The Quest to Find the Best Skin Whitening Cream

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You know, it’s not just the cream, it’s what you use it for.

Whitening might be one word, but it refers to a lot of different problem areas. Think your elbows are as easy to whiten as your belly? What about your lovely face? And those stubborn, reasonably hidden underarms. All of them want attention and all of them have different needs. So read on as we begin the quest to find the best skin whitening cream.

The Sensitive Issue



But before we get into that, though, let’s talk skin sensitivity.

We’ve all had rough times. Say you’re one of those women who get an overly dry visage in winter. Or, on the opposite end, your summertime sadness is break-out related and the battle takes place on your forehead.

We’ve all been there. But some of us are luckier than others. And the worse luck is sitting on sensitive shoulders. Yeah, you know who you are. Getting red skin all the time? Having trouble with new moisturizers? Face dryer than the Sahara? Don’t be shy, show your face.

And bear with us as we tell you what the deal with whiteners is and how you can marry a brightener without suffering too much.

Skin whitening creams work because they have an active ingredient in them. That can be synthetic (boo!) or naturally-derived (yaaay!). While some are more aggressive than others, all of them have a belligerent attitude towards your skin. And that’s because they work. They need to battle it out with your derm, otherwise they’ll make no difference.

With sensitive skin, it’s really important to go for the least threatening component and make sure it comes in the same package with soothing ingredients.

Alpha Arbutin, for once, is one of the safest, yet most efficient alternatives to harsher whitening agents and, surprise, it’s extracted from an unassuming little bush called the bearberry.

When it comes in conjuncture with calming ingredients, such as Aloe Vera, Vitamins A and E and other botanical extracts, Alpha Arbutin can do wonders, as well as keep your skin protected from damage.

Your Body’s Message



But what about your body’s complicated whitening map?

To solve the puzzle, follow our lead. First, tell us what you want to whiten. Is it your… face? Arms? Thighs? Back?


Your face is a good place to start. It’s what you show the world each day and most women feel the need to go lighter on their cheeks, nose and forehead at first.

Good. You’ve got many options here. Not only can you choose from suntan reducing creams, which act as a last resort when you know you’ve stayed in the sun for too long, but you can also go for an intensive treatment as well as tonics, which prepare your face for lightening, while also mildly brightening the skin. Oh, and there’s also lip exfoliator and balm, so you basically have everything covered, no matter your age or skin type.

Hands, Knees, And Elbows

Your hands, knees and elbows are all together because, you guessed it, they’re pretty darn tough to whiten. We won’t lie, these little suckers give us a hard time on a regular basis.

Good thing skin whitening companies have thought about that. What would we do without (some of) them?

Here’s the thing: when you’re starting a bleaching routine for those tough areas, you’d better have a plan. Don’t just go for one body lotion. Attack the problem from multiple directions. A soap for daily use is a good place to start. Double that effect with a good old whitening body milk and top it off with some intensive brightening gel. Sooner or later, you’ll see the difference.

Under the Eyes

On the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got your precious little eyes.



Ok, you’re not whitening the eyes per se. You’re trying to work on what’s under them. Those frail, sensitive stripes of skin which have the the bad habit of sagging and turning dark after a long night or, even worse, after some rough years.

To address hyperpigmentation around the eyes, the solution is pretty straightforward: don’t use a normal whitening cream, but a dedicated gel. An under-eye gel, gentle but powerful, is what you need. With an emphasis on gentle, ok?

And remember: never, and we mean it, use any other whitener under your eyes. That’s a too-close-to-disaster situation. You have been warned!

In the end, there’s no “best whitening cream”. Sorry, but it’s true. There’s just a best whitening cream for your specific needs. Which means choosing what you apply to your skin is your own responsibility and it takes a bit of effort. Don’t worry, it’s not that hard. You can do it!

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  • shawnkb

    Underarms and under eye area are the toughest spots for me to lighten up!

