If you know me really well, you'd know I hate getting a tan and prefer having a light skin tone. From seeing my mom use lightening soaps while growing up, I eventually took a liking to them as well. When checking for ingredients, be sure to look for kojic acid or arbutin, as they are naturally-occurring and safe, unlike synthetic ingredients such as hydroquinone or mercury. I don't necessarily use these products to drastically change my skin tone (for a shade reference I am NC20-25), but rather maintain and remove any excessive melanin production on my skin. I also use these soaps to get rid of some old acne scars and hyperpigmentation. As I've stated before in previous posts, my skin is melanocompetent, meaning that it can easily burn and also tan.
I've tried an array of lightening soaps, but have only found a handful to work. In this post, I will go over soaps I've had success with and will continue to purchase in the future. Hopefully, you find this helpful if you share a similar skin tone goal and you're on a budget.
Product Description: Kojie San Dream White Soap combines the anti-aging properties of collagen and elastin with the lightening properties of kojic acid in a vanilla-scented soap bar. While the skin naturally generates collagen and elastin, harmful substance brought about by pollution slow down its production. Dream White Soap has a dual action formula that lightens skin and prevents the occurrence of wrinkles as well as other early signs of aging. (Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Kojic Acid, Collagen, Elastin, Olive Extract, Vitamin C)
Product Description: The Kojic Acid Soap you have always trusted, the one prescribed by your dermatologist is now available in Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap. It has all the natural kojic acid formula that helps lighten dark spots due to acne, age spots, freckles, sun damaged skin, and other skin pigmentations. Kojic Acid was discovered in Japan. It is a by- product in the production of koji, or Malted Rice, for use in the manufacture of Japanese rice wine. In cosmetics, Kojic Acid is popularly known for its excellent whitening effects and anti-oxidant properties. (Ingredients: Kojic Acid, Sweet Orange, VCO, Glycerine, Vegetable Extracts, Vitamin C.)
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As you would with normally soaps, you can use this on both your face and body. However, I limit its use to my body because my face is very sensitive and I don't want to risk an irritation with the potency of kojic acid (for my face, I use more gentle products like Laneige Bright Renew). I've had such experiences in the past, and it was awful because I didn't feel like leaving the house until it went away.
I found that all of these soaps work similarly, with some differences. The Kojie San and Kojic Original Soap are the most effective, as I have a lighter skin tone when I finish showering. The next most effective soap is Kojie San Dream White. I like how this one smells like vanilla, whereas the other soaps have a citrus scent to them. Out of all these soaps, I would say that the Gluathione Soap is the least effective. My one other gripe about these soaps is that all of them melt so fast, with an exception to Kojie San Dream White. This one has not shrunk at all and I've been using it for a week. All of these soaps can be purchased on Amazon or eBay at an affordable price.
Overall, I've been quite pleased with the results. My skin tone is even and clear! After comparing all of these soaps, I realize the ones I will continue buying are Kojie San and Kojic Original Soap. Also, I make sure that after using these types of soaps, I wear SPF on my body. Without SPF, the ingredients in the soaps can damage your skin and cause irritation and other adverse side effects. The product I use is Laneige Triple Sunscreen SPF40 PA++.