Do fairness creams work magic?
But hands down, the most compelling offering is the Youth Booster (sold at Saks for $220), if only because the bottle cap contains a MEMs (micro-electro-mechanical system) sensor and a series of LED lights that are triggered when you place the sensor on your cheek. If more than three LED lights appear, you are instructed to apply the cream twice, rather than once, a day. Whether any of these high-end products reverse or show down the aging process remains to be seen. For youthful skin, Dr. Jenny Kim, associate professor of dermatology/clinical medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA , emphasizes sun protection.
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It works Dr Jamuna Pai says, “All whitening creams work by inhibiting Tyrosinase that is required for the production of melanin, which gives colour to Asian skin tones. The active ingredients that are present in these creams can be simple ‘berry extracts’ to chemicals like hydroquinone.” A combination of exfoliants and sunscreen Cosmetologist Dr Mohan Thomas says that companies that manufacture over-the-counter facial creams often package the products with a promise of skin whitening that can be achieved by continuous use. While they boast of ingredients such as exotic metals, minerals and plant extracts, the only approved ingredients that has shown whitening effects on Asian skin are ‘Hydroquinone’ in two per cent and four per cent creams, Arbutin and Kojic acid, which are plant extracts, Alpha Hydroxy acids like Lactic and Glycolic acids and Vitamins C and A. Hydroquinone, Arbutin and Kojic acid reduce ‘melanin’, the pigment produced by melanocytes, which gives colour to the skin while other substances exfoliate the skin thus replacing the older skin cells and darker pigment with new cells having less pigment. Hence the combined use of exfoliaters and depigmenting agents along with use of a sun screen is required for skin whitening. Combination of therapies using creams, chemical peels and lasers for resurfacing (not all lasers are effective on Asian skin) are usually needed for blemish-free skin whitening. Whitening is not bleaching Dr Sunita More, cosmetologist says that it is true that whitening creams can help to some extent to brighten the skin tone. Making that part one or two shades fairer.
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Lavender Lavender is often called the universal oil, good for everything and harmful to none – unless youre using hybrid lavender or an artificial substitute. Real lavender is very difficult to find and labels can be misleading Lavender is good for the skin, soothing and calming, and extraordinarily healing for burns and blemishes, but is very drying. Lemon Citrus oils are healing and restorative to the skin. A dab of lemon oil, in particular, is one of the fastest ways to clear up acne. But beware: citrus oils may discolour (like a sunburn) if exposed to direct sunlight within 72 hours of application. Myrrh The lesser-known partner to Frankincense, Myrrh was well-known in the ancient world as a balm and was used to treat almost everything. This thick, resinous essential oil is often considered invaluable for treating rashes and blemishes caused by warts, eczema, and bacteria.
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