In the area of skin lightening, modern ingredients and procedures are under scrutiny for allegedly posing more risks to health and beauty. The beauty industry has been quick to respond to more natural skin formulations. Sadly, most of the time, there’s more hype than actual science at work. So, people are beginning to turn to skin lightening home remedies that can also deliver results you can see.
Is there something wrong with your skin lightening cream?
It depends on what it is made up of. There was a time when mercury was widely used in skin lightening products. In 1990, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned mercury from all topical products following compelling studies that showed mercury is a carcinogen. Listed below are some of the most widely used skin lightening ingredients after mercury was banned:
This ingredient became the “it” when dark skin tone was an issue. For a long time, it has been classified as highly toxic and is a suspected carcinogen. While some countries in Europe primarily but also Japan and Australia, have heeded to evidence proving these, in the US, hydroquinone continues to be sold over-the-counter. Beyond 2.o% concentration, the prescription is required.
Despite being surrounded by a host of issues functioning as an anti-wrinkle agent, the market was quick to bite the bullet on retinol in the absence of a similar ingredient for skin whitening that can rival the results of hydroquinone. Retinol is well-known to increase photo-sensitivity and to thin skin significantly.
- Kojic Acid
It’s derived from fungi and completely natural. However, not all skin types may react positively to this ingredient. While it is generally safe to use up to 1.0% concentration, contact dermatitis can become an issue, most especially for people who have sensitive skin types.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin C, and Vitamin E are becoming a mainstay in many skin care lines, including skin lightening products.
A Safer Alternative: Home Remedies
Nothing can be more natural than concocting your own skin whitening formula at home. You will be surprised to know that many of the ingredients below are sitting in your cupboard right this very moment. Below are top 9 home remedies to lighten your skin tone:
- Shea Butter
The purest form which appears yellowish and solid, most especially, is loaded with Vitamin A and Vitamin E which lighten, nourish, and protect your skin from damage. Shea butter for skin lightening becomes even more effective with its esters that help calm skin redness and irritation to improve your skin tone.
- Lemon Juice
Contains high levels of Vitamin C, this remedy also delivers natural astringent and toning properties that improve your skin complexion. Remember to always dilute it with lukewarm water before using to prevent it from burning your skin.
If you can access this fruit, simply mash or blend. Allow your skin to soak in its wonderful nutrients and, most of all, the melanin-inhibiting properties of papain.
You can either use an extract if you have access or, steep a chamomile tea in lukewarm water. Use it as a face wash or toner. It’s natural anti-inflammatory properties help improve skin blotchiness and redness for a more radiant complexion.
Some cultures love how it spices their staple dishes but, did you know it also contains one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants? Protect, whiten, and rejuvenate your skin with this popular Asian spice.
Love it in your diet, love it in your skin. Yogurt contains live bacilli and lactic acid. Both help bring your skin back to its balanced state to relieve irritations and even help lightly exfoliate your skin.
It does a good job at the soothing chronically irritated skin to even out your skin tone. Use rolled oats as a mask.
- Tomato Juice
It’s good for fighting the Big C when ingested, and it works well as a natural bleaching agent when used topically. Use as a cleanser or face mask.
- Aloe Vera
Available in extract or oil forms, and as a fresh sap from the plant, this helps heal your skin. It improves your skin’s barrier protection function which makes it more resilient to redness, itching, and blotchiness, giving you a more radiant complexion.
You don’t have to spend so much and risk so much on skin lightening products. Have a little more peace of mind pursuing your skin lightening goals by turning to natural remedies. You’ll be surprised at just how effectively these kitchen staples work hard at delivering visibly lighter skin.