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Right way to skin lightening


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Skin lightening is as old as early civilisation so it’s not new or strange that women more than ever are bleaching their skin. Many women don’t like to admit bleaching their skin so they use subtle terms like skin lightening. When you decide to alter your natural complexion completely, then of course, you are bleaching. Nonetheless, wanting to lighten or brighten your complexion is not a sinful act but a matter of how healthy it is and the consequences it has on your skin and health.

Skin lightening is not restricted to women of colour alone; women of all races seek to lighten their skin. I am not against it really;  what scares me is the measures women take to lighten. In Nigeria, women – and even men – use anti-inflammatory topical creams or anti-fungal, anti-bacterial topical creams in tubes. Some of these tube creams contain steroids which thins the skin and causes stretch marks. When the skin thins, it wrinkles faster because the protective top layer of the skin is affected. When the skin thins, it looses its bounce. Consider a fresh fish that has been de-skinned and you have an idea of what am talking about. When this happens, your skin starts to wrinkle even before you are fifty.

Other topical creams contain anti-biotics that causes your skin to build resistance to such drugs or medication so that your skin fails to heal when you have skin problems as your body would have built resistance to such class of drugs due to the abuse. This is why a skin which has been bleached fails to heal or heals slowly when infected.

Besides that, the stretch marks these creams cause are irreversible and unattractive. It’s a scientific fact that stretch marks can’t be removed; they can only be reduced.

Nigerian women combine a whole lot of diverse products to make super bleaching creams. They combine serums, which are themselves, concentrated formula, anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic tube creams with maximum whitening creams and lotions known as maxi tone and a host of things like bleaching soaps. When these individual products are combined, what you get is a warm and sometimes hot mixture that burns d skin on contact. If you are abusing Funbact A, Skineal, Dermovate, et al, you are exposing your skin to harm.

So, what healthy approach can you take?

Healthy and Right way to skin lightening

Lighten at night

Serums are consentrated formula for treating black spots;  do not pour them in your lotions. I know they are quicker at lightening your skin so don’t mix them with any other product. In stead, use them only at night when the sun is down. Most serums are hot or warm when it comes in contact with your skin; the more reason why your skin can be burnt by the sun when exposed. D harsh or strong chemicals in serums and most maximum whitening creams like maxitone or express whitening do not take kindly to the sun. Many women are getting sun burn because of the interaction between the sun and bleaching agents. Restrict your serums or express whitening maxitone products to night only.

Moisturize and sunscreen at day

During day time, stay away from bleaching or lightening products;  in stead, use sunscreen and moisturisers. Lightening products dehydrate the skin which is why you need mousturisers and sunscreens to hydrate and protect the body during day time. Do not step out without these. You can buy a brightening – not – lightening moisturiser with SPF for day time.

Exfoliate periodically

A lot of women are impatient and change products too often. Part of the reason is because you are not exfoliating your skin. If you look at your skin, you might find a darker skin preventing the lighter one from coming through. This happens because while the lightening product is trying to clear your skin, it is depositing the dead cells right back unto your skin. So exfoliation is key to a brighter skin. You can use an exfoliating soap or body scrub for polishing your body once or twice weekly. You can also buy an exfoliating brightening cream or lotion.

Embrace natural skin lightening

Except if you want to end up wrinkly, saggy and burnt even before you are fifty,  embrace natural skin lightening. There are foods, herbs and spices that brighten the skin like lemon, turmeric, milk, papaya, carrot oil, lavender oil, orange peels, yogurt and so many others.

To make your own scrub, cut fresh lemon and sun dry it with d skin or sun dry orange peels. Once dry, pound it and mix with turmeric and powdered milk. This makes a moisturising exfoliator.
Or make a simple mix of turmeric, brown sugar and lemon oil. This exfoliates well too.

You can combine fresh lemon juice with milk to make the perfect skin brightening cleanser.

You can make your own brightening oil by mixing almond oil with carrot oil, lemon oil, lavender oil and sandalwood or cedarwood oil.

Natural skin lightening products contain collagen, vitamins A, C, E and properties that protect your skin as well as slow aging.

