What’s the Best Natural Skin Lightening Cream? Our Top 5 Picks

Want to get all the melanin-interfering, whitening and brightening benefits of a potent skin lightening cream...without the risk of harmful side effects? Of course you do.

After all, as effective as chemical skin lighteners can be, they carry the potential to wreak havoc on your skin. Hydroquinone, for example, has been linked to cases of ochronosis, which is a sooty darkening of the skin. Pretty counterproductive when you only used it to whiten your skin in the first place!

Sure, cases of ochronosis are rare but why take that chance, especially when you can use a safe and natural skin lightening cream that has no such side effects.

Unlike their chemical counterparts, natural skin lightening creams use plant-derived ingredients that inhibit the tyrosinase enzyme and by doing so, interfere with the melanin production process. Over time, your skin stops producing as much melanin.

Result = naturally lighter skin.

So what is the best natural skin lightening cream to even out your complexion and make your several shades lighter? Here are our top picks!

Meladerm Skin Lightening Cream

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Meladerm Cream, $50

This is hands down the best natural skin lightening cream. Why? It's one of the most potent lightening creams out there and it's safe for all skin types.

Its potency is due to the face that Meladerm does not skimp on ingredients. Whereas the majority of natural skin lightening creams will use one, two, or three natural lightening ingredients - Meladerm contains a lineup of the most effective natural skin lighteners in their cream, like Licorice Extract, Arbutin (Bearberry Extract), Alpha Arbutin, Mulberry Extract, Kojic Acid, Vitamin C, Sepiwhite, Gigawhite, and several other plant-derived skin lighteners.

On top of this, Meladerm cleverly combines gentle yet effective exfoliants like Lactic Acid to help get rid of dead skin cells so the lightening ingredients can penetrate deeper into your skin.

We especially love that Meladerm cream also contains no parabens, artificial fragrances or colors and no oil, making it suitable for sensitive skin and skin that’s prone to breakouts as well!


Swiss Botany Skin Brightening Cream

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Swiss Botany Skin Brightening Cream, $19

This skin brightening cream originally for our attention for the fact that it's, well, really affordably priced. Considering the fact that you'll be using the cream day in and day out - affordability matters and at $19 per bottle, this cream is hard to beat.

But it's not just its friendly price, it's also packing a great list of natural skin lighteners like Alpha Arbutin, Licorice Root Extract, Mulberry Extract, and Kojic Acid alongside exfoliates like Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate.

The only thing we don't like about it is that it contains alcohol, but when applied, it doesn't dry out your skin. It actually absorbs beautifully, layers well under makeup, and keeps your skin soft and lightly hydrated all day.

Plus, it comes with a whopping TWELVE month money back guarantee so you have plenty of time to see if it works for you. You have nothing to lose but your dark spots! 🙂


LumiEssence Brightening Repair Treatment

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LumiEssence Advanced Brightening Repair Treatment, $59

There may be a lot of skin lightening products out there but there's an unfortunate lack of organic skin lightening products, which is why we were thrilled to find LumiEssence's Advanced Brightening Repair Treatment.

And it didn't disappoint - this stuff is legit. It contains a great mix of natural skin lighteners like Alpha-Arbutin, Organic Kojic Acid, Lemon Essential Oil, and Niacinamide as well as gentle natural exfoliators like Papaya and Pineapple Fruit Extract.

But where is really excels is in repairing and brightening your skin. If you have skin that's damaged from too much sun exposure, acne, scarring, or any previous carefree misadventures - this brightening treatment is for you.

It's seriously chockfull of skincare goodness. A quick look: Tamanu Oil and Seabuckthorn Oil, both of which have skin regenerating properties, Silk Protein Amino Acid, Organic Goji Berry Fruit Extract, Organic Rose Hip Oil and so, so much more good stuff for your skin.

Our final verdict is that this lotion won't make your skin several shades lighter but it is a wonder worker for brightening your overall complexion and getting rid of pesky spots.


Lila James Skin Brightening Cream

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Lila James Skin Brightening Cream, $19

Lila James Skin Brightening Cream is pretty new to the skin lightening market but it's a clear winner. For starters, it's one of the rare organic skin lightening creams out there and even better - it's potent.

It may be all natural but it contains a high concentration of natural skin lighteners, packing 7% Bearberry Extract (Arbutin) into this cream alongside other effective skin lighteners like Organic Licorice Root Extract.

It's also perfect for sensitive, easily irritated skin thanks to skin-calming and soothing ingredients like Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Reishi, and Geranium Extract.

Our favorite thing about it, though, is that it's pretty darn lightweight as far as creams go, making it ideal for oily-skinned beauties.

Oh, and it's backed by a 100% no questions asked, money back guarantee so in the rare chance that your skin doesn't glow and lighten from it, you can get your money back.


Natural Escapes Anti-Aging Fading Serum

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Anti-Aging Fading Serum, $45

This one isn't a cream - it's a serum. And that's a really good thing since serums are like silky, concentrated versions of creams. They leave out the thick, filler ingredients that give creams their consistency and instead replace them with powerful ingredients composed of smaller molecules so they can penetrate your skin more deeply and more quickly.

That means your skin is given a direct dose of highly concentrated skin lightening ingredients. In the case of Natural Escapes Anti-Aging Fading Serum, you're getting a big dose of citrus extracts like Orange Extract and Lemon Extract, as well as Niacinamide, Retinol, Licorice Extract, Alpha Arbutin, and Kojic Acid.

That makes for a pretty solid mix of natural skin lighteners and exfoliants to help speed up the process. On top of all that, this Fading Serum is deeply moisturizing with a base of organic Aloe Vera and Avocado Oil. That makes it perfect for those with dry skin, although those with overly oily skin might want to skip this this one - Avocado Oil is pretty darn rich, after all.

Oh, and if you haven't used a serum yet - this may look like a small bottle but with serums, a little goes a long way. You only need two pumps to cover your whole face so a bottle should last you around a month and a half, with daily use.