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Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Skin lightening products do not need hydroquinone, steroids or mercury in them to be effective. You can get good products and good results without using these questionable ingredients. With any product that you apply to your skin, it’s best to minimize or avoid harsh chemicals. Your skin is like a sponge, and is actually the largest living organ in your body – so any chemicals you apply to it are going to be absorbed into your body.
Now there’s no doubt that hydroquinone does work as a skin whitening ingredient. But there is some serious doubt over the safety of using this ingredient in any skin products. Some research so far has concluded that it is a ‘carcinogenic substance’ – that is, cancer causing. It is also thought to cause weakening or thinning of the skin.
If you wish to avoid use of hydroquinone, steroids or mercury, consider use of cream with natural lighteners such as kojic acid, glutathione, alpha arbutin, vitamin C, mulberry extract, licorice extract, lemon extract etc.  In this article, BOLA AKINBOADE-BELLO brings to you how to achieve 2-3 shades lighter without using hydroquinone, steroids or mercury.

This is always the first step and will always occur whenever you want to lighten, have blemish-free skin, get rid of or prevent wrinkles, etc. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead, rough skin. Your skin will be soft, touchable and glowing. Long term use will make your skin become slightly fairer due to removal of black spots on the skin. You can do this a number of different ways, but this is what I would recommend for you:

  • Purchase an exfoliating soap (I would recommend Chanterelle Exfoliating Soap, it’s all natural)

  • Invest in Exfoliating Gloves/Cloths/Mitts to (gently) scrub skin with a couple of times a week.

  • Buy Dead Sea Salt Soap to use in the shower once or twice a week (I would Chanterelle Dead Sea Soap)

This is where you would incorporate a product that contains active ingredients that inhibit melanin production. I honestly don't think you should use a lightener until your body is exfoliated as it is kind of like a waste of the lightener (it won't penetrate far enough to be effective when you have all that dead skin in the way). The best way is to incorporate a lightener after 4-6 weeks of solid exfoliation. However, if you do choose to use a lightener, you should look for a skin lightening cream with natural and safe ingredients, that is , hydroquinone, steroids and mercury free.
Chanterelle Smoothning & Brightening Cream is a very high quality natural brightening cream. It contains potent natural ingredients that produce safe and noticeable results such as Kojic Acid, Glutathione, Vitamin C, Lemon Extract etc. They reduce the production of melanin and make your skin glow. They contain natural exfoliators to slough off dark cells. They also have antioxidants and healing anti-inflammatory properties.

Natural serums are great for lightening at any stage in your regimen, so invest in some l-ascorbic acid powder and/or some niacinamide, and make your own serums! These actives are water soluble and are super easy to make.

This is hugely important for healthy skin in general, but particularly for skin that is subject to exfoliation and lightening. This can all be very drying on the skin so you need to make sure you restore the skin's moisture. This can be done by incorporating things like Vitamin E oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Chanterelle Carrot Day Moisturizing Cream etc  into your regimen.

This is important for people who lightens and exfoliates because stripping away layers of the skin can be dangerous and cause skin thinning. Luckily AHAs encourage cell turnover, but to be on the safe side, use things like Emu Oil and St Ives Collagen Elastin Lotion.

This is the most CRUCIAL element of lightening! You could have the most solid effective regimen in the world but if you go out unprotected in the sun, all your progress will go down the toilet.SAP SAP SAP SAP!!!! Whether its sunny or rainy you have to use a physical sunblock to protect your skin from UVA and UVB damage. Chemical sunscreens are mostly ineffective. The ingredient to look out for is zinc oxide. There are plenty of zinc oxide sunblocks out there.

Exercise is the key factor to a glowing skin. Working out not only helps your figure, but also improves your complexion. When you get your heart pumping from aerobic exercise, you’re supplying your skin with a nice dose of oxygenated blood, which gives you an instant glow

We all know that water is important for our health—but did you know all of the amazing things it could do for your appearance? Believe it or not, drinking enough water each and every day can be the answer to your biggest beauty problems (we're talking dull skin, brittle nails, and even thinning hair). Adequate water doesn’t just quench your thirst and keep you hydrated. It also helps your body flush out toxins more efficiently, leaving your skin looking fresh and more radiant as a result.

Green Tea contains a high amount of antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids, and phytochemicals like polyphenols. It also has B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium and magnesium. Green tea improves your skin complexion and makes your skin healthy. It helps flush out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes and scars, and reduces inflammation. It even improves the skin’s elasticity.

Saunas have long been touted for their detoxifying effects for the skin and body. Saunas provide a natural deep cleansing. Increased sweating caused by the sauna is a simple acceleration of one of the body’s natural mechanism for riding itself of impurities. Saunas relax and de-stress you. Stress is the ultimate enemy of health and skin. Taking 15–20 minutes in a hot sauna can help relax your mind and body, melting your stress away. You can do this twice a month!

Vitamin C is an important component to have in your diet to attain better looking skin. Its antioxidant properties fight free radicals that age your skin. Furthermore, a study shows that in the body, Vitamin C raises the levels of glutathione, another antioxidant which fights toxins which cause hyperpigmentation. You can also get glutathione from foods such as avocados and tomatoes. You can obtain your daily amount of Vitamin C from citrus fruits and foods such as broccoli, green and red peppers, and sweet potatoes, and you can use Vitamin C supplements such as Holland and Barrett Vitamin C daily. You will start to see noticeably healthier, brighter skin in days.

The secret to healthier and glowing skin is in your diet. Fruit and vegetables  supply antioxidants and vitamins that help protect your skin from free radicals and sun damage, which keeps the skin looking younger and more radiant.

OK so now you have an idea of how to lighten and what type of products to buy, I thought I'd share an example of a great way to start your skin care regimen:

Wash with Chanterelle Carrot Soap
Apply Chanterelle Carrot Moisturizing Cream

Wash with Chanterelle Exfoliating Soap
Apply Chanterelle Smoothning & Brightening Cream
Scrub with Chanterelle Natural Brightening Scrub 2ce a week
Apply Chanterelle Moroccan Masque 2ce a week
Detoxify your skin with Chanterelle Dead Sea Salt Soap once a week

Oh and remember.. slow and steady wins the race

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