Skin Lightening With Natural Beauty Products

Skin lightening entails the changing or reduction of skin pigmentation by preventing the production of Melanin which is responsible for skin pigmentation, this can be to correct anomalies such as spots, freckles and other discolorations from acne, burns and laser treatment. Skin lightening can also be for the purpose of beauty enhancement and this has been an issue surrounded with so much controversy. In as much as this article is not about the controversies involved, it is important to note here that just like tanning if done the right way skin lightening can contribute largely to ones self esteem and invariably beauty enhancement. Beauty after all runs deeper than the skin.

One method of skin lightening is by laser therapy, this practise however has been open to abuse and trained cosmetic doctors have complained about the increasing number of beauty salons who apply this treatment with little or no training and controls in place, thus endangering the lives of their customers or in the least creating more skin problems for them. Another setback of this method is the cost; the use of laser to correct skin blemishes and scars is very expensive. Skin lightening can also be achieved by the use of cosmetic products many of which contain hydroquinone and mercury based chemicals.

Hydroquinone though considered very effective and affordable is believed to be very unsafe. It has been linked to harmful side effects such as Leukaemia in animals. Although it has not yet been confirmed to cause cancer in human beings, application of hydroquinone can cause skin irritations such as rashes. The question thus arises is it worth the risk? Definitely not for me, especially when one considers that the use of hydroquinone has been banned in several countries. Mercury on the other hand is toxic and its application to the skin can result in poisoning with deadly consequences. Skin lightening does not have to be a costly or risky venture and nature has bestowed us with plenty of useful fruits, plants and herbs.

For instance, fruits like papaya (paw-paw), lemon, lime and orange which all contain Vitamin C have skin lightening effects in addition to other nutritional values when consumed or applied to the skin. So they help to enhance beauty and healthy living from inside out and there are no harmful side effects. Other examples include; the kojic acid ester extracted from Japanese mushrooms and extracts of Asafoetida a South Asian herbal plant. The list goes on to include arbutin which can be extracted from many types of berries and pears; extracts from milk and sugar crops like sugar cane and pine apples known as Alpha hydroxy acids. In nature we find safe, effective and affordable means of skin lightening and while this is not a product review it will only be apt to mention one or two tested and tried natural beauty products.

Makari for instance produce a wide range of skin lightening products which are 100% natural and do not contain hydroquinone, another effective range is upurea with absolutely no synthetic chemicals. Skin lighten can be achieve with out the risk of endangering ones well being and at a reasonable price too. That is the right way to go about it.

Lose Weight by Eating Like the Asians Or the French

The farmers in our country produce enough food for every man, woman, and child to eat 3,800 calories per day.

That is about twice the number of calories that the average person should consume to stay healthy!

Along with the massive number of available food choices and the ability to “super size” just about any meal, it’s a wonder that we Americans still manage to fit into our clothes (actually, many of us don’t because we are morbidly obese).

As Americans we face the problem of overabundance. Not only do farmers overproduce food for this country, but our current lifestyle and culture push people toward being overweight. In this country, eating out is perceived as both a social pleasure and a sensual reward. Americans work hard and play hard, and we reward ourselves by overeating. It’s not considered rude to overeat. How many of us had grandmothers who kept trying to feed us more and more food? In this country, food is love — the more food, the more love.

The Asian and French Difference

In contrast, in Asian and French cultures, good cuisine isn’t about quantity, it’s about quality. Have you ever been to a Japanese restaurant and been served a beautifully-arranged plate of food? The focus is on presentation, and the food that is served is almost always pleasing to the eye. Whereas Americans delight in a plate overflowing with steak and potatoes, Asian and French chefs offer dishes with a lot of “white space.”

In addition, in these cultures children are often taught to eat only to 70% of capacity because it is considered rude to overeat (and loosening your belt after a heavy meal is definitely not acceptable social behavior).

The Asian Focus on Live Foods

Finally, the Asian culture has a much stronger focus on “live” foods than the American culture. Asians consume a great deal of marine algae and seaweed, as well as enzymatically live foods, such as fermented soy products. Studies show that blue-green algae, for instance, keeps people slim because it possesses a great deal of fiber, helps cells detoxify, and best of all, keeps people in a good mood (which prevents emotional eating).

If you want to lose weight, consider viewing food from the viewpoint of the Asians or the French: feast your eyes on food, not your mouth. Focus on foods that are beautifully presented in modest quantities, rather than large heaping piles of food that will last but an instant on your lips, but an eternity on your hips!

The US Influence on the International Beauty Industry

Many women eagerly open the newest edition of a fashion or beauty magazine and read up on all the latest style tips and tricks. What’s in and what’s out is dictated on those glossy pages. From Milan, Paris, London and New York fashion trends and movements are detailed. Women want to know every product, color or style that is popular. However, there is one distinct missing component.

Usability

In the fashion and beauty industry there are a great many products and choices available. And if the average consumer is Caucasian those choices can be overwhelming. Women of different skin tones have a different struggle when choosing beauty products. They are often relegated to the same palette of colors in the same tones year after year because it is assumed their skin is not as versatile as Caucasian skin and can carry off only a limited color or style range.

This is untrue. Look at Asian skin. There is a huge difference between Japanese skin and Filipino skin. There is a great difference between Korean skin and Cambodian skin. And within each of these categories lie a greater variety of skin tones all waiting for the colors that bring out their natural radiance and their own unique beauty. Even face and eye shapes differ within Asian regions.

With so much of the focus on beauty and style trends that come from Europe and America it’s not hard to see why Asian skin can be overlooked. In general there is not a predominance of Asian people in those areas and the need is not fully realized.

It seems that pale skin is still the ideal skin color. That thought is perpetuated, often unknowingly through beauty trends, and women with different skin tones may go to great lengths to achieve that perfect alabaster skin tone. The problem is they don’t look natural with skin that color. The skin color that does look good on them often goes unnoticed by designers or by the women themselves.

Things Are Changing

Here’s the most exciting part. The United States, over the past decade or so, has begun to recognize all skin tones and their intrinsic beauty. And even better, American companies and fashion icons and style magazines are starting to focus more on them. There are more diverse models and fashion icons than ever before and it’s not unusual to open any beauty or style magazine and see a variety of skin tones.

This is wonderful because the United States is opening the door for women to experiment with their natural skin tones and really enhance the beauty they already have. For some women it’s an option they may have never considered before, preferring to cover up their golden skin with peach or pink foundation because that was the only choice offered or because they desired to look like a highly publicized person.

America is really bringing the value of different skin tones to the public and sharing the beauty that was there all along but never really maximized. As these publications, blogs, products and ideas reach out many women will see beauty in a whole new way. Not only are color palettes changing but formulas are changing to provide better products for skin that is prone to premature aging or wrinkles, skin that is very smooth with few or no pores, skin that is high in melanin or skin that is extremely oily. Each skin tone has a unique trait that companies are focusing on and developing products specific to that trait.

While the US influence on international beauty trends may have been narrow in the past, it’s only getting better for the future. For instance, Sheer Aqua, a leading mineral cosmetics and skin care company dedicated to developing products that focus on women of color, is opening their first store in China to better serve the Asian clientele they are specializing in. As companies like Sheer Aqua grow, the result is more specialized products available directly to specific cultures. Women everywhere are starting to embrace their skin now that it’s becoming easier to find suitable products, colors and style techniques.