By Ying Chu
Q: What is your favorite skin-lightening cream? Is it safe to bleach hair on my face?
A: To even out your skin tone, look for ingredients like licorice root, vitamin C, kojic acid, or soy to inhibit pigment production. A good one to try is Black Opal Advanced Dual Complex Fade Gel ($11.95). For more severe or stubborn discoloration, consider seeing a dermatologist for a prescription skin lightener like Tri-Luma or Lustra. As for facial hair bleaching, it's safe so long as you use a product designed specifically for the face and do not leave the cream on longer than the instructions indicate. Always do a patch test first (preferably on an inconspicuous area, like behind your ear) to make sure you're not sensitive to the product.