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Showing posts with label Skin Lightening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skin Lightening. Show all posts

May 23, 2014

THE DO's & DON'Ts OF SKIN LIGHTENING




THE DOs

DO understand that skin lightening is a journey. Ensure that you are not only physically prepared but mentally and financially prepared as well. Skin care is a lifetime commitment and skin lightening is no different. You will not go to bed as a NC55 and wake up an NC45. You must exercise patience and you must be consistent.

DO educate yourself on the science behind skin lightening. Understand the functions of your skin, research on the formation of melanin in the body. Understand how different skin lightening actives work to slow down melanin production or eliminate it all together. Understanding the science behind lightening will afford you the opportunity to make wise decisions when it comes on to choosing products. After all it's your skin, at the end of the day you should be responsible for how you treat it. The information is out there, make use of it.


Oct 7, 2013

Skin Lightening

Due to one of my post HERE about safe skin lightening ingredients to use in place of steroids, mercury and hydroquinone; i've received a ton of mail from readers who want me to recommend creams, soaps etc  to lighten them.



I do not lighten my skin so I have very limited knowledge of the names of lightening creams out there. And we all know what works for A might not necessary work for B. However, i believe once you know the ingredients to steer clear of and the ones you need in your creams and soap it would be easier to know what to buy.

Like i said here HERE exfoliation plays a very key role in maintaining an even skin tone/complexion and so also is the use of sunblocks, especially ones with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

For further information on right and wrong ingredients to use for skin lightening visit this very educative website and Be Informed


Until next post....remain beautiful,



Nov 12, 2012

Lighten Your Complexion Naturally

Complexion issues is a big thing amongst so many people all over the world. The Caucasians with white skin are tanning to get darker, the Asians with yellow skin wants to get whiter while the Africans with dark skin want to become yellow. In an ideal world we would all be content with the color of our complexion...but we all know we are not in an ideal world.


An European woman before and after tanning
Sammy Sosa (former Base ball player)














Whether its right to change or alter ones complexion is a very controversial topic, especially amongst black women who believe we should love our dark skin and kinky hair. Personally i love my natural toffee brown/caramel complexion and do not intend to alter it, but as we all know we are unique beings with unique opinions. Therefore i am of the opinion, since a lot of people would still go ahead to lighten their skin no matter what anyone says, it is better to educate them on the safe way to do so in order to reduce their health risk to the barest minimum. We all know one, two or three close friends or family who bleach their skin and you know nothing you tell them would ever make them stop.



Ex-Super Model Iman

Until recently all skin lightening/bleaching creams and soaps contained now-known- to-be-harmful ingredients like, Hydroquinone, Mercury, Steroids etc. These chemicals are very detrimental to the health of the user on the long run leading to health issues such as kidney failure, cancer and skin thinning/burn amongst others.

Instead of using these dangerous chemicals, there are safe and natural lightening ingredients that can be used which would give same desired result. 

Nigerian Actress Rukky Sanda

 

Examples of Safe & Natural Skin Lightening Agents


Glutathione: This is one of the most prominent components of skin bleaching soaps. How does it work? It plays an important role in curbing the process of melanin synthesis by preventing the reaction of tyrosinase and L-DOPA (taken in through various foods in our daily diet) which bind together for synthesis. Thus, the production of melanin in the skin is reduced and the skin appears fairer. Skincare products with Glutathione LIKE THIS SERUMS or through supplement and most effective way of using Glutathione for skin is with Vitamin C tablets like THIS

Papaya: The papaya fruit contains the enzyme papain. This enzyme helps in two ways - exfoliation and renewal. It helps to exfoliate dry and dead skin cells. After the skin exfoliation, it then helps in rejuvenating fresh new skin cells. Papaya products would lighten and give you a lovely glow like the Silka Papaya Whitening Lotion  though not as fast acting as some lightening products, it would lighten you with consistent use. Using a papaya enriched soap like Asantee Papaya soap , Likas Papaya Lightening Soap or Silka Whitening Soap  etc releases anti-oxidants and acts as a skin moisturizer and keeps your skin soft.

Black Licorice:
Many skin whitening soaps use pure black licorice extract in them. Black licorice contains glabridin, which is an excellent bleaching agent for highly sensitive skin. It helps in getting rid of hyper-pigmentation. It has anti-inflammatory properties and hence, is non toxic. This means it reduces the production of melanin in a totally safe and irritation free manner.

Green Tea: Green tea is also a good ingredient for skin whitening. It contains huge amounts of vitamin C. This vitamin C helps in preventing too many melanin pigment cells from getting accumulated in one place. This helps in inhibiting the occurrence of freckles and spots on the skin.

Kojic Acid: Kojic acid is also one of the popular ingredients used in skin whitening lotions like these Kojic acid products helps not only as an agent for skin bleaching but also as a remedy for skin conditions like melasma, cholasma, etc. which are characterized by discoloration of skin. It also helps in preventing hyper-pigmentation. Kojic acid in soap requires a little longer to get absorbed into the skin. Hence, the soap needs to remain on the skin for a while before being washed off.

Mulberry: This skin lightening ingredient is extracted from the roots of the paper Mulberry bags plant. Mulberry is said to be a lot more effective than hydroquinone and kojic acid within the sense that significantly lower concentrations are needed to have the same impact as higher concentrations of kojic acid and hydroquinone.

Alpha Arbutin: Alpha arbutin features a stronger effect than beta-arbutin and is also commonly found in skin lightening goods as a safer alternative to hydroquinone. I love this Serum with Arbutin

Beta Arbutin (Bearberry Extract): Commonly known as just arbutin, is derived from the leaves of bearberry, cranberry and blueberry plants. It works in a similar way to kojic acid, in that it inhibits the production of tyrosinase to restrict the amount of pigment developed. Although naturally derived, it can cause skin irritation in some folks with sensitive skin.




Vitamin A (Retinol): It is a raved anti aging treatment in the skincare industry, also referred to as retinol or tretinoin like this Retinol Serum increases the rate at which skin cells are renewed. Accelerated skin cell turnover means that the brighter, youthful and glowing skin underneath is revealed. Anyone above 30 years old need to include retinol in their skin care regimen. And they are safer to use at night as a night cream like Radha Retinol Cream

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Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide): Niacinamide, also referred to as nicotinamide or Vitamin B3 has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It really is an effective topical skin lightener and works by inhibiting melanin production within the skin. Vitamin B3 is located in some skin whitening products and sun screens but it's also possible to get Niacinamide capsules where the contents may be applied directly towards the skin. Get one of these B3 Serums


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Vitamin C: At concentrations of about 10% and above, Vitamin C works to suppress the production of pigment within the skin but most importantly it kills free radicals that causes breakdown in collagen. L'Ascorbic Acid or Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a derivative of Vitamin C and this is the form that is commonly found in skin care products.Vitamin C is more potent when used in serum form like Azure Naturals Vitamin C Serum or Insta Natural Vitamin C Serum. In addition to skin lightening, other advantages of Vitamin C include not only antioxidant effects but some studies also demonstrate anti-inflammatory and photo-protective properties.


If you must lighten your skin tone several shades there are 3 things you must NEVER forget to include in your regimen.

1. Sunscreen/Sunblock
2. Deep Moisturizer
3. Exfoliation


Whatever you do to maintain your beauty, always remember...Health Before Beauty!

Until next post....remain beautiful,







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