Link between skin color: smoking addiction and melanin

July 24th, 2012

It’s interesting what information you can find when doing research on the subject of skin lightening. This news item recently really captured my attention where  Dr. Gary King from Pennsylvania State University studied nicotine — the addictive stimulant responsible for folks craving cigarettes — and melanin, a compound your body produces  that determines skin pigmentation.  And he found a connection!

Nearly fifty years ago the US Surgeon General reported the fact that  smoking is bad for your health. That message has really sunk in as today only 20 percent of Americans smoke compared to the 40% back then.

But new research shows just how addictive smoking is for you depends on the color of your skin. “Living on Earth’s” Ike Sriskandarajah filed this report
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How to lighten skin naturally using a whitening mask

December 19th, 2011

Use this very easy technique that only utilises a handful of natural products to make an effective face whitening mask!

Tips on Getting Lighter Skin

April 2nd, 2011

Considering skin lightening is not a natural process – care needs to be taken when deciding on the treatment to choose and how to use them. Read this article to discover how to lighten your skin in a safe manner.

Quality cosmetic products are designed for individual skin types and you should choose one that suits yours. When utilizing homemade treatments alter them to make them specific to your skin type. Adding honey to creams and masks benefits sensitive skin, while olive oil is great for dry skin. Rose water can be a great addition to liquid whitening cleansers.

Dirty skin contains a layer of dead skin cells, oil and environmental dirt that must be removed prior to lightening the skin. Failure to remove it will block the treatment and render it ineffective. Cleanse skin prior to applying skin lightening treatments.
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Active Ingredients in Skin Lightening Products

March 30th, 2011

In this post we will outline how to get lighter skin. To begin, generally one of the more safe forms of skin lightening is topical treatments. It is generally the least harmful to natural pigmentation that protects you from harmful UV rays and skin cancer. The most popular active ingredient in topical treatments is hydroquinone.

Melanin is the pigment that makes skin darker and hydroquinone is a chemical compound that inhibits production of melanin. The higher the concentration of hydroquinone the stronger the lightening effect is. In general 2% concentration can be purchased without prescription and 4% or higher can be prescribed by a doctor. Studies in mice and other animals show hydroquinone causes leukemia. Studies with humans show minor side effects.

Arbutin is another active ingredient that has melanin-inhibiting properties. It is unsure whether it is stronger or weaker than hydroquinone but currently it is considered safer. Arbutin is extracted from the leaves of plants such as bearberry, cranberry and mulberry and the fact that it is from a natural source make products containing it popular.
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Pills for Making Your Skin Whiter

March 29th, 2011

So far, the most popular form of skin lighteners has been topical treatments. Recently, there has been a surge of skin whitening pills and hype surrounding them. Before you begin using them you should learn about their active ingredients and possible side effects.

Glutathione is the most popular active ingredient, it is a compound that is present naturally in human cells. Glutathione is a natural antioxidant that helps cells function normally. Studies are not yet conclusive, but results are promising. It’s whitening properties may have been discovered by chance and evidence is low on its effectiveness. The studies are generally funded by manufacturers of products using glutathione and therefore have potential to be bias.

Pills containing glutathione are supposed to produce results within six to twelve weeks and if you try these products you should see evidence of it being effective (or perhaps, ineffective) in four months.
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Using Creams to Make your Skin Lighter

March 28th, 2011

There are a number of products available to lighten your skin. One of the most popular currently on the market is skin lightening cream. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to apply, and has been proven to be safe.

When choosing a cream, there are a few things you should examine. First, checkout the the ingredient list carefully. Are the ingredients safe? Have they been tested? The package should explain the safety information about the product, but you should also perform your own research on various ingredients before you purchase. Some studies suggest hydroquinone may not be safe and that azelaic acid in greater concentrations produces negative side effects. Currently, arbutin is considered safe, however, it has not been tested extensively.
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Natural Ways to Effectively Lighten the Color of Your Skin

March 25th, 2011

If you want to achieve lighter skin you can try a variety of treatments that will give you a whitening effect naturally. First, avoid direct sunlight exposure which increases the production of melanin (the pigment that darkens skin). If you are exposed to sunlight ensure you use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15.

To avoid darkening skin you can use lemon juice to clean you skin. This is an excellent alternative to skin lightening cream. The natural acid it contains provides a bleaching effect. Soak a cotton pad in freshly squeezed lemon juice and rub it gently on your skin. If this proves to be too harsh you can dilute it with rosewater or consider using freshly squeezed juice from grapes.

Papaya soap contains bleaching acids, exfoliates dead skill cells and contains beneficial vitamins. Use this soap on your face and body but be sure to moisturize afterward to avoid the negative effect of dryness.
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The Active Ingredients in Skin Lightening Products

March 24th, 2011

There are many options when it comes to choosing a skin lightener. Although many commercial beauty products do exist, you may want to consider creating your own effective products at home. Using all-natural ingredients, you can create formulas that are equally effective as creams that cost over $100.

Here are some of the home ingredients you can use to make your own skin lighteners:

Oats

This grain contains azelaic acid. Recent studies show that in high concentration, it can produce skin whetening. Furthermore, oatmeal can help remove dead skin cells, thus making the skin appear lighter.

There are many recipes available, some require cooked oats to be mixed with orange juice and honey, others that use raw oats. The raw oats are ground to a grain and the mixed with yogurt and lemon juice to produce a topically applied paste. The paste is then applied as a mask on average for around ten to fifteen minutes.
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Homade VS. Commercial Cream to Make Skin Lighter

March 22nd, 2011

If you are trying to learn how to lighten skin, your first step should be determining the most effective methods. Lightening cream is the best solution for most people. Whether to use a cosmetic product from the store or a natural homemade topical treatment is one of the most difficult decisions most people will have to make. In this article, we will outline pros and cons of each method.

The active ingredients in a cosmetic cream have been manufactured with the right amount of each ingredient to be safe and effective.

Homemade products contain similar ingredients (lemon, oats and milk) but it is hard to know the precise concentrations to use to get the best results.

One of the biggest benefits of homemade products is that they are natural. When you add each ingredient you can ensure there are no contaminants and there are no chemicals. Although, just because the ingredients are natural you can still experience negative side effects, especially if you have sensitive skin.
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Tips on Bleaching your Skin

March 20th, 2011

If you are attempting to lighten your skin, consider using a skin bleaching cream. Since there are many different products available, you will want to do as much research as possible before making a purchase. Since you will be applying the product directly to your skin, it’s important that you choose a product that is as safe as possible. Remember that anything applied to this skin will be absorbed in to the body!

It is also important to understand how your skin bleaching cream works before using it. Most creams inhibit production of melanin (the pigment that darkens skin). In addition, some products exfoliate, removing dead skin cells which is a bit harsher on the skin. If the product you use exfoliates it requires more careful use.

Everyone has a different skin type (sensitive, normal, dry, oily, etc.), and you should use a cream that corresponds with your type of skin to decrease the chance of any negative side effects. In addition, using a good moisturizer after treatment will increase the health and radiance of your skin.
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