The future of skin care looks as bright as the sun that is partially responsible for the explosive growth in the market for those products. The present state of technological innovation is burning pretty bright itself. In fact, it is not going too far overboard to suggest that anyone looking for a way to brighten or lighten their skin almost faces an overabundance of options. Of course, not all options are going to be right for every case, so the first step in treating those blemishes, freckles and dark spots is learning which options are more viable than others.
Anyone who has spent serious time investigating the best way to lighten blemishes on their skin eventually comes upon some crazy home remedy that another person swears by. Sometimes these home remedies can sound too crazy to possibly work…and don’t. Other home remedies may sound crazy and actually do work. If the home remedy sounds crazy, but present no obvious potential for danger or damage to your skin, it’s always worth a shot. Here are some home remedies that may work for some and not for others, but definitely don’t present any immediate danger.
Pour a few drops of lemon juice into a cup of fresh buttermilk and cover the specific areas of skin you want to lighten before turning in for the night. Upon rising in the morning, rinse those areas with grapefruit juice. The best thing about this home remedy is that you should be able to tell within a week or two if it is going to work and if it is, then it will likely work at least as well any commercial beauty product.
Lemon juice alone has proven to be an effective skin lightening agent for some. The effectiveness of this home remedy seems to be directly related to how minor the problem and how committed you are to rubbing lemon juice directly onto your skin.
How do you feel about fruit salad? Jettison the ice cream, tiramisu and chocolate for dessert and instead get into the habit of eating a robust fruit salad packed with strawberries, kiwi, oranges, papaya, pineapples, blackberries, lemons and grapefruits. Eating all those fruits will increase the amount of vitamin C you consume and through a process too complicated to outline here, the potential result of that increase is brighter and healthier skin.
A very successful treatment for brightening up patches of the skin that have become discolored over time is also one of the oldest. The answer to the problem may well be nothing more complicated than consuming foods or supplements containing niacin, also known as vitamin B-3. While supplemental vitamins are fine, your health can further benefit from adding foods high in niacin content to your diet. And just what kinds of foods can you eat that will serve to lighten up darkly pigmented areas of skin?
- Portobello mushrooms
- Whole grain bread
Needless to say, if your taste in food does not run to those foods with robust niacin content and you are not willing to go the supplement route, niacin will be of little help in treating your skin lightening needs. It is also important to understand that niacin’s viability as a skin brightener is limited to a specific cause of pigmentation darkening.
Of all the skin care products on the market, probably the most familiar skin lightening cream is Retin-A. Less familiar is hydroquinone, but it is a word you should get to know if you really want to take advantage of Retin-A as a skin tone agent. Hydroquinone is a cream containing specific bleaching properties. Retin-A is often combined with hydroquinone to reduce the potential for damage that may result from using the strong bleaching chemicals of hydroquinone alone.
Since Retin-A combined with hydroquinone has proven track record of successfully addressing issues related to whitening of skin, the question becomes as simple as why bother with new and unproven technology? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is equally simple.
Retin-A cream is not equally effective at treating all skin tone issues.
Even when successful, full results may take between three and six months to obtain.
Latest Technological Innovations
If home remedies and the cheaper commercial solutions have failed to address your skin brightening needs, it may be time to consider upping the investment of skin care into the latest and greatest technological breakthroughs. The past couple of decades have witnessed refinements and lowered costs in existing technology as well as the introduction of brand new methods for evening out pigmentation.
Infrared LED Light Therapy: Your eyes cannot detect and your skin cannot feel the infrared beams of light that penetrate through the epidermis down into the dermis with this treatment. Those beams actually repair damaged cells so that the result is one of the smoothest transition between uneven pigmentation possible.
Iontophoresis: The vitamin treatments for discoloration that are delivered via electrical stimulation of the skin in this treatment are targeted primarily for wanting to lighten very small areas of uneven skin tones. Because such small areas are targeted, you may be able to enjoy results after just two or three treatments.
Low Frequency Ultrasound: You cannot hear the sound produced by the machine used during this treatment, but you’ll know it’s working when you see the results. The future holds the promise of sound waves to do everything from levitating large objects to cleaning your car. The present holds the future of using sound waves to create a seamless transition between darker and lighter areas of your skin.
Clearly, there is wide world of opportunities and options out there for those looking for ways to address issues of uneven skin tones. Your choice may be limited by how much money you have to spend, but money is not the only factor to take into consideration. Do the necessary research to determine which treatments and options are best suited to your particular skin brightening needs while also keeping in mind that some products can deliver results months ahead of alternative products.