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Beware These Bleaching Ingredients In Your Skincare Products

woman with good skin

One would like to think that society is moving forward; that we are beyond the point of endangering our health for our beauty; that we have come a long way from the days of using white lead to lighten our faces (as the ancient Romans did) or lead sulfate to remove our freckles (Rome circa 15th-18th century). But maybe we’re not as forward thinking as we would like to believe. While the days of full face whitening may be over, many women still use skin bleachers to fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots., and some of these products contain harsh chemicals. Here is a list of some of the chemicals you may not want to see on your skin cream label:

Hydroquinone
If you use skin lightening creams, you may have noticed this ingredient popping up on the label. Hydroquinone is a melanin inhibitor that works by preventing the production of skin pigments. Although it may look as if it is working in the beginning, long-term danger may await. Hydroquinone has been known to cause permanent skin discoloration, and has hence been banned in many countries.

Mercury
Mercury is another ingredient that often looms large in skin lightening products. However, while it may serve to lighten your skin, it may also be doing damage to your kidneys. Mercury in skin products can cause scarring, discoloration, and rashes, and has also been found to break down the skin’s resistance to bacteria and fungus.

Steroids
Banned in most countries without a prescription, topical steroids can cause skin thinning and fungal infections, and long term use can even lead to serious internal diseases. Steroids have also been associated with folliculitis and rosacea.

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Parabens
These preservatives are most often used to extend the shelf like of beauty products, but they have also been found to be carcinogenic. Parabens have not only been associated with an increased cancer risk, and they can also interfere with the endocrine system. Reports show that paraben can have an estrogen-like effect on the body which may disrupt the reproductive system.

Phthalates
Similar to paragons, phthalates are also carcinogenic in nature and should especially be avoided by pregnant women.

Fragrances
They smell lovely, but they may not leave your skin that way. Fragrances can be highly toxic and have an adverse effect on the central nervous system, possibly leading to irritability, hyperactivity, and depression.

Natural Alternatives
So now that you’re sufficiently scared of your skin lightening treatment, you may be wondering if there are natural alternatives, and the good news is; yes, there are! Plant testing has revealed a number of all-natural ingredients that suppress melanin production without the side effects of chemicals. Look for products including such ingredients as licorice, mulberry extract, arbutus, kojic acid, Emblica and vitamin C next time you are looking for a pigment reducer for effective results without the negative side effects.

What natural products do you use for hyperpigmentation? Let us know how you’re staying safe while looking gorgeous!

Skin Care/ Beauty Ingredients and Trends to Look for in 2016

It’s so exciting to see the innovations coming from skin care and beauty experts. New ingredients, new formulations and increasing the effectiveness of products are all things that the skin care and beauty industries are constantly working on. Each year there are ingredients and skin care/beauty trends that seem to be the only thing industry experts, leaders and influencers are talking about. Want to get a first look at the ingredients and skin care/ beauty trends that you should be looking for this year? Check out the top three items to watch when it comes to skin care and beauty.

Niacinamide.

Niacinamide
Niacinamide has been growing in popularity for several years, but it looks like 2016 will be the year that this amazing skin care ingredient really takes the spotlight. Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid and is a serious multitasker in the world of skin care. Major uses for niacinamide include strengthening skin’s barrier function, improving elasticity, evening out your skin tone and decreasing pore size. This potent cell-communicating ingredient is also used in the treatment of acne, which makes niacinamide perfect for those who struggle with both fine lines and wrinkles and acne.

Woman applying foundation.

Makeup with Skin Care Benefits
Sunscreen in products like foundation has been around for quite some time, but you can expect beauty products in 2016 to have more healthy skin ingredients than ever before. Previously, cosmetics that included skin care ingredients did so in very small concentrations, but cosmetic companies today are formulating products with levels of anti-aging ingredients that can actually make a difference in your skin care. Experts believe that it might take some effort to sort out the good ones, but foundations, BB and CC creams, tinted moisturizers, and even some concealers formulated with meaningful amounts of anti-aging ingredients such as dark spot faders, antioxidants, and skin-repairing ingredients are stepping up the skincare-makeup hybrid category. One of the most exciting skin care additions is SPF in lip and eye products, which are frequently overlooked when it comes to sun protection.

Essence

Essences
Inspired by K-beauty, layering skin care products was wildly popular in 2015 and this craze is not going anywhere in 2016. Because the layering trend is sticking around, companies are offering products that are incredibly lightweight and water-like to treat skin concerns. Essences are not only important in complex skin care routines that require layering, they are also incredibly beneficial for those with oily and/or acne-prone skin because they deliver potent anti-aging formulas in super lightweight and non-greasy formulas.

Other skin care trends you can expect to see in 2016 include a surge in popularity of products with omega and fatty acids and boosters that supercharge your skin care products. The increased popularity and prevalence of facial masks in 2015 is going nowhere in 2016, so expect to see tons of new masks to address skin care concerns. When it comes to skin care and beauty, some ingredients and trends are just marketing hype, but our top three list are proven to be effective and beneficial to your skin, so you can have the healthiest skin in 2016.