3 Non-Laser Skin Whitening Options That Actually Work

It’s no secret that all women, regardless of age or ethnicity want even, clear and radiant skin. Unfortunately for many women, it becomes even more challenging having to tackle skin concerns such as dark spots or hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation can be exacerbated by genetics and ethnicity. Other challenges to achieving healthy, clear skin are dryness and breakouts caused by hormonal fluctuations such as menopause and stress.

While lasers usually come to mind for attaining clear skin, they usually come at a high price. Alternatively there are medical grade creams and non-laser treatments one can use in their very own bathroom that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

We narrow down our top 3 favourites to make it easier for you to choose the one that’s best suited for you.


As the name suggests, this topical mask promises to whiten and lighten your skin, thanks to the (not so) secret ingredient, Cysteamine, set to replace hydroquinone as a novel, safe and effective depigmenting treatment for hyperpigmentation, amidst growing fears of hydroquinone’s carcinogenicity and links to ochronosis. This is applied as an intensive 15-minute treatment mask to lighten existing pigmentation. It can be used daily initially as an intensive treatment phase and usage reduced to twice a week to maintain the results. Available only in SW1 Clinics.

Retinol Peel

Fight post inflammatory hyperpigmentation while improving skin firmness and elasticity all at the same time? Sign me up! Retinol Peel is an add on treatment available at SW1 Spa which delivers an intense dose of Vitamin A to your skin which as we all know is a star ingredient to watch out for in this century. Vitamin A helps to heal damaged skin and even reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Reveal glowing skin after this peeling treatment.


Another favourite add-on at the spa, Illuminate is a clinical grade therapy that uses pure tranexamic acid and concentrated Vitamin C to directly treat areas of discolouration while imparting a fresh-face glow to the skin. Try it for a few sessions and witness your skin lighten up, literally.