What Skin Whitening Lotion Can Do For Your Body

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You worry about your face looking its best, but what about the skin on your body? You don’t only have to use a skin whitening lotion when you have as specific skin condition. But that’s the great thing about such lotions: they can target areas while giving you all-over radiance, too.

Here is what skin whitening lotions can do for your body and special precautions to take so that you achieve the best results from them.

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Zap Discoloration

You might only be faced with pigmentation in one area of your body, or all over. What exactly is pigmentation and why is it raining on your parade? When melanin-creating cells in the body become damaged or unhealthy, this affects their melanin production. The result is pigmentation. Various factors can contribute to damaging these cells, such as pregnancy or sun exposure. A skin whitening lotion can help to remove discoloration so that your skin looks more luminous and even-toned.

Skin Tip: It’s not just younger skin that can benefit from pigment-erasing creams. Mature skin can also be remedied! Skintrium’s Esthetic Blend Créme de Laser helps skin become more youthful while getting rid of spots and discoloration.

Encourage New Skin Cells

If you look in the mirror and see a dull skin tone on your body, it’s time for a skin whitening product! Dull skin can be caused by natural aging – from the age of 30, skin cells regenerate at a slower turnover rate, resulting in dead skin cells that give your body a dull appearance. Stress is another cause of dull skin. When you feel stressed out, the body creates epinephrine, which lowers blood flow to the skin.

Skin Tip: You need to choose a skin whitening lotion that will give you a smooth and even skin tone all over – it will look strange if there are areas where your skin has been lightened and brightened, while others have not, so choose a brand you can trust.

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Tighten it up!

When skin ages, it can lose its tightness and elasticity, two hallmarks of youthful and vibrant skin.

A study has shown that certain ingredients can the help to tighten and moisturize the skin. One of these is aloe vera gel, which contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, so it’s worth looking for aloe ingredients in a skin whitening lotion.

Skin Tip:  A lotion you apply on your skin will be most efficient at helping you achieve youthful skin if you also follow healthy lifestyle tips, such as eating the right foods that will keep it hydrated and soft.

Save Sun-Damaged Skin

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Spending a large amount of time in the sun can be highly damaging to your skin: it can lead to issues such as premature aging, redness and roughness. A skin whitening lotion can help to diminish such effects, while working on polishing your skin tone.

Skintrium’s Enhanced Suntan Reducing Cream soothes damaged skin while brightening your skin tone so that it looks more luminous.

Skin Tip: When choosing a skin whitening lotion, always make sure that you also top up on sunscreen when you leave the house. This not only prevents skin from showing pigment, but also ensures that your skin whitening results are maintained.

By choosing a whitening lotion with various benefits to your skin, you can achieve healthier skin. Here’s to body confidence!

Face Bleaching Creams to Help Diminish Scarring

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When people hear the word “bleaching,” negative connotations often come to mind. However, women and men use lightening products for a variety of reasons, and for those who suffer from acne scarring–as well as other types of scars–brightening creams can make a world of difference. They heal old wounds and have the power to help the self-conscious consumer save face (no pun intended).

Don’t get us wrong… scars, moles, and other distinguishing marks can actually enhance beauty! But we firmly believe that cosmetic preferences should be an individual’s choice. Therefore, if you have prominent scars that are bothering you, the following information and product recommendations might creams might be helpful.

What Causes Acne Scars?

The type of the facial scar is highly dependent on skin type. Some people are more susceptible to pigmentation at the site of acne and pimples than others (a lot of this has to do with skin type, hormones, and genetics). As a rule of thumb, the more inflamed the area, the more likely it is that the blemish will leave hyperpigmentation or scarring; changes in the dermis results in changes in collagen production. The deeper the valley–like in cystic acne–the more likely it is that some scarring will occur.

The good news? Discoloration can usually be treated. The dark discoloration (also called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) can result from eczema, acne, keratosis pilaris, or any other type of skin inflammation. If the scar is raised or appears as a deep indent, you might require special treatments like microdermabrasion. However, many non-prescription creams can help you fade the discoloration around scarring.

