Friday, September 10, 2010

Skin Lightening: Effective Tips For Men

Most men are involved in works that requires them to be exposed in the sun , causing sun burns on their skin. Some are engage in heavy works that leave their skin dark spots and scars. Blemishes on their faces can be hidden by their mustache , but once they shave it off, the skin imperfections are very clear to the eyes .

Every day, as each man stands in front of the mirror, there is no way that he would not notice any discolorations on the skin especially after a hectic schedule. Dark circles around the eye can be observed as well.

Of course, an imperfection on the skin is not a pretty sight to all, not only for women, but for men as well. And, men use skin lightener products also to get rid of those uneven skin tones. But, some skin whiteners are made only for men; others are formulated exclusively for women. The reason is simple: the skin of men is different from the skin of women. So, how should men do an effective skin lightening?

First, go for products with natural components. Men have larger skin pores than women have and it was discovered that they have 15% oilier skin than women have. Therefore, when looking for lightening cream, look for something that is chemically free. Deodorant soap contains harsh and rugged components so they might leave detergent layers on the skin when used, especially if applied on the face . This may block the pores of the skin and causes irritation. The natural extracts from plants do not whiten the skin only. It provides minerals and vitamins also to the skin , giving that healthy glow on the face.

Also, use toners with alpha hydroxyl ingredients or glycolic acids. Especially that, men spend more time outside than women, more dirt or pollutant are absorbed by their skin. In addition, choose skin lightening creams that are not sensitive to light because most men want to be outdoors.

Moreover, choose a skin whitener that serves other purposes such as removal of dark spots and pimple marks. A product that serves multiple purposes is an advantage on the part of the buyer and the user.

The skin lightening work by slowing down the production of the melanin on the skin, the dark pigment that determines the color of our skin. The more melanin on the skin, the darker the skin color is. Skin whitening processes were focused mainly in suppressing melanin formation.

Most skin lightening products for men contains hydroquinone, a very harsh and effective skin lightener. Before, it was advertised for its activeness. Today, some does not allow the use of hydroquinone because it poses a serious threat to human health. It is recommended therefore to pick creams that are naturally-based.

Although, when we think of men doing skin lightening, it sound like it is not really masculine. But, going deeper into it, masculine or not, it shows how concern the man is with his body. And it is a good sign of taking care of one’s self.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Getting Rid Of Dark Spots on Your Skin

People want smooth, clear and even complexion. Naturally, nobody wants their skin to be synonymous to a Dalmatian…unless they are trying to set a trend on that, to which I very much doubt if it would work.

The sad truth is, even with regular cleansing, some people still develop dark spots, also called hyper- pigmentation by dermatologists. It is characterized by pockets of discolored skin that remain even after pimples or skin bumps have disappeared. Hyper-pigmentation can be caused by many factors that can be external or internal. Among internal factors, we have certain illness such as Edison’s disease and some hepatic problems. If someone is taking too much iron, for instance, it can cause darker areas on the skin. Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause also have a role to play. The deficit of certain vitamins and minerals such as calcium and vitamins A, E and B also can cause hyper-pigmentation.

The common culprit is the increase in melanin that occurs after skin is inflamed or irritated, or too much exposure to the sun. People with darker skin tones such as South Asians and Latinos are more likely to face this kind of problem.

While persistent dark spots can be remedied at home, health experts advise people to FIRST check with a dermatologist to make sure that the spot is harmless and can be left alone in place. After that, there are simple ways to effectively eliminate dark spots in your skin. For some, simply applying creams and sun block might work. For others, they might require skin peelings. No matter what, it is best to consult with your dermatologists.

Here are simple tips on how to get rid of those persistent dark spots.

Use sunscreen daily with SPF 15 or higher. It is always wise to block the sun that darkens our skin. This will also minimize our risk of acquiring skin cancers.
Do not pick your pimples or zits since it will result to scarring.
Pick up a product that contains mild hydroquinone since it is the main ingredient in most skin bleaches. If you cannot tolerate hydroquinone, try skin brighteners. Hydroquinone is usually used with glycolic acid and tretinoin.

Always remember that skin bleaching is not instant. It may take you three months to a year to fade the darkened skin depending on the type of your skin tone. Moreover, try not to abuse skin. If you have persistent skin problems like acne that leave scars, treat them immediately and stop the cycle.

Remember, prevention is always better than cure.