Secrets Revealed: Fair, Translucent Skin

It’s midsummer now and the sun is strong. Apart from putting on sunscreen when you go out – to prevent the formation of dark spots, don’t forget that skin whitening care is equally important. Fair, translucent skin often gives people a young and pretty impression, while a freckled and dull face can make you look a lot older than you actually are.

To target dark pigments effectively, we must first understand their causes. UV light is the number one factor for color pigments. After being exposed to the sun, the level of Tyrosine will increase in our skin, which turns into melanin after oxidation. Hormone imbalance is another reason for dark spots to form among women. During pregnancy, the level of Estrogen is exceptionally high in a mother’s body, which will induce the production of melanin. Unstable moods can also trigger the formation of dark spots. Moreover, stress and sleep deprivation slow down the skin’s metabolism and result in accumulation of melanin.

In another words, reducing Tyrosine and dissolving existing melanin are ways to prevent and eliminate dark spots. Hydroquinone and Arbutin are two major ingredients often found in whitening products to reduce Tyrosine, while Ferulic Acid and Kojic Acid suppress its activity level. Vitamin C, a.k.a. L-Ascorbic Acid, is commonly used for breaking down melanin. Also, AHA accelerates the renewal of stratum corneum, thus helping to lighten pigments.

Here’re our picks for some highly effective skin whitening products:

La Roche Posay Sensi White [+] Essence Essence (Upgraded Version) (For Sensitive Asian Skin), 30ml
Features an upgraded formula for more effective and longer lasting whitening results. All-new ingredient Phenylethyl Resorcinol brightens skin from the source. Ferulic Acid and Ginkgo Biloba Extract even out and smooth skin tone while LHA gently removes dead skin for a brightened complexion. Nicotinamide is effective in preventing skin dullness.

SkinCeuticals Serum 20 AOX, 1oz / 30ml
Formulated at the precise concentration proven to deliver maximum amounts of Vitamin C to the skin, Serum 20 is formulated with AOX+ advanced antioxidant technology, combining Ferulic Acid with 20% L-Ascorbic Acid to enhance skin whitening antioxidant performance. This lightweight and fast-absorbing serum neutralizes free radicals, defends against environmental damage, and helps prevent premature signs of aging.

Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%, 1oz / 30ml
Contains 20% highly concentrated pure Vitamin C, which targets stubborn dark spots and acne marks, and prevents the formation of melanin. It helps promote skin cell renewal, rebuilds collagen, brightens skin, firms and smoothes wrinkles, and replenishes moisture to the skin.

Apart from whitening products, foods that are rich in Vitamin C and E, such as fruits and nuts, boost great skin-whitening benefits. Include these foods in your diet, get plenty of sleep and always apply sunscreen, then you are on your way to having bright, clear and translucent skin.= )


Highly Recommended! Giovanni Shampoo & Conditioner

Have you ever encountered the following experience? After using a shampoo or conditioner that claims to make your hair silky smooth, your strands do feel luscious at the beginning, but then after a period of time, they start to become frizzy, feel weighed down and even resulted in hair loss? I experienced losing nearly a hundred hairs every day after shampooing awhile ago, this really freaked me out as I thought something was wrong with my body, but then (luckily) later I found out that it was caused by my shampoo which contains Dimethicone. 

Dimethicone is a synthetic oil-based material, which boosts moisturizing and hydrating properties. Upon contact with the hair, it will fill up gaps between the hair cuticles, thus giving a shiny appearance and smooth touch to your hair. However, Dimethicone also has its downsides. Since it is water insoluble in nature, it cannot be removed thoroughly after hair wash. On the contrary, it forms a coat on your hair and with repeated washes, the coating gets so thick that it makes the hair loses elasticity, feels weighed down, clogs follicles, irritates the scalp and in more serious cases, leading to hair loss. 

So, it is my shampoo which contains Dimethicone that causes my hair loss! As soon as I stop using it, the situation improves a lot. After I dropped that evil shampoo like a hot potato (yes, you should too!), I was on the lookout for a Dimethicone-free shampoo, and finally I have found an amazing hair care brand from the US – Giovanni.

Being an organic brand, Giovanni’s products do not contain Dimethicone, Parabens, SLS, chemicals and they are pH balanced with biodegradable formulas. Their shampoos deeply cleanse hair and clarify scalp, while leaving no traces of harmful chemicals, providing gentle care for your tresses.

Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo (For Damaged Hair) 8.5oz / 250ml
Features a pearlized formula that transforms hair into a silky palette. The luxurious lather soothes dry, chemically processed hair and cleanses gently for manageable smoothness. I like its subtle fruity fragrance from Apple and Aloe Vera Essences, which provide antioxidant protection and act as enhanced moisturizers for even silkier hair. 100% vegetarian ingredients, USDA Certified Organic.


Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner (For Damaged Hair) 8.5oz / 250ml
Features a silkening formula with Vegetable Protein to renew hair. It infuses deep moisture for manageable smoothness and protects against split ends. I also like its fruity smell just like the shampoo. It instantly brings a smooth sensation to my hair which might feel dry after using organic shampoo. Hair also feels lightweight afterwards. 100% vegetarian ingredients, USDA Certified Organic. 


After using the above two products for two weeks, my hair loss improves dramatically. It’s been 3 months since I started using them, now only a few hairs fall out occasionally after I wash my hair. My scalp feels more cleaned and clarified, and itchy feeling greatly reduces. For those who want to have healthy mane, Giovanni’s shampoo and conditioner ar e must-try items!

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