Bleaching Creams for Face – Ingredients to Look For (And One “No-No”)

Luckily, bleaching has come a long way, and new breakthroughs in brightening technologies have made it possible to lighten hyperpigmentation scarring natural. One favorite is kojic acid, a byproduct in the fermentation of rice malting. (If you like Japanese food and drink, it’s also a crucial component of the Sake-making process.) It helps inhibit the production of too much pigmentation. Basically, it’s a healthy and natural way to lighten scarring and help achieve a more uniform skin tone.

And that was the good news. Now here’s on word of caution; whatever you do, resist using skin creams that contain hydroquinone. The synthetic agent has been known to cause skin irritation and cause allergic reactions. Other positive skin ingredients to look for include aloe vera, gingko biloba, and citrus extracts.

Finding a Formula — A Process

Every person is different. Some claim to have luck fading scarring using simple formulas like Elizabeth Arden’s cult-classic 8-Hour Cream. Others resort to more expensive treatments or creams specifically designed for bleaching. Whatever you do, be sure to consult your dermatologist before using any heavy-duty lightening agents or undergoing a lightening procedure. Skintrium is a great resource, and their staff can give you a consultation that will determine which product best suits your specific needs.

Hope in a Bottle

You don’t have to live with life-long scarring! There are options out there. Do you have an acne-scarring story? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Skin Pigmentation Disorders and Skin Bleaching Agents That Can Help!

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Many of our clients come to us because they have pigmentation issues. However, it can be hard to know whether or not you have “typical” skin-tone variance or a more severe problem. Here is a cursory glance at some of the most common skin pigmentation disorders, paired with a list of products that are sure to help you achieve the complexion of your dreams.

Skin Darkening During Pregnancy

It is quite common for pregnant women to develop patches of darker skin on the face or body. It’s often referred to as “the mask of pregnancy” (a sort of creepy name, no?). However, it’s official title is chloasma, aka melasma gravidarum. There is a genetic component to the condition, and it’s more common for darker-complected women than ladies with lighter skin. Furthermore, the pigmentation patches can become more pronounced with each pregnancy.

Most of the time this hormonal change disappears a few months after delivery. However, for some women, the increased pigmentation doesn’t fade. If you experience these issues, consider using a lightening cream. You can protect yourself from hyperpigmentation by applying SPF, staying out of the sun, and using gentle cleansers and lotions.

Addison’s Disease

This disorder occurs when your body produces insufficient amounts of certain hormones. The adrenal glands don’t produce enough cortisol and aldosterone. Addison’s disease occurs in both men and women, and in people of all ages. It can actually be life-threatening, so if you suspect you’re suffering from the condition, consult your doctor immediately. Treatment includes hormone therapy. Find a list of symptoms here.


Unlike the previous skin disorders on our list, vitiligo involves the loss of skin color is patches. The disease, caused by a shortage of melanin-producing cells, actually affects people of all skin types and colors. However, it might be more noticeable on people with darker skin tones.

Despite affecting skin tone, it can also cause changes in hair and even eyes. Common symptoms include discoloration, premature white or gray hairs, and change of color in mouth tissue and other places. If you suspect that you might be experiencing vitiligo symptoms, consult your doctor and/or dermatologist. Treatments include creams to control inflammation and medications combined with light therapy. Skin bleaching agents can also help even skin tone. Consider investing in a skin-lightening fluid!


When your skin produces too much melanin, hyperpigmentation occurs! This is where Skintrium’s products can make a big difference. Much of our client base is composed of consumers suffering from hyperpigmentation issues. There are a variety of whitening treatments, including soaps, cleansers, and lotions. Consider setting up a consultation and discussing your specific lightening goals. This will help you determine an appropriate course of action.

With the treatments…

Your skin condition doesn’t have to be a source of discomfort or embarrassment! You deserve to have the skin of your dreams! If you’re unsure about a dermatological issue, be sure to consult your doctor. Have any of the conditions above? Leave your comments below.

