Hi friends, lets argue this together. What is the difference between toning and bleaching? I think toning is actually making your skin bright while bleaching is changing the colour of your skin. Feel free to drop your own view.
Today’s post is as a result of the discussion I had with a colleague Tokunbo Ojekunle. Ok our topic is going to be a rather long one but I promise to make it as interesting as possible to all of us. Whenever I mention toning to women who want to even out their skin tone and men too (you’ll be surprised how many men are beginning to take better care of their skin), they always go like ‘no o, I don’t want anything that will change my color’... ( But somewhere in my mind I don’t fancy men that bleaches their skin) Then, I have to start explaining what toning means and the difference between toning and bleaching. As always, I like to share information that I know will be beneficial to you. So, after some research and trying to get a clear head to compose this post (trust me , it took me a while to finally put all this together).
Toning: When we talk of toning, it involves the use of skin toners or simply toners which are lotions or washes designed to cleanse the skin and shrink the appearance of pores, usually used on the face.Toning is an important second step that completes the cleansing process, yet many people choose to leave this step out. In reality, toning should be considered an important part of the cleansing process. A good toner will remove any remaining bits of oil, dirt and debris left behind by the cleanser. More importantly, toner will help soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its delicate pH balance.
Skin Bleaching: Then bleaching your skin is refers to the practice of using chemical substances in an attempt to lighten skin tone or provide an even skin complexion by reducing the melanin concentration in the skin. Several chemicals have been shown to be effective in skin whitening, while some have proven to be toxic or have questionable safety profiles, adding to the controversy surrounding their use and impacts on certain ethnic groups. This process which is also known as skin whitening or lightening can be done formally by a dermatologist or informally by non-doctors. There are several beauty websites that refer to these bleaching products as “skin brightening” products, and though in some ways they do brighten your complexion (ie: hyperpigmentation), these products do bleach your skin. Bleaching helps to lightens hyperpigmentation for a more even skin tone, reduces skin discolorations, lessens dark spots caused by sun damage. As with any product, there are downsides to bleaching your skin. Ingredients as well as maintaining your skin after treatments play crucial roles in how skin responds to bleaching products. Mercury is an ingredient in many skin bleaching products; overuse can cause mercury poisoning, skin aging prematurely; skin thinning, can cause or worsen acne and can also cause allergic reactions.
Today, skin bleaching is still common in popular culture. The market for skin bleaching products is wide and large. The most important thing to consider when shopping for skin bleaching products is to decide what reasons you are bleaching or lightening your skin.
This post is not in any way meant to help you decide whether to stick to toning rather than bleaching or vice versa. I’ve written it to help differentiate between toning and skin bleaching. You can decide if toning or bleaching is something you’d be interested in, taking all possible factors into consideration.
Before I go I will like to give you possible cure to an over bleached skin.
- If you have an Aloe Vera gel, massage it to the affected skin. In the absence of Aloe Vera gel, you may also use natural Aloe Vera gel. Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties which help to calm your skin and also heal it soon. Massage your skin with Aloe Vera gel for twice or thrice a day, you’ll get a younger looking skin.
- Cold water is the best method to calm your irritated and bleach burned skin. As soon as you feel redness on some patches of your skin, wipe off the left over bleach immediately and flush your face with cold water. Avoid using soap and face washes immediately.
- You might have heard about this before! Potato peels are being used since ancient ages to treat skin when burned. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and strong healing power this can be used to cure the bleach affected areas too. Just cover the affected area with a potato peel and repeat this twice a day.
Okay guys, I’ll leave you to digest all this information and I’ll be back with a post about my favorite certified skin toners and the best toner to use, which will not damage your skin type and can stand the test of time.
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