Skin lightening can generally be referred to as cosmetic treatments that are designed to achieve a fairer, more even complexion when dealing with pigmentation related problems. With the excess of skin whitening and brightening products available in the market today it can get difficult to differentiate between what is good for the skin and what is harmful, which is why it’s very important to be careful when choosing products in this category. Whether you’re looking for something to treat age spots, acne scars, or discoloration related to hormones, there is a safe treatment for you.
How Do Lightening Creams Work?
Skin lightening products come in the form of creams, lotions, soaps etc, and work by affecting the melanin content in our body. They slow down the melanin production, thereby preventing the skin from darkening. Skin lightening products also work as exfoliants, they induce mild skin peeling, thus facilitating the development of a fresh and brighter skin layer.
What Determines Skin Color?
Skin color is determined by the amount of melanin in the skin. Melanin is a pigment produced by specialized cells called melanocytes. People with dark skin have more melanin. How much melanin your skin has is mainly a matter of your genetic makeup. Sunlight exposure, hormones, skin damage, and exposure to certain chemicals can also affect melanin production.
First of all, always consistently use a high level of sun protection when using skin lightening products, as the skin can become more sensitive to the sun and your pigmentation problems will only return.
When seeking out skin lightening products, be sure you are purchasing products from a trusted, authentic source. Products that have not been approved by the health authorities to be sold by reputable retailers can be very dangerous to your skin and health. Many products marketed to lighten or whiten skin contain toxic ingredients such as high levels of mercury, which when applied onto the skin can reduce your skin’s ability to resist infection. When ingested, or when used onto the skin so many times that it seeps into your internal system, mercury can cause problems to the brain, nervous system, and kidneys.
Fortunately there are a number of products which are manufactured using ingredients which are non-toxic and safe. Skin lightening products containing Arbutin, Kojic acid, Licorice and Vitamin A & C, for example do not harm the skin.
Safer alternatives for skin lightening:
- Arbutin: It is considered to be a safe ingredient for external use because it does not have any side effects like unpleasant odour, toxicity or stimulation.
- Vitamin C: It is an effective ingredient for preventing aging skin. It helps to synthesize collagen in the body.
- Licorice: This ingredient can easily inhibit UV-B induced pigmentation and other skin complications with ease.
- Kojic Acid: It is one of the most important bleaching agents, which can easily inhibit the production of Melanin in our body. It can be included in the diet as well.
- Vitamin A: This constituent should be used for treating damaged pelt complications such as vitiligo, hyper pigmentation, melasma, skin infection etc.
Ready to find a safe, effective product? BasharaCare offers a number of excellent options:
Use this mask in conjunction with AthenaLab’s other Whitening products for best results. The mask not only reveals a smoother, more even complexion over time, but uses light reflecting particles to instantly improve the look of your skin. This mask is for dry skin, for oily skin try the Whitening Gel Mask.
The Whitening Detoxifying Concentrate brightens skin tone, regulates skin pigmentation and detoxifies skin cells by a strong protection against daily pollution. The arbutin present in the product helps clarify the skin, creating a lighter and more uniform tone.
Manufactured using natural ingredients this formula contains Alpha arbutin, macademia oil and avocado oil. It lightens and nourishes the skin and improves blood circulation. It is ideal to lighten the sensitive areas on the body as it is paraben-free and allergin-free.