Arbutin is a naturally occurring substance that is derived from the bearberry plant, and it is a popular ingredient in many skincare products designed to promote skin brightening and lightening. Arbutin works by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is responsible for producing melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color.
By inhibiting tyrosinase, arbutin reduces the amount of melanin produced by the skin, which can help lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Arbutin is a safe and effective skin lightening agent that is less likely to cause skin irritation than other commonly used ingredients, such as hydroquinone.
Arbutin can be found in various forms in natural skincare products, including alpha-arbutin, beta-arbutin, and deoxy-arbutin. Alpha-arbutin is the most common and most effective form of arbutin, as it is able to penetrate the skin more deeply and inhibit tyrosinase activity more effectively.
At ms.Artisan, we pride ourselves as Singapore's leading natural skincare formulators and Arbutin is one of the commonly used natural skincare ingredients used during the product planning stage.