  • Ray Ray Cartucci

    geez,my skin is very odd,not the same color anywhere. HA! I have yellow circles around my eyes….that annoys me.Thanks

  • SandyC

    My knees and elbows are dark and discolored, they almost look dirty. I never thought of body whitening milk before, thanks for the info. I have to try this!

  • tannawings

    I would imagine that genetics and age have alot to do with this too. I know as I have gotten older my skin has changed and what worked when I was 20 doesnt work now.

  • Connie worm

    Would love to try this product

  • Lisa Brown

    My elbows could use lightening; i could never use a whitening product on my face, way too sensitive.

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    I was never particularly sensitive to any skin products until recently. As I am getting (*cough*) older, my skin is becoming more fragile. I am also becoming aware of the unnatural and sometimes toxic products we have been sold on–I want to go all natural as well as protect sensitive skin.

  • Holly E

    Great article and advice. I’m glad that I read this since I have sensitive skin.

  • coupontammy

    Thanks for the great info. Especially for those of us with sensitive skin.

  • Laurie Nykaza

    I have very sensitive skin and had no idea about whitening cream and the areas to use it on. Great information to use when shopping for these products will make sure the one I buy for the eye’s is only for that area.

  • Anna Pry

    i have never considered needing to ‘whiten’ my skin, i think i’m pale enough!

  • Dina

    Thanks for the great tips! I have severe hyperpigmentation under my eyes and I still haven’t found a way to cover up my dark circles up. I will have to try a gentle under-eye gel.

  • Jen Peak

    So excited about these products. I have pretty bad under eye circles, but pregnancy (over nearly a year ago) left me with red, ruddy cheeks, and I would love to correct those areas!

  • MewzMe2

    I am pretty white now but these tips help out my skin. I never knew about whitening my skin. I am learning so much here.

  • Husam Nusair

    very helpfull tips…thank you

  • Courtney Bella

    i love skin whitening serums.. they dont really “whiten” they just brighten and make you look AMAZE!

  • Kristine E

    Thanks so much for the info, the whitening info was imformative

  • Courtney Bella

    love this post! had to come back and read it again because its so important and full of great facts

  • Kyle Harrington

    great post!

  • Sherrie Cruson

    I’ve just begun searching for whiteners to get rid of age spots on my face but it’s been tough finding the right one because there are so many different brands and types out there.

  • Nancy Loring

    I understand the elbows dilemma. My elbows are my most neglected part of my body and after reading your article I realize I have to start paying attention to those hidden areas. My skin is pretty dry in these spots.

  • Nancy

    This is a very informative post. Thanks for the information.

  • Vesper Meikle

    an interesting article – didn’t know anything about whitening creams before

  • Sandra K VanHoey

    Thank you for sharing this information regarding skin whitening and our different types of skin sensitivities. This information is very helpful

  • Outrun1986

    Excellent information

  • Claudia

    Excellent post and information !!! I learned a lot about whitening creams ,thanks.

  • Sandra K VanHoey

    I would love to try these products. Thank you for all the helpful information

  • Betsy Barnes

    I enjoyed this post, lots of good information. I really need to use a lip exfoliator, thanks for reminding me :)

  • Kelly Ann T

    Thank you for the suggestion to use Alpha Arbutin for sensitive skin. I have never used lightening products because I was afraid it would destroy my skin.

  • Holly Chernoff

    A lot of useful informations, thanks I will have to bookmark this page

  • Christy DuBois

    I am so glad I came across this post!! I have often wondered about so much of this but had no clue as to the answer. At least I am much more informed and aware now. Thanks so much.

  • Ima Sharp

    Great information

  • s riches

    I had never heard of skin whitening until this post.

  • Cheryl T

    I didn’t know there was an exfoliator for your lips. I’m going to have to look into that more. Thanks!

  • Robin Wilson

    I have never whitened my skin, I didn’t even know it could be done. Lots of good info about it here thought.