There are plenty of skin whitening products in the market: whitening soaps, whitening scrubs for face and body, lotions, creams, whitening toners, and more. Sometimes, it feels like there’s so much to know and do.
Girls getting started may ask themselves: how do I choose the product I want? How do I maximize my efforts to get the results I want?
Don’t feel overwhelmed! The path to brighter, smoother, whiter skin lies right ahead. Here is our list of do’s and don’ts for skin whitening to help you achieve whiter, healthier-looking skin.
Skin Whitening Do’s
- Do your research before using a product.
The first and most important rule in skincare: know what you are buying before you actually buy. Study how skin whitening works and what ingredients make it happen. This will help you understand what’s written on the product label. Make a wish list of ingredients and benefits you seek. Then look for products that match your list.
- Do study product feedback and reviews.
There are plenty of sources of information to help you decide on the product you’ll purchase. Use the Internet to find experiential reviews from everyday people who have actually used the product. Search for beauty bloggers who have tried the product for a few days or weeks to see their recommendation. Read the comments and feedback (both good and bad) on skin whitening products on e-commerce websites from people who bought the product.
- Do apply your product on clean skin.
Give the product a chance to do its job on clean skin to avoid dirt build-up from affecting the product’s ability to whiten. Remember to shower and pat your skin dry before applying skin whitening lotion. Remove all makeup and cleanse your face before applying a whitening toner and moisturizer.
- Do remember to rest, hydrate, and maintain a good diet.
Healthy, luminous skin is achieved both inside and out. Pay closer attention to your diet: eat leaner protein, fruits, and vegetables rich in nutrients and vitamins. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated and to flush out the toxins in your body. Get regular exercise and a good night’s rest to prevent tired, dull skin.
- Do create your own targeted skin whitening system.
There are so many products out there that address specific concerns: deodorants or gels for whiter underarms, soaps and body wash, facial wash, toners, serums, and more. Since you have studied your products and chosen them well, you know which one is most likely going to help achieve your whitening goals. Now, create a system that targets each area you care about and stick to it.
Skin Whitening Dont’s
- Don’t use a product immediately without testing.
Patch tests help you avoid negative skin reactions to certain ingredients in whitening products. You should do one especially if you have allergies or sensitive skin.
Apply a small amount of product on your wrist or the inner part of your elbow. For the face, try under your jaw or behind the ear. Leave, undisturbed, for several hours. Your skin should not redden, itch, or burn; wash the product off with soap and water if it does.
- Don’t expose your skin to too much sun.
Your skin whitening routine will start giving results almost right away, so protect your efforts! Wear sunscreen religiously before going out. If you’re going to the beach, put on a hat and sunglasses. Most of all, stay consistent with your skin whitening routine, whether you’re at work or on vacation.
- Don’t forget to exfoliate.
Skincare whitening fans make exfoliation a fun part of their beauty routine; you should too! Get into the habit of exfoliating once or twice a week to increase skin cell turnover. It’s relaxing, stimulates skin circulation, and preps your skin for maximum moisture absorption.
- Don’t apply products on treated or wounded skin.
If your skin has an open wound, protect the area and let it heal. Give your skin a day off or two after waxing or a chemical peel. When it comes to chronic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, hold off till your skin recovers from a flare-up.
- Don’t overdo it.
Once you starting seeing results, don’t overdo it! Don’t use too many products at the same time on the same area of skin – or apply the product more frequently than recommended. Always follow product directions. Cleanse, tone, moisturize, and exfoliate like you always do.
We hope you found these tips useful!