Top 10 Skin Lightening Creams, Gels, And Serums May 17, 2017

Fair skin is not a measure of beauty – we should celebrate the skin tone we are born with. However, the increasing pollution and the harmful rays of the sun cause our skin to become dull, dry, and blemished, not to mention shades darker. As we grow older, we notice that our skin is not what it used to be. Since prevention, protection, and repair are the only measures we can resort to, we have compiled 10 of the best lightening creams, gels, and serums available in the market that work wonders in replenishing your lost skin tone and texture. Just give them a try, and once you meet your skin’s perfect match, you will get converted for life!

Our Favorite Skin Lightening Products

Let’s check out some of the best skin lightening creams. #1 is a brand used by one in every four women in India.

Caution: Using skin lightening products may cause skin irritation and rashes if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Please do a patch test before application.

10. Olay White Radiance Advanced Whitening Intensive Moisturiser

Why Opt For This

Olay White Radiance Advanced Whitening Intensive Moisturiser lightens skin and helps to reduce dark spots. It claims to have vitamin B3, which penetrates the sub­layers of the epidermal cells and lightens the skin.

When To Use

Apply on cleansed face and neck twice a day.


  • It has SPF 24 PA++; therefore, it protects from the harmful effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
  • Gives instant fairness.
  • Very effective in lightening acne and blemish marks.


  • Expensive.
  • Not ideal for dry skin.
  • Tub packaging. You have to use your fingers to extract the cream.
  • Not travel­friendly.

Price: INR 1,187 (approximate) for 50 gram.

Buy it here: Flipkart

9. Lotus Herbals Whiteglow Skin Whitening And Brightening Massage Cream

Why Opt For This

Lotus Herbals Whiteglow Skin Whitening And Brightening Massage Cream claims to lighten, whiten, and brighten the skin, while refreshing, energizing, and moisturizing it. It also tightens pores, refines skin texture, stimulates circulation, and makes the skin luminous.

When To Use

Apply on a cleansed face, preferably twice a day.


  • Stimulates circulation.
  • Tightens pores.
  • Refines skin texture.
  • Lightens skin tone considerably.


  • Lacks SPF.
  • Tub packaging. You have to use your fingers to extract the cream.
  • Not travel­friendly.

Price: INR 334 (approximate) for 60 grams.

Buy it here: Flipkart

8. Neutrogena Fine Fairness Serum

Why Opt For This

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Serum gets absorbed easily into the skin and refines the skin texture. It claims to inhibit the production of melanin and gives your skin a healthy and radiant glow.

When To Use

Apply on a cleansed face, 1 to 2 times daily.


  • Light and non­greasy.
  • Gets rid of suntan.
  • Alcohol and oil­free.
  • Pleasant fragrance.
  • Pump bottle, therefore hygienic.
  • Generally suits acne­prone skin.


  • Not ideal for dry skin.
  • May cause breakouts.
  • A bit expensive.

Price: INR 658 (approximate) for 30ml.

Buy it here: Amazon

7. Lotus Herbals Fairness Gel With Liquorice And Green Tea


Why Opt For This

Lotus Herbals Fairness Gel is an oil­free gel that lightens skin pigmentation. It makes the skin fairer, prevents skin ageing, revitalizes cutaneous cells, and enhances glow. A true boon for those with oily skin!

When To Use

Apply on a cleansed face. You can use it as a base before applying sunscreen.


  • Suits those with combination to oily skin. Gets absorbed easily.
  • It is pocket friendly.
  • Pump bottle. Therefore hygienic.


  • May not show drastic changes in lightening the skin tone.
  • Not for those with dry skin.
  • Does not contain SPF.

Price: INR 229 (approximate) for 100 grams.

Buy it here: Amazon

6. L’Oreal Paris White Perfect Laser Day Cream

Why Opt For This

L’Oreal Paris White Perfect Laser Day cream evens the skin tone. It moisturizes and brightens the skin, and protects it from UVA and UVB rays. This cream also treats and protects you from general skin­related problems. It easily penetrates the skin and does not make the skin oily or sticky.

When To Use

Apply it on a cleansed face, before stepping out in the sun.


  • Gives instant fairness.
  • Suits those with sensitive skin.
  • Improves skin texture.
  • Claims to prevent the formation of pigmentation on your skin, in addition to lightening the existing marks.
  • It has SPF 19 PA+++. Therefore, it provides good sun protection.


  • A bit expensive.
  • Not very suitable for those with oily skin, as it might cause breakouts.
  • Tub packaging. You have to use your fingers to extract the cream.
  • Not travel­friendly.

Price: INR 750 (approximate) for 50ml.

Buy it here: Amazon

5. Kaya Pigmentation Reducing Complex

Why Opt For This

Kaya Pigmentation Reducing Complex is a light­textured cream, suitable for all types of skin. It helps to eliminate tanning, pigmentation marks, dark spots, age spots, and dark circles. It claims to reduce dark spots and pigmentation within a couple of weeks.

When To Use

Apply to well­cleansed skin in the morning and before going to sleep.


