The human skin is an amazing organ. It is subjected to harsh elements regularly as it functions to protect the body, and humans stress it even more by applying strong and potentially harmful ingredients for the sake of improving the skin’s appearance. There’s no need for harsh skin treatments because skin-friendly alternatives are available for whitening and improving the skin’s appearance.
Standards for Beautiful Skin
Beauty standards vary, but when it comes to skin, everyone agrees that smooth, blemish-free skin is desirable at any age. Some groups may prefer fairer skin over darker skin while others go out of their way to achieve a tan to give skin a healthy glow.
Natural skin colour is based on your melanin levels, which may be attributed to genetics. Pigmentation is also affected by exposure to sunlight, sun protection practices and diet.
There are various reasons to want to alter skin coloration through skin whitening treatments. Lightening treatments improve uneven skin tone that tend to make skin look dull. These treatments affect the perception of skin texture because smoothing out uneven skin tone removes the shadows and brightens the skin.
How Skin Lighteners Work
Commercial skin lighteners contain an active ingredient or a blend of ingredients that reduce melanin levels when applied directly to the skin. Hydroquinone is the most common ingredient, and its use is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Other skin lighteners may be formulated with steroids and retinoic acid while others incorporate natural ingredients, including kojic acid from a fungus or arbutin, which is derived from plants.
If you choose to use commercial formulations to achieve fairer skin, opt for products with milder formulations. For a whitening cream based on hydroquinone, start with a 2 percent formulation, which is mild enough to make it an over-the-counter product. Stronger whitening creams require a prescription from a health care provider.
Skin Lightening Alternatives
Common household products may be used as skin lighteners. Undiluted lemon juice can be used as a mask on the face to lighten the appearance of freckles and age spots. The citric acid in lemon will lighten the skin as well. Plain yogurt, applied as a facial mask a few times weekly, can lighten the complexion. Lactic acid in yogurt has a mild bleaching effect. Yogurt can be mixed with oatmeal and lemon juice to create a face mask that maximizes the bleaching properties of the blended ingredients.
Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays will negate the effects of these skin lightening treatments. Limit sun exposure especially when UV rays are at their strongest at around midday. Always use sun protection, including sunblock and cover-ups, even on cloudy days.
Your skin protection regimen should include regular exfoliation to get rid of the build-up of dead cells that make the skin appear dull. Polishing the skin with natural exfoliating agents such as sugar, oatmeal or a dry brush improves complexion. Finish off with an alcohol-free moisturizer to rehydrate the skin. It’s important to remember that it takes time for any of these treatments take effect.
Various options are available for those who want to achieve fairer skin without resorting to strong treatments. These treatments include laboratory-prepared creams and natural solutions. Make sure to let your doctor know about the treatment you’ve chosen.