Alpha Arbutin - the missing ingredient from your skincare routine

Alpha Arbutin - the missing ingredient from your skincare routine

Alpha Arbutin has seen massive growth over the last 12 months. Alpha arbutin is a safe alternative to hydroquinone, a natural skin-lightening product found in berries like bearberries, blueberries, and cranberries.

It's best for fading scarring left behind by acne as well as pigmentation from UV rays.

Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin colour, forms deposits in the skin.

Alpha Arbutin is now found in a variety of skin care products aimed at lightening skin pigmentation and is the key ingredient in Brightening Hero correcting gel.

What is Alpha Arbutin?

Skin-lightening agents such as arbutin have long been recognised as safe and effective on the Asian market.

Because of its botanical origin, it makes an excellent skincare product. It effectively combats stubborn spots and adds a bright glow to the skin.

Unlike hydroquinone, it’s gentler on the skin while offering similar brightening benefits.

Alpha Arbutin possesses antioxidant qualities that help shield the skin from sun-induced damage. It's widely incorporated in numerous anti-ageing products, targeting age spots, fine lines, and crow's feet at the corners of the eyes.

How does it work?

Alpha arbutin works by inhibiting tyrosinase, an enzyme responsible for the production of melanin in the skin.

When melanin production is controlled, it leads to a reduction in skin pigmentation, including brown patches on the face, often associated with conditions like melasma and hyperpigmentation.

This process helps in achieving a more balanced, even skin tone, making alpha arbutin a hero in skincare routines.

Benefits of using Alpha Arbutin

Reduces pigmentation and dark spots

Alpha arbutin decreases melanin, lessening dark spots and pigmentation, including age spots, post-blemish redness, and acne scars​​, without increasing sun sensitivity.
Plus, Alpha Arbutin prevents future freckles and hyperpigmentation from developing with continued use.

Safer than hydroquinone

It's a safer alternative, inhibiting pigment-producing enzyme action rather than killing melanin-producing cells​​.
It delivers potent results without the adverse side effects.

Gentle On Skin

Alpha arbutin is less irritating and drying, releasing active components slowly and making it suitable for sensitive skin​.

Who Should Use Alpha Arbutin?

Suitable for all ages and skin types, alpha arbutin can be used to treat tan-related concerns or pigmentation.

It's safe in concentrations up to 2% in skincare products​.

How to use Alpha Arbutin?

Alpha arbutin is usually mild on the skin and can be used in both morning and evening skincare routines.

  • Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser and apply your preferred toner.
  • Now apply 2-3 drops of Alpha Arbutin on your face and gently massage the ingredient in a soft circular motion so that it spreads evenly on your face.
  • Lastly, do not forget sun protection. Since the main benefit of alpha arbutin is it targets pigment production, it’s essential to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Alpha arbutin will begin to show its effect within 4-5 weeks.

Layering with alpha arbutin

Alpha arbutin with Vitamin C

Alpha arbutin works well with vitamin C, as it is the powerhouse of antioxidants.
Vitamin C fights free radicals in your skin, and both of them work in the same direction, producing excellent results in less time.

Alpha-Arbutin with Tranexamic Acid

Pairing tranexamic acid with alpha arbutin targets more than four different aspects of melanogenesis, fading the most stubborn discolouration caused by inflammation, acne, environmental stressors, melasma, and UV exposure.

Alpha Arbutin with Niacinamide

It is known that niacinamide promotes collagen production, which makes skin firmer and healthier.
Also, it promotes cell turnover, which gradually exfoliates dull, hyperpigmented skin cells and reveals lighter, more even tones beneath. Alpha Arbutin is effectively enhanced by this action.


Wrapping up

Alpha arbutin, especially in the form of the Brightening Hero correcting gel, is a safe and effective agent for treating various pigmentation issues.

It's gentle yet effective for all skin types, offering a brighter, more even complexion with consistent use.