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Bleaching makes you old

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th July 2007 03:00 AM

WHEN some women want to enhance their beauty, they choose to bleach their skin. The market is not short of bleaching chemicals and many go for them whatever it takes. Some even wash themselves with Jik, a strong bleaching detergent used basically to remove stubborn stains on clothes.

WHEN some women want to enhance their beauty, they choose to bleach their skin. The market is not short of bleaching chemicals and many go for them whatever it takes. Some even wash themselves with Jik, a strong bleaching detergent used basically to remove stubborn stains on clothes.

By Joan Amooti

WHEN some women want to enhance their beauty, they choose to bleach their skin. The market is not short of bleaching chemicals and many go for them whatever it takes. Some even wash themselves with Jik, a strong bleaching detergent used basically to remove stubborn stains on clothes.

Beauticians know that bleaching is not healthy. Apart from the cosmetic implication of making a young face look older, it has health consequences. Dr Gertrude Namuli, the director of Grace Beauty Salon in Muyenga, says bleaching destroys cells that provide warmth on the skin surface. “When you touch such women, they are cold.” Bleached women sweat all the time, she adds. In case of injury, a bleached skin takes time to heal, because the destroyed cells go with keratin, the hardening over wounds.

Namuli says beauty can be achieved without bleaching, using simple cleansers, facial scrubs and glycerin mixed in any lotion or cream. Those with rough skins and pimples can use lemon cleansers. Before going to bed at night, use a cleanser with cotton to clean your face. If your face is oily, avoid oily lotions and creams or jelly.

You can also use a cream called Camphor, normally packed in a green container, which costs sh10,000, or The Fruit Of Earth cream which goes for sh20,000. For dry skin, aloe vera creams mixed with Eden glycerine twice a day, will work. You do not have to use only perfumed and expensive soaps and oils to have a nice skin. Never sleep with make-up and go to a professional for facial treatment.

Bleaching makes you old

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