It's been a while since I've been on . I see many new names & many familiar ones . There are so many products out there & the information (most of it by sellers) is deliberately vague & confusing.
Most ads appear to promise dramatic results & 'back' their claims with so-called testimonials or scientific claims.
Here are some things to consider before spending the money you work hard for
1: ASSESS YOUR SKIN BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING .
What are you trying to achieve ? If your skin is unevenly coloured , slathering something all over will exacerbate the problem .
I don't care what the product is even if its from the NIKKISAVY BRAND or how many thousands you shell out .
You will have to first achieve an even tone before you see what your skin truly looks like .
After evening it out , you might love it so much you decide to simply maintain .
A good example of this is significantly darker knuckles .
2 : WHAT OTHER ISSUES ARE PRESENT ( VERY DRY , VERY OILY , SENSITIVE & IRRITABLE , ACNE PRONE , AGING )
Any regimen will have to help and not worsen these problems .
Many products out there can turn your acne prone face into a veritable pizza or drastically age already aging skin .
You cannot just run to the store or start clicking BUY & get what appears to have worked for a friend .
WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF YOUR SKIN PROBLEMS ?
If for example , your facial pigmentation issues are caused by taking The Pill , no cream will solve your problem : it is internally driven by the medication .
The same can be true for Melasma caused by a hormone imbalance . An endocrinologist will first have to help you get your hormones regulated . Topical treatment only will be a frustrating waste of time , money and energy .
If your lifestyle is behind your permatan or uneven skin , you will first have to change it .
Common sense : successful skin lightening of any kind demands that you make choices .
You cannot have it all : laying on the beach in your bikini will negate the effects of any cream no matter what the seller claims .
With some creams , sun exposure can leave you badly burned (only to hyperpigment like crazy as you heal) .
SET PHYSICAL GOALS THAT ARE REALISTIC FOR YOURSELF.
Forget what this or that CELEBRITY OR FRIEND does or seems to have done .
If for example your skin is relatively even but the same colour as Alek Wek's skin , forget about trying to become Alicia Keys' colour in 1 month !
I don't care what you use : doing so will severely damage your skin over time & it will prove impossible to maintain .
Be smart enough to know that no major physical transformation will occur in 1 month or some other absurdly time-frame .
Set reasonable social goals for yourself . This applies more to those who are facing cultural pressure to lighten as much as possible .
The marriage market in some cultures heavily favours the fairest women .
These poor wanna-be brides go to draconian measures to lighten in order to snag the groom of their (or their parents') dreams .
Even if you successfully lighten yourself several shades , your future in-laws will see photos of you looking significantly darker . They'll also meet your dark relatives .
Any children you bear will inherit what your DNA dictates : not what the Monobenzone you used to zonk yourself paper-white dictates .
If you used a lightener that demands heavy maintenance and you cant afford the bills anymore you will re-darken . Then what ? Let no one fool you , there is no permanent lightener . You can only maintain a lightened result but nothing is permanent .
The more drastically you lighten , the less likely you'll be able to maintain it & the less natural it will appear .
ALSO CONSIDER YOUR UNIQUE FACIAL FEATURES .
What colour will best flatter them ?
Pay close attention to scientific knowledge , check facts & claims .
Anyone claiming to have a 'magic potion' is a liar . Anyone who claims that because an agent was shown in some lab to do all kinds of things it by extension will do so once processed into a cream & slathered on is likely grossly exaggerating .
Anyone claiming that there is some secret ingredient or agent available only to celebrities is a liar : skin is skin . And everyones skin differs .That celebrity's skin response to products might be slower or faster than yours .
Time and time again we've talked about this , there is no lightner on the planet that doesn't thin skin . It's to what degree it thins the skin that is different .
Avoid applying lighteners on friction areas , inner thighs , inner arms . The more you apply the more it thins out the more your dermis gets damaged and the stretch marks come crawling out .
This is just some food for thought that I hope can help someone before they begin on the wrong foot.