INGREDIENTS IN DEPTH - ALPHA ARBUTIN

SUMMARY: BEST | EXTREMELY SAFE TO BE USED IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS | APPROVED BY REGULATORY BODIES

An extremely beneficial beauty ingredient used in personal care products due to its powerful skin brightening property and imparting even skin tone.

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WHAT IS ALPHA ARBUTIN: Alpha arbutin, also known as Hydroquinone-β –D-glucopyranoside is a naturally occurring derivative of hydroquinone ( a renowned skin-lightening ingredient) which is extracted from the dried leaves of bearberry, blueberry, cranberry. This beauty ingredient is known to effectively fade away dark spots, blemishes and suntan. The colour of the skin is determined by the amount of melanin produced. Melanin production is stimulated by an enzyme called tyrosinase in the melanocyte cells. Alpha arbutin blocks the activity of enzyme tyrosinase, thereby slowing down the pigmentation process which is responsible for dark spots, blemishes, hyperpigmentation and suntan. It is suitable to be used on all skin types.

REVIEW OF ALPHA ARBUTIN:

Name of the Brand/ Organization

Paula's Choice

EWG

CIR

FDA

EU Cosmetics Regulation

Rating/Review

BEST

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Alpha Arbutin is a well known ingredient used  in skincare and one of the most reviewed ingredients. Top regulatory bodies like CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review thoroughly investigates the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics) and EWG (Environmental Working Group Skin Deep is a cosmetic database for ensuring the safety of ingredients being used in personal care products) along with popular skincare brand Paula's Choice have rated it safe for use in cosmetics, personal care products.

BENEFITS OF ALPHA ARBUTIN:  This versatile cosmetic ingredient has the following benefits:

  • Reduces Pigmentation & Dark Spots: The main purpose of alpha-arbutin is to reduce the production of melanin pigment in your skin, lessening the dark spots and pigmentation.
  • Skin Lightening: It reduces the degree of melanin production, naturally brightening and lightening your skin tone.
  • Evens Out Your Skin Tone: It evens out your skin by inhibiting the amount of melanin produced and effectively reduces dark spots and skin discolouration.
  • Safe Alternative of Hydroquinone: It is considered to be a safer alternative to hydroquinone, as hydroquinone eradicates the cells responsible for melanin production while alpha-arbutin inhibits the activity of enzyme tyrosinase.
  • Suitable for All Skin Types: It is gentle on your skin and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Thus, this ingredient is widely used in personal care products.

CITATIONS/ FURTHER READ

ANVEYA INGREDIENTS DIRECTORY

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