How to Lighten Skin

How to Lighten Skin Safely:

how to lighten skin naturalOver 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.

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~ Rebe

4 CommentsLeave a Comment

  1. rebe says:

    Hi glamouradar…thanks for commenting. Japan is on my list of places to see…where did you visit?

    Well, as we know, Asians age incredibly well and typically have beautiful skin…wise of them to cover up..but gloves at the beach? Seems a bit extreme.

    Something I had read in my research is that by lightening the skin the effect has the potential to produce looking ten years + younger.

    Are you going to try a home remedy or a commercial product to help with your age spots and sun-kissed skin? (me too on the sun damage issue but found good results w/ xtend life skin care products)


  2. rebe says:

    Thanks for your comment Ashley. Indeed, DIY home remedies can be effective for skin lightening! Lemon juice, as you say as well as aloe vera, buttermilk, apple cider vinegar and others. The key is to use 2x per day on a consistent basis. I’ll try locating a good DIY natural ‘receipe’ source for lightening the skin; do you know of one?


  3. Ashley says:

    You’re absolutely right about the dangers of hydroquinone. Which is why it is advisable to choose products that are natural-based. Lemon is good for the whitening and evening out the dark spots on your face and so is kojic acid.

  4. glamouradar says:

    Interesting read. I went to Japan for holiday last month and I was overwhelmed by those ‘Whitening Skincare products’. I read somewhere that Japanese female skin has gone lighter by 20% compare to 10 years ago. They don’t even go to beach and if they do, they cover themselves even using gloves and umbrellas….which is a bit off-putting.
    I am quite interested in this natural way of lightening the skin. Since I am getting some age spots and sun-damaged skin.


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