In this blog post we are going to show you 5 ways to make your skin lighter.
We humans love to spend time in the great outdoors: We hike for hours on dusty mountain trails, pull pesky weeds from that vegetable garden we are so proud of, and go for long walks on sandy beaches. And though we wear different clothes every day, we obviously wear the same skin –skin that can become weathered and darker over time. If you’d like to lighten and brighten your skin – if you are noticing that some parts of your complexion are getting darker, or if you’d just like to lighten your natural skin tone – read on for five ways to do so.
- Stay out of the sun
The rays from that beautiful yellow orb we know as the sun can quickly darken our skin. Doctors in the know tell us to stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM, to protect ourselves from skin cancer. Doing do can also keep your skin lighter.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen when outdoors
Obviously you are not going to become a hermit and live in cave so that your skin does not become darker. You are going to live a joyous, vibrant life – but in a hat and a quality sunscreen. Taking these easy steps will not only prevent your skin from become darker but will give you an opportunity to show off your creativity in choice of hats.
- Go natural
Women have been rubbing vegetables and fruits on their faces for eons in attempts to whiten, brighten, and even out their skin tone. Have you considered that lemon juice and honey can do more than liven up a cup of tea? The idea is that you just mix it up in equal parts, and gently rub the result all over your face. After 20 minutes of reading that book you can’t put down, simply wash your face with cool water.
Or consider the humble potato. (Yes, the potato!) Cut this most average of vegetables into very thin slices and place them on your face. After ten minutes of staring at your transformed face in the bathroom mirror, remove said slices and wash your face with cold water. A quick search using your go-to search engine will reveal a plethora of these do it-yourself methods to make your skin lighter.
- Get serious with chemicals
Professional chemical peels are an increasingly popular option for making facial skin lighter. A chemical peel can be lighter or deeper; the deeper the chemical peel, the more layers of skin that are affected. You can expect some discomfort in the days following a chemical peel; your skin will be red and irritated. Obviously, this option for lightening your skin deserves some serious thought and a conversation with a dermatologist.
- Embrace the center; between chemicals and the DYI approach
There are professional products that lighten your skin in a way that it is not invasive. Civant, a company focused on developing quality skin-care products, has created Meladerm. What is it? It is simply a cream that you apply to your facial skin twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Civant reports that safety of use was a primary consideration when developing Meladerm, as was, of course, effectiveness. They wanted it to do what they say it does. The developers of Meladerm looked to nature for inspiration and included mulberries, =bearberries, and licorice in the official formula. It is reported that the Meladerm regime could result in visibly lighter skin in as short a time as 4 weeks, though the manufacturers state that approximately four months of use is necessary to get the full effects of their product.
So, if you have decided that lighter and brighter skin is in your immediate future, you should put your thinking cap on and choose a method that appeals most to you as an individual. Perhaps simply donning a hat and smearing some serious sunscreen on before heading out into the outside world will be sufficient to achieve your goals. Or if you are unhappy with the unevenness in pigment in your complexion, or your overall skin tone, in a more fundamental way – if you know that you want to see a significant change – you will want to take further steps.
If you are a do-it-yourself kind of girl, you may want to experiment with some at-home regimes as a first step. If you are unimpressed by the results you are able to achieve in your at-home bathroom laboratory, you may want to try a product that was concocted in a professional lab, like Meladerm, or even a chemical peel. Whatever you decide, a consultation with a dermatologist is a wise first move; and hey, you are nothing if not wise.