While many Filipino women are proud of their complexion, some have long been dreaming of having fairer skin. And with so many skin whitening products and treatments to choose from, finding the right one that suits you best can be quite a challenge.

To help you find the appropriate product or treatment, we’ve noted four different ways you can achieve lighter skin this year:

Laser Skin Whitening

Laser skin lightening or whitening is a medical procedure in which concentrated beams of short-pulsed light are cast upon the targeted areas of the skin to remove unwanted, irregularly toned or damaged skin. This process helps brighten the skin by stimulating the growth of fresh skin cells which tend to be whiter. One great example of this treatment is the Pico Sure Laser offered by Aivee Clinic. Since Pico Sure breaks ups pigments and ink particles via powerful shock waves rather than heat, doctors are able to treat skin discoloration in a more aggressive way without having to worry about unwanted side effects such as burning, scarring or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Skin Bleaching

Skin bleaching is the umbrella term used to refer to the use of products that lighten dark areas of the skin and help achieve an overall lighter complexion. Skin bleaching lightens the skin by reducing the concentration or production of melanin in the skin. Melanin is a pigment produced by cells called melanocytes and are more abundant in people who have a darker skin tone. One of the easiest ways to try skin bleaching is by using a bleaching soap such as Navarro’s Bleach Soap. Pretty Me’s review of the popular Navarro’s Bleach Soap explains that the soap may leave your skin feeling a bit dry since it speeds up the natural process of skin peeling. This means a lot of peeling is to be expected, but side effects like burning, itching, redness, and rashes should only occur if you don’t use the soap properly.

Personalized Treatment

Every person’s skin is unique, which is why we react differently to certain products, procedures and treatments. With personalized treatments, finding the right product or procedure that answers to the specific needs of your skin is now possible. If there’s a personalized treatment we can swear to, it’s the Casmara Nacar Treatment. Our review of Diana Stalder Whitening Solutions defined this procedure as a professional personalized skin lightening and illuminating treatment that is done in single-dose phases. This personalized treatment not only whitens the skin by targeting discoloration and localized or diffused marks, but also delays the signs of aging to make the skin look younger.


Glutathione is an antioxidant that can be naturally found in human cells. This antioxidant neutralizes free radicals, boosts the immune system, detoxifies the body and lightens skin by converting melanin to a lighter color. Glutathione does this by deactivating the enzyme tyrosinase which helps produce the pigment of the melanin. Because of this function, multiple glutathione-induced products and procedures are emerging in the market, promising lighter skin. Preview’s writeup on glutathione explains that it’s a product that should be good for everyone, since the body naturally produces glutathione on its own. However, the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration has warned that some injectibles must be avoided, as they contain additives that may pose a health hazard.

No matter what your skin whitening goals are this year, there’s definitely something for everyone. Just be sure to consult with a dermatologist and stop any treatment if any unwanted side effects occur.

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