Be patient.
Skin lightening takes time so be patient. Don’t switch in between products like a yoyo dieter. Most creams take two weeks to take effect. So be patient.

Buy ethical products

Ethical companies do not make unrealistic promises like express whitening in 3 days. Such companies use a high dose of hydroquinone and steriods but mark boldly on their bottles “hydroquinone free”. They disguise harmful ingredients and do not include them on the ingredients list. Except if you are ill-informed, illeterate or downright unrealistic, there is no way your complexion can change dramatically in a week without a concoction of harmful chemicals.

Lastly, be gentle to your skin.

Your skin breathes; and it dies. To protect your skin, go easy. In Lagos, Nigeria, some people realized that a certain drug given to cancer patients lighten the skin so cancer free women are now injecting themselves with cancer drugs to whiten their skin. So what happens when they do get cancer? They may not heal because their bodies have already built resistance to the drug.

And one more thing: if your desire to whiten is so complex that you will go the extra length,  then am sorry to say that what you have is an addiction, perpetuated by low self esteem. For as long as you think that being beautiful means whiter skin, then there is a psychological problem to treat. You will hate me for this but you should seek help before it is too late.


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17 responses to “Right way to skin lightening”

  1. Everyone has their own perception of beauty, pale girls like me always want to be darker and vice versa. I guess we can’t force our point of view on others, girls will sun tan, girls will lighten their skin, I just wish everyone would be careful in doing whichever. As long as you are healthy I’m totally supportive. Interesting topic you raised, it was a great read, xx

  2. Thanks. I am more interested in a healthy approach really. Cheers

  3. The topic is amazing. I think everybody should take care of their skin not becaus they need a certain look the harm their skin. Everyone should choose the right way of treating what they want to treat. Being intelligent in taking care of your skin is what gives you the good and healthier skin look. Thanks for your advices they are really useful.

  4. nice post here

  5. Great blog, great topic. Around here people especially women are more interested in the end result of their beauty regimes not minding the harmful effects of the products on the skin and the long term impact on their health. Lets keep preaching the message till change comes.

  6. Thank you so much. Really appreciate it.

  7. If i dont wanna use serum at night, what can i use? i have bought a sunscreen and moisturizer to use by day. what do i use by night?

  8. Hi, you would have to buy a skin lightening product for night time use. Cheers

  9. thanks for the response ennedear, can you kindly recommend anyone i buy?

  10. Hi, I once used Fair & White Gold night lotion when I was testing it to see if it really works and it does. You should try it.

  11. nice post…. I started using Fair and white Gold after u recommended in one of ur posts and is really Goood. I love that it makes my skin glow, my only problem is my face… Where can I get the Clarifying fade cream on gwagwalada, Abuja cuz I would love to stick to one product. Thanks a lot.

  12. nice post…. I started using Fair and white
    Gold after u recommended in one of ur
    posts and is really Goood. I love that it
    makes my skin glow, my only problem is
    my face… Where can I get the Clarifying
    fade cream on gwagwalada, Abuja cuz I
    would love to stick to one product. Thanks
    a lot.

  13. Hi, am glad you like it. I don’t know any retailer in Abuja but please try big pharmacies like Health Plus, Med Plus or Park and Shop. Cheers

  14. Hi, i believe the major distributors of fair and white have a branch office in Banex plaza wuse 2 abuja.you cant miss it as it has this huuugge baner.

  15. I really need help here . Am 25 but right from when I was very young(9years) I have spots all over my body especially from waist down to my legs, can’t wear shorts. I tried several fair creams which helped turning the spots from black to brown spots but still not presentable and also left me with uneven skin tone recently. pls can u help recommend a good tested an trusted fair cream BT not too. bleaching cream that can clear the brown spots and even my skin colour . intact any good cream u know of if u do not know any tested one pls. Thank u

  16. Hi, my concern is that you have used lightening creams before but didn’t clear the spots. Can I suggest you see a dermatologist? Spots like your will be very hard to clear and I think you need to know medically why the spots are there. Personally, I do not recommend bleaching creams to people because they are mostly harmful. Hope this helps.

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