Many people strive to get lighter, healthier and brighter skin everyday. This however can be only achieved by using the right procedures. Skin lightening also referred to as whitening is commonly achieved by use of chemical substances which lessen the concentration of the melanin resulting to even skin complexion. However, though these substances work and help brighten the skin, there are also other considerations that one should take into account even before going for the chemical treatments. It involves knowing what is right for your skin, since there are many methods that can be used. So what are some of the procedures you can use to lighten your skin?
Know how to care for your skin
- Practice wearing sunscreen on daily basis and long-sleeved clothing. This will prevent your skin from sun exposures which can greatly affect your skin complexion and sometimes freckles, cracking and black spots.
- Regularly wash and exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation helps in the removal of the dead skin cells from the skin. This can be used by washing the skin and using the correct moisturizers.
- Follow a healthy diet and drink a lot of water. Hydration and good nutrition means the overall health of the body as well as the skin. Proper vitamins such as A, C and E in addition to omega-3 oils are good for the skin especially in addition to water in keeping the skin nourished.
Use home remedies
- Try home remedies to care and brighten your skin. Some of the most commonly used home ingredients include the lemon juice, raw potatoes, turmeric, aloe vera and coconut water.
- If you don’t have these ingredients or don’t have the guidelines, you may also use the cosmetic products which are made from their ingredients.
Use products and treatments
Skin brightening products are readily available without prescription. A good product would contain effective lightening ingredients such as glycolic acid, Vitamin C, kojic acid, artbutin or hydroxyl acids.
- Use retinoid creams. Retinoid creams come from a Vitamin A based acid. They speed up cell turnover and lighten the skin through exfoliation. They can also cause smoothness and dryness or redness. This means that they should be prescribed especially by your dermatologist.
- Get a chemical peel. Chemical peels work by burning up the top layers of the skin, revealing lighter-colored skin underneath. Chemical peel requires a series of peels done 2 to 4 weeks apart with the use of a chemical such as the alpha hydroxyl acid for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Try microdermabrasion. This procedure is commonly used by people with sensitive skin to acidic peels or creams. It usually works by exfoliating and polishing your skin and removing any darker layers which leave the skin looking fresher and healthier.
There are also other chemical substances such as hydroquinone which are used as effective bleaching creams. However, you should always make an appointment with a dermatologist before trying some of these products for guidance.