5 Tips for Getting Bright & Beautiful Skin
There’s an old Chinese saying that equates to “A white complexion is powerful enough to hide seven flaws.” In Eastern cultures, tanned skin is not the beauty standard; fair skin is. For the Hong Kong woman looking to get that perfect, white complexion, here are some tips for keeping your skin tone even and bright.
Tip #1: Brighten your skin day in, day out
Apply brightening products every day, no matter whether it’s winter or summer. Our skin is not only affected by seasonal changes and hormones, but also by UV rays and pollution – and, if we’re honest, by those sneaky bad skin habits we have.So whether or not your skin is showing the telltale signs that you need to apply brightening products, keep applying them in order to keep that fresh-faced look year around. Make them a part of your daily routine all year round.
Tip #2: Stop pigmentation in its tracks
Uneven skin tone, or hyper-pigmentation, happens when your skin produces too much melanin – usually as a result of increased exposure to the sun. Melanin is responsible for determining factors like your skin and hair colour: the more melanin you produce, the darker your skin. It also helps protect the skin from damaging UV light and it absorbs heat from the sun.
If you want to avoid getting an uneven skin tone or liver spots, as well as slow the ageing process, limit your exposure to the sun. It’s also important to wash your face each night in order to completely remove your make-up: left on your skin overnight, it can clog your pores and prevent your skin from breathing properly. This means your skin can’t undergo the regeneration process that happens while you sleep – and as a result, your skin can’t fight pigmentation or repair damage to the epidermis that will cause age spots if left unchecked.
In addition, sebum left on the skin – from your nighttime creams or daytime make-up – can degrade and form a pigment once it’s exposed to sunlight. So make sure you clean your face in the morning as well as at night… and then apply sunscreen.
Tip #3: Stay away from chemical-filled lightening products
Attention, pregnant women: this is particularly important for you. Many skin lightening products contain chemicals – metallic, chemical element mercury is actually a common ingredient in whitening creams and masks. Excessive intake of mercury can lead to systemic disorders, vision loss and kidney damage for you, and it can also harm your baby.
Alongside mercury, hydroquinone and steroids are often found in whitening products. These creams might initially seem effective, but over the long-term, they can lead to serious skin damage and discolouration. Even if you use these products for a short time, the toxins they contain may stay in your body, putting extra pressure on your liver to detoxify your system.
Tip #4: Go for natural brightening products, not chemical whitening ones
There are plenty of natural substitutes for chemical whitening products, creams and masks that will effectively brighten skin, and get rid of scars and pigmentation. At BEYORG, we stock plenty of pure, effective and organic brightening creams, masks, concentrates and face polishes from De Mamiel and Amala – all of which can also be used by pregnant women. With so many natural products out there that not only beautify, but are also good for your health, why risk putting harsh chemicals on your skin?
Tip #5: Are they really natural?
Here’s how to identify the real brightening products
1. Read the ingredients label thoroughly. Many brands claim to use 100% natural ingredients in their products… but if you read carefully enough, you’ll find that they really only contain one ingredient that’s 100% natural, and that the rest are actually harsh chemicals. Avoid ingredients like sulfates, phthalates, PEGS, triclosan, hydroquinone, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, TEA/DEA/MEA.
2. Look out for organic and natural certifications. If a product has been certified by a reliable international organisation, you know you can trust it. The Natrue certification from Germany is a good example: they will tell you the percentage of natural ingredients used in each product.
3. Find out whether the products you’re considering buying have been part of any clinical studies, or whether there’s any empirical evidence to confirm that the products actually do what it says on the tin.
Whether you’re looking at brightening products or products that claim to work other kinds of magic, be smart about what you buy. Do your research. Of course, what you put into your body and how you treat it will also affect how your skin looks and feels. Eat well, work out, get enough sleep, stay positive, and love and treat yourself – you’re bound to glow from the inside out.