Many famous people have been the talk of the town for their alleged skin lightening. Some vehemently deny doing anything to their skin, while others have been open about the products they use. So what do some celebs with glowing, evenly-toned skin do to achieve such gorgeous complexions?
Singer-songwriter Azealia Banks has often tweeted about her use of certain skin lightening products that are focused on using natural ingredients. Or so they claim. But reports have found that these Whitenicious creams, although marketed to clear up pigment, do not match their founder's clearly bleached skin, making people wonder about the veracity of the product claims. How can someone achieve such drastically whitened skin from head to toe, without the use of harsh chemicals?
Chemicals are found in many intensive skin-lightening products. Although considered the only way to get lighter skin, this is a myth. Natural skin-lightening ingredients, such as kojic acid, are just as effective, and don’t damage skin.
When choosing a natural skin lightening product, do your research to be sure of what you’re putting on your skin! You should also ease into the whitening process. It's important to start slowly with your skin lightening regime, beginning with a regular strength product and then progressing to a stronger product, but only if needed. Sometimes celebs make the mistake of taking their skin whitening too far, which isn’t gorgeous or healthy.
Rapper Lil' Kim's skin just seems to be getting lighter and lighter! Experts have claimed that on the Fitzpatrick Scale (which grades skin colour, with 1 being the lightest and 6 being the darkest), the star has progressed from a 6 to a 3. So, how does she do it? It's thought that the use of chemicals such as hydroquinone are to blame for the drastic change in the star's appearance. But this is dangerous. Chemical skin lightening ingredients such as hydroquinone have been found to be carcinogens in animal studies. They can also lead to permanent skin conditions, such as ochrononis. This is when blue-black patches form on the skin and there is no cure for them.
Some stars continue denying their use of skin-lightening creams, even when they're spotted with skin that looks very whitened. An example is Nicki Minaj. The singer has told fans that her lighter complexion is down to makeup! We know that makeup can cover a lot of skin blemishes and dramatically alter someone's appearance, but we still have our doubts. So if you're thinking of going the makeup route for dark spots or an uneven skin tone, bear in mind that you'll need a lot of product and it's only a temporary fix. You will need a more permanent solution.
This can be achieved with the daily use of a natural, botanically-infused skin-lightening cream that will help to tackle pigmentation problems or just give you a more radiant complexion. Because let's be honest: layers and layers of makeup might look good in celebrity pictures, but there's often Photoshop involved! Makeup can't always make you radiant and over-use of it can actually lead to skin problems, such as clogged pores and blemishes which you don’t want.
There are many different reasons why celebrities choose to lighten their skin. For some, like Lil’ Kim, it's to deal with low self-esteem issues. For others, like Azealia Banks, it comes down to preference. Whatever your reasons for using skin lightening creams, make sure you keep your skin healthy and safe by choosing botanical, nourishing lotions that do justice to your skin’s natural beauty.