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Melanin production in the body is blocked by most of the skin whitening creams we use daily.
The main action of these creams is to inhibit the enzyme tryosinase. Combination of gels or lotions along with a sunscreen are found in this whitening creams. Below are some of the components that are mixed up in this skin whitening products that makes them dangerous to buy or keep using.
Hydroquinone – this is the main substance that is used for whitening the skin because of its antioxidant abilities. The Cosmetic concentrations are available in 2%,which can be gotten over the counter while other concentrations are at 4%.
Hydroquinone helps to aid the reaction of bleaching the skin at a speed rate.
Contrary to people’s opinion it doesn’t lighten the skin but it bleaches the skin. Any skin bleaching cream which has over 2% of Hydroquinone can be harmful to the skin. It can lead to skin irritation, burning sensation and even cause cancer.
Some people even experience darker skin when they stop using it.
Kojic Acid – This is the end-product of malting rice, based on study it was shown that Kojic acid is efficient in inhibiting the production of melanin but this is also an unstable ingredient in which without the right cosmetic preparation.
When exposed to the rays of sunlight, this can turn brown and therefore lose its efficiency. Several cosmetic companies have used Kojic dipalmitate as an effective alternative.
Arbutin – This is a potent alternative to hydroquinone. Arbutin is gotten from mulberry, white mulberry, bearberry, and paper mulberry. The action of arbutin is to inhibit melanin production.
Some forms of arbutin can be found in pears and this substance is considered safe over other skin whitening ingredients but its not mainly in cosmetic preparations.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) – This ingredient can easily penetrate the skin because of its molecular size. The benefit of AHA is to regenerate cell and remove abnormal layers of the skin (exfoliation) but while doing this some layers of the skin are wiped off.
The superficial layer of the skin is where most discolorations occur which could probably spread to the outer layer skin.
Mercury – This chemical has many dangerous negative effects which causes kidney damage, skin discoloration, excessive scarring on the skin, and in severe cases, causing outer layers of the skin to peel while creating a blueish, grey complexion.
Mercury can also affect brain functions and impair speech and hearing. When the use of these products that are laced with mercury are prolonged it has shown that it would lead to increase anxiety, depression, psychosis, and brain defects to newborn children during pregnancy.
When trying to skim over the list of ingredients, we should know that mercury isn’t always classified.
Sometimes companies may try to rename it under mercurous chloride, calomel, mercuric, or mercurio. If you notice any of the following in any cream, serum or moisturizer, please avoid it.
Carcinogenic/Mineral oil – This leads to drying of the skin and can even to lead to sudden ageing.
Monobenzone – It can develop uneven depigmentation of the skin and increase the skin’s sensitivity in sunlight’s ray.
In terms of depigmentation, it can pose a threat to those you come in close contact with.
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By using monobenzone, you can inadvertently cause depigmentation to other people’s skin by simple contact.
This skin lightening chemical not only poses risks to yourself but can put other people at risk.
1) Novaclear Whitening Body Lotion
2) QRxlabs Whitening Cream
3) LightenUp Plus
4) Fair & Lovely
5) Anlome Whitening Cream
6) Fair & Brite
7) Whiteglow Skin Whitening Cream
8) Papaya Whitening Cream
9) Caro White
10) Makari Beautifying Milk
11) Q7 Whitening Serum
12) Carro 7
13) Skin Light
14) Maxi light
16) Clear Touch
18) Bio Claire
19) Fair and White
20) Lemon clear
21) White Express
22) Maxi Claire
24) Shirley Beauty Cream
25) Crusador Ultra
26) Bright & Even Skin Lightening
The danger of these creams are the effects on the skin. Not only do they pill off the defending thick surface of your skin, they also eat into the skin and cause burns which in return create a terrible smell and subject you to the mercy of perfumes.
The continuous use of these creams are damaging to the skin, and if you’re already using it and you stop, it also damages the skin but it’s a lot safer and better, so that you can start using naturals to fix your skin. I am sure it’s a lot of stress buying more expensive creams alike to clear black knuckles, skin decoration and stretch marks that generates from using these whitening creams.
Ladies, 6 places in the body to apply perfume
Good fragrance is the key to having a positive atmosphere around and keeping your mood enlightened.
Most people may not realize the importance of investing in a good perfume or may regard it as a waste of money, yet they have no idea what a good fragrance does. It boosts one’s confidence and improves one’s mood by bringing back happy memories. It also makes us appear more attractive. It gives a person a distinct personality and distinguishes them from the crowd.
Perfumes can make you appear more manly, feminine, sophisticated, or appealing depending on how they smell.
They have therapeutic benefits and help us in releasing stress hormones out of the body and helps in relaxing our mind and body acting as an aphrodisiac.
Many perfumes can work as aromatherapy. Odors of winter spices, citrus, flowers and others can relax you and lower your level of stress. It comes as no surprise that a good fragrance can ward off body odor and sometimes also enhance your natural body odors.
Anything used in moderation is beneficial and so to be the best, use the best fragrance that suits your personality.
Its nothing new that most times, we are focused on our wrists, ears and neck while applying perfume. Although you may not have been doing it wrong, but you might have been missing some key spots. So today we will help guide you on how to use your perfume effectively.
One of the best place to spritz perfume is your hair. The hair strands holds fragrance well and leave a trail of scent as you move from place to place.
2. Inside your elbow
We don’t need to be told that these hidden spots emit heat, which helps fragrance develop faster. Most people focus only on their clothes, however, the inside of the elbows is also a hot spot to roll on perfume.
3. Behind your ears
Like your wrists, the areas behind your ears are considered “pulse points,” where the veins are closest to the skin, thus generating more heat and amplifying your scent. Dabbing your fragrance on these points will give you more immediate results.
4. Inside your belly button
Your navel is useful for more than just belly piercings. Dab a few drops of perfume on the spot mostly when you are wearing a crop top.
5. Behind your knee
The soft area behind your knees is another one of those pulse points perfect for perfume. Throughout the day the scent will kick up as you cross your legs and move around.
6. On your clothes
Applying your scent on your body before putting on your clothes is great so that the fragrance can absorb into your skin. The typical places to spritz scent all fall under this category: the neck, wrists, cleavage. However, spritzing your clothes with fragrance can help achieve a longer lasting scent, too.
8 Ways to naturally remove dark spots from your face
Dark spots can mar a lady’s facial appearance, as well as make her unattractive.
Dark spots, patches and other marks on the face may be due to excess secretion of melanin on the skin. These guidelines could be of help on how to get rid of dark spots.
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Mix milk and honey and apply the solution to your dark spots, leaving it on for 10 minutes and wash it off.
Apply lemon juice on your face, leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse off.
You can also mix Aloe Vera gel with honey, apply on your face and wash it off after few minutes.
Take Vitamin E capsules; break them and apply the powder on the affected area.
Eat fruits rich in Vitamin C to help reduce the dark spots or patches.
Yogurt helps to lighten naturally. Apply plain yogurt directly on the dark spot and let it to dry for 20 minutes and then wash it with cold water.
Papaya contains certain enzymes that help you in getting rid of skin blemishes, age spots, and acne. Apply it on the affected part and rinse after 20 minutes.
Drink adequate water to flush out toxins.