Skin Whitening Lifestyle: Eat Right and Be Sun-Smart

What You Need to Know About Skin Whitening – Part 4

If you have begun your research into skin whitening options, you have likely come across various treatments, such as pills, creams, bleaches and laser therapy. What you may not yet be aware of, is that in conjunction with the skin whitening product you will be using, you can also make certain lifestyle choices to help augment and maintain the product’s skin whitening effect.

Standard advice for maintaining healthy, blemish-free skin should also be taken to heart when pursuing skin whitening treatment, such as being aware of sun exposure. UV rays speed up melanin production, which, if you are turning to skin whitening products to even out dark spots in your complexion, is exactly opposite of what you want to see happening.

While the skin whitening product will whiten the dark skin area, too much sun exposure will darken it right back again. The lesson here is to remember your beauty advice: Stay out of the sun when you can (which does not mean you have to stay inside, but consider wearing a stylish hat outdoors) and use plenty of sunscreen. Even if you are not prone to burning, you are not immune to UV damage, so remember that you need to reapply sunscreen often, depending on the sunscreen’s SPF level and the activities you are engaging in (sweat-producing exercise and getting in the water are two primary activities that need frequent sunscreen reapplication). Plus, check out the various make-up products at your favorite beauty store that contain SPF protection so you can look fabulous and protect your skin during skin whitening treatment simultaneously.

But sun-smart tactics are not the only lifestyle choices that can help keep your skin looking lovely and even-toned. Did you know balanced nutrition also helps strengthen your skin? Keeping a healthy and balanced diet is not only for satisfying your body’s nutritional needs and preventing eating-related illnesses. Eating healthy also enriches your exterior, from your hair down to your toenails.

Enjoy foods in the antioxidant category such as blackberries, blueberries and black grapes. Not only are these foods delicious, but antioxidants are fantastic for your skin. Antioxidants fight against free radicals that damage your cells and cause cellular decay, so eating foods from this powerhouse group keeps your skin glowing and fresh.
Remember to drink lots of water. Water hydrates your skin, which keeps it free of blemishes. By keeping in mind how much water you are drinking, you are giving the skin whitening product a big helping hand. As the product is doing its work, you are right there behind it protecting and strengthening the new skin.

Skin whitening products will work to reduce uneven skin tone areas to give you a beautiful flawless complexion. But you will have to maintain that complexion after treatment has ended in order to keep your skin looking beautiful. By making certain lifestyle choices, which benefit you in more ways than just skin whitening, you will be able to make the skin whitening treatment really count, and you will enjoy a lovely, even-toned complexion for a long time afterward.

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What Skin Whitening Products Do

The pigment melanin is involved in creating skin, eye and hair color. Many people experience too much melanin production, which shows up in uneven skin tone and darker patches on various areas of the body. Skin whitening products work to reduce or block melanin production, and inhibit the enzyme that kicks off the melanin process.

Two of the most popular ingredients in skin whitening beauty products are glutathione and metathione. These are powerful antioxidants that occur naturally in the body, so using skin whitening products with these antioxidants as the primary whitening agents means that you are taking steps to an even-toned complexion in a safer, less damaging manner than some of the more caustic bleaching beauty products.

Glutathione nourishes and repairs your skin, working to:

  • Give skin a radiant glow
  • Reduce the appearance of pores
  • Produce anti-aging results
  • Improve skin hyperpigmentations
  • Make skin smoother and clearer

As you can see, with all of these great skin benefits glutathione has to offer, it follows that skin whitening beauty products would employ greater concentrations of this naturally occurring and very powerful antioxidant to help people achieve even skin tone.

Metathione is a type of glutathione and is, therefore, also a powerful antioxidant that naturally occurs in the body. Metathione helps to repair the cells that get damaged due to the type of environment we live in, such as smoggy cities, the water we drink and the chemicals and pesticides we are exposed to in food. This repair ability translates to a fantastic beauty benefit thanks to these antioxidants’ ability to repair damaged areas and to lighten problem skin patches.

Other common skin whitening beauty products contain various bleaching agents. Many people are attracted to the bleaching products because they sometimes can produce fast results. Bleaching products contain various types of acid (the type of acid depends on the bleaching beauty product brand) that strips away your old skin to expose the new skin underneath. Bleaching products may contain a sunscreen component to protect your new skin from being damaged before it has had a chance to develop defenses.

If you choose a bleaching method, be prepared to experience slight itching where the bleach is applied, skin dryness and peeling dry skin. While bleaching products can produce great results, there is also the risk of short-term and long-term skin damage as a result of using too much bleach or not the right type of product for your skin. Always consult a dermatologist before deciding on a skin whitening regimen.