5 Ways to Stretch Your Skin-Brightening Cream

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If you’ve recently bought a product from us, first we’d like to say “thank you!” We are seriously excited that you’ve chosen Skintrium for your brightening needs. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. At Skintrium (and on this blog) we’re really committed to finding natural lightening alternatives. “Just say no” to harmful chemicals and opt for back-to-nature creams instead!

And to show our appreciation, we’ve penned this article to help you stretch the life of your brightening cream; seriously, it can be rough out there for a beauty-product hoarder or someone trying to deal with major pigment issues. We’ve been there! But with the right products, it really does get better.

Even if you’re an avid reader of our blog but a customer elsewhere, we’d still like to help you save pennies!

Real talk ladies and gents, we know high-end products aren’t always super cheap. (High-quality doesn’t always equal low budget, we’re afraid.) So… we thought we’d give you 5 great ways to save your luxe products and get the most bang for your buck!

Here are our beauty-junkie approved tips:

Sometimes Less Really is More!

This is a great beauty strategy for two reasons! One: applying the right amount of product will save your skin from irritation, breakouts, and other adverse reactions. (Anyone who has ever applied too much retinol knows what we’re talking about.) Two: you save product, which means you save money (and also time, come to think of it). Read the directions! If it says apply a dime-size amount, trust the label and act accordingly!

Try Every Other Night

This is sort of an extension of the last point, but every-other-night cream application can actually give you better results, especially if you’re skin is prone to sensitivity. However, every individual is different. Try both strategies–nightly application and every other evening–and note how your skin reacts.

Put a Lid On it!

Maybe you’re the kind of person that would never do leave a cap or lid off of an expensive product. However, some among us (aka the writers of this blog) are a bit more forgetful and need a reminder! Put your lid back on when you’re done with your brightening-cream application. And put it on tight! Don’t let the product oxidize and get all funky! You’ll be glad you did!  

Get Your Hands Dirty

Ditch the cotton balls, cotton rounds, and brushes! Instead use your fingers! You waste less product, help save the environment, and you’ll feel oh-so bohemian!  A triple win!

Know Product-Application Order

It’s important to know when to apply cleanser, toner, sunscreen, creams, etc.  Do your research and find the right product order for your lightening regimen. It’s usually best to apply your brightening cream at night. That way, your body is concentrating it’s energy on repairing your skin!

When in doubt… it’s brightening cleanser, SPF, and moisturizer in the morning and cleanser, moisturizer, and heavy-duty creams and serums at night. Think smart application! Favor product quality over quantity.

What do you think, brightening babes?

Are you going to try our strategies at home? We hope that our tips help you stretch the life of your favorite brightening product!

We want to hear from you. What are your favorite product-saving tips and DIYs? Leave your beauty wisdom in the comments below!

Savvy Soap Suds! What You Need to Know About Skin Lightening Soaps

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Savvy Soap Suds! What You Need to Know About Skin Lightening Soaps

If your aim is to have brighter, lighter skin, a skin lightening soap might be just the ticket. However, don’t be fooled by how easy they are to use. There are some things you should know before scrubbing down in the shower so that you can achieve the best skin lightening results.

Natural Picks and Perks

There are many skin lightening soap products available, but your best bet would be to choose ones that contain ingredients which naturally lighten skin. These are usually the most effective and gentle. Some of the best ingredients include:

1. Aloe Vera

It contains a natural compound called anthraquinone which leaves your skin looking whiter and more radiant. The best part about aloe is that it is great for use on all skin types, even sensitive ones. Whole leaf Aloe Vera concentrate can be found in Skintrium’s Nutritive Pigmentation Reduce Cleansing Milk, which removes impurities while brightening skin.

2. Citrus Extracts

Orange and lemon are commonly found in skin whitening products. It has been said that using lemon on skin can be a natural way to eradicate spots over time, while citrus extracts in general contain hesperidin in their peels and membranes. Studies have shown that this bioflavanoid has a powerful ability to prevent melanin synthesis without being toxic to cells.

