A lot of people these days want something that they do not have. Blonde women want to have black hair while those who have black hair like to have blonde hair. The same goes with dark skinned men or women. Most of them want to have lighter or fairer skin complexion. There are actually numerous ways in order to lighten one’s complexion; however, the most economical and safest way in doing it is to use natural remedies. So what are the natural skin lightening remedies?
The skin is the largest organ in the body and it belongs to the integumentary system. It is composed of cells, nerves and blood vessels. The skin is very important in the body because it serves as its first line of defense from pathogens and environmental stressors. The skin also helps the body regulate its core temperature. If the body is warm, the skin sweats out and make it less warm through the evaporation of the sweat. The skin also plays an important role in determining sensory stimuli in the environment which is crucial in the survival of human beings.
The color of the skin is associated with melanin. Melanin is a skin pigment that is made to protect the body from the UV rays of the sun. With that, it can be observed that those who live in tropical areas (where there is always sun) tend to produce more melanin than those who live in places with cold climate. The increase in melanin count reveals a tanner colored skin, which is more protected from the sun’s UV rays. The skin needs protection from the UV rays because of its capability to cause skin cancer. Hereditary and skin problems can also contribute to the color of the skin.
Why do tan people or dark colored people want to have a fairer skin? One reason for this is that most dark colored people are already fed up of being dark that they seek for a lighter skin tone. Another reason is that fair colored skin is perceived by many to be more beautiful and attractive. Having a change in skin tone can boost up their esteem and self confidence, which is why dark colored people tend to do everything (from skin bleaching to intravenous injection of whitening agents) just to achieve their desired skin tone.
The advancement in the field of science has brought today’s generation with numerous choices in terms of skin whitening. People can now opt for whitening soaps, lotions or creams that are inexpensive or they can also select expensive products or treatments such as skin bleaching, skin exfoliation procedures, or intravenous injection of whitening agents such as glutathione. The above options can actually harm the skin because of certain chemical ingredients. There are some who are allergic to whitening chemicals and exposure to these allergens can trigger inflammation on the skin. Skin inflammation is not good as it can result to skin edema and redness which is not visually appealing. So those who are allergic to certain whitening chemicals should get rid of them as much as possible.
The best way to whiten one’s skin is to opt for natural skin lightening remedies. When speaking of natural, it means that it came from the nature itself. There are no chemicals involved. These natural remedies are economical and user friendly because the ingredients can be seen just inside your kitchen. There is no need to go to a beauty shop just to have it. Also, there are minimal cases of skin inflammation due to allergic reactions,which is safe for everyone who wishes to have a fairer skin.
Below are some of the natural remedies that can lighten one’s skin:
1. LEMON JUICE. This is the oldest home remedy to lighten one’s skin. The acidity and vitamin C in the lemon serves as natural bleach for the skin and at the same time nutrients that encourages new cell growth. Lemon juice is also rich in antioxidants which can make the skin look fresh and young. In using lemon juice, simply dip a cotton ball on a freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply directly on the face. Be sure that there are no open wounds on the face because the acidity of the lemon could cause excruciating pain. Remember, the face has a lot of nerve endings which makes it very sensitive for pain. Be sure to allow the lemon juice to dry on the face first before going out of the house.
2. MILK. Milk, when taken in, is a good source of protein and calcium for the body. When it is applied topically, it can be a good way to lighten one’s skin. The lactic acid in the milk has a non abrasive exfoliating effect on the skin and at the same time its fat contents moisturize the skin. This is one reason why there are some who do milk bath every now and then.
3. HONEY AND ALMOND. These two ingredients works best if they are to be used together. They remove tan and at the same time moisturize the skin. To make a honey and almond face mask, simply mix 1 tsp. of milk powder, 1 tsp. of honey, 1 tsp of lemon juice and half tsp. of almond oil. Apply the mixture on the face for 15 minutes and then wash it off with clean water.
4. OATMEAL AND TOMATO. Oatmeal helps exfoliate the skin while tomato moisturize the skin and at the same time maintain its youthful glow. To make use of these two ingredients, simply mix the oatmeal with a tomato juice. Apply them mixture on the face for 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
The above remedies should be supplemented with the use of sun block creams especially when going out of the house. When opting to use sun screens, the best sun screen to have is those that are hypoallergenic, water proof and has a higher sun protection capability (such as SPF 80).