Korean Whitening Products to Help Erase Dark Spots

Dark spots are among the skin’s worst nightmares. They pop up anywhere on your face and can come from sun exposure or even dried up acne. While there are lots of products that can help lighten your dark spots, these pesky spots usually respond to same ingredients.

Best Whitening Lotions in the Philippines

Who doesn’t want to have that lighter and fairer skin complexion?

Collagen Drink: Gretchen Barreto's Secret to Younger Looking Skin

Collagen is a very important component in our body that fortifies the skin's structure.

Skin Bleaching DIY

Are you familiar with "White Henna"? I know one brand of white henna available here in the Philippines.

Glutathione Products Available in the Philippines

Glutathione is one of the most popular whitening treatment choices in the country.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Skin Whitening Treatment Recipes

Whitening Treatments can be as easy as 1-2-3! Here are some do-it-yourself, home-prepared whitening treatments.

  • Nourishing and Bleaching Mask- Soak 1 tablespoon urad dal (black mung beans, black mongo beans) and 4 almonds in water overnight and then grind them into a paste. Apply this protein mask to your face, let it dry and wash it off after half an hour. You can do this twice a week.

  • Exfoliating Scrub- Nothing prepares the skin for a whitening treatment better than a great scrub. I use a teaspoon of brown sugar and a teaspoon of olive oil. Combine it to form a paste and use it as a face scrub. Rinse thoroughly. You can use used ground coffee as your body scrub. Just wet your body and gently rub in the coffee. You will instantly feel a smoother skin afterwards. Just don't forget to moisture after the bath.

  • For Elbow and Knees-Cut a lemon in half and rub on elbows and knees for approximately ten minutes. Lemon’s acids will gently break down the dark patches of skin so they may be washed away.
  • Face Whitening Treatment- Combine equal amounts of thick coconut milk (cream) and fresh pineapple juice. Make sure to wash your face before applying it. Apply it on your face with a cotton ball, leave it there for about 10 minutes, or until it dries up. Rinse.
  • Underarms and Neck Whitening Treatment- Using a juicer, extract juice from 1 lemon and 1 cucumber. Add a pinch of turmeric powder (you can buy it at grocery stores under the brands mcCormick or Fat and Slim). Apply on clean underarms and neck and let it dry about 10 minutes. Rinse it well with lukewarm water for turmeric is not very pleasant-smelling. Do this everyday until your skin lightened.
  • Homemade Skin Bleach/Bleaching Cream- I wouldn't advice this for those with sensitive skin. Some burning feeling can be experienced when using this concoction, and in some cases, minor skin burns are experienced. You can buy ingredients in Mercury drug stores or Hortaleza or HBC. You will need 2 teaspoons of anhydrous lanolin, 2 teaspoons of spermaceti, about 3 ounces of petroleum jelly, 1 tablespoon of 10volume hydrogen peroxide. Melt the first 3 ingredients over low heat. Let it cool. Mix peroxide well into the mixture. Apply to skin, but not on face. Leaving it there for at least 20 minutes. Rinse well. Apply it thrice a week.
Note: I've read that adding a little powdered milk can prevent skin from burning.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Whitening Soaps, Lotions, and Creams....You Choose

Our market is flooded by skin whitening treatment products, from soaps, lotions, creams, pills, etc. It is because WE, Filipinos, base beauty to skin color. And the best skin color for us is not OUR native brown, but the flawless white. So, how can we obtain whiter skin? First, we choose a product that best suits our skin type. Make sure that we don't get allergic reactions from the products that we use.

Here are some of the whitening treatments available in the Philippine market:

1. Likas Papaya Whitening Soap
2. Silka Papaya Whitening Soap and Lotion (yes, we Filipinos believe that Papaya extracts really whiten the skin)
3. Pond's Pinkish White Skin Lightening Lotion and Cream
4. Block and White Soap, Deodorant and Lotion
5. Maxi-Peel Exfoliating Lotion
6. DermaLine Skin Lightening Line (Soap, Toner, Cream, etc.)
7. Nivea Skin Whitening Milk
8. Palmolive Papaya+Milk Soap
9. BioLink Green Papaya Soap and Lotion
10. MET Soap, Lotion and Capsules

These products are just a portion of the whitening treatments available in the Philippines. Please contact me by leaving a comment to know more about Whitening Treatments available in the Philippines.

Second, when you have chosen the product you want, use it regularly. Yes, regularly. Because if you don't use any whitening products as part of your daily habit, chances are it will not be effective, and you will not see any changes on your skin.

Glutathione: The New Trend in Whitening.

Glutathione is one of the best selling skin whitening treatments today. According to Wikipedia, Glutathione is a tripeptide. It contains an unusual peptide linkage between the amine group of cysteine and the carboxyl group of the glutamate side chain. Glutathione, an antioxidant, protects cells from toxins such as free radicals.

So, Glutathione is an antioxidant. That's why it makes us flawless and younger-looking. According to studies, it's only side-effect is skin-whitening. Therefore, you take Glutathione to ward off free radicals and you get a whiter skin for free! Glutathione is considered to be the best skin whitening treatment to date.

Here's a list of Glutathione Products available in the market today:

1. MET-tathione Whitening Capsules
2. Lucida DS
3. BeauOxi White Capsules
4. Dr. James Whitening Capsules
5. Ishigaki L-Glutathione
6. Active White Glutathione Capsules
7. Saluta Reduced Glutathione Injectibles
8. Silk and Dove L-Glutathione Capsules
9. Tationil Glutathion Injectibles
10. Vitamin USA Glutathione Capsules
11. Powerpack Megathione
12. Goddess Glutathione Lotion
13. Green White Glutathione Capsules

The whitening treatment called Glutathione is available in capsule, soap, lotion, and injectible forms, as you can see above. Price ranges from Php100 for soap and lotion, Php990-Php3000 for capsules and Php 14,500-17,000 for injectibles. Glutathione is one of the most effective whitening treatment in the Philippines today. I guess, it's worth a try. Just make sure that the product you are using is safe and really effective.

Magic Cream. Effective or Not?

Filipinas are known to have darker skin, and most of us wanted to have fair complexion just like what Americans and Europeans have. So, we tend to try everything just to lighten our skin. One product that we often use is the Magic Cream. Magic Cream is a whitening treatment developed in Saudi Arabia. It is said to whiten skin in as little as 1 month without any side effects. I haven't tried it, but friends said that it is effective. I guess it depends on our individual reaction with cream.

I searched for some Magic whitening treatment creams and found that there are several brands available here in the Philippines.

The Real Magic Cream
Amira Magic Cream
Egyptian Magic Cream
PerVil Magic Cream
Melika Magic Cream
Jameela Magic Cream
My Magic Cream
Cely's Magic Cream

Whew! That's a number, huh? Should we say Filipinas are really obsessed about whitening? I think so.