*Guest Post by Emma*
Stop dreaming about getting yourself fair skin once and for all. Before you turn to skin brighteners, there are some other things that you need to know about how you can lighten your skin in smart ways.
That makes it imperative to do a quick rundown of what skin lightening solutions (we like SkinBright — read our review here!) are available for your picking.
What’s Hot For Lightening Your Skin
The trouble with skin lightening is that some popularized procedures have the potential for permanently damaging your skin, while there are others that put your overall health and well-being in jeopardy.
Here are some of the real risks you need to deal with when it comes to skin whitening:
• Skin brighteners that use mercury have already been banned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for being carcinogenic.
• Skin lightening products that contain hydroquinone continue to be available in the US, although it has been banned in several European countries for being a suspected carcinogen.
• Bleaching at home carries high risk for permanent skin depigmentation.
• Women and men with naturally darker skin tones are at a higher risk for irreversible skin discoloration when being treated with skin lightening procedures.
The good news is there are safer ways to enhance the fairness of your skin instead. Check them out below:
Tip No. 1: Amp Up Your Antioxidant Levels
Whether you are ingesting them or, applying them topically, antioxidants work to brighten your overall skin tone. Incorporating more leafy greens, citrus fruits, and tea into your diet are practical ways to enhance your antioxidant levels.
Tip No. 2: Supplement With Vitamin C
If you want visible results you can try supplementing with vitamin C. Vitamin C is rich with antioxidants itself, but has long been added to skincare products and DIY skin recipes for it’s lightening effects.
Other tried and tested options include oral intake of glutathione. You must know that the FDA discourages the injection of the same, and warns of possible overdose from antioxidants as well.
Tip No. 3: Use Sunscreen Without Fail
You know how sunscreen protects your skin from the irreversible damage and aging effects of UV. Did you know that using sunscreen regularly also facilitates faster rates of damage repair and recovery for your skin, that means even when you’re not using skin brighteners?
A study published in the Journal of Dermatologic Surgery in 2016 demonstrated how application of sunscreen alone improved the skin texture and complexion of 32 subjects in just 52 weeks. The study proves how your skin is perfectly capable of healing itself and actually show visible evidence of improvements if only it can be given time to cope by averting future damage.
Tip No. 4: Exfoliate Regularly
In many instances, clearing your face of toughened debris is all it takes to give yourself an instantly fair skin. Choose a suitable exfoliation technique to use periodically. Consider your skin type and tolerance to treatments. Keep in mind that too much exfoliation can also damage your skin.
Tip No. 5: Nourish Your Skin
Make sure that you are giving your skin all the nutrients and moisture it requires to stay healthy and great looking. Power up repair and rejuvenation processes by giving your skin the fuel it needs to revitalize your skin cells and enhance various skin mechanisms.
Tip No. 6: Spoil Your Skin to a Face Mask With Skin Brighteners
Soak up your skin in the skin whitening goodness of botanical extracts such as anti-inflammatory liquorice, and antioxidant-rich berries. Perform this step as part of your evening routine several times a week to see fair skin.
Tip No. 7: Sign Up For a Procedure
Chemical peels are great options when you desire overall fair skin, while lasers are perfect for more targeted skin lightening, such as those involving age spots and acne marks.
Tip No. 8: De-Stress
When you’re stressed, your skin becomes blotchy, veins become constricted, and nutrient-rich blood cannot flow freely to transport the nourishment your skin needs to appear glowing with health.
Tip No. 9: Be Picky With Your Products
Other than getting those infused with skin brighteners, you also want to make sure that your products won’t irritate, inflame or darken your skin. Keep in mind that one of the top reasons for darkened skin is injury due to irritations.
There can be no fairer skin without first promoting your overall skin health. Besides, what’s a lighter skin tone if your have poor skin conditions. Subscribe to these 9 tips and you’ll be on your way to fairer, naturally healthy and glowing skin sooner than you might think possible.
About the Author: Emma Smith is a Fashion & Beauty expert who completed her M.A in Literature. She lives in Los Angeles and has written articles for various websites in this niche. You can keep in touch with her on social media via Facebook or Twitter.