5 ways to gently lighten your skin

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Everyone strives to have a radiant, glowing complexion and bright skin can make you feel as though you’re being lit up from the inside. With a healthy glow, you may not even need to use foundation. However, glowing, healthy skin isn’t something that can be wished into existence with a simple thought. The following are five ways to lighten your skin gently:

1.   Cleansing

To get the most out of any product that claims to lighten or speed up cellular turnover, you need to start by thoroughly cleansing your skin. Washing your skin makes it possible for any extra products that you use to reach every layer of your skin.

2.   Exfoliation

Exfoliating the skin is a procedure that is similar to washing in that it removes dead skin cells and flaky, dry skin, both of which may contribute to dullness and increased texture. You have the option of doing an exfoliation either manually or chemically. One to three times per week is the recommended frequency for exfoliation, however, the frequency you should use may vary based on the kind of skin you have.

3.   Use vitamin C serum

When applied topically, vitamin C is an all-natural component that works wonders to stimulate the production of collagen, illuminate the complexion, and ward off the effects of free radicals.

As an antioxidant, it contributes to the prevention of the potentially harmful oxidation process. Vitamin C also inhibits an enzyme that contributes to the synthesis of melanin, which results in a reduction in redness as well as hyperpigmentation, while protecting against damage caused by free radicals.

Vitamin C for skin lightening also helps skin maintain its flexibility. In a nutshell, Vitamin C has the ability to reduce the appearance of dark spots, decrease inflammation, smooth out fine wrinkles, and revive dull skin.

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4.   Cell turnover

Increasing skin cell turnover is one of the most effective ways to lighten your complexion. In most cases, you’re going to have to either use an antioxidant-rich serum or look into your diet.

What’s more, cellular turnover may be stimulated by using penetrating topical serums, such as retinol, that can be applied directly onto the skin. This is why you shouldn’t apply serums to your skin until after you’ve washed and exfoliated so that you can get the most out of them.

5.   Moisturizing

Once you’ve used your chosen serums and completed your washing and exfoliating routines, it’s time to apply moisturizer. At this stage, you should be concentrating on maintaining an adequate level of hydration. If you have dry skin, you may find that a thicker moisturizer, such as one that is based on ceramides, is more beneficial. On the other hand, if you have normal or oily skin, you may find that a lighter moisturizer is more appropriate to prevent pores from getting clogged.


If you really want to bring the best out of your skin, the greatest thing you can do is take the time to develop a skincare routine that you’re certain you can keep up with. Remember to do your homework before introducing new items into your routine, use gentle products that are made from natural ingredients, and don’t forget to experiment with your diet and lifestyle.

Beauty Muse: Doctor Jackie

The lovely and talented Doctor Jackie from Married to Medicine is the Beauty Muse for this month. I am a huge fan of the reality show – Married to Medicine. The new season 9 is currently showing on Amazon Prime and you can easily catch me watching the latest episode on a Monday evening. It is entertaining to watch the lives of different doctors as they navigate their paths in medicine while living in Atlanta. Doctor Jackie is one of the original cast members and she is fun to watch. She is so into her work and she is interesting to watch.

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Beauty Muse: Doctor Jackie

For those who are not too familiar with this beauty, Doctor Jackie is an Atlanta-based OB-GYN famous for her amazing work and for appearing on the reality show – Married to Medicine since 2013. Doctor Jackie is the beauty muse for this month because she is a stunner, beauty, and brains wrapped up in 1. I still struggle to believe this stunning woman is in her 60s. She looks amazing for her age. Her skin glows, her hair is so beautiful, and she always looks well put together.

She is a natural beauty, and she looks fab with or without makeup. I would love to be a fly on her beauty wall to see for myself how she cares for her skin on a daily basis, but since I can’t, I have been busy reading more about her and I know her main skincare tip is to wear sunscreen. Doctor Jackie is big on protecting the skin from the sun as much as possible and her way to do this on a daily basis is to add a drop of foundation into the sunscreen. I think that is a fab idea and I will be implementing it into my routine, especially in the summer months.

Here is an excerpt from her interview with The list:

I put mine [on] with my makeup, so if it’s in the same area of my makeup, I put a dab of foundation and I cover my entire face and neck with it so that I don’t forget it. It’s almost like I tell my patients: Put your birth control pills with your toothpaste.

You can read the full interview here. To find out more about Married to Medicine, check out this post.

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4 Reasons You Should Include Argan Oil in Your Skincare Routine

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A Natural Means of Keeping Healthy Skin

Argan oil has quite a few different health benefits depending on how it is used. In this writing, we’ll briefly explore four ways argan oil operates in a natural, healthy way to enhance your skin. We’ll focus on external use, rather than potential health benefits related to actually ingesting this natural substance.

Since it can be used nutritionally and as an external beautification option, be careful you buy the right stuff when you’re thinking about using it for purposes of skin enhancement.

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1. Balancing Sebum Production

One of the best uses for Argan oil involves treating skin that tends to be oily. One of the reasons argan oil is good for oily skin has to do with sebum. Argan oil is defined as “non-comedogenic”, which is a fancy scientific term meaning it, essentially, helps balance your body’s production of sebum.

For dry skin, Argan oil promotes hydration. Additionally, inflammation and acne can be treated, we’ll discuss that next.

2. Argan Oil is Anti-Inflammatory

As an anti-inflammatory option, there’s little better than argan oil. Essentially, the regular application helps give your skin the compounds necessary for healthy repair and growth, which in turn lead to a reduction in scar tissue, dark spots, and other unsightly things impacting skin health.

3. Some Studies Show Argan Oil Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

A study listed how argan oil can play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease. This is because argan oil encourages healthy cholesterol, and discourages unhealthy cholesterol. Primarily this is related to the ingestion of argan oil, however, skin does absorb some substances in a way that can produce internal nutrition.

4. Treatment and Preventative Measures for Stretch Marks

This NIH article shows how Argan oil can be used to help treat stretch marks during and after pregnancy. Additionally, such options can be used for stretch marks that aren’t related to pregnancy at all. If you’ve gained or lost substantial amounts of weight, argan oil is a good way of helping your skin look normal again.

There are different options for therapy and beatification, but generally, the move is: to use argan oil on a regular basis across your body. Its anti-inflammatory processes work to reduce and help eliminate stretch marks. Argan oil isn’t your only option to reduce such inflammation, but it’s one of the best owing to natural ingredients and known benefits.

Essentially, this is an option that’s been used in Morocco for thousands of years. Evidence suggests it was first used for health purposes as far back as 1,200 BC. That’s a 3,000+ year tradition. Provided you get argan that has been naturally sourced and bottled, you’re using a tried-and-true tradition that has deep tradition behind it, demonstrating clear effectiveness.

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Naturally Healthy, Vibrant Skin

Treating and preventing stretch marks is a key way argan oil can act as a health option in addition to its beatification properties. There’s additional evidence that argan oil reduces heart disease, that it is anti-inflammatory, and that it balances sebum production in ways reducing how oily skin is.

Altogether, argan oil is a fine health supplement for internal or external use that’s known to be safe. Maybe give it a try.

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