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5 Whitening Approach

“The fairer, the better!” This is the favourite skin care motto for many women. However, trying to whiten your skin is not as simple as merely shouting out this motto loud.

Dull and dark skin is basically caused by environmental pollution, sun damages, medical condition, stress, dry skin, using wrong cosmetic products and poor lifestyle habits. Dull and dark skin is not only hard to cover with makeup, it also adversely affects your look and further dampens your self-confidence.  Hence, for these reasons, women always try hard to whiten their skin. If you are reading this article, I assume that your skin whitening products have probably failed to give you the white skin tone that you want so badly. Without any delay, let us explore some useful tips that might effectively brighten and lighten your skin complexion.

Protect your skin against the sun:

Although the sun is an important source for some essential vitamins, its UV rays can cause tans and sunburns. Hence, to lighten your skin, you must avoid direct exposure to sunlight. You should make sure that you apply your sunscreen before heading out.  It is recommended that you choose sunscreen that is not oily and has at least 30SPF. In addition, you might also want to wear sun-protective clothing to provide you with added protection against the sun. 

Use skin whitening products:

Most whitening products are said to be able to restrict the production of melanin, which is the pigment responsible for tans and sun spots. It is not difficult to find skin whitening products in the drugstore as there is wide range of brands available in the market. However, it is crucial to choose the skin whitening products that can work effectively and also suits your skin. When choosing your whitening products, you should look for whitening products rich in skin-lightening ingredients like Vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acid and glycolic acid and avoid those with mercury as active ingredient. Besides, you should also go for the most natural ones.

Drink for skin whitening:

Drinking enough water won’t directly make your skin lighter but it will help your skin to rejuvenate itself. When the skin rejuvenates, the old and pigmented layers will fade away and fresh new skin is revealed and your skin looks brighter and healthier. Therefore, it is recommended that you drink about 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday.

Look for help from the professionals:

You can also work together with someone professional like the consultant in your preferred facial salon. You might want to consult a doctor or skincare consultant about your skin and ask him or her to recommend you the most suitable and effective products and treatment.

Don’t be lazy to cleanse and exfoliate your face:

Dirt and pollution take their toll on your skin which cause dead skin cells to accumulate and this is one of the reasons for dark and dull skin. Hence, it is important for you to remove this layer of dead cell skin so that the fresh new layers of skin get relieved. You should cleanse your face twice a day to removes the dirt and excess sebum from your skin. Besides, you need to exfoliate your face to scrub off the dead skin cells.

In short, skin whitening is never easy and it requires your long-term effort and commitment. No pain, no gain! You either start now or cry for your dark and dull skin later.

How to Delay Aging

Sadly, you can’t avoid aging. Just right from the time you were born, your body parts already have been aging and there is no exception for your skin as well. Don’t be depressed! Fortunately, despite of the natural aging process, there are some skincare tips that can help you to ensure your skin matches your age or even look younger than you really are.

Keep your hands away from your face:

You can’t imagine how many times you touch your face a day. This not only brings bacteria to your face and cause infection, it can also lead to aging of your skin especially the sensitive area around your eyes. Rubbing your eyes can damage the skin around the eyes because this can create microscopic tears in the tissue which makes the eye area look older; break the capillaries in the eyelids causing telangiectasia; and break the capillaries under the eye intensifying dark circles.

Say no to smoking and drinking:

Smoking and drinking may help you to relax but the cost is your skin will experience premature aging. Smoking and drinking can lead to skin dehydration, premature wrinkles, loss of collagen and elasticity and redness of the skin. In addition, smoking reduces blood supply that keeps skin tissue looking supple and healthy which will accelerate aging and lead to wrinkly face.

Protect your skin against sun damage:

Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin damage and accelerate aging process. UV rays from the sun can suppress your immune system and lead to wrinkles and brown spots. You should apply sunscreen to every area of your skin which subjects to sun exposure. You may also consider wearing sun-protective clothing and choose clothing which uses fabrics that provide added sun protection. Also, staying indoor doesn’t mean you do not have to apply your sunscreen because glass windows, car windshields and windows can’t stop UVA rays. Besides, you are not safe even when it is cloudy, rainy or cold outside as clouds filter out sunlight but not UV rays and UV rays still exist regardless of temperature. The strongest sun ray occurs between 10am and 4pm so you might want to avoid direct sun exposure during this period.

Get sufficient sleep:

Your body needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep to repair itself. 8 hours sleep is still not enough. You should go to sleep not later by 11pm because the most regenerative sleep is between 11pm and 3am. Having sufficient sleep and sleeping on time are important so that your skin cells can repair and regenerate to avoid aging skin. Moreover, sleeping more than 8 hours is also not good for your skin as it will make you look puffy and feel sluggish.

Load up on antioxidants:

Antioxidants prevent premature aging by fighting skin-damaging free radicals.  For example, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects collagen fibers in your skin from damage due to free radicals and promotes skin elasticity. Hence, you should include foods that are anti-oxidant rich in your daily diet. Some sources of antioxidants include black plums, goji berries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, broccoli, olive oil, bell peppers, pecans, red grapes, carrots, beans, dark chocolate and artichokes.

Keep your skin moisturized and hydrated:

As you grow older, the skin tends to lose its moisture easily and appears dry. This can lead to faster collagen depletion, fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore, regular moisturizing is necessary to ensure the skin remains hydrated and nourished. In addition, applying moisturizer immediately after shower can helps the skin to retain the moisture more effectively.

In a nutshell, preventing premature aging is not as easy as say. It requires you to have a healthy and consistent lifestyle and skincare habit.