Health & Fitness

Skin Lightening Treatments and Products

Skin brightening and/or skin lightening is one of the most popular beauty treatments all over India. Not only in India, but in most parts of Asia, girls are obsessed with pale skintone. To get perfect porcelain skin, girls often take the help of face packs, face creams and also do not hesitate to undergo treatments. In the craze to achieve fair skintone, we use products which contain toxic metals like mercury, hydroquinone. But loading our skin with such harmful products, can effect our skin and health adversely in the near future. However we choose to remain ignorant of such facts, and carry on with skin lightening process.
Treatments for Skin Lightening :

  • Laser – One can get rid of any dark spots on the skin, and get an even skintone with laser treatments. However laser rays do not give a whitening effect to the skin. One problem faced by people who have undergone laser treatments is hyperpigmentation.
  • Cryosurgery – Liquid nitrogen is used for this treatment. Nitrogen causes an escalation of melanin to the surface of one’s skin. After sometime, the top layer of the skin is peeled off. What one achieves after the treatment is fairer skin! But pigmentation issues come hand in hand with this treatment, therefore this treatment is only carried out for smaller portions of the skin.
  • Topical skin whitening creams/gels – These type of creams or gels contain hydroquinone, kojic acid, azelaic acid, mequinol. Hydroquinone reduces the level of melanin in the skin. However you must pay attention to the amount or percentage of hydroquinone used in the cream or gel. The product should not contain more than 2% of hydroquinone. Otherwise using hydroquinone in excess can result in leukemia.


However there are a few products available in the market, which can give you the flawless skin which you have always wished for, without causing any harm to the skin. One can say that makeup helps us in achieving the flawless look always, but don’t you think you must have at least an even skintone even before you touch your foundation and start applying makeup on your face! Addressing the uneven skin tone first of all, should be your aim. Makeup can be a temporary solution, but in order to get an even skin with or without makeup, you can use any of the products mentioned below.
Products for skin lightening :

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing cream and serum are both wonderful products to try on. The cream is cheaper than the serum. The Shiseido brightening cream costs $59 and the brightening serum is priced at $120.
The Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing cream gives a smooth and brighter skintone within 2 to 3 days of using it. Skin is no longer dull. Instead you will end up getting a radiant complexion. The cream is wonderfully moisturising and hydrating. So it not only brightens the skin, but makes the skin much soft.
Shiseido White Lucent Concentrated Brightening Serum is having a silky texture. And any post acne scars or sun spots which you might be having on your skin, starts dissapearing. If you have got a tanned skin tone, this will be a great help for you, as this is really effective. Soon you will get back your original skintone.
Avon Anew Luminosity Ultra Advanced Skin Brightener SPF 15 is way cheaper than the Shiseido skin lightening products, but it works wonder. It costs $ 17 and is not heavy for the skin. This Avon Skin Brighener gives glowing and luminous skin instantly. If you are thinking how to get read of the blotchiness or discoloration on the skin, this product is the answer! Rough patches on the skin get less. Also a few women have noticed age spots fading away after using this cream. Though this product is in a cream form, it does not make the face oily. It has a great staying power and it smells awesome!

Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Treatment SPF 15 is priced at $ 14. It is in the form of a moisturizer. It feels great on the skin, and evens out the skintone quickly. This moisturizer imparts softness to the skin, all the time protecting one’s skin from hyper-pigmentation. Within 2 weeks of usage you will find the color and skin tone changing for the better. You will get an additional bonus of sun protection in this product.

If you have time and want to use some home-made products in order to lighten your skintone, below I am putting down a few home-made proceduers which can also help you to brighten your skin.
Home-made remedies for skin lightening :
Mix a tablespoon each of sandalwood powder, turmeric powder and put in it a few drops of rose water. Mix all these ingredients to get a paste, and apply it on the areas which you want to brighten. Keep it for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with water, preferably lukewarm water.
Put some cumin seeds in plain water and boil it for sometime. Now wash your face everyday with this. You will be getting a fair radiant skintone.
Take 1 teaspoon each of milk in powder form, lemon juice and also almond oil. After applying this concoction on the face and the areas where you want to lighten, massage it for 3 minutes. Next keep it on the face for 15 to 20 minutes. After that, wash the paste off.
With all these tricks up your sleeves, get ready to get celebrity-like glowing skin.

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