3. Liquorice Extract

Think liquorice for ‘luminous’ because it fights inflammation while erasing pigmentation and other dark spots on the skin. Liquorice extract is also known as a great natural alternative to hydroquinone, a chemical that is best avoided in skin whitening products due to its harshness on skin and carcinogenic quality.

Longer-Lasting Results

Although using a lightening soap feels convenient, it doesn’t mean that you should use it on skin that hasn’t been sloughed of dead skin cells. Always make sure you exfoliate your skin properly as this will help you achieve better coverage and give you longer-lasting whiteness. Some soaps contain exfoliating ingredients in them already, making them even more of a snap to use. An example is Skintrium’s Skin Soho Soya White Cleansing Solid soap. It helps to exfoliate skin while hydrating and protecting it with its blend of luxurious and natural ingredients. Even just after a few days of use, it will make your skin softer and brighter.

Skin Like Suede

One of the benefits of using skin lightening soap products is that they can leave your skin in great condition, feeling silky smooth and moisturized. However, in order to maximize on this effect make sure you choose a soap that contains ingredients to keep your skin hydrated and glowing. These include nourishing oils that are known for leaving skin feeling luxurious, such as almond and jojoba oils.

Savvy Soap Suds! What You Need to Know About Skin Lightening Soaps

Sun Protection is a Must

The whitening effect doesn’t stop the minute you step out of the shower. Taking care of your skin is a must to ensure that it will continue to look its best. It’s all about maintenance! For this, you have to make sure you always wear sunscreen. Not protecting your skin against the harsh rays can lead to your whitening efforts losing effect. It’s sort of like boiling water for a hot cup of tea and then popping it into the freezer: the conflicting ideas just don’t make sense! So, to enjoy your brighter skin for longer, slap on the sunscreen every time you leave the house, no exceptions.

By following these tips when using a skin lightening soap, you can ensure radiant, gorgeous skin every time.

Underarm Whitening Products: What’s Available and What’s Right for Me?

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If the skin under your arms is darker than the rest of your body, you might feel insecure about wearing sleeveless tops or raising your arms. However, there are whitening products that can treat dark underarms. Here are some tips on choosing the right one for you.

Treat the Cause

Dark underarms are usually caused by numerous things, such as an accumulation of dead skin cells. Sometimes exfoliation can help in such a case, but if the problem is stubborn or its origin is something else, such as pigmentation, then a bleaching agent can be beneficial. Knowing the cause of your underarm darkening can help you choose the right solution for it.

Keep it Subtle

The skin on your underarms might not feel sensitive – it’s used to being shaved and waxed, after all – but don’t be fooled because it is delicate! Therefore, you want to avoid using any skin whitening products that will be too harsh or result in irritation. Plant-based ingredients are good to look for in skin whitening products as these are gentler than chemicals. Often, these products have skin-soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera that keep your skin looking healthy.

Skintrium’s Esthetic Blend Skin Whiten Complex brightens skin all over your body while nourishing it with botanical elements, with one of its main ingredients being pure Aloe Vera extract.

Aloe Vera is also a good ingredient for people with combination skin because it hydrates the skin without creating unwanted oiliness. If you suffer from dry skin, on the other hand, natural products are especially beneficial because they won’t cause irritation.

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Ingredients to Use – and Lose

Other good skin whitening ingredients include retinoic acid and glycolic acid. These are known to be effective, plus they are good for use on sensitive skin. After applying the product for a few weeks, you will see results. Skintrium’s xF 3.0 Exfoliating Brightening Pads contain glycolic acid and can be used two to three times a week to exfoliate and brighten skin simultaneously!

An ingredient to avoid, however, is hydroquinone. This chemical has been banned in some countries for being too harsh on skin as well as its link to health issues such as cancer.

Don’t Sweat it!

