What is a skin lightening cream?
A skin lightening cream is something that you can use to lighten the complexion of your skin. These lightening creams are very popular with both women from Asia and African countries. In Asian and African countries most of them value of white complexion and see it as being more attractive than darker skin tones. Most women want lovely blemish free skin, if you have skin that is a little bit more tanned or suffer from freckles then you will want to look for a skin lightening treatment.
How does a skin lightening cream work?
To understand how a skin lightening cream works it is helpful to understand how your skin gets its colour. The colour of your skin is determined by the existence of the pigment called melanin. How much melanin you have and how its form will determine how dark or light your skin will appear. Skin lightening creams work by interfering the normal process of melanin production and formation in your skin and therefore affecting the final colour of your skin tone. Additionally some skin whiteness also work by exfoliating your skin. By gently removing the top layer of your skin it will reveal a fresher and slightly brighter layer of skin underneath.
Be wary of skin lightening treatments that have long term side effects
A white complexion is very popular in Asian countries which is why a lot of skin lightening creams will come from overseas. It is important to understand exactly what the active ingredients in these skin lightening cream are. There are a number of ingredients that some skin lightening creams and lotions use which are actually harmful to your skin. Hydroquinone, is one type of active ingredient that has actually been shown to be harmful for you. Also provisionally in the past it was used in most skin lightening treatments, research has started to show that there are actually some serious side-effects related to its long-term use. Application of this product may even lead to hyperpigmentation or other skin tone problems. It is very important that before you try a product that you are absolutely sure that it is safe to use, especially when it comes to skin lightening creams and lotions.
Natural does not mean its all good
If a skin lightening cream claims to be natural or use only natural ingredients it does not mean that there are no known side effects from using the product. In general most of the active ingredients used in skin whitening cream probably would not cause much trouble if used once in a while. Nonetheless most manufacturers will double or triple certain concentrations of active ingredients that when you put on your sensitive skin will lead to skin irritation and problems.