Decades ago people experimented with skin whitening products, and that was okay: Our knowledge base was still very limited concerning skin whitening and the science was still in its infancy. But then disaster struck. Many are still alive today who live with the scars. Out went mercury and hydroquinone as the hot skin brightening ingredients in skin care products. Or did they?
The fact is that even today, with all the knowledge we have about the cancer causing properties of mercury and hydroquinone many skin whitening creams are still being sold in the stores by unscrupulous businessmen and women who know it very well that they could potentially harm you. These products unfortunately get bought by unsuspecting consumers who use them, sometimes with disastrous consequences.
Even after centuries of using skin lightening treatments the fact remains that safe bleaching solutions that work do not come cheap! You have to invest time, money, or both to achieve that lustrous look you desire.
So it all boils down to this: What do you have more of, time or money? If you have time to spare it is possible to use home remedies, probably in addition to a good skin product from the stores to good effect. But you will need to invest the time to research how to lighten your skin and learn to make your own formulations. Use the internet and word of mouth. In case time is your enemy, then you should go for the solutions abundantly available in the stores; but go for quality! Avoid the temptation to buy cheap skin care products that could eventually harm your precious skin.
When you research skin whitening creams you come to the conclusion that most of the good ones today are formulated with natural acids or their derivatives. Some of the most potent acids in this category include Glycolic acid (from sugar cane), Kojic acid (from malting rice), Alpha Arbutin (from blueberry), lactic acid (from milk) and Palmitoleic acid (from macadamia nut).The trend has also been to use water-based formulations and to move away from alcoholic solvents like ethyl alcohol and the propyls.
The bottom line therefore, if you are seeking lightening treatment these days, to go for what I call state-of-the-art. It is time to say no to those who would propose, through underhand methods, to sell mercury and hydroquinone-based ‘beauty’ products to you that can, potentially, end up ruining your face! This means, for a skin whitening cream, finding out that the product you choose to buy is formulated just right and it should have these features:
– Look for natural acids in its formula. There are many of these as skin lightening is still a young science, and many more keep coming along all the time.
– The good creams must have an ultraviolet light screening additive otherwise their effect can only be short-term, meaning you have to use more of them and for longer. When they have this additive they will usually mention this on the product, as that sells!
– Go for water-based skin care products. And, oh, you should drink lots of water so the skin can easily remove the toxins that tend to accumulate in it over time.