Once you are sure the ingredients are safe, consider the intended use of the product. Also, try to purchase products that are components of a skincare line that you plan to use regularly.
Before you consider anything else about skin lightening cream, consider the ingredients. Some contain harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals such as hydroquinone. Do not be under the impression that if it is on the shelf it must be safe, because hydroquinone can be found in legally sold products in the United States (US), but products with this ingredient are illegal in other industrialized countries such as England.
Many people believe that only synthetic chemicals will help them achieve the results they are looking for, but this is not true. Natural ingredients such as lemon juice and almonds have a reputation as great skin lighteners. Choosing such products can eliminate the need to research which synthetic ingredients are harmful, can offer you peace of mind, and may permit you to use the product for a longer period of time than other products.
Buy a skin lightening cream that is designed for the task you are using it for. There are some creams designed to gradually lighten your complexion overall, and if this is your goal, those may be good products to choose. If, however, your goal is to lighten blemishes or scars, you should choose a product that is designed for that. These sorts of marks are often hyperpigmented, or overly colored, and special ingredients are generally required if they are to be successfully treated.
In addition to choosing a product that is associated with the task, you also need to choose one that is appropriate for the area where it will be used. Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others and using the wrong products can have adverse effects. It may be a bad idea, for example, to attempt to use a body lightening cream on your face. Be sure to read the packaging for the intended use and to make your purchases accordingly.
Choose a cream that fulfills as many of your skincare needs as possible. For example, you should try to find a product that has sun protection. The sun darkens skin and it makes dark spots even darker. If your skin lightening cream does not have sun protection, you will find that you need to purchase an extra product. Likewise, try to choose a moisturizing cream so that you do not have to purchase additional face creams or lotions.
Most likely the skin lightening cream will not cover all of your skincare needs, no matter how effective and efficient it is. Try to choose a product that is part of a skincare line you like. Many products are more effective if they are used with similarly formulated products.