How to Lighten Skin
How to Lighten Skin Safely:
Over lunch with a group of friends, the discussion turned to skin lightening and I was a little surprised because the one friend who lamented most about finding a natural skin lightener product (a non-toxic one) has almost flawless skin. Ever protective of the sun, she wears wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and a fair amount of make-up with sunscreen, she confessed. We tease her, lovingly, about looking like a movie star incognito.
Nonetheless, beneath the make-up, our friend assures us, are age spots and the worry is that as she continues to age these will become more pronounced, even darker. She asked me to do a little fact finding for her; I did so and here’s what I found:
Several of the skin bleaching products on the market contain an ingredient known as hydroquinone…a highly toxic and poisonous chemical compound used in, among other things, insect repellents, chemical cleaners, etc.
The most frightening aspect to hydroquinone is that although it lightens the skin by killing specific pigment cells (melanocytes) which cause dark spots and freckling, it goes into the blood stream and can generate kidney disease and other serious health issues.
In 2006 the FDA put a temporary ban on manufacturers using hydroquinone, but it is still available in a 1-2% solution for over the counter bleaching product purchases and up to 4% with a doctors prescription. In other countries, this ingredient is commonly used with a 5% solution. [Note: One report suggested that two specific countries crush 100% hydroquione tablets and mix with lanolin to make it spreadable making it available for sale online to Asian customers!] >Read the label warnings for skin bleaching products …if that’s not enough to put on the brakes, I don’t know what will!
A More Natural Skin Lightener
Several years ago a German laboratory for cosmetic manufacturers discovered certain properties belonging to the root of a wild, native nutgrass plant of India, Cyperus rotundus, (known as “Motha” in Sanskrit). Not so new in that it has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an active anti-inflammatory ingredient. What made this wild root “new” is its anti aging remedy for skin care by reducing dark spots on the skin.
Further clinical testing and studies related to skin pigmentation proved “Motha” created a lightening of the skin, reversing sun spots, brown (aging) spots and reducing freckles; the extract showed a significant ability to “inhibit the formation of the skin pigment melanin” safely and without harmful effects.
In fact, clinical tests prove the use of this “Motha” nutgrass extract, labeled: Extrapone® nutgrass root GW in a .05% solution inhibited melanin production on the skin an astounding 41%.
And who uses this natural extract in their anti aging skin care product line to lighten skin? Xtend Life (extend life) produces Natural Whitening Day Cream utilizing Extrapone® extract powder along with glycerin and water…an effective and safe natural skin lightener.
Can’t wait to tell my friends! Click on the link above (in turquoise ) to order skin lightening product from Xtend Life then please come back and share your results.