Natural Bleaching Agents – Be Kind to Your Skin

The color of the skin will be affected by a number of factors and in most cases, a dark skin is not always natural. Some of the things that can affect the color of the skin include the excess exposure to the sun. Other than the sun, there are also other factors that can affect the color of the skin. Regardless of the cause of a darker skin, you can ensure that you have a lighter skin.

When it comes to the beauty industry, of course there is plenty of products that you can choose from, most will claim to be completely natural, although in most cases they only have some natural ingredients in combination with some chemicals. I recommend you have a look at this lightening creams review by organic beauty expert if you want to try these products. However, there are also some natural bleaching agents you can find at your home that help to make the skin tone lighter. Here are some of them.

1. Tomatoes

This is an organic bleaching agent, which will work naturally on the skin, without any possible side effects. The tomatoes contain an astringent and cooling property, in addition, they have a higher content of Vitamin C, which is a vital component. This makes the tomato a great remedy for lightening the skin, especially for those who have skins that are extra oily and are prone to acne. Tomatoes have organic acidic composition, which helps to level the pH of the skin and also they help to remove all the excess oil in the skin. It also contains some antioxidants, which fights the free radicals in the skin, so you will be having a lighter and a younger skin.

2. Citrus Fruits

The membrane and the peels of the citrus fruits have Hesperidin, a component that a bioflavonoid. It was studied that the Hesperidin is able to reduce the production of melanin in the skin. The melanin produced in the skin is what causes the skin to appear darker. Some bioflavonoids, including Hesperidin, are normally considered as Vitamin P. This is not an original vitamin. The bioflavonoid in the citrus helps to ease the synthesis of Vitamin C. This will help to lighten the skin tone and make it healthier.

3. Milk

Another organic agent for bleaching the skin is milk, which has high levels of calcium. Other than calcium helping to strengthen the bones and teeth, it also helps to lighten the skin color. Calcium helps in arousing the melanocytes. The melanocytes are cells of the skin that yield the melanin pigment. When calcium gets to the top part of the skin epidermis, the skin will be able to block the loss of moisture. For that, the skin won’t be dry. A dry skin can also gradually turn color, so this will be helpful. Also, there is lactic acid in the milk, so when you use the milk on your skin, you will be limiting the pigmentation of the skin.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a common compound that is known to help to beautify the skin. One of the ways that it does this is by lightening the skin. Aloe Vera contains a compound called Aloesin, which limits the activity of tyrosinase, in turn, it will regulate the production of melanin. As less melanin will be produced, the skin will be lighter. The Aloe Vera Gel can help greatly in making the skin look lighter as you use it daily.

5. Yogurt

Yogurt is another natural skin lightening agent that is also readily available. It also contains lactic acid, which is an eminent compound that lightens the skin. Lactic is also well known to be a gentle alpha hydroxy acid, AHA. The AHA plays the role of an exfoliant, which contributes in the fast shedding of the dead skin cells. The dead skin cells not only makes the skin look aged, but also, it helps to lighten the skin. As the dead skin shades off, new cells will be created and the dullness of the skin will be removed. As the lactic acid inhibits the production of melanin, the skin will look lighter in time.

6. Lemon Juice

This is another natural remedy for a lighter skin and it is also readily available. The juice contains a natural astringent as well as other organic bleaching properties that work naturally on the skin. The properties also help to get rid of excess oil on the skin. The astringent helps to tighten the pores, which limits the secretion of sebum. It also contains vitamin C, a compound that is vital to the skin and in the body.

These are the most common natural remedies for bleaching a darker skin. They can be found at home and they are not associated with any side effects.

Ageless Natural Skin Care Secret: Compressing

face cleansingMany women the world over have very simple facial skin care programs:  wash, rinse, tone, moisturize, repeat twice per day.

In this article I want to talk about a pretty important, yet critically missing step in a women’s facial skin cleansing routine:

Compressing

Now maybe you are one of the lucky few whose mother was a great beauty and had secrets handed down to her by her mother and grandmother…

But that doesn’t happen for many of women struggling to keep up with the latest in facial skin care.

Facial compressing is an old secret and important step in any women’s natural facial skin care program. Few of today’s modern women have actually heard of pre-cleansing, much less compressing. Compressing is the critical pre-cleansing step to your daily natural skin care ritual.

Compressing is also known as hydrotherapy, and is very beneficial to the overall health of your skin. You can add an herbal infusion to the sink basin water for your compress to additionally nourish and condition your skin. and help alleviate and heal skin problems.

Compressing reduces the amount of facial cleanser you need to wash your face. It’s often an overlooked part of your program.

Compressing has a unique side benefit.

Compresses give your skin needed moisture and help you combat the aging process naturally. How?

Compressing starts the facial cleansing process by softening and loosening soil, dirt, sebum, and impurities that have built up throughout the day alleviating the need to treat your facial skin roughly during your cleansing routine. This makes the cleansing process easier and far less abrasive and harsh. Instead of scrubbing or rubbing, you can then just gently pat or press your cleanser into your facial skin and rinse gently, with great results and without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

The temperature of your water is the critical element for successful compressing.

Warm water (not hot) compresses relax your facial muscles, easing tensions, and encourages glandular activity, which helps your skin purge toxins from your body. Beyond that, warm water compresses increase circulation while hydrating your skin.

Tepid (or lukewarm) water will help you avoid aggravating sensitive or hyperactive skin (too extreme water temperatures will aggravate certain skin conditions, so tepid – lukewarm water is usually the best way to go for daily cleansing of hyperactive skin).

Cool water is refreshing, revitalizing and have a toning effect on your skin. Cool water compresses will calm inflammation and also hydrate your skin.

