Just because you receive the benefits of a good skin lightening product or procedure doesn’t mean that you don’t have to put extra effort in maintaining your newly lightened skin. You’ll still need to take practical aftercare steps toward making sure that your skin stays healthy or bright, or you would’ve defeated the purpose of getting skin lightening treatments. If you need assistance in doing this you can talk with your dermatologist after you receive the skin lightening treatment and ask for ways you can keep your skin healthy over the next few months.
Two important things you should do following your skin lightening treatment is exfoliate and moisturize your skin, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to do this. You can go to your local drugstore and purchase some exfoliating scrubs from St. Ives brand because many of this brand’s scrubs have many skin lightening ingredients that will enhance the effectiveness of your skin lightening treatment such as oatmeal, cocoa butter, aloe vera and vitamin C. And the drugstore also has a wide variety of moisturizing creams from brands such as Ponds, Nutrogena and Oil of Olay. When you exfoliate and moisturize your skin, you’re removing the dead skin cell buildup that could darken your skin all over again. And this reduces your need to get repeated skin lightening treatments throughout the year, saving you money.
Another thing you should do to maintain your skin following a skin lightening treatment is have a nutritious diet. When you fill up on greasy foods such as fried foods or hamburgers, your skin’s pores become clogged, leading to acne and its’ ugly dark scars. But if you eat more fruits and vegetables and drink more water, you’ll notice that your skin will gradually become clearer and brighter. It’s important that you drink six to eight glasses of water a day as this hydrates your skin unlike sodas, which dehydrate you.
Don’t spend too much time in the sun because this will darken your skin, especially if you’re a person of color. When you go out, try to go during early morning hours or at sunset because between hours of 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the summer, the temperature is at its’ hottest. Also wear sunscreen and a sun hat along with sunshades if you’re going to be out in the sun all day. When you comb your hair, avoid excess use of greasy hair lotions near your face because this may also cause acne breakouts, leading to pimples. Instead, look for all-natural or organic hair styling products that won’t be too oily. Finally, get eight hours of sleep because if you don’t rest properly you may develop dark circles underneath your eyes.