A lot of research has been done on skincare compounds since doctors and researchers discovered that some compounds being used for skin lightening were actually doing more harm than ever imagined.
we have talked about some of those compounds on instagram in the past week but there is still room for more discussion, more education and more enlightenment
what are simple alternatives to chemcial skin treatments or toxic skin compounds
first, we do say every time you need to use a cream for a specific skin issue you should be guided by a dermatologist.
naturally proven compounds found in nature that EXFOLIATE ARE
- PAPAYA ENZYME – PAPAIN FOUND IN PAWPAW. IT IS A FORM OF AHA
- PINEAPPLE ENZYMES
- HIBSICUS POWDER/ EXTRACTS/LEAVES/GLYCERITE
- WILLOW BARK POWDER A NATURAL FORM OF SALICYLIC ACID
- LEMON JUICE/ORANGE PEEL POWDER/CITRUS FRUITS- CITRIC ACID WHICH SMOOTHEN SKIN
- GOATS MILK- LACTIC ACID
SOME of these items are referred to as chemicals when extracted out of their natural state but that really depends on the line you choose to tow. chemicals are substances – any substance actually that alters the normal working of your body.
Essential oils contain substances which work as chemicals. These are now being extracted and used for specific purposes eg- fragrance or skin or aromatherapy
NATURAL PRODUCTS/ PLANTS THAT INHIBIT MELANIN
- AFRICAN SANDALWOOD
- RED WINE/KNOTWEED EXTRACTS’
- MULBERRY EXTRACTS
- BEAR BERRY
- VITAMIN C
- INDIAN GOOSEBERRY
- ASIATIA CENTRELLA
- 10–14 ACT SYNERGISTICALLY WITH OTHER PLANTS
- SNOW MUSHROOM
- PRICKLY PEAR EXTRACT
- Lemon extracts. (I leave this like this )
THE LIST IS ALMOST ENDLESS
The key here is that research will show you which and which to add together to give the results you desire.
SOME WORKING SYNGERGISTICALLY GIVE RESULTS BETTER AND FARTHER MAINTAINED THAN HYDROQUINONE
BRANDS TO LOOK OUT FOR ARE HIMALAYAN HERBALS AND K BEAUTY BRANDS AND I WILL DO A SERIES OF POSTS ON SPECIFIC BRANDS WHICH HAVE THE FORMULATIONS
REGULATIONS IN CERTAIN COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW COSMETIC MAKERS TO PUBLISH CERTAIN CLAIMS OR INCLUDE CERTAIN TERMS IN THEIR LABELS.
YOU CAN MAKE /DIY WITH SOME OF THESE HERBS AT HOME BY YOURSELF BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER TO USE A PRESERVATIVE FOR ANYTHING YOU MIX UP AND KEEP LONGER THAN 5 DAYS EVEN IN A FRIDGE AND 3 DAYS OUTSIDE A FRIDGE.
OIL BASED/ANHYDROUS FORMUALTIONS ALSO NEED ANTI FUNGAL PRESERVATIVES IF THERE ARE HERBS/ ORGANIC MATERIAL INSIDE THEM E.G DRIED FLOWERS AND THE LIKE.
NATURAL EXTRACTS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE. IF YOU CHOOSE TO TOW THE LANE OF LIGHTENING YOUR SKIN BUT STILL WANT TO DO SO SAFELY BE PREPARED TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY DOING IT.
ROSEHIP FOR EXAMPLE COSTS $15 FOR A CHEAP 4OZ BOTTLE LIKE YOU CAN FIND ON AMAZON
HOWEVER, 10MLS OF ROSEHIP EXTRACT COSTS AS MUCH AS $20 AD IS THE EQUIVALENT OF 2KG OF ROSEHIPS.
IT IS EXPENSIVE TO TRY TO DO THIS NATURALLY
AT THE END YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF IF ITS REALLY WORTH THE EXPENDITURE
YOU CAN REALLY BE HAPPY IN YOUR OWN SKIN
ASK A DERMATOLOGIST/ SKIN DOCTOR ABOUT WHATEVER ISSUES YOU HAVE AND THEY CAN WALK YOU THROUGH A SAFE PRODUCT TO USE
YOU CAN ALSO DO PEELS FOR SERIOUS HYPERPIGMENTATION, LASER TREATMENTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. SOME KINDS OF SKIN DAMAGE MAY NOT EVER RESPOND TO NATURAL PRODUCTS ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DERMIS / DEEPER LAYERS OF SKIN ARE INVOLVED.
The final word about knuckles- the best treatment for dark knuckles is to leave them alone. dont apply any more creams made to lighten and brighten. dark knuckles are a sign of damage and excess melanin activity.
let your skin be. a simple oil like coconut oil or almond oil which is emollient and super healing can help you. results start in a few months so you have to be patient
THIS POST IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES SO I WILL REFRAIN FROM SUGGESTING ANY SKINPLUS PRODUCT HERE. HOWEVER, START TODAY AND GIVE YOUR HANDS A BREAK.
When in doubt use almond oil .. you will still be beautiful.
ALWAYS DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND BE SAFE.