Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What to Look for in a Skin Lightening Cream

by Pat Johnson

Whether you are looking for a skin whitening cream to treat sun damage or age spots there are a few important points you need to keep in mind. While everyone will have their own needs for a product like this, it goes across the board that the chosen solution needs to be both safe and effective.

Over exposure to the sun can typically be the leading cause of age spots. In response to the exposure the body produces melanin and the result is a tan. But if the body burns then the top layer of skin will come away and it is replaced with a new layer containing more melanin.

A skin lightening cream increases your sensitivity to sunlight and increases your risk of burns. If you typically spend a little time outdoors, you’ll need to seriously limit this exposure. When you go out, put zinc oxide on areas that will be exposed to the sun, especially your face. Zinc oxide is not one of the creams that are absorbed through the skin.

Don’t hesitate you speak with your dermatologist. They can recommend a skin lightening product that is consistent with your skin type and is appropriate for the level of hyperpigmentation you have. A specialist in skin care can also help you find a suitable product.

Your chosen skin bleacher should be safe as well as effective. You want to avoid ingredients like hydroquinone, mercury and steroids, because they can be harmful and in fact they are banned in some countries. Hydroquinone has been shown to be carcinogenic yet is approved at 2% content. Many still choose to stay away from it.

Herbal components like kojic acid are safer and what you should be looking for in your selected remedy for skin discoloration. Licorice and papain are other natural ingredients that are popularly contained in the best natural skin lighteners.

Some skin bleaching products will utilize these harmful ingredients because they are cheaper. This allows them to deliver a treatment at a low cost to you, but at what price in the long run? You are better off spending a little more for the piece of mind that you will not wind up with skin lesions or other damage.

Meladerm by Civant is one of the latest skin lightening products to hit the market. It was in development for 4 years. It effective treats skin discoloration while containing safe all natural ingredients. It does not contain any harmful chemicals.

Consider the reputation of the manufacturer when you are selecting a skin bleaching product. Read as many reviews as you can and choose the one that appears to have brought positive results to others. If possible get one that offers a full money-back guarantee.

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