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.

Asian Beauty Secrets

Natural, delicate, with a shiny hair and a flawless skin, Asian women are a true example of beauty. Uncover their secrets and learn special skin care techniques!

Skin care ritual

Surely you have admired at least once the smooth perfect skin of an Asian woman. Want to know their secret? Facial massage, deep cleansing and intensive moisturizing are daily care rules. The mornings, they wash the skin with a flaking soap based on algae, massage it gently with a cream for activating blood flow and maintaining elasticity, then give a smooth aspect using a mat effect cream. The evenings, they cleanse the face skin with a foamy product, apply plugs with green tea, which have an antioxidant and purifying role, and then they moisturize the skin intensely.

For daily hair care

Shiny healthy hair is another characteristic of the beautiful Asian women. For maintaining its shine, they brush it every evening with a wooden comb and massage it in the bath with emollient nourishing oils.

The bath – a time for spoiling

For Japanese women, the bath has not only a cleaning purpose, but is a complex ritual of skin care, purifying and relaxing, based on several stages. First, the impurities and the dead cells are removed, and the blood flow is activated by exfoliation: a massage of the skin while under the shower, using a special bath glove and a special exfoliating gel. Then it’s the main bath, which has to contain careful chosen nourishing ingredients and very fine aromas: soy milk, sandalwood oil, marine salts, rice water and cherry flowers. The water temperature should be a little higher than usual, about 38-39 degrees Celsius. To respect the original formula, make yourself a cherries or green tea that you savor during the bath. After 15 or 20 minutes of relaxing in the water, put on a cotton bath robe and stay 10 minutes in the bed, under a blanket. Then apply on the skin 2 layers of body butter enriched with almond oil.

Asian wonder ingredient

Rice flour has nourishing properties, protects and regenerates the skin, absorbs the sebum excess and purifies the derma. Make yourself a mask for the face using a spoon of rice flour and a little milk. Spread it on the face, avoiding the eyes area, and cleanse after 5-10 minutes.

Lotus extract is rich in moisturizing agents and it’s a perfect remedy for dry skin and dry fragile hair. You find it in many beauty products today, from night serums to hair balms or nourishing body creams.

Green tea is a natural antioxidant that’s extremely appreciated worldwide, especially in China, for its strong anti-aging properties. Offers the skin a nice fresh aspect, and invigorates and exhilarates the skin instantly. Apply in the evening plugs with green tea or use it as ice cubes for wrinkles removing.

Cherry flowers has a calming effect on the skin, when combined with moisturizing ingredients, while it’s delicate aroma will leave your skin special perfume.

White tea has an exfoliating effect, improves the cellular metabolism, gives vitality to the skin and helps with the natural rejuvenation. Add a cup of white tea in your bathwater and your skin will shine!

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.