As many people in the Western world subscribe to the practice of darkening their skin to achieve beauty, in the Eastern hemisphere it is common to desire whiter skin. Body whitening can be achieved through a variety of means. Skin bleaching, using peroxide whitening, and other cosmetic whitening techniques can be used to lighten the skin.
Whitening usually is achieved by blocking the body's production of melanin, the skin's pigmentation. Some soaps have been invented to help lighten the skin. Known as bleaching soaps, they are often made from natural fruit extracts, such as papaya, or herbal formulas. Black licorice is a popular skin lightening soap additive.
Beauty capsules, or skin whitening pills, are also sold to help achieve body whitening. Most of these list glutathione as their active ingredient, sometimes among others. An antioxidant, glutathione may help lighten skin when taken in high doses.
Several chemical processes can be executed for body whitening. Chemical peels, laser resurfacing, surgical treatments, botox, and other procedures have been used to help lighten the skin. Body bleaching products, also known as skin bleaching products, are sometimes used as well.
Skin lightening lotion, or skin whitening cream, is available for purchase in beauty stores. Also known as skin brighteners, fade creams, or skin lighteners, these products often help remove dark spots, lighten overall skin tone, and even discoloration patterns. Some common cream ingredients include mulberry extract, bear berry extract, Alpha-Arbutin, lemon juice extract, kojic acid, and emblica powder.
Ingredients like mercury should be avoided in order to prevent harm to the body. Some creams may contain other potentially harmful substances, such as hydroquinone, which may damage the liver, and has been linked to cancer. Skin lightening products may also contain steroids. People who wish to lighten their skin should check labels and use caution before making a purchase.
Many natural, safe whitening methods also exist. Body whitening can be achieved by refraining from commercial tanning, wearing sunblock, or avoiding ultraviolet rays in nature. Keeping the skin covered, moisturized, and clean can also help people maintain a light, smooth complexion. Drinking plenty of water may help as well.
Some people like to use lemons at home for skin whitening. Though the acidic fruits can help whiten skin over several weeks of use, they can cause burning, dryness, and irritation as well. Dry orange peels, milk, almonds, sandalwood powder, and many other kitchen ingredients have been used for body whitening with varying degrees of success.