Carefully select water temperature based on your skin’s propensity and current condition.

  • sensitive – tepid to warm
  • oily – cool to tepid
  • dry or mature –  warm
  • blemished – cool to tepid

NEVER USE EXTREME WATER TEMPERATURES!

If you are using hot water to wash your face or skin… this will dry because it strips away your natural oils and prompt your capillaries to swell and break. Cold water will harm your tiny capillaries as well can suppress glandular functions in your skin. Extreme water temperatures are shocking to your facial nerves and over time can cause them to desensitize.

Steps to using facial compressing as part of your pre-cleansing skin routine

You’ll want to keep a stack of clean organic cloths for your compresses next to your sink basin. You’ll be using a clean cloth every time your compress. The reason why: damp cloths are a breeding ground for bacteria and you don’t want to press a bacteria-filled cloth to your face every day. I like terry cloths or cloths made of bamboo, they are typically not as harsh on your skin. If you can find them, brand new cloth baby diapers are an excellent way to clean your face. The cloth is super soft and the napping won’t scratch delicate skin.

Close your eyes for just a moment, take a few slow deep breaths, as oxygen is very important to your skin’s health. As you start to relax away the day’s stresses, follow the next few steps.

  1. Thoroughly rinse a clean organic washcloth to remove all detergent residue.
  2. Fill your sink basin with the correct water temperature for your skin type. We talked about water temperatures in our first segment of compressing.
  3. Lean over the sink basin, dip the clean cloth in the water and hold the washcloth to your face and neck for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat for at least 10 compresses (if you were wearing heavy makeup, I suggest doing this for at least 15 compresses to give your skin a chance to relax).
  4. Cleanse as usual.

Compressing is three simple steps that takes about two minutes to accomplish. After about a week of doing this daily, you’ll start to notice a fresher, glowing appearance to your skin.

Essential oils

Essential oils are added to your water, but because oils do not mix with water, you should ad the essential oil to a dispersing agent to evenly distribute it throughout the water. This prevents hot spots of the oils that could irritate your skin.

If you are new to essential oils, try using one of the three best essential oils for absolutely any skin type:

  • Lavender – soothing to dry and inflamed skin, it is uplifting, balancing, and clarifying. Lavender can promote calmness, ease tension and depression; relax and balance the mind, body and skin; soothe tired muscles and benefits the immune system by encouraging stillness and tranquility. A side benefit: Lavender also aids in PMS symptoms.
  • Neroli calms anxiety, and relieves depression, and balances both oily and dry skin, since it has an sebum balancing effect on the skin’s glands. Neroli is also known to enhance skin tone and support the body when under stress.
  • Rose has cooling and astringent benefits, useful in cooling and soothing pimples, rashes, and other skin irritants. It is outstanding for all skin types, but especially refreshing for dry, sensitive or aging skins. Rose oil can help diminish redness caused by enlarged capillaries.

Directions for adding essential oils to your compressing or cleansing water

  • 2 – 5 drops of essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar (you can use apple cider vinegar if you prefer over white vinegar)
  • swirl together in a small dish. Add this combination to your water. Stir well with your hand and immerse your compressing cloth. Wring and apply to your skin.

The Beauty Industry – Unregulated, Unstoppable?

Would you be surprised to learn that the FDA requires absolutely no testing, health studies of any kind in relation to the creams, toners, and cosmetics that you rub into your skin?

About 10,500 different cosmetic ingredients and a similar number of fragrance ingredients are being used by the cosmetic industry.

In a systematic comparison of ingredients in 7,500 personal care products against government lists of cancer-causing chemicals, the Environmental Working Group has found that one of every 100 products on the market lists on the label a known or probable human carcinogen, and an astonishing one-third of all products contain one or more ingredients with at least some evidence of carcinogencity in laboratory studies or investigations of human populations.

One out of every 100 products

Take a walk through the department store. How many products do they stock promising the fountain of youth and happiness ever after? Hundreds.

Now get this, the average woman probably uses between 9 and 15 products a day, comprising of over 126 chemicals on average, that we rub, wash, and dab onto our skin. So what is the probability that you might have a carcinogenic (cancer causing) ingredient in one of your products? I don’t know, but if I am like many women, I happen to try on a ton of different products as I am browsing through the store.

Recently I learned two things:

  1. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate cosmetic products or how they are advertised
  2. Manufacturers and companies do not have to prove claims of scientific testing.

Now doesn’t this concern you even just a little bit? It really concerns me. Commonly used marketing terms such as “natural,” “revolutionary,” “dermatologist tested,” “clinically tested” and “hypo-allergenic” are all suspect. If you don’t know your ingredients, you just don’t really know what you are putting on your hair, around your eyes, on your face.

And we wonder why women are suffering from breast cancer and skin cancer at an all time high.

“Most of the chemical ingredients in cosmetics have never been assessed for safety. Despite industry claims that the products are fully tested, that’s just not the case,” says Stacy Malkan, a spokeswoman for The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. According to the campaign, 89 percent of the 10,500 ingredients the FDA has determined is used in personal-care products “have never been evaluated for safety by the FDA, the industry-funded Cosmetics Industry Review panel or any other publicly accountable institution.”

An interesting statistic, and you can look at additional research conducted by the EWG (you can view their Skin Deep report, including an ingredient database that will tell you what ingredients have actually not been tested).

In this day and age, I am surprised to learn that such an industry could go on for so many years self-regulated, and completely unchecked. It’s time to stop this industry from ravaging our bodies, destroying our self esteem, killing our self image, and it’s time to stand up and take action.