Your skin is your body’s largest organ and should be treated with the respect it deserves. In the News there are more and more stories of people in Jamaica resorting to beaching, in order to get a ‘better skin complexion” or as some like to say “to even out the skin tone”. Currently the situation is that now teenagers are now picking up this habit, not realizing that it is not as glamorous as they believe.
Skin Beaching Not Only in Jamaica
Skin beaching is not only a Jamaican phenomenon. In African countries such as Tanzania and Nigeria, the skin–whitening industry is worth millions. Other countries where skin bleaching is popular include Korea and India.
Working towards a healthier skin tone and condition is not a bad thing, as many of us are faced with the problem of skin pigmentation, dark spots, freckles and an uneven skin tone. This can be caused by poor diet, overexposure to sunlight, and health problems. All of which can be changed to improve your skin’s condition and tone. However, this change takes time and patience.
8 Steps to a beautiful complexion without bleaching
Here are some tips to help you along. Living in a hot countries means that you need something that is specific to you. Using these steps I was able to have better skin tone and condition in my thirties than I did in my teens and in my twenties. But hey, as they say, with age comes wisdom. Follow these steps and you will see results in a matter of weeks.Remember all steps are necessary.
Wash thoroughly and get rid of dirt and grime. Keeping your skin clean is an important step in keeping it strong and healthy. Wash your face twice a day, in the morning when you get up and when you go to bed.
You can use a gentle face wash such as Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser. I have tried many and have found it to be the most effective. To wipe, have a towel dedicated just for your face. Both of these you can get at corner store, many of which operated by people of Chinese descent, at a good price. Remember to change your towel at least once a week.
Exfoliate your skin. Living in a hot and sometimes humid country, some of us tend to have very oily skin that attracts dirt quickly, making it easy to have a breakout. Exfoliating your skin helps to get rid of dead skin cells and let your new and healthy cells shine through.
It is recommended that you exfoliate your skin 2 to 3 times per week to keep it in optimal condition and improve skin tone. Recommendation? “St Ives Naturally Clear Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub”. This product is made from natural ingredients that are great for your skin and good for the environment too.
Use a moisturizer with a sunscreen (SPF 15). Part of keeping your skin healthy is keeping it moisturized. When you skin is moisturized, it will help to prevent against wrinkles and dry skin, which will help to improve overall skin tone. Moisturizer should be used whether it is hot or cold.
Sunscreen is not only for people with light complexion. It is for everyone. Sun damage is the leading cause of uneven skin tone. Ultraviolet radiation breaks down the skin’s collagen and causes an uneven skin tone. Without the moisturizer with a sunscreen all your hard work will be for nothing. Recommendation? “Aveeno Positively Radiant® daily moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 15”. It goes for JA$1,000.00 – JA$1500.00 or US$10.00 -US$15.00. It might seem a high price for the small bottle it is but it is well worth the investment and it is possible that it can last you up to one year.
To compliment your daily application of skin moisturizer, also apply a home-made mask treatment that you will use before. A natural home-made mask can be made from Aloe Vera. If you want to get a ready-made mask consider ‘St Ives Mineral Clay firming Mask”. You do not have to apply a mask every day. 2 to 3 times a week is ok. However, you should moisture your face after each wash, to keep the moisture in.
It goes without saying that you need to drink plenty of water. In a hot country, it is imperative that you drink adequate water to ensure your skin is hydrated and functioning properly. This will prevent it from getting dry, which can cause skin tone issues.
Change your diet. I am not recommending going all salad, just simple things like cutting down on your oil, sugar and salt intake. Start taking vitamins to complement your diet. Eating plenty of fish, eggs and vegetables will help to keep your face healthy, which will improve skin tone.
Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Something simple like just walking a bit more than usual can increase circulation and help to supply oxygen to your skin, which can keep your skin healthy and improve tone.