Friday, April 17, 2009

Dark Lips Remedy, Treatment for Dark Lips

Dark lips can attract undue attention and cause embarrassment. Although you can cover this up with the application of lipstick, it makes more sense for you to use some simple home remedies to get rid of this problem so that you will have naturally pink lips. One of the most effective remedies for lightening the color of dark lips is by applying lemon juice. Lemon is known to possess bleaching qualities and this will help reduce the intensity of darkness. You can also use a mixture of cucumber juice and lemon juice. The best thing about both these treatments is that since neither of them stain they can be left on overnight.

You will find that applying Aloe Vera juice on your lips also helps reduce the darkness and keep your lips soft. You can mash a small piece of a ripe banana, add some drops of honey to it and mix in one teaspoon of sour cream. Mix in a spoon of sugar and use this as a nourishing lip scrub. Mix a few drops of honey with some lemon juice and apply this on your lips. You can also use milk cream to massage your lips. Adding a pinch of turmeric powder also helps to keep your lips healthy and blemish free.

You should also accept the fact that heredity does play an important role in determining the color of our skin and lips. So, if you belong to a family that has dark lips then you should perhaps accept that your lips may never really become pink. If you have recently noticed the darkness of your lips then you should consider consulting your doctor since this could be caused by some illness. You can try using a lip stick which has sunscreen in it as this can help prevent your lips from becoming too dark. In addition you can try cutting down on your intake of tea and coffee.. Similarly increasing your intake of water can also influence the way the lips look.

Make sure that you remove all traces of lipstick as soon as you get home and never leave it on overnight. Avoid using a lipstick that is past its expiration date since this could react badly with your skin. Also, if you have recently started using a new brand of lipstick and noticed the darkness after this, you should consider not using that particular brand. Sometimes your allergic reaction to the lip stick may be responsible for you lips becoming darker.

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.

Monday, April 13, 2009

What Causes Age Spots? Simple Facts & Solutions

If you’re wondering what causes age spots, then you either have them or you know someone that does. If you are a young woman that was recently pregnant or takes birth control pills, the probable cause is estrogen.

Estrogen causes increased production of melanin stimulating hormone or MSH. Usually, increased production of MSH increases pigmentation evenly, but in some cases, the melanin is secreted in clumps. The spot may fade over time, as would a tan or any other increase in pigmentation, but there are some things that you can do to naturally speed the process.

If you are an older woman using hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms, estrogen could again be the cause. But, in most cases what causes age spots is exposure to the sun. Usually a sun burn is involved, but not always. It really depends on how much exposure you get on a regular basis, how light your complexion is and how many times the area has been burned in the past.

Dermatologists refer to them as lentigos. They occur most frequently on the backs of the hands and the face. Men that are bald frequently see them on their heads, unless they are careful to wear a hat. Actually, wearing a wide-brimmed hat is one of the best things that you can do to protect your skin from sun exposure.

Many experts say that sun exposure is the cause of most of the signs of aging. But, the problem is actually the molecular damage that is triggered by overexposure to the sun.

The body looks at UV radiation as a threat. The immune system kicks into high gear. It only has so many defenses against outside threats. One is free radicals.

Free radical damage is probably what causes age spots, but no one is sure. It hasn’t been a subject of great study. Researchers are more concerned about cancer, for obvious reasons. Although free radicals can eventually damage the cellular membranes and cause DNA and collagen degeneration, they also kill intracellular bacteria. When the threat of UV radiation is felt, free radical production increases, even though the threat is not bacteria.

The body is a complex piece of machinery, but it is also simple. It responds to any unknown substance in the same way. Increase free radical molecules, secrete inflammatory molecules and send in antioxidants. Free radicals and inflammatory molecules cause damage. Antioxidants prevent it.

We do know that what causes age spots is melanin clumping. It’s just that no one is sure why it clumps like that. Melanin is normally produced as another defense mechanism. Melanin rich cells in the epidermis turn UV radiation into heat, which is non-threatening and does not trigger immune system responses.

Melanin is responsible for the skin’s complexion. People with darker complexions rarely develop skin cancer. So, in effect, melanin provides protection against skin cancer. Before you make an effort to inhibit melanin production, you should seriously consider what that melanin is doing for you.

Now, that you know a little more about what causes age spots, you might want to learn about how to prevent them and what you can do to fade them, without risking your skin’s health.