Skin specialist and President Ardent World Inc, a Phillipine-based global cosmetics company, Angeline Frechter, has said that the use of bleaching creams and hydroquinone-based cosmetics can damage the skin.
Fretcher spoke at the public presentation of Gluta C women-friendly range of cosmetics by AWI in collaboration with Sinai Collateral Limited in Lagos.
Frechter said that hydroquinone, a bleaching agent, is not safe and could cause skin cancer, in addition to doing irreversible damage to skin cells.
She said, “If your skin is damaged through bleaching, it is very difficult to repair it and there is no known product that can reverse it. What can be done is for the person to stop using these harmful product, that will stop the progressive damage that is being caused.
“ I suggest that the person should take a break from using the harmful product for a while and allow the skin to recover and maybe use moisturisers to keep the skin healthy.
She said that women should use natural ingredients such as glutathione and vitamin C to achieve a fairer complexion. Frechter said, “Glutathione is naturally produced in the body, it is also found in plants that can counter free radicals that damage the skin, which makes it very safe and Vitamin C, everybody knows, is good for the body. If you apply the product on the skin, it goes directly on the skin. Some people ingest vitamin C. If you do so it goes to all parts of the body; it goes to your skin and your eyes. “
Speaking at the seminar, Chairperson, Sinai Collateral Limited, Mrs. Charity Ojiaka , advised women to look out for antioxidants when buying cosmetics.
According to her, antioxidants are safe ingredients that tone the skin and fight radicals that cause pre-mature aging.
Ojiaka said, “We are aware of the concerns of women and we have heard their challenges, hence these seminar. I will advise them to use natural anti-aging ingredients like Moringa, which is very suitable for dry and rough skin. It helps reduce pores while controlling pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and acne. It also reduce stretch marks, wrinkles and minor scars.”