What is Skin Complexion?

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Q: What is skin complexion? What are the factors that causes skin complexion? How should I deal with it?
Expert Answer

One of the things that make us human is our skin complexion. Different human races have different skin complexions as a result of cultural, environmental and biological differences. Skin complexion is basically the natural color, appearance and texture of the skin. African skin tends to have a dark complexion while Europeans have a white complexion. These differences in complexion are brought about by melanin. Melanin is the skin pigmentation that determines skin color. It is not present in everyone. This is why albinos have no skin color because of lack of melanin.

It is very possible for people from the same race to have slightly different complexions. This difference is mostly

Skin Complexion

caused by the environment, lifestyle and levels of sun exposure.

Skin Complexion Problems

At birth, the complexion is ‘perfect’. Over the years, various factors lead to skin damage and in the end, the complexion itself changes negatively. The development of skin blemishes such as sun spots and age spots, mar the skin complexion. The complexion may also lose* its brightness and become dull due to factors such as stress, sun exposure and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Factors Affecting Skin Complexion

  • The sun is the biggest culprit when it comes to skin complexion problems. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can destroy skin cells and lead to a variety of skin problems.
  • Emotional stress. When one is stressed out, various enzymes are released. These enzymes can dull the skin and bring about conditions such as uneven pigmentation.
  • Lifestyle habits. Too much alcohol and smoking will eventually have a negative effect on the skin complexion. Eating an unbalanced diet and lack of enough water is also bad for the skin.
  • Environment. Living in a polluted place increases* the chances of skin damage.

Natural Treatments

Fortunately, it is possible to treat* many of the problems affecting the complexion of the skin. In fact, you do not have to undergo complicated medical procedures or buy expensive treatments; there are many natural remedies you can use. Some of the most popular natural treatments include;

  • Lemon juice. This is a well known skin lightener. It brightens the complexion by getting rid of any dark blemishes.
  • Papaya is another excellent natural skin brightener.
  • Skin scrub for exfoliation. You can make an exfoliating scrub from products such as flour and sugar. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells so as to reveal the radiant complexion beneath.
  • Other homemade products include honey, milk and licorice.

Use of Commercial Skin Brighteners

If you are after quicker results, you may want to try commercial skin brighteners. These are usually in form of creams. You just need to buy the right one and then apply as directed. It is important that you buy a brightener that will not cause more harm than good to your skin. Avoid skin brighteners that use dangerous ingredients such as mercury, hydroquinone and steroids. Instead, go for ones that make use of natural plant based ingredients; they are safer.

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