Monday, October 21, 2013

How to effectively whiten (and brighten) your skin

To be honest, I was born with fair skin. And I thought my skin would stay that way since I don't tan easily and even if I did, my skin goes back to its original tone after a couple of weeks. So yeah, like I said, I don't need whitening products..... until I had my second child.

Besides putting on 30kg (lost 10kg right after my baby popped out, leaving me with 20kg to deal with) and saggy boobies (I miss those perky times! *sobs*), now I have to deal with dull and darken skin? People tell me to look at the bright side but hey, they're not the ones turning brown and losing their best assets, right? They wouldn't understand, I guess.

So, what's the big deal about turning brown? It's no big deal really, but I do prefer to stay fair. There's a chinese proverb that says (direct translation), 'A fair (skin) conceals 3 flaws.' It simply means if you are fair and rosy (think Snow White), and you've a crooked nose, some misaligned teeth and a pair of flat buttocks, your lovely fair skin shall minimise the so called imperfections. True or not, that's an ancient proverb.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of products out there that claim to whiten skin from 7 to 21 days of usage. I chose 3 different products as my whitening regimen. So this is not a sponsored post, nor a review of the 3 products but my experience on how to effectively whiten or brighten your skin.

1. Nivea Body UV Whitening Serum SPF 25 PA++
2. Nivea Body Whitening Night Serum
3. Kinohimitsu J'pan UV Bright Drink

UV Whitening Serum - SGD 9.70 / RM17.90 per bottle or RM23.90 for 2 bottles during promotion.
Whitening Night Serum - SGD10.50 per bottle or SGD16.80 for 2 bottles during promotion in Watsons Singapore. Not available in Malaysia yet.
SGD 39.90 for 6 bottles in Singapore / RM 159.90 for 16 bottles in Malaysia
Why these 3 products? Simply because they are relatively affordable and widely available in Guardian, Watsons and perhaps your local drugstores or pharmacies. Trust me, you don't want to travel half the globe just for replenishment.
1. I apply Nivea Body UV Whitening Serum SPF 25 PA++ in the morning after shower.
2. Drink 1 bottle of Kinohimitsu J'pan UV Bright Drink in the morning before going out into the sun.
3. I apply Nivea Body Whitening Night Serum after my shower at night and one more time before going to bed.
I did all the above mentioned for a total of 21 days since Kinohimitsu clinical results show effective skin whitening and brightening after 21 days of consumption, although Nivea Body UV Whitening Serum claims to work its magic in 14 days.


  1. omg thanx for sharing this definitely gonna try it! really hope u will update more often about whitening product. being asian living in sunny malaysia, i always have skin discoloration n it took me forever to make my neck n hand have a same color with my body, still zebra looking till now :( .really hope this time it works! <3

  2. is this available in the philippines?

    1. Yes, except for nivea whitening night serum if I'm not mistaken.

    2. Yes po. Its available in here in phil.. actually I just bought one last morning. Check out watsons.

  3. How many boxes of the UV Bright drink did you buy? I've got pretty bad tans too and I'm hoping the drink would be able to help. T_T

    1. I can't remember how many boxes that I took but I drank the drink for almost 5 months. If u have pretty bad tan, try taking Glutathione pills. It can be bought at pharmacies. Glutathione works better to whiten skin.

    2. Glutathione must be taken along with Vit C

    3. Yes, u are right. Vit C maximise the effects of gluthathione.

  4. HI,

    Can you recommend the best Glutathione pill?

    1. Hi fiza,

      I guess there is no best pill. It depends on the dosage instead of brand. Recommended dosage for effective whitening is at least 300mg & above. I personally use gluthathione supplements from Vitahealth. It's 100mg per pill. I take 3 pills every night + 500mg of vitamin C. Just fyi, gluthathione need vit C to work well.