Where Is This Active Ingredient Found? Arbutin (alpha) is the active ingredient in the Shiseido Whiteness line.
Product Description & Benefits:
Arbutin is the natural alternative to hydroquinone, present in the leaves of the bearberry. Use of pure arbutin in skin care products is patented and licensed, limiting consumer choice and increasing the price of the products containing it.
This skin care active ingredient is made by a licensed, high-quality laboratory of skin care ingredients. Make Me Heal has partnered with leading laboratories and manufacturers of skin care ingredients to come up with the largest assortment of high-quality active ingredients that are effective for your skin. These ingredients are backed by scientific research and testing.
What's Do It Yourself (DIY) Skin Care?
DIY Skin Care is an emerging trend in the beauty world where consumers are taking control of their skin care regimen and are making their own home-based recipes of skincare products by combining scientifically proven active ingredients inside creams. DIY presents an opportunity to create affordable beauty products at your home and to try different ingredients to arrive at recipes that are the most optimal for your skin needs. You can use DIY to simply copy well-known, expensive creams and make your own cheaper home version, or to combine your favorite cream with an ingredient that you've found to be beneficial.
Directions For Use:
Each tube is enough for about 4 fl oz of cream or lotion at 5% concentration (6 g in 120 mL cream) and can be combined with our other actives. The powder will not dissolve immediately but will release components slowly into the cream or lotion. Use in your favorite cream or add to our Canvas Base Cream or a Sea Kelp Bioferment base. Arbutin is used at 5% in Shiseido Whitess. For best results, we suggest a concentration of 1.5% working synergistically with other skin lighteners like our Kojic Acid, Betulinic Acid, and Niacinamide. The different actives will target different steps of the melanin synthesis and delivery pathway. Add a quarter to a third of the tube to 4 fl oz of cream or lotion and mix.
References: Sugimoto, K.; Nishimura, Takahisa; N., Koji; Sugimoto, K.; Kuriki, T. (2004) Inhibitory effects of alpha-arbutin on melanin synthesis in cultured human melanoma cells and a three-dimensional human skin model. Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin 27: 510-514