A Review of Whitening Lotions

A Review of Whitening Lotions

Scratch that title – it sounds like a thesis paper! LOL But ever since I started shaving (which as we all know, damages skin) a decade ago, I decided that i needed to maintain and take care my bodily skin, which is actually the largest organ, so I was quite familiar with a lot of body care products in the market. I selected Whitening Brightening options for this purpose because almost all of them have good and healthy ingredients that target uneven skin tone and spots (I don’t like to change the color of my skin though). And while some of these can do whitening really, I will be discussing more about their texture, feel, consistency, ingredients and targeted uses for me, which may help you achieve healthier and glowing skin which for me is more essential.



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Leading whitening lotions in the market

The whitening body care market in the Philippines is very big – you can notice how they’re displayed and stocked at stores – with a lot of options, from both local and global brands. These were sent mostly by Sample Room. So, here’s the list of whitening lotions (almost all with SPF20-30 which is a plus!) that interested me and my reviews/swatches below:

  • Vaseline Healthy White Instant Fair Lotion(P110 – 100ml)
  • Vaseline Healthy White Serum SPF 30 PA++ (P220 – 180ml)
  • NIVEA UV Whitening Serum SPF 25 PA++ (P219 – 200ml)
  • Jergens Skin Lightening Lotion (P79 – 100 ml)
  • Belo Intensive Whitening Cream SPF 30  (P199 – 150ml)
  • Silka Premium Whitening Lotion SPF 30(P98 – 100 ml)
  • SkinWhite Advanced Whitening Lotion SPF 20  (P123 – 100ml)


A comparative swatch of Whitening lotions in the market

A comparative swatch of Whitening lotions in the market

Now, instead of comparing them all to each other because i think that they have strengths and weaknesses depending on one’s needs, let me break it down for you like this:

EVERYDAY LOTION ( A Win on Consistency and Texture)

I like lotions that do not feel heavy and sticky especially because I wear jeans almost everyday. With great textures too, these are the ones that I use whenever I shave or have skin impurities because they aren’t thick (no clogging) and skin is moisturised deeply:

  • Jergens Skin Lightening Lotion – Except that it doesn’t have SPF, the texture and feel are great. It is easy to spread and dries quickly too! The scent is not too much and the effect is refreshed and luminous especially with the new HYDRALUCENCE formula injected by Jergens. See arm swatch above.
  • NIVEA Extra White Body Lotion – This has been a favorite for years. NIVEA creams and formulas (blue tin included), in general, just suit my skin and are my rescue products when I have bad skin days (impurities included like itchy skin). I just don’t have a swatch of this one as I switched to the Serum (you’ll know below), but especially because of own’s skin ingredient Q10 and innovative CamuCamu (90% more powerful than Vitamin C in lightening).
  • NIVEA In-Shower Whitening Skin Conditioner – Since its launch locally in The Philippines – I have tried the fantastic product prior to this – I have loved how it preps my skin at shower which makes leave-on lotion application easier and deeper for my skin.
  • Silka Premium Whitening Lotion SPF 30 – I am talking about the Green Papaya variant which just smells so good! It has papaya enzymes known to lighten and exfoliate skin, with one of my favorite ingredients: milk, honey and olive oil! I just don’t like how difficult it is to blend to the skin and how thick it is at first, but once it’s dried, I noticed that it has a locked-in moisture on the body which is very recommendable.


LOVE FOR BODY SERUMS (Power and Innovative Feel)

This product type started 2 years ago with NIVEA and I really like using serums for the face. Why not for the body?

  • NIVEA UV Whitening Serum SPF 25 PA++ – Almost like water (see below swatch)! Despite how it is called a serum (with powerful ingredients and all for dull and damaged skin), this is the best formula for me because it blends well with the skin and dries quickly too. I use this at day, but more at night after shower so i can really repair the skin, especially because of patented moisturizing Hydra-IQ formula, 96% pure Vit. C derivatives, Licorice (a super nice natural whitening ingredient), Red Seaweed, giving a nice fruity-floral scent too.
  • Vaseline Healthy White Serum SPF 30 PA++ – This product promises “extra protection to lighten skin evenly, even under the sun”. I see this product marketed just like a sunblock but I don’t see it like that really especially when going to the beach where I would recommend around SPF 45-50. The SPF level is recommendable indeed for daily use (I recommend if you will have 4-5 hours of outdoor exposure) and the feel, texture and scent is lighter than a sunblock (+no white cast despite the sunscreen level which is the hightest in this list!), with lightening property promised to be delivered by Vitamin B3.
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Fluidy & Water-Like Texture of NIVEA UV Whitening Serum

JUST LIKE MAKE-UP/PRIMERS (“Instant” Whitening)

There has been an increase in popularity of instant brighteners with cosmetic ingredients to make skin look white/fair/even. I like using these on special occasions (body care is truly becoming like face care!)