If you suffer from excessive sweating under your arms, it can be beneficial to exfoliate the area well to prevent the accumulation of dirt and dead skin cells which can lead to darker underarms. Skintrium’s Physical Pigment Reduce Body Smoother improves your skin tone with oatmeal, walnut and lactic acid to slough away dead skin cells and boost your skin texture. It also prepares the body for lightening so that you will achieve best results.

Follow a Gorgeous Skin Routine   

When using a skin whitening product, bear in mind that it’s always good to follow a proper skincare routine to work with the product. It’s not enough to bleach your underarms but then never moisturise your skin, for instance.

  • Try switching from shaving your underarms to waxing them instead as this can result in less irritation.
  • Follow a proper cleansing and moisturising routine twice daily.
  • Start using organic deodorants that don’t contain ingredients that can be harsh on the skin.

These good skin habits result in radiant, even skin.

How to Choose the Best Skin Lightening Cream

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How would you best describe your skin? Oily, dry, combination, sensitive? No two people are exactly alike, and no two complexions are identical. That’s why it’s vital you find a lightening cream that meets your particular needs. Not only is it important to know your skin type, it’s crucial you consider bleaching intensity, method, and budget! We’re here to break it down into categories and find a lightening cream that’s perfect for you!

Oily Skin

Oily skin is a horse of a different color. It’s hard to strike that balance between moisture and “too much grease.” You want to achieve fair, flawless skin while simultaneously resisting larger pores, breakouts, and shine. In seeking to banish blemishes, you also want to avoid stripping the skin of its nutrients and youthful glow. One stellar ingredient? Salicylic acid. Look for it in your next bleaching purchase, and you’ll be buying a lightening agent AND a clear-skin treatment.

Dry Skin

Your skin is begging for nourishment and relief from redness! That’s why you should look for soothing components like aloe vera, fruit extracts, lactic acid, and other moisturizers. Since dry skin is often sensitive, it’s best to pick a formula that is mild and delivers results over a prolonged period of time. If you’re worried about a cream causing irritation, do a test spot on your forearm or wrist. That way, you can assess its effectiveness before you slather it all over your lovely visage.


In some regards, you’ve got the worst of both worlds. You tend to be oily in your T-Zone and dry in other places. However, when you discover your skincare sweet spot, you strike a perfect balance that makes other skin types envious. A dewy, clear complexion is definitely the envy of your peers. When scouring labels for ingredients, look for keywords like tea-tree oil, rosehip oil, and citrus.

Sensitive Skin

You’re a beautiful, delicate flower, aren’t you? But you have a beautiful (albeit sensitive) complexion. It’s very important for you to invest in soothing properties like camomile, aloe vera, and green-tea extract. Once you discover your winning, skincare fix all, you’ll shimmer like a Renaissance Goddess, you lucky thing!

The most important tip to remember is that bleaching is a process. It often takes time and energy to find a formula that’s right for you. Whether you invest in a serum, cream, cleanser, or moisturizer, your bleaching method should be intuitive and enjoyable. After all, bleaching should be a luxurious, pleasant experience that makes you feel pampered and confident! Spare no expense. Be patient. Trial and error is expected and encouraged. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Seek out a beauty consultant, read product reviews, and talk to friends with similar biology! And please… feel free to reach out to the lightning community. That’s what we’re here for.

Now go out and be gorgeous, darlings!

Leave your comments and personal skincare stories in the comments. Every anecdote helps!

Get Glowing Skin: Lifestyle Tips and Skin Brightening Lotion

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A dull or blotchy complexion can totally ruin your look, no matter how well your makeup has been applied. Luckily, you don’t have to be stuck with skin that slashes your confidence.

Now that winter’s on its way, you’re in luck. It’s the perfect time to tackle an uneven or dull skin tone because you’re not going to be in the sun as much as when you were during summer, which means you give those UV rays that can reveal skin problems such as sunspots a miss.

By following some important tips and choosing the right products, you can brighten up your skin.

