Considering Indians’ obsession with achieving a fair skin tone in the face of several anti-racist movements remains extremely questionable, in this entire process, ‘fairness cream’ as a product (and its secret users) has undoubtedly acquired a bad rep.
Oh, but before we get to the point, it would be better to clarify that all of us at BeBe strongly believe that women are beautiful just as they are, colour and size no bar. But we are also major beauty enthusiasts who consider it our professional responsibility to review each product fairly and help you achieve the best results, and hence, fairness creams are no different. In this article, we are going to list down the lesser-known benefits of fairness creams, and how it is a good product with a lot of other skincare benefits apart from lightening your skin.
If you need some more proof, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article below, we are about to list down five lesser-known, yet highly amazing benefits of using fairness cream. So, without wasting any more time, let's get started!
- What are the fairness creams?
- Lesser-known advantages of fairness creams
- Most common ingredients found in fairness creams
- Do fairness creams actually work?
- When should one apply a fairness cream?
What are the fairness creams?
Before we begin, it is important to understand exactly what fairness creams are. Basically speaking, fairness creams are skincare products that provide your skin with additional sun protection and brighten your skin over time. Contrary to popular belief, fairness creams don’t really make your skin fair, but they simply help in brightening your skin, reducing and preventing tan, as well as helping you achieve your original and natural skin colour.
Also, certain fairness creams are also popularly used to reduce problems such as hyperpigmentation, sun spots, dark spots and various other signs of ageing. A good quality product with ethical ingredients is also quite helpful in delivering your skin with incredible anti-ageing benefits.
Lesser-known advantages of fairness creams
Now that you know what fairness creams are, it is time to look at some of the lesser-known benefits of fairness cream.
1. Lightens spots
Fairness creams are enriched with a lot of skin-brightening ingredients that help in evening out your complexion by reducing the appearance of dark spots, pigmentation and textured skin. The active ingredients present in fairness creams help in reducing skin damage and make your skin look brighter, clearer and more glowing.
2. Provides additional sun protection
Another hidden advantage of using fairness creams is the extra sun protection that these products provide. This is because a lot of fairness creams are made using SPF and other ingredients that provide extra sun protection. When used along with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, fairness creams provide an extra layer of protection and to prevent problems like sunspots and tanning.
3. Prevents oxidative damage
A major cause of dull, sallow and lifeless-looking skin is oxidative damage. For those of you who don’t know, there are a lot of free radicals known as oxidants that stress your skin out and lead to problems such as premature ageing, hyperpigmentation and dryness. This is the main reason why your skin looks really dull and damaged. But regularly using a fairness cream along with other products in your skincare routine restricts oxidative damage to a great extent and in turn, makes your skin appear fresher and clearer.
4. Slows down ageing
Free radicals, sun damage, stress and pollution cause severe sun damage and lead to the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, an unhealthy lifestyle, eating habits and even using the wrong skincare products cause additional stress and damage, adding to the signs of ageing. But this is exactly where using a fairness cream along with sunscreen actually helps in slowing down ageing.
5. Delivers glowing skin
Living in the city and constantly exposing our skin to external aggressors can zap your skin of moisture and leave it looking super dull and lifeless. But this problem can be easily targeted by incorporating a fairness cream in your beauty routine. Most fairness creams are enriched with ingredients that prevent dryness, eliminate imperfections and deliver an unbelievable glow.
Most common ingredients found in fairness creams
Now that you know about the lesser-known and hidden benefits of fairness creams, it is obvious to wonder what is in these creams that actually delivers these stellar results. Fairness creams are enriched with some hero skincare ingredients that help in brightening and evening out your skin tone. Here are some of the most commonly found ingredients in fairness creams –
1. Hydroquinone –
If you were to read the ingredients of a lightening skin skincare product, then you would most likely find hydroquinone as one of the main ingredients. Very commonly used to treat common skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation, dark spots, melasma, etc., this ingredient, if used cautiously and in the right proportion can actually help you in achieving clearer, glowing and even-toned skin.
2. Kojic acid –
This K-beauty skincare ingredient really needs no introduction. An exfoliating and skin-brightening ingredient, kojic acid is found in a number of good quality fairness creams. Since it is a vitamin C-derivative, it helps in naturally brightening your skin and prevents too much melanin production. Over time, you will notice that your skin looks brighter and more even-toned in just a few weeks.
3. Retinoids –
If you are noticing certain signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines along with dull, sallow and tanned complexion, then you must totally look for a fairness cream with retinoids. Retinoids are nothing but a form of vitamin A, which not only helps in brightening and evening out your complexion but also helps in improving your skin’s barrier function and elasticity. This majorly helps not just in lightening spots and pigmentation but also protects your skin against further damage.
Do fairness creams actually work?
While fairness creams are enriched with a lot of good ingredients and showcase many benefits, they don’t really do much to lighten your skin per se. But the best part about using these fairness creams is that they help in brightening your complexion by eliminating skin imperfections like pigmentation, dark spots, age spots and patchy skin. But in order to see visible results, it is extremely important to use these creams regularly.
When should one apply a fairness cream?
This is one question that confuses a lot of people. But here’s the deal – fairness creams work best when they are used in the night. This is because your skin heals and repairs itself in the night, and using a fairness cream with the ingredients discussed earlier helps in the repairing and restoring process to ensure that you wake up to rejuvenated, brighter and fresher-looking skin. Additionally, if your fairness creams include ingredients like retinol, then these creams are specifically meant to be used at the night. So, it is always best to do your research and see what ingredients are a part of your cream and decide when to use it accordingly.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Apr 19, 2021
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!