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Last Updated on January 23, 2021 by Steal the Style
What Is Skin Whitening?
Skin whitening is a bit of a controversial subject, but for people with darker complexions such as in Asia and Southeast Asia, it’s getting more and more popular. New products are coming out that lightens the skin tone such as soaps, serums, pills and even using intravenous methods.
We always want what we can’t have. Here is an example: Lighter skinned people desire a darker complexion because it looks relaxed like they’ve returned from vacation. While darker skinned people like the lighter skin tone because it looks like they don’t work outside in the sun. Another reason is that it’s just a fad at this point in time. For example, extreme white skin can be fashionable for goth and vampire admirers. On the opposite end, a while back in Japan there was the “Ganjuro” skin darkening fad that became fashionable.
One of the new products that came out for skin whitening is papaya soap. A famous brand is Likas from the Philippines, which became so famous it needs a holographic sticker to prevent copying.
Papaya is a fruit that grows naturally in several tropical and subtropical climates. The fruit contains an active enzyme, papain, also known as papaya proteinase which is present in soap to break down certain proteins in the skin. Papain-based soaps can bring about whitening benefits due to their enzymatic content and causes the skin to lose pigmentation.
Regular use of papaya soap can cause mild skin lightening. Papain does not chemically lighten the skin but when you exfoliate the outer layers of skin that may have sun damage or are tan. Similarly, when papain is used in a soap, it dissolves the dead skin cells on the surface of your face, making it useful as an exfoliant which reveals your healthier skin cells.
BrightWhiteSkin.com has a detailed step by step article on how to use papaya soaps here.