  • It effectively reduces dark spots, pigmentation, acne scars, and blemishes.
  • Works well on sensitive skin as well.
  • Tube packaging. Travel­friendly and hygienic.


  • Expensive.
  • Does not have SPF.

Price: INR 992 (approximate) for 30ml.

Buy it here: Amazon

4. Biotique Bio Dandelion Ageless Lightening Serum


Why Opt For This

Biotique Bio Dandelion Ageless Lightening Serum helps in skin lightening, and removes dark spots and blemishes. It is a mild product that suits sensitive skin as well. Women who have used it vouch for the amazing skin benefits it provides. It contains pure dandelion, is rich in Vitamin E and minerals, and is blended with nutmeg oil.

When To Use

Use it at night on a cleansed face, before going to bed. You can also use it as a base before applying makeup or moisturizer.


  • Brightens skin complexion and removes suntan.
  • The product is natural. It does not contain any chemicals, preservatives, or artificial additives.
  • Suitable for all skin types. Those with dry skin can use it in combination with Biotique Coconut Whitening & Brightening Cream, which is creamy and can be used as a winter cream as well.
  • It is pocket­friendly.


  • As it is a concoction of herbal ingredients, it has a distinctive smell, which might be repulsive to some people.
  • Not hydrating.
  • Does not have SPF.

Price: INR 184 (approximate) for 35ml.

Buy it here: Flipkart

3. Garnier Skin Naturals White Complete Multi Action Fairness Cream


Why Opt For This

Garnier Skin Naturals White Complete Multi Action Fairness Cream has pure lemon essence, which is known to clarify and smoothen skin. It provides instant whitening and long lasting fairness. It also claims to have an ‘active white’ molecule, which contains Vitamin C, known for lightening properties.

When To Use

Apply daily in the morning, on perfectly cleansed skin.


  • It has SPF 17 and PA++ which protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  • Provides instant whitening.
  • Claims to makes you two tones fairer in two weeks.
  • Travel­friendly packaging.
  • Easy on the pocket.


  • Extremely drying, so those with dry skin might want to steer clear of it.
  • Might cause breakouts.

Price: INR 85 (approximate) for 18 grams.

Buy it here: Amazon

2. Fair & Lovely Advanced Multi Vitamin Daily Fairness Expert

Why Opt For This

This Fair and Lovely Advanced Multivitamin cream is a favorite among young ladies as it works well in lightening the skin tone, yet does not burn a hole in your pocket. It removes suntan and also protects against the harmful effects of the sunrays.

When To Use

You can apply it two to three times a day, especially before stepping out in the sun.


  • Helps remove suntan.
  • Contains SPF 15.
  • Contains multivitamins like Vitamin B3, C, E, and B6.
  • Travel­friendly packaging. As it’s a tube, it is easy to use.
  • Reduces dark spots.


  • Not ideal for dry skin.
  • Makes oily skin oilier after a few hours.
  • May cause breakouts.

Price: INR 145 (approximate) for 80 grams.

Buy it here: Amazon

1. Pond’s White Beauty Daily Spot-Less Lightening Cream


Why Opt For This

Pond’s White Beauty Daily Spot­less Whitening Cream is one of the best products from Pond’s. Regular application of this cream not only makes your skin lighter but also reduces dark spots. It also protects your skin against the harmful rays of the sun.

When To Use

It can be used as a daily day cream. You can apply it after cleansing your face in the morning. You

can reapply it during the day if required.


  • It has SPF 20 and PA ++. Therefore, it not only protects you from UVB rays, but also UVA rays (1). Regular application of this cream gives us both nourishment and protection.
  • Suits normal to oily skin.
  • Visibly lightens skin tone and gives it a pinkish glow.
  • It is pocket­friendly.


  • Not for those who have dry skin. May cause breakouts.
  • Not a travel­friendly pack.
  • Does not blend easily.
  • Tub packaging. You have to use your fingers to extract the cream.

Price: INR 125 (approximate) for 35 grams.

Buy it here: Amazon

Simply relying on creams and potions is not going to help you get that glow, unless you adopt a healthy lifestyle. Good skin is a reflection of good health. So, get skin pretty! Let us know which of these skin whitening products you will opt for, and why. You can leave us your comments in the box below!

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  • Ujjwal

    Wow! love this article eshna!! really nice to this thanks for share :)

    • Eshna

      Thanx Ujjwal :)

  • vedasri

    nice article on Lightening Creams like all ..prefers nivea thanks :)

    • Eshna

      Thanks Vedasri! I myself use NIVEA

  • kavita

    Nice article eshna! i recently got this lotus white glow body lotion as it claims to lighten dark spots and also brightens the skin, but i some how don’t like the smell it holds as its kinda strong. How about this fairness cream? does it have a mild fragrance or is it on the stronger side?

  • Kriti

    Eshna, really nice article.. Loreal Lotus Olay and Ponds seem the best for me.. :) Nivea also I can count them.. but Im not sure it works that gr8.. :) but glad that u updated us.. :)

  • Simrin

    Good one eshna:) Does this nivea product get too greasy on the skin??

