If you’ve been looking for skin lightening products, you already know that there are many, many of them out there. In fact, there are too many of them, it can be confusing which one to buy. However, in this article, we’re going to shed more light on how to choose a skin lightening product.
Skin whiteners work through the reduction of a skin pigment known as melanin. Many people use skin lighteners to deal with skin problems, for example, freckles, dark spots, acne scarring, or discoloration associated with changes in the body’s hormones. Women with dark skin use them to lighten their complexion.
Any skin lightening product is, really, only as good as its active ingredient. That said, when shopping for a product, always look at the label and do some research on the active ingredient, because then you will know if the product will work or if it’s even safe to use.
In some products the active ingredient is mercury. We don’t need to tell you, but mercury is a dangerous compound. While there’s only a small change you will suffer from mercury overdose (unless if you overuse a product), there are some serious psychological, nerve, and kidney problems associated with mercury exposure. Pregnant women using an epidermis lightener with mercury can pass the mercury to the unborn baby.
Although using mercury is banned in skin lighteners made in the U.S., some skin lighteners made overseas contain mercury and they sometimes make their way the country.
While you should avoid any product that contains mercury, you should look at products that contain niacinamide, a naturally occurring chemical that’s reported to aid in lowering hyperpigmentation. You might also want to take a look at the compound sodium lactate, which provides you with significant whitening results.
In addition, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate provides you with 200% more efficient whitening effect when combined with sodium lactate.
Whitonyl is another chemical which could reduce the quantity of melanin in your skin by as much as 52%. Alpha-arbutin may also provide you with the same results. other chemicals known to whiten skin are kojic acidity and hydroquinone.
Whenever you use a product that contains one or more of the ingredients we mentioned, make sure to use it consistently for at least three months before giving up. Remember that your skin is the biggest organ in your body, and it has a process that you need to respect.
Chemicals aside, you can naturally improve your skin by making some lifestyle changes: drink more water, avoid processed foods especially those rich in sugar, eat more fruits and vegetables, get enough sleep, and exercise.
Aside from chemical-based whitening products, you can also use products that use natural ingredients like arbutin, shea butter, peppermint oil, lactic acid, cucumber fruit extract, tea leaf extract, lavender flower extract, and propylene glycol.
Of the natural ingredients listed in the preceding paragraph, none work better than lactic acid. it promotes a faster turnover of skin cells. Lactic acid is a safe compound, which is organic and plant-based, making it dependable.
So, now that you know which chemicals and natural ingredients can help whiten the skin, it’s time for you to find products that contain them. This shouldn’t be easy considering that you can always do research on Google.
Before buying a product, make sure to check out customer reviews and ratings. They can tell you a thing or two about the product that the manufacturer is never going to tell you. Obviously, you should only buy something that has positive reviews.