As a skincare consultant and online cosmetic vendor, one of the questions i get asked on a weekly basis by some of my inquisitive clients is, will i lose my glow when i achieve my skin goal and stop using my skin glowing products???
To many Cameroonians, skin glowing is a one off thing that they can forget about once they have achieved their skin goals, which is not so.
Achieving a glowing skin is one thing and maintaining it is another thing.
So after you have achieved a glowing skin with any skincare products of your choice (from whatever brand), you still have an inevitable responsibility to maintain that glow or else you will find yourself in a position where you started your skincare journey. This may not happen overnight but gradually as your skin will become darker and those blemishes like acne & dark spots will start appearing, skin discoloration, sunburns etc.
So after you have achieved your skin goal, you still need to continue your skincare routine to maintain your glow OR for you to continue glowing through out your lifespan. A consistent skincare routine is the key to maintaining a glowing skin in Cameroon.
If it was a one off thing, then everybody in Cameroon would have been glowing by now and the skincare business would have been dead long ago.
It should be noted that one of the greatest threat to our skin glow in Africa is the ultra violet radiation from the sun (especially for those living in areas with harsh climate like Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and other African countries characterized by harsh ultra violet rays).
Exposure to ultra violet radiation causes skin cells (called melanocytes) to produce melanin which protects the skin from harsh ultra violet rays which might lead to SEVERE skin cancer in a long run.
Melanin protects our skin from the sun but mars our skin glow as it makes us look darker and hyperpigmented.
In case you don’t know, melanin is a dark brown pigment (substance) that gives human skin, hair and eyes, the black color.
The pigment is responsible for the dark skin of the Africans as well as their hair and eyes color.
Every body of African descent has melanocytes irrespective of whether you are a black skin or light skin person and every African has the same number of melanocytes.
So if you are a light skinned person who constantly work or walk under the sun for hours, you will notice yourself getting darker and darker. This is because the melanocytes keeps producing more melanin (the dark brown pigment) to protect your skin from the ultra violet rays.
The role of skin lightening (glowing) products in your skincare regimen is to keep your melanin on check hence without constant follow up you will definitely lose your glow. This is very important if you wish to maintain a particular skin tone.
Somebody may like want to ask, how do i keep Melanin on check to maintain a particular skin tone???
When you look at the mirror and you notice that you are getting darker (after achieving a particular skin tone), you simply get a bar of our Kojic acid soap and lighten your skin to bring it back to normal. In skincare lingo, we call this process skin toning.
Everyone has the same number of melanocytes, but some people make more melanin than others and this category of people often suffer from a skin condition called hyperpigmentation and for such people skin lightening products is a necessity.
So if you achieve your skin goal and stop following up your skincare routine, you will surely lose your glow because of the ultra violet Sun Rays in Africa.
conditions like sunburns, sagging skin, discoloration in some parts of the body etc are also caused by ultra violet radiation.
Repeated sun exposure with little to no protection can cause damage to your elastin, collagen and skin cells.
And with long exposure to sun, you will start developing premature signs of aging including discoloration, wrinkles, fine lines, and a leathery appearance.
Premature aging, called photoaging, is common in those who spend time in the sun without sunscreen – especially in their 20s and 30s. So if you don’t want people to start calling you Pa or Ma in your early 30’s you need to start wearing Sunscreen to protect your skin from ultra violet radiation.
The only way you can prevent the sun from tarnishing your glow and spend less on skin lightening products is by constantly using skincare products called Sunscreen. As the name suggest, Sunscreens (also known as Sunblock or sun guard) is a skincare product specifically formulated to help protect your skin from damaging Ultra violet rays (harsh sunlight) that cause long-term damage to your skin such as sunburn, sagging skin, hyperpigmentation and discoloration in some parts of the body.
Sunscreens protects the skin from UV rays by forming a chemical barrier on the skin that absorbs or reflects some of the harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation to avoid the aforementioned damages to the skin.
By constantly using Sunscreen you will would be able to maintain a particular skin tone as Sunscreens will shield the skin from the sunrays thereby preventing the melanocytes in the skin surface from making melanin.
Remember, the melanocytes will only start making melanin when they sense ultra violet radiation and Sunscreens prevent sunlight from reaching the melanocytes.
So by using Sunscreen you can maintain your glow even if you constantly walk under the sun.