  • Vaseline Healthy White Instant Fair Lotion – I got so intrigued by this product and it indeed lightens on a cosmetic level (I can consider this like a makeup primer -well, i really put foundation/BB cream on my legs sometimes). See swatches below where skin appears brighter, more pink, and even under light.  The main ingredients of this product are “Microreflectors” that allow for instant fairer skin, together with Vit B3 and sunscreens. This quickly dries too and isn’t hard to blend. No white cast as well!
  • SkinWhite Advanced Power Whitening Lotion SPF 20 –  I have tried this brand a long time ago and this slightly whitened my skin before, despite not liking its stickiness. Now, it promises to “fight Skin aging and achieve noticeably whiter skin instantly upon application.”It is said to use an exclusive Advanced Tripower Technology that “whitens instantly and whitens continuously”. I actually noticed upon swatching that it has an instant whitening effect especially under light and just basing on the look, it’s because it is a bit shimmery and white-pigmented (cosmetic). I like Vaseline more under this category because it gives me a more pinkish/healthy glow but I would consider the other Skin White variant for the above uses: Glutathione +  Vitamin C (from Lemon, orange, etc which you can notice from the scent) which has more healthy ingredients.

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Swatch of Vaseline Healthy White Instant Fair Lotion (darker light)

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Swatch of Vaseline Healthy White Instant Fair Lotion (intense light)

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Swatch of Skin White Power Whitening Lotion SPF 20 (before drying)

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Swatch of Skin White Power Whitening Lotion SPF 20 (after drying)

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For this purpose, I really look at the ingredients and I apply the products on targeted areas of the skin where there are visible unevenness and darkening. I like the Belo products under this category because the ingredients are truly powerful – just the like the ones my dermatologists use for brightening my face after facials and pricking!

  • Belo Intensive Whitening Cream SPF 30 – This is the most expensive on the list even on its 220ml level, but I think that’s because of the Kojic Acid (proven to inhibit melanin production) and Tranexamic Acid (lightens stubborn dark spots that dont respond to other ingredients) combo present in the body cream. I use it on targeted areas and days after I shave as treatment.

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So, what lotions do you use, for what use, and what do you like about them?

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  • Nina Villapando

    January 24, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply

    Yung sa Belo po? Mabilis lang ba siya matuyo and light lang sa skin? 🙂

    • Mikki

      January 24, 2016 at 8:31 pm Reply

      Hi Nina! Yes! ‘di ganon’ kabilis pero once it is dried, it’s deeply absorbed by the skin though which is very nice since maganda ang active ingredients =) And since may acids, it’s very good that it has SPF so it doesn’t get damaged.

  • Roxanne

    January 26, 2016 at 9:24 am Reply

    This is really a nice review. You described the lotions based on their essential features. Hope to have more of these kinds of review in the future.

    Anyways, I use Vaseline Healthy White Instant Fair Lotion when I go to office because it’s very light and not sticky, but when I will be exposed under the sun for too long, I use Nivea lotion with high SPF. I don’t use whitening lotion when exposed too long.

  • Maria Cristy Jaranilla

    January 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Great to find a review on whitening/brightening lotions! I’ve been using GT Carrot Lotion for months now because of its high SPF (60) and instant whitening effect. The downside? Re-applying is a big “NOPE” since it turns cakey. Good thing I found this review and I might use Nivea and Silka soon! Thanks! <3

  • Abegaill Villacruz

    February 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm Reply

    Great review! I’m so glad to have read this because you pointed out their pros, resulting into a very good but not so long post! Among those lotions, I’ve tried all except Vaseline. I love Nivea the most because it really catered to my skin needs. I even use the blue one when my skin is very dry. I’m currently loving the serums because I super love the consistency. I also like the in shower conditioner as for added moisture. The Belo one naman is the most effective for me in terms of whitening. Jergens, I like it because it smells good and it’s so light on the skin. I find Silka a bit heavy for my liking, but still a good moisturizer. I used Skinwhite before when I was still in college because the smell and consistency is so teen age. 🙂

  • crizelda binarao

    June 22, 2016 at 11:40 pm Reply

    ano na yung the best na nakakaputi talga sa knila

    • roelpalaran

      June 7, 2018 at 8:41 pm Reply

      hiyangan din talaga but you need to read the ingredients before to buy

  • Desiree Lithe I. Acupan

    July 17, 2016 at 9:13 am Reply

    Alin po ba dyan ang madaling gumana in terms of whitening po? Sabi kasi ng friend ko Vaseline na may spf pero base po sa mga feedbacks ng ibang page po Belo daw po. Any advice po

    • roelpalaran

      June 7, 2018 at 8:39 pm Reply

      try nivea,sinced nivea is trusted brand,Nivea ingredients is most powerful and they have own formulation.

  • Desiree Lithe I. Acupan

    July 17, 2016 at 9:15 am Reply

    Alin po mas effective instantly?

    • roelpalaran

      June 7, 2018 at 8:46 pm Reply

      in terms of whitening try to use met tathione soap and lotion.The first week to use you will notice of peeling then you will see the effect of whitening.

  • Kate Duldulao

    August 29, 2016 at 10:37 am Reply

    Which one po ba is effective for whitening? Skin white, nivea or yung belo? 😁

    • roelpalaran

      June 7, 2018 at 8:50 pm Reply

      for me NIVEA

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    November 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm Reply

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  • Princess

    July 24, 2017 at 6:03 pm Reply

    i am using Belo Intensive whitening body cream for months and I swear ! This is really effective. Medyo mahal pero effective tlga.

  • Dan Marie

    January 10, 2019 at 11:30 am Reply

    Hi Ms. Mikki,

    IJust wanted to ask lang po, kung ano ang best mong ma-erecommed when it comes to beauty soap to be partner with the Belo intensive whitening lotion ?

    Thank you.

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