Lose the Bad Lifestyle Habits

Alcohol and caffeine can be damaging to the skin because they dehydrate it. Alcohol can especially have the effect of making your face flushed because it increases blood flow to the skin. Watch out for hidden sources of caffeine, as can be found in vitamin waters, coffee-flavoured iced drinks, supplements and sports drinks.

Another lifestyle change is to cut down on your sodium intake. Too much of this in your diet can deplete moisture in your skin, which leaves it looking dull and dry.

Boost Collagen Production

Try to hydrate your skin by drinking lots of water daily and eating foods that help to increase collagen production of the skin as well as help new cells form. This has a skin brightening effect, while also making you appear more youthful. The foods that nourish your skin in that way are those high in essential fatty acids, such as walnuts, flax seeds and salmon.

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Revive Your Skin Cells

Moisturizing flaky, dead skin is an important part of your beauty regime, but it’s not enough to brighten up your complexion. It’s a must to get rid of the dead skin cells that are making your skin look dull. So, remember to exfoliate! Using the right exfoliating products will ensure your skin glows.

Skintrium’s Pigment Reduce Physical Face Smoother has a three-in-one facial wash that cleanses skin while gently exfoliating, and then refining your complexion so that it can look its best. Facial pigment is also treated by this face wash, because by polishing your skin it will become more receptive to lightening treatments that whiten and brighten skin.

Wear a Mask

You can help to brighten your skin in a natural way with skin-soothing ingredients that you can mix together in a face mask. The ingredients you will need are:

  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of oatmeal
  • 1/2 a cup of mashed avocado and mango
  • 1 teaspoon of milk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel

Once you have blended these well, gently apply the mixture all over your face and sit with it for approximately 15 minutes. Then wash it off with cool water. You can use this mask a few times a week. Make sure to apply moisturizer to your skin afterwards to lock in moisture.

Illuminate Your Face

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An important part of acquiring brighter skin is making your skin appear youthful. That means tackling the signs of ageing that can sometimes creep up on us. Products that increase skin radiance while removing signs of wrinkles should offer the skin moisture.

Radiance Restore Elixir by Skintrium contains herbal nutrients and hydrating oils to smooth your skin and give it greater clarity. It will also lighten your natural skin tone with continued use, making you look much more luminous.

It’s great to know that dull or damaged skin can be repaired with the right lifestyle tweaks and skin brightening lotions. Now you can face the world with glowing, gorgeous skin!

Professional Skin Bleaching – Is This the End of the Tanning Trend?

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Are tanning beds a thing of the past? The Atlantic just penned a lengthy article asking that very question. Some evidence suggests we might finally be moving from a society obsessed with soaking up UV rays to a culture that embraces a spectrum of natural, healthy skin tones and types.

An Industry in Decline

According to the essay, the only part of the indoor tanning industry that’s thriving is the spray tan segment. Overwhelmingly, people are opting for temporary color instead of “fake and bake’s” long-lasting damage.

This might have something to do with recent, federal tanning taxes, statewide age restrictions, and an onslaught of visceral tanning PSAs. Even drug store shelves seem to be bursting with new sunscreen lines and other protectants. Needless to say, the public is finally acknowledging what we’ve known for awhile: paleness can be beautiful, too.

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Tanning as a Status Symbol

So how did the whole tanning craze catch on? Well.. Coco Chanel started it all in the early 20’s after vacationing in the French Riviera. And if you’ve ever picked up a copy of Vogue, you know her influence was and is a force to be reckoned with. She changed the tanning game, and it’s been going strong ever since.

Once upon a time, fair skin meant aristocracy (which is problematic… but we digress.) Overexposure to sunlight suddenly went from being correlated with menial labor to symbolizing luxury and wealth. In order to look fancy enough for that “glamorous, vacation look,” one had to lay out.

Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a healthy tan… but some evidence suggests that a tan is rarely healthy. If bronze isn’t your natural look, you might want to think about embracing your paler shade.

So How Do You Rock Your Given Color?

