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Is Arbutin A Skin Brightening and Beauty Secret Weapon?

Is Arbutin A Skin Brightening and Beauty Secret Weapon?

What is Arbutin?

The molecule uprooted from the bearberry plant that blocks the development of melanin is known as Arbutin. It works as a skin lightener and one can find it in a variety of things ranging from wheat to pear skins. Arbutin is popular because it acts as a pleasant skin brightener compared to other skin products with the same goal. People with sensitive skin do not need to worry while applying it because the active component from arbutin is freed at a slow rate which makes it less irritating for the skin.

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The German Institute of Food and Research has stated intestinal bacteria can easily transform arbutin into hydroquinone which marks the possibility of intestinal cancer. Thus it’s usage has been banned in various countries. Studies have also proved that a large amount of hydroquinone can cause ochronosis i.e. it can make the skin attain pigmentation and transform the affected area’s natural color into bluish black. This problem occurs particular for people with dark skin.
The positive side of Arbutin is that it has been shown to be highly beneficial for skin problems such as darkened skin areas, scars caused by acne and moles.

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It is true that Alpha Arbutin is an expensive product compared to Beta Arbutin but the former is more productive than the latter and it suits all type of skin tones including Black skin and Asian skin. If one’s aim is to achieve a fairer and smooth skin tone in a short period of time, then you should go for this. Although it is no longer used in Japan and Europe, it still it has a fair share of popularity in the rest of the world.

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How much should you use?

It is advised by doctors that we make use of Alpha Arbutin as long as it’s concentration doesn’t go beyond 4%. If used moderately, then our skin will be saved from its dangerous side effects. Companies which specialize in skin products mix this chief element with hydroxides, kojic acid and glutathione.
Meladerm is one of the top of line products which carries this bearberry extract. It holds 2% of Hydroxide, Kojic Acid and Alpha Arbutin. This product is completely devoid of hydroquinone and hence considered as safe. Meladerm is well known due to it’s usage by some celebrities.
Alpha Arbutin is currently being considered as a safe alternative to Hydroquinone. Although several chemicals have proven themselves to be fruitful for skin whitening, some of them have proven quite harmful too because of their toxic nature. When one uses Alpha Arbutin it is a win-win situation because it represses undesired pigmentation while killing pigment-producing cells.

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Customer reviews

Customer reviews on the popular site Amazon reassure that Alpha Arbutin is indeed the ultimate skin whitener for us. One user stated that it not only killed her acne overnight but also made her face look brighter along with making her scars appear less apparent as each day passed by. Another woman in her early forties commented that the pigmentation which appeared on her forehead slowly disappeared once she applied Arbutin serum. Other customers have reviewed that this serum helped in reducing their dark circles and also one huge advantage of using it is that it is completely oil free; so you no longer need to worry about your skin being oily and greasy.

Things to keep in mind

However like all products; this too has it’s fair share of dissatisfied customers. So it is advised that when one decides to apply this, they better consult their dermatologist first because you never know if its side effects will affect you due to the nature and type of your skin.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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