Not everyone is interested in having dark, tanned skin. Some people try to lighten their skin tone. It used to be that people would scrub their skin with bleach. Ever since this trend of skin whitening has taken off, beauty manufacturers are creating lines of skin whitening products. But how safe are these skin whitening products?
Why is using bleach and products that contain bleach directly on the skin dangerous? The reason for this is that such products are made from ingredients that can harm the skin.
Currently, skin whitening products include two main ingredients. They are hydroquinone and mercury. Both of these ingredients have FDA warnings on them for their toxicity levels. The FDA states that skin bleaching products that are sold over-the-counter are typically unsafe.
Studies performed show that products containing these two ingredients have caused skin cancer and signs of early aging. Skin whitening products that contain hydroquinone and mercury are banned in Europe, but people are still getting them through the black market in the United Kingdom even though they are risky.
So is there a safe way to lighten your skin?
Right now most of the products are toxic. But skin care manufacturers are continuously researching and creating new skin whitening products. There are now products on the market that are made of safe, natural ingredients to help whiten the skin.
The natural ingredient that these products use is called nutgrass. This plant was previously used as an anti-irritant, but research shows that it can also be used to lighten skin. How does nutgrass work? It reduces the level of melanin in a person’s skin. People with darker skin have higher levels of melanin. When you lower the amount of melanin in a person’s skin then their skin will become lighter.
But do products containing nutgrass really work? The answer is, yes. Research on the product shows that people can see results in just a few weeks.
So if you are looking to whiten your skin, look for creams that contain nutgrass. These creams are safe and effective and you don’t have to purchase them on the black market.