Fairer skin has become the definition of beauty. And everyone is vying to bask in its glory. But is it an expensive affair? Well getting fairer skin no longer means elaborate treatments; simple home remedies and over the counter products can help you get glowing, whiter skin. But before you begin yours at-home treatments, here are a few things to keep in mind.
First and foremost the thing to remember is skin lightening products and treatments do not drastically change the colour of the skin. They help improve the complexion and remove dark spots and discolouration to offer a better skin tone.
1. Ensure Proper Quality of Over the Counter Products
When buying bleaching creams, make sure they are properly marked particularly for ‘skin’ bleaching. Do your research, understand your skin type, study what chemicals work on the skin before you buy the product.
2. Patch Test
Before you use the product, apply a small amount above your elbow. Leave it on for slightly longer time than usual. If your skin reacts to the products with any itchiness or rashes, avoid using the product on your face. It simply means that your skin is sensitive to the chemicals.
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3. Follow Instructions
Make sure to follow the instructions as given on the product box. Do not mix a larger amount of bleach or leave it on for longer than expressed in the hope of getting whiter skin. Excessive exposure to bleach may cause adverse reactions. So stick to what has been explained.
4. Stay Safe
When you have bleach on the skin, stay out of the sun. Harsh sun rays react with the chemicals and could cause redness or even rashes. Also make sure not to apply the product too close to the eyes, inside the nostrils or ears. It is better to avoid skin bleaching products if you are prone to acne. If you are bleaching your skin for the first time, consult your beautician. Ask them about the brands available, the processes etc. before you begin. You could even ask them for assistance with your first application so you know exactly how to go about it.
5. Don’t Overdo It
Bleaching the skin is good to hide the superfluous hair on the skin, but it should be used sparingly. Do not apply it more than once a month. Your skin needs the time to recover as well. If any time during an application you begin to feel an excessive tingling or itching (slight tingling is okay), immediately wash it off.
6. Precautions After Use
Usually it is advised to not apply anything on your skin right after bleaching. So it is better to do it at night to avoid any additional product usage. Also avoid washing your face with hot water for 6-8 hours after the treatment, and stay out of direct sunlight for at least 12-15 hours.
7. Review After the Application
While the chemicals in the skin bleaches cleanse your pores and lighten the skin, some side effects may include increased hair growth. So make sure to review it after a few applications. If you see a decided increase in hair growth, discontinue the use of that product.
8. Start with Targeted Areas
Hair around your lips is thicker than the rest of the face. So begin your application here. Spread an even layer first and then move onto the rest of the face. Make sure to also evenly cover your forehead hairline or you will be left with unsightly darker hair on your face. Avoid the area around the eyes and eyebrows.
After leaving the bleach on for the recommended period (usually should not exceed 10 minutes) wipe off a small amount from the patch you applied it first to. If the hair has turned to a light blond colour, it means that the process is done. Wet a small cotton ball in room temperature water and slowly wipe away the bleach. Rinse your face with water first and then wash again with a gentle cleanser. Wipe down the face and pat dry.
10. After Care
Skin whitening does not end with bleaching. To maintain the effects of the products, make sure to use a sunscreen of SPF 15 – 30 every day even if you are not regularly in the sun. Make sunscreen an integral part of your daily skin care regimen and see the benefits in the long run.
It may take a few applications for you to get it just right for your skin type, but these are just some basic points to keep in mind as you get started.