What is Skin Whitening?

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Skin Whitening

People usually confuse between ingredients and products as to which ones are for skin brightening and which ones are for skin lightening. Skin can become dull, pigmented, and dark due to multiple factors like pollution, bad lifestyle, overexposure to the sun, stress, or some health condition. 

In this article, we’ll share some natural skin lightening tips to get an even skin tone. But one needs to keep in mind that converting dark skin to fair skin is not like what is shown in ads for fairness creams. One can definitely return to his/ her natural skin colour but with time it starts becoming dark due to external factors like pollution, dirt, and so on. 

There are a lot of differences between skin brightening and skin lightening. Brightening is increasing the glow of skin and makes it vibrant while lightening basically means pigmentation reduction on skin. Lightening is more related to discolouration of normal skin tone and brightening is related to restoring radiance to the skin.

The difference is also in the kind of ingredients one should use for both purposes. For skin lightening, one should use Kojic acid, vitamin C, alpha arbutin, retinol, and hydroquinone. For skin brightening, one should use retinol, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, and vitamin C.

If you talk about treatments for both, many ingredients are common for both. Hence, if someone uses all the ingredients, he/ she can solve both problems. One can use AHA and retinol peels as they not only increase collagen production but also makes the skin firm and even-toned. If you use these peels repetitively, they can reduce discolourations, size of pores, and treat acne.

The majority of people want skin brightening as it makes the skin glow whereas lightening the skin becomes an issue for some people as lightening results in pigmentation (irregular patches). Other than this, the sun also causes a reduction in brightness and an increase in dullness, hence using sunscreen is very essential to maintain skin colour. 

Moreover, here are some easy things that can help increase skin or face whitening:

  • Get good sound sleep

Seems surprising? But this is true that skin & face can really get messy if you take less sleep as your body needs an ideal sleep of 7 to 9 hours. One should allocate enough time to the body for rest/ sleep in order to get the inner radiant glow. When one takes adequate sleep, blood flow to the face or skin increases resulting in healthy skin and a healthy glow. But one doesn’t get adequate sleep, your overall complexion becomes dull and dark circles start becoming clearly visible.

  • Drink sufficient water

Most doctors and experts say that if you drink at least two liters of water per day, the majority of your health issues automatically get resolved. Similarly, one should drink a proper amount of water for glowing and radiant skin. To keep your body hydrated or to maintain sufficient hydration, one should drink at least 2 liters of water per day. If one drinks a sufficient amount of water, it improves the skin's appearance and its texture by removing bad toxins inside the body.

  • Moisturize your skin

One should use a facial oil or a moisturizer twice a day to keep the skin moisturized. The skin moisturizing keeps the skin looking radiant and helps you remove dirt and get rid of flaky skin. This hydration usually gives an immediate boost to the skin complexion (resulting in a glow).

  • Face Steam

Face steam for skin is also known as the deep cleansing method that clears all the dirt from your face and opens skin pores. One should use lemon peels in water instead of plain water, and then use this lemon peel water to steam the face. Do this for a few minutes and then dry your face with a towel (just pat your face). As lemon has vitamin C, this vitamin C increase the glow of your skin.

  • Use rose water (cold)

As rose water reduces skin inflammation, hence if someone uses cold rose water, it decreases the skin redness. Using it as a spray also increases the skin complexion (glow) and makes the skin look refreshingly fresh. As it’s a home remedy, hence it can be used at any time in the day.

  • Use a face mask (homemade)

One can easily make a face mask at home by using 1 tablespoon of honey, unsalted butter, and 2 tablespoons of ripe bananas. Mix all these things together, and spread them on your face for a few minutes. When you remove this pack, use a warm washcloth. This homemade pack also enhances the skin's complexion and texture.

  • Natural bleach as a face mask

This bleach face mask can be made by mixing 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, lemon peel powder & a tablespoon of baking soda. Spread this paste onto your face or bleach facial hair, and one can get away with pigmentation issues.

Take Away

Every girl dreams of having a flawless and fair skin complexion and if one sees the market for these products, there is no shortage of skin-lightening lotions and creams. But if you use these chemicals for a longer time, they can cause damage to your skin.