radiance has a great consistency that is easily absorbed into the skin without feeling greasy or oily. This particular product doesn’t leave a white residue on the skin, either.

Plus, it’s from a name we all know and trust, and it’s affordable. Need I say more?

Number 4: Panda's Dream White Magic Cream by Tonymoly

First off, Panda’s Dream packaging is one of the cutest you’ll find on the market. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not a great product. The Panda’s Dream White Magic cream can be used on both your face and neck to even out your skin tone and brighten your complexion.

This cream is much more thicker than others on our list, but it’s still possible to rub it into your skin successfully. Just needs a bit more work. Because of its thickness, you can also use this cream as a great primer for eye makeup as well. It’s always great to get a product that can be used for multiple functions!

Panda’s Dream is aimed at improving dull skin and reducing redness and dark spots by naturally brightening the complexion. By using Niacinamide (brightens the appearance of skin) and Bamboo Sap and Bamboo Shoot Extract (soothes and calms skin) this is a great all-around product!

Panda’s Dream also comes in a light, fresh scent and is incredibly cheap. So not only does it smell great, is affordable and looks super cute, it actually works!

Number 3: Deep Sea Whitening Cream by Myconos

This night cream is a life-saver for clearing up dark spots and contains numerous essential minerals for your skin. Just apply it before bed, leave it on your skin overnight and watch it work its magic!

As with all good whitening creams, it will take continued use to reduce your blemishes and dark spots. You do not want something that will bleach your skin overnight.

Deep Sea is approved by KFDA for natural skin whitening and boasts that it works against wrinkles and improves natural skin elasticity. While included in many Korean skin care routines, Deep Sea also has Myconos' proprietary Tria Isorropia Complex and Guaiazulene to repair and protect your skin.

As the name suggestions, Deep Sea whitening cream actually uses deep sea water to help balance the natural ph of the skin. How lovely!

Deep Sea is also great for moisturizing your skin without leaving it feeling greasy, but instead has a light creamy texture. It’s a great product for dull and dry skin. Although it’s a bit more expensive, you’ll get a good bang for your buck with this product.

Number 2: Crystal Intensive Whitening Cream by Tosowoong

Coming in at number 2 is the Crystal Intensive Whitening cream by Tosowoong. Korea definitely knows how to create wonderful skin whitening products!

This cream is great for giving your skin a natural glow while still being hydrating and smooth. Ideally used as an night cream, it can last about two months if you use it once a day.

While still a fairly budget-friendly cream, this one has some great ingredients:

  • Arbutin - boost whitening and provides clear skin texture
  • Squalane - improves skin elasticity
  • Meadowfoam seed oil - creates soft skin texture and improves skin clarity
  • Niacinamide - provides deep whitening and improves skin clarity (also found in other products on this list)

If you’re looking to improve your skin’s glow while reducing dark spots and imperfections, Crystal Intensive Whitening cream is a great option.

Number 1: Snow White by Secret Key

The top on our list of best skin whitening products is the Snow White line by Secret Key. You can get both a facial cream and body cream, but we’re primarily interested in the facial cream.

This product feels very nice on the skin and works to give you a “snowy” complexion, just like Snow White herself! Users comment that after continued use, their dark spots are reduced and their skin looks much more even. But it also brightens your skin immediately when used. What’s great is that this cream doubles as a BB cream and can be used under makeup. A two-in-one product!

This particular cream is very light and has a great matte finish, so it doesn’t leave you looking oily. In addition, it’s a staple in many Korean skin care routines.

An active ingredient Niacinamide is known for evening out splotchy skin tones, is effective against acne and plumps out skin that’s looking tired and dry. Niacinamide is a real powerhouse when it comes to helping your skin!

The main ingredient for skin whitening in Snow White is Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant and very effective in brightening your skin.

Even with all the positive reviews and great ingredients, Snow White is still budget-friendly for those looking to not spend too much. Overall, a really great skin whitening product and our favourite!