Feb 7th, 2012

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Hydroquinone – A Common Beauty Ingredient That Lightens Skin…And A LOT More

Skull and Cross bones on bottle of beauty ingredientsSevani natural beauty products are the result of years of meticulous research in order to create skin care remedies that work withOUT the use of harsh, often toxic chemicals.  One of the many popular ingredients used by beauty product manufacturers today that we chose to avoid using is called Hydroquinone.

Hydroquinone is a cosmetic bleaching agent that evens the skin’s tone by suppressing the body’s natural production of melanin.  Melanin doesn’t just tint the skin though and give us that tan we all love.  It also protects us from the harsh rays of the sun.  By suppressing the body’s production of melanin, Hydroquinone actually reduces the skin’s natural protection against damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Not only that, Hydroquinone has been found to penetrate the skin and potentially cause irreversible dammage to the connective tissue.  This could actually cause premature aging; something most beauty product users are trying to avoid!

Also, its been found that extended, regular use of hydroquinone may cause skin sensitivities to develop that weren’t present before.  The end result of these new skin conditions include blotches, and more discoloration.  The risk of skin sensitivities may also be increased by sun exposure while using products containing hydroquinone.

And, if you can believe it, there’s still more…

When Hydroquinone is absorbed into the bloodstream – as happens with the majority of products we rub onto the largest organ of our body – it has been known to lead to liver and kidney damage.

And, yep, you guessed it – Hydroquinone is considered to be a possible carcinogen!  Plus with so little known about ingredients like Hydroquinone it may also be “toxic” in other ways we’re not yet aware of.

There’s no reason to settle for controversial beauty ingredients with side effects like these though in order to get an even skin tone.  You can actually get the same effects from natural sources that don’t present any of these same problems.

Here at Sevani we use Licorice root and other plant based botanicals and essential oils in our formulations to help bring skin into balance and thereby create a  glowing, even complexion naturally and gently.  These Beauty ingredients offer wonderful skin lightening and brightening properties but without putting you at risk to UV rays, cancer, liver damage or any of the other side effects Hydroquinone is known for.

There’s no reason to risk your health for your beauty with yucky ingredients like these – enjoy non toxic beauty today with Sevani!


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