We have dead skin cells that stay on our skin causing some pigmentation. They can be removed through exfoliation. This process reveals another skin layer that is lighter, smooth and clear. Most exfoliants contains citric acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, malic acid, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs) and fruit enzymes in high and lower concentrations depending on the skin type with the assistance of a medical professional.
There are some brands of whitening soaps in the market catering to those who would like to have a lighter skin tone. Look for soaps that contain placenta, glutathione, kojic acid and arbutin for they are effective in skin lightening with regular use without the harmful side effects. A fair skin looks clean and perceived by many as the skin of “rich” people. In some countries, being black is ridiculed for they are considered as slaves, thus the start of discrimination. Skin color is not a basis of social status, just a personal preference of some people.
The lactic acid in milk lightens the dark pigmentation on the skin. Milk bath is the beauty secret of the Egyptian princess Cleopatra. Also, milk acts as a toner to any skin type. It increases the elasticity and firmness of the skin while replenishing moisture. It penetrates the pores as it deeply cleans the skin from dirt, oil and blackheads. Milk has incredibly lots of uses for the skin that it can be considered an all-in-one beauty treatment.
Lemon is a natural astringent that is highly concentrated with ascorbic and citric acid. Although natural, the presence of acid in large doses is quite strong that can create an irritation on the skin when not managed accordingly. Lemon might not be suitable for those who have sensitive skin. In relation to this, citrus fruits like lemon are high in Vitamin C. The ascorbic acid or Vitamin C can produce skin lightening by disrupting tyrosinase which initiates melanin production. The study conducted by Dr. Patricia K. Farris at the Tulane University School of Medicine that was published in the “Dermatologic Surgery” journal discovered that Vitamin C was efficient in promoting collagen synthesis including photo-protection from ultraviolet A and B as well as lightening hyperpigmentation when applied externally.
Prolonged use of the mentioned items and procedure can result to a bright and beautiful skin that is envied by most women. To ensure safety, stick with natural products with moderate use. The result is not immediate but you are secured that nothing hazardous could happen. On the other hand, those who want instant results, there are chemical treatments available but go to a credible and reliable treatment centre.