    • Wala

      No, I use it and I love it, although my skin tends to be oily. The Nivea product feels really light on the skin, yet moisturizing. It’s my favourite. It never caused me to break out – Garnier and some others did.

  • karthik

    nice article eshna.! i want to get my face fairer and little bit white …!!
    So,which product should i prefer ?? Plz Reply me fast ..!!!

  • monita

    many of of products contain harmful chemicals plz do mention that as it has been commonly said for fair & lovely

  • jyotshna

    what is micro screen cream for white patches which is importing from austrilya and pl let me know the price

  • Niveditha

    Hi,i am having dry and very sensitive skin..which cream can i use? plz reply me

  • swapna

    hai….thanks a lot for dis article its reallly very use for every one dear….thank u but still i have a little bit doubt to choose so help meeeeeee plz…i have indian skin means dat was nt fair n nt too black, n also normal skin tellme d best product plz…if u tels dis seriously u help me lot…dear
    iam awaiting fr ur replay..

    • mak

      ponds white beauty suitable for your skin

    • abc

      olay natural white will give you a fairer skin..

  • Nisha Reyna

    Very good article. You have to be very careful with some of these skin lightening creams. Many contain harmful ingredients such as hydroquinone that will do long term damage to the skin. Also some make you look like a ‘ghost’. You want a more natural look. I’m going to look into this as I find it very interesting

  • veeru

    why not himalaya fairness cream it is very nice for all types of skin

  • Guest

    am oily skin pls reply,which cream can i use?

    • Niharika

      Within a few days of using Lumix my face is smoother and clearer. I am happy with the results since I started using it. Try it, it is suitable for all skin types.

  • sathya

    My face is dark give me suggestion wat cream to use

    • Namita

      Choose a good mosturizer for your skin type (oily/dry/sensitive), body shop has a very tood range of these. Also make sure you use sunscreen whenever u step out in sun. Reducing tan and maintaining mosture balance is the way to a happy, heathy and glowing skin.

    • shalinin

      I used LUMIX which brightened my skin.It is free from hydroquinone so that i got a good result.

  • Vanya

    Very informative and well-researched article. Am always struggling with spots and blemishes. But I will read the list of the ingredients very carefully, before buying any product. I want to try Lotus Herbals White glow skin whitening and brightening skin emulsion as it’s suitable for oily skin. Also, Nivea VIsage Sparkling Glow sparked my interest as it minimizes melanin production. Will keep coming back for more such interesting reads. :)


    does Fair & Lovely really work? how long should i use for getting desired result?

  • Mysha

    Is the Nivea cream a suitable for 19 yrs

  • Mahie S

    Pond’s White Beauty is a big NO for oily or combination skin .. it causes break out on the first use and is very greasy …. takes time to blend into skin.

  • Jaya

    I have been using Very Me Peach Me Perfect Skin Glow from Oriflame from 4-5 months now, and trust me it is an amazing product i can never give up on applying. I have a combinations skin and its gel based formula is just perfect for me. It gives me a peachy natural glow. It can be worn alone or combined with your bb cream or foundation.

    • dhanshree

      i have also combination skin but moe it become dry because of AC . please let me know can i use this one ..

  • Namita

    To all the ladies there, please don’t read this bogus article. Stay beautiful in your own skin color. I’m dark skinned myself and I’m happy with my skin; I even get compliments for maintaining the glow. So in stead of spending money on these useless products, rather invest in good moisturizers and sun screen lotions to protect skin from harmful UV rays and also to minimize tan.

  • nena

    I used city limits products for three months with two jars of it already but i’m so disappointed cause it’s expensive and the result is awful and my dark spot on my face were worst then it use to so don’t buy and don’t believe that product and their ad it’s a big lie :'(

  • Cleopatra

    One of the girl in my school tried to be popular using Olay fairness creammmm she was fairer but it only lasted for a few weeks due to some reasons she stopped using it and pimples started to appear and that’s how she became popular becezzz of her pimpledddddd face…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • masooma

    is there any online bying service

  • fatima yahya

    what about lakme guyys… is it gud for 18 years of age girls. ?!!

  • Cynthia Jade

    You have done really well, i know this because i have used some of the products listed and got the results you described. well done and please keep it up.

  • Pritha Pulipala

    try fc white skin brightening cream, best of all creams and it works naturally.

  • Kitu Dandyan

    hye eshna nice article on Lightening Creams like all

    i have a normally skin but fully winter its dry so please let me know can i use Revlon Touch and Glow…..winter or summer

    & i have a undereyes Dark Circles problem so plz tell me how can i remove dis plz relpy must plzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Richa

      Hey Kitu !!

      You may definitely try Revlon touch and glow. It contains honey as a key ingredient that works as a natural moisturizer, nourishes your skin and keeps it smooth and supple for all season. Also, you may try home remedies as almond oil, cucumber, raw potato, rose water, tomato, and lemon juice. Follow our article @

  • Rachael

    Has anybody tried the new skin enhancement cream to market Cellfade?

  • manmeet

    Lumix is medicated or cosmetic product?

  • Trusha Vyas