It is said that bathing in milk and honey will give you fair, smooth, and silky skin. I don’t know if that’s true or not; I do, however, know that soaking yourself in a bathtub full of milk (with or without honey) is going to be messy. Thankfully, we’re in the 21st century now, so we can get all the benefits of a milk bath packaged in a small jar. Yes, I’m talking about whitening creams.
Naturally, the use of skin whitening creams with a big “but”… ^^;
Put simply, not all skin whitening creams (or lotions, facial masks, etc.) are made equal. Some might be good for you, while others can be outright dangerous. There are, for example, skin lightening products containing high-dose steroids. Some may even contain hydroquinone, which is a bleaching agent that is technically illegal for use in cosmetics, but can be prescribed by doctors. Ingredients like these can lead to thinning of skin, uneven color loss, intense irritation, and other skin problems.
So, how do you avoid getting the wrong kind of skin whitening cream? Well, consulting with a dermatologist might be a good idea before trying anything new. Researching a product’s ingredient list is also a good idea. Or, you can try out a couple of natural alternatives. For example:
- Lemon zest or orange zest, sundried, and then kept in a dry and airtight container. To use, mix it with milk and apply on your skin.
- Almond paste: take 5 or so almonds, soak them in water overnight, then grind them to a fine paste along with 4 teaspoons of milk. Don’t let it dry out before using it, though…
- Tomato juice (better yet: a whole grinded tomato) with a bit of lemon juice also works great.
- And finally, for something a bit exotic, grinded turmeric, gram flour, sandalwood, and milk make a great skin whitening solution.