Hundreds if not thousands of people want to have skin that is brighter, lighter and healthy looking. However, this has not always been possible. There are various reasons as to why people would want to whiten their skin, some of which include:
- Having freckles that are highlighted every time you are exposed to the sun.
- Suffering from acne which leaves dark spots all over your face.
- In case you have splotchy skin resulting from allergic reactions to certain foods or other health related issues.
Whatever reason you may have, it is important to carefully select the best option suited for you and one that will not cause any unwanted side effects or make the situation even worse. The following are some of the general tips for ensuring that you achieve a lighter skin complexion within no time.
How to whiten skin fast
It is important to take good care of your skin on a daily basis. This can be done by:
While it won’t magically lighten your skin, it goes a long way to help rejuvenate it and it will help get rid of old dead skin cells and reveal healthier, lighter and brighter looking skin. You should:
- Eat foods that are rich in Vitamins A, C and E while avoiding processed and high calorie containing foods.
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily which speeds up skin rejuvenation.
- Consider food extracts and supplements rich in Omega-3 (fish oil, flaxseed) and anti-oxidants which are vital for healthy skin.
- Quit smoking because it prevents blood flow to the face making it to look ashen and it contributes to premature ageing because it causes wrinkles.
Practice Regular Cleansing & Exfoliation
A good, strict, routine will ensure that your skin is regularly rejuvenated and at the same time expel dead skin. You should therefore:
- Thoroughly wash your face twice daily (morning and night) to remove dirt and excess oil.
- Moisturize using a product that is suited to your skin type; light lotions for oily skin and heavy creams for dry skin.
- Exfoliate weekly by gently rubbing your face with a clean damp cloth. This is particularly useful for removing dead skin cells and revealing the lighter underlying skin.
Daily Skin Protection
It is important to protect your skin against the sun which can cause freckles, sunburns and skin cancer; none of which are conducive to your skin. You should therefore:
- Wear sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating. UV rays cause the body to produce melanin which is responsible for dark skin.
- Wear light, long sleeved clothing, hat and sunglasses if you are exposed to sunlight for long periods of time.
Proven skin care product
There are a number of scientifically tested skin care products that can help with skin whitening.
- Skin Lightening Creams: These work by reducing melanin,
- Be on the lookout for Products that contain arbutin, alpha-hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, kojic acid and Vitamin C. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully and should your skin react to such products, cease immediately.
- Skin products
Retinoids: These are creams made from carotene which effectively lighten skin via exfoliation and increasing cell turnover. They clear acne (higher doses), discoloration and smooth out wrinkles. They, however, increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun therefore they should be used at night. They can cause flakiness, dryness and redness but such symptoms will subside as you get used to the product. They are only available with a prescription but you can get a less potent version known as retinol readily over-the-counter (OTC).
Chemical Peels: These products work by burning away top skin layers which are generally discolored and reveal the underlying fresher light-colored skin. Acidic substances (e.g. alpha-hydroxy acids) are applied on the skin and left for 5 to 10 minutes. They may cause a burning or stinging sensation and leave it looking red for a few days. Chemical peels should be applied 2 to 4 weeks apart. It is important to avoid direct sunlight because the skin is highly sensitive.
Micro-dermabrassion: Skin treatment procedure that involves the application of a small closed vacuum with a rotating diamond tip to the face which enables dead skin cells to be sucked into the vacuum. This will exfoliate the skin and remove the darker top layers. The process lasts for 15 to 20 minutes. 6 to 12 treatments are required to achieve desired results. It is a good option for people sensitive to acidic creams and peels. While some people may experience dryness/redness after the treatment, it has fewer side effects compared to other skin treatments.
DIY home remedies
You can also whiten your skin from the safety of your home and not have to worry about harmful ingredients that are available in some whitening creams. This can be done through a variety of naturally prepared recipes that will give you the same results as commercial skin whitening creams at the fraction of the cost. Most DIY home remedies use items that can be bought in the grocery or health food store.
- Get a teaspoon of almond oil, teaspoon of organic honey, tablespoon of powdered milk and a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix the ingredients and stir well. Apply the paste on desired body parts and leave for 10-20 minutes before washing of with cold water. You can do this daily for best results. Honey is a strong anti-biotic and has been known to reduce age spots, acne and scars significantly. Almond oil contains Vitamins B2, B3, B6 and E along with phytosterols that are good for skin complexion.
- You can also dilute mulberry extract in your skin lotion and apply twice daily to your skin for excellent results. Mulberry extract is rich in Gallic acid and quercetins which are known skin whitening agents.
- Get half a cup of uncooked rice and grind it finely. Add warm water and milk. Stir until you have a thick paste. Apply the paste on desired parts for 20-30 minutes and rinse with warm water. Do this 2-3 times weekly until you get rid of dark skin. Rice is rich in ferulic acid, Vitamins C and E which detoxify your skin. It also contains para-aminobenzoic acid which is a natural sun screen.