You may be one of the millions of women seeking a brighter, smoother, more even skin complexion, and yes, more radiant even skin tone is possible without sanding off layers of skin or peeling off your skin’s upper layers with acid chemicals. Frankly, some beauty treatments can be very frightening, painful and expensive, but there are alternative options available that won’t hurt or cost you a second mortgage on your home!


Here is what you want to AVOID:

Chemical peels -- use a liquid acid to remove the skin’s upper layers. Peels applied by physicians are intense, and recovery time varies. Post-operative instructions call for limited activities in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. The skin will have a pinkish color, and a thin crust may form over the area that was treated. Patients report moderate pain associated with the procedure. Deep chemical peels involve a longer procedure and longer recovery time that lasts up to several months in some cases. Patients with fair skin and light hair are the best chemical peel candidates. Cost of chemical facial peels is approximately $600 to $900 while deep chemical peels are generally the most expensive, as much as $6000.


Dermabrasion, which uses a tool like a sander, is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells. Dermabrasion is a more intensive procedure than microdermabrasion and is used to treat deeper facial lines, extreme sun damage, and scars.Dermabrasion can cost as little as $800, but larger, more intensive treatments can climb into the $4,000 range. The costs of anesthesia factor heavily into the procedure because dermabrasion is a more intense treatment than microdermabrasion and chemical peels.


Painfree, Affordable Skin Brightening – What You Can DO:


Try using a daily Skin Brightener Formula, designed to promote brightened skin tone and help reduce the appearance of age spots, freckles and blotches. Clinically tested Skin Brightener Formulas have been shown to improve the appearance of age spots, and reduce skin spots up to 66% for some users, according to independent laboratory tests. An average reduction of 50% of appearance of age spots, skin spots and visual brightening of skin tone of up to 55% for some users . Look for a skin brightener formula that is 100% Hydroquinone free, as hydroquinone has been found to be a carcinogen. Look for these researched and proven ingredients:


Alpha-Arbutine is a naturally derived substance, usually found in cranberries, blueberries and pears with melanin-inhibiting properties.


Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) such as Salicylic acid, have been researched and shown to penetrate into the pore (AHAs do not), and therefore exfoliate both inside the pore and on the surface of the skin. It is an effective exfoliate, but also an anti-irritant.


Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a specific form of Vitamin-C that is used for its brightening / whitening effect on the skin.