Skin pigmentation is indeed a tough cookie to crack. Basically skin whitening, skin lightening or skin bleaching treatments help to lighten the skin colour and bring about an even tone by reducing the concentration of Melanin. Just to touch upon the scientific surface, Melanin is the pigment produced in Melanocytes on the epidermis of the skin. You tend to have a darker skin complexion with the increase in one type known as eumelanin, while people have a lighter skin colour with more pheomelanin, the other type of melanin. There are other skin pigmentation problems as well associated with abnormal production of melanin such as freckles and melisma. Moreover certain genetic factors, hormonal concerns, poor eating habits, life style changes, excessive use of chemical based creams may also contribute to a skin pigmentation disorders.
The active ingredients found in most skin lightening products include hydroquinone, Kojic acid, Glutathione, Vitamin C, derivatives of Vitamin A, plant derivatives and sometimes mercury. Many spas and saloons also offer professional skin lightening treatments. Depending on your skin type they may offer various treatments such as non-invasive depigmentation chemical peels, lasers, LED systems and combinations. One has to constantly remember that results vary according to the skin type and also thereby depend on the ethnicity. Lot of skin whitening products are sold illegally and without proper approvals from the FDA and from the concerned dermatology regulatory bodies. Thus it is absolutely necessary that you be watchful on the products that you buy from the market. Such an unsafe use of products can lead to unnecessary skin complications. The risks include skin cancers, redness, thinning of skin, unwanted skin discolouration, acne and many more. A professional guidance is most advisable to help you choose the right product.
The fairness race has not spared our Bollywood celebrities either. The more fair the heroine of a movie the more hits at the box office, well that’s a notion carried around. Have you ever wondered how dusky looking baazigar girl Kajol all of a sudden turned into a blooming beauty of fairness? Or what is the Raaz behind the fair complexion of Bipasha. For that matter there is a phenomenal change in the skin shades of Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty, and even yesteryears’ Sridevi, Rekha and there could be many more. Well though these divas may deny skin whitening treatments as their secret to a fair skin, it is hard to ignore the glowing fair complexion that these actresses radiant with very movie. Rumour or fact, still remains the doubt? Nonetheless the fairness of these dusky heroines is gaining huge attention.
If you’re one of those sceptics and not easy with professional treatments or rather unsure initially, why not start taking baby steps from home? Facial masks such as lemon and milk, raw papaya facial masks, turmeric and gram flour, cucumber all these lighten your skin naturally. Moreover there are even better skin lightening toners, cleansers and creams available that are manufactured based on extensive clinical research. Such products are water base, also tend to use more natural ingredients and have a touch of antioxidants in them. They help to target the source of skin pigmentation and provide a brighter skin tone and help fight free radicals due to their antioxidant properties. Such products can resolve other skin pigmentation problems such as freckles, melisma, and hyperpigmentation as well. Again a professional guidance at a saloon or spa will help you decide the best home remedy to follow because not all suit well, since lemon may not suit some and can cause skin irritation. Likewise choosing good skin whitening creams can be sorted with your beautician who is well versed with the beauty retail market and can help you out with the best product for your skin type.
Consultation at a skin clinic with a dermatologist or a cosmetologist will help you evaluate your skin type and decide the best skin whitening treatments for you. Moreover certain skin whitening treatments may not last forever or may not suit depending on the skin type, hence you require professional guidance to seek the right type of professional service.