With the recent advancements in research and technology, chemical whitening treatments have become in vogue with the skin-conscious crowd. Many people who are into these types of regimens can select among a wide variety of whitening choices: laser treatments, bleaching sessions, topical whitening creams and even special glutathione capsules or injections. While all of these have been proven quite effective in the past, they are very expensive, and there is a lot that people do not know about their side effects. This is why natural skin whitening remains a very popular, and equally effective alternative to these methods.
Papaya extract is a common ingredient found in herbal whitening soaps. What contributes to its natural skin whitening properties is the enzyme papain, which is abundant in papaya fruit. Papain is an active ingredient that is known to exfoliate and dissolve dead skin cells, leaving the skin fairer, softer and smoother. Aside from being used in soaps, papaya is also sometimes used as a homemade facial mask by applying the pulp on the face and leaving it on for about fifteen to twenty minutes.
Another potent natural skin whitening ingredient is lemon juice. Lemon juice is naturally acidic, making it a very effective bleaching agent. However, this also means that it can be harmful to the skin. It is recommended to be used only in dilute concentrations, and usually in a mixture of milk or honey to help mitigate its irritating effects. The juice is allowed to seep into the skin and then washed thoroughly with water after. This treatment is then followed by applying moisturizer to prevent the skin from drying out.
Licorice (the plant, not the candy!) has been identified as an effective skin lightener. The component responsible for this is the compound called glabridin. Glabridin works by inhibiting melanogenesis or melanin production, one of the main reasons why our skin tends to become tan. Aside from this, glabridin can also function as a powerful antioxidant and has shown promise in fighting off acne and other facial blemishes. Licorice can easily be found in any local health shop or organic food store. It is nontoxic as well, so you can apply it directly on the skin. The extract can be taken orally, similar to how tea is prepared. Licorice infusions are to be taken thrice after meals daily, and are not recommended to be ingested for more than six weeks.
Natural skin whitening is something that can be achieved both through topical product applications, and through eating the right kinds of food. This piece of advice is something that is cliché and quite overused, but a balanced diet does wonders for your skin. Eight to ten glasses of water a day work to flush out various toxins in your body to help make your complexion clearer and fairer. Eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals not only keep your skin looking young and ageless, they also maintain your body’s physical fitness. Some special mentions include vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins constantly renew the skin and inhibit melanin production to some degree. They can be found in carrots, broccoli, papayas, and tomatoes, to name a few.
As you can see, there are so many ways to whiten your skin. Although many prefer going through chemical treatments, natural skin whitening has been proven, time and time again, to be just as effective, if not more so. With these gifts from nature, your dream of having flawless white skin can become a reality.