Loving the skin you’re in is a process. It’s not as if you wake up one morning and all your self-consciousness and hang ups are magically cured. Be kind and patient with yourself on your journey to self acceptance.

One piece of advice? If you are going to spend time and energy on your beauty regimen, Invest in products that ensure your skin is even in tone, hydrated, and exfoliated. It’s not about changing your identity. Every shade is beautiful and unique. It’s about making sure your skin is healthy and reflects the vibrant person you are inside. (Sorry to sound so cheesy, but it’s true!)

What Your Beauty Choices Don’t Mean

Contrary to popular belief, skin bleaching doesn’t necessarily mean the person is ashamed of their color or trying to erase their ethnicity. Often, bleachers are trying to correct skin issues such as hyperpigmentation, uneven tone, and scarring. Unlike tanning, changing skin hue and texture through safe, natural bleaching products doesn’t cause skin cancer and other health risks. All beauty modification is not created equally. Some procedures and practices–like responsible bleaching–are safe, and others–like tanning–are not.

It’s time to open a dialogue and discuss beauty, cultural influences, motivation, and healthy alternatives. What’s your skin acceptance story? Share your thoughts in the comments. Stay gorgeous, friends.

Fact or Fiction: Skin Lightening Myths Debunked

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There’s a lot of misinformation out there, so we’re here to set the record straight on skin lightening, beauty, and the whitening basics.

Myth #1: If you lighten your skin, you are ashamed of your culture.

Skin lightening can be a controversial subject. Everyone wants to weigh in on the underlying societal pressures that influence such decisions. Those opposed to the treatments question others’ cosmetic choices, asking, “Are you ashamed of the skin you’ve been given?” or they might say, “You’re just giving into a prescribed idea of beauty.”

Here’s the truth of the matter: what you do with your body is nobody’s business but yours. So, of course, it’s good to analyze your motivations for skin lightening. Make sure it’s an informed, confident decision. However, people all over the world lighten for myriad reasons. Maybe you have uneven pigment? Melasma has made your skin less than stellar? Maybe you just like the way it looks? Regardless, that’s your choice, and other people should respect it (or politely keep their mouths shut).

Myth #2: All lighteners are dangerous and full of harsh chemicals.

In another era, this might have been true. Hydroquinone irritated many a beautiful complexion, and skin lightening got a bad rep because of it. However, in today’s market, many companies (cough, Skintrium, cough) offer whitening formulas that contain zero harsh chemicals and utilize natural ingredients.

Scientific breakthroughs have pushed the beauty industry progress. But not all beauty brands are created equal. Do your research and find a company that shares your beauty values.


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Myth #3 Once you see results, you can stop treatment.

Wouldn’t that be lovely? However, lightening is a commitment that you must continue if you wish to keep seeing results. I don’t stop taking a multivitamin when I’m feeling healthy. It’s preventative.

You may be able to tone down your regimen to maintain your results. However, every person is different, and the process requires some trial and error. But we like to believe that your skin is an asset and that its maintenance is an investment. After all, trends come and go, hairstyles fluctuate, but gorgeous skin is timeless.

Myth #4: One product fits all.

Your method of whitening depends on your specific needs. Do you have dry skin? You might need a moisturizing formula. Likewise, if you’re prone to oiliness and blemishes, an exfoliating version with lactic acid might be up your alley.

Be sure to consult with a beauty specialist and/or dermatologist, and be prepared to outline your skin history. This will help you choose a product that’s right for your skin type.

Confidence equals radiance.

Let’s review, shall we? Skin lightening is your prerogative… and while well-meaning friends and family may chime in with (unsolicited) advice, only you can decide what makes you feel really beautiful. Your definition of “stunning” shouldn’t be predicated on anyone else’s two cents. So do you, darlin’, and let haters hate.

If you do decide that lightening is for you, make sure the products you purchase don’t contain harmful synthetic chemicals, have received good reviews, and utilize natural ingredients. Then shower, smear, and hydrate your way to a gorgeous complexion.

How about you, readers? Tell us about your lightening experiences.