The certified skincare experts always harmer on the importance of Sunscreen in any skincare regimen.
Nowadays, Sunscreens are available in Cameroon in a variety of forms, including lotions, sprays, gels, oils etc.
Read Top 5 Sunscreens for Face and body in Cameroon to learn more about the importance of Sunscreens.
Other factors such as pollution in Africa can also mar your skin glow, so its also important that you exfoliate at least once in a week to maintain a glowing skin. Exfoliation is also very important.
Africans living in Africa especially those living in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana etc characterized by harsh ultra violet rays will have to take their skincare routine seriously in order to achieve and maintain a glowing skin.
On the other hand, those living in USA, UK and other areas of the world with good climatic condition won’t have to constantly use the skin lightening products and sunscreens to maintain your glow.
This explains why a brother, sister, friend residing in USA will always have a glowing skin…. and when you ask them what they are using, they will say they are using just a normal Johnsons baby lotion.
It would surprise you to know that most of the people residing in USA and UK, use mostly moisturizing body lotions and creams that keeps their body hydrated and fresh through out the day. They don’t battle too much with the sun….their main skin issue is Acne and lightening dark spots from Acne.
For those of you who don’t know, moisturizing body lotions and creams are body lotions that we use on our babies in Africa. They don’t have any lightening effect.
I will conclude by reiterating that skincare in Africa is a lifelong journey and not a one off thing.
With the Ozone layer depleting on a daily basis due to pollution, ultra violet radiation from the sun will remain the greatest threat to our skin glow and we therefore have to constantly use the skin lightening products and sunscreens to maintain our glow through out life time.
It should be noted that as of 2022, there’s no skin bleaching product that can silent the melanocytes or prevent them from producing the dark brown pigment called melanin which mars our glow. In otherwords the melanocytes will always do their job i.e. make melanin when you get exposed to the sun for a long period of time. Hydroquinone tried but failed…the knuckles, elbows and knees PIN KONDI FOR GROUND, tok say ehn, you no go put our backs on the ground.
More advance skin lightening products like the Gluthathione products did a good job of enabling Cameroonians to achieve a fair glowing skin without any blemish…but Gluthathione will still not stop the melanocytes from doing their job.
So you need to constantly use the Gluthathione pills to maintain your glow i.e. after achieving your desired skin tone, you still need to take it from time to time to maintain your glow if you notice that you have become darker.
So achieving a glowing skin is one thing and maintaining it another thing.
Beautiful skin is a lifelong process and needs money.
In USA, UK and other non-African countries, its easier to maintain a glowing skin but in Africa you need to take your skin routine seriously in order to maintain your glow.
All those girls you see with glowing skin don’t joke with their skincare routine and they spend money on their skin in order to maintain their glowing skin.
FINE SKIN NA MONEY.
Skin problems like deep premature wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and other skin issues can be prevented with a consistent skin care routine.
Taking care of your face is even a must if you don’t want to tamper with your self esteem.
Your face is the most visible organ of your body, and it is largely exposed to external elements like extreme weather conditions, pollution and other variables.
If you think skincare is overrated, here are a few reasons that will help you understand why you need a consistent skin care routine.
Youthful looking skin: As you get older, there’s a decrease in collagen synthesis and elastin, making your skin look duller, less radiant and sagging. Having a good skin care routine and using quality skin care products can help remove dead skin cells and uncover fresh new cells.
Prevention is easier: Preventing skin problems is easier and less expensive than trying to fix them in the future. Taking the time to involve yourself in a skin care routine daily takes less time than having to see dermatologists or address skin issues as a result of neglect down the line.
Beautiful skin is a lifelong process: Skin cells shed daily. It is absolutely important to have a good daily routine because the healthy skin you have today will be shedding tomorrow. If you want healthy skin decades from now, the choices you make today will put that to effect.
When you look good you feel good: Your face is the first part of you people see when they meet you, so go forward with your best face forward. A daily skin care routine can help you do exactly this. When your skin looks better, you’ll feel better about yourself and automatically have a confidence boost.
Not all skin types are the same: You may have a friend that doesn’t have a skin care routine but has amazing skin. Well, that is great, but did you know that all skin types are different? Because of this, your skin may require more care than the next person. For this reason, a daily skin care routine is important.
Taking proper care of your skin health daily will save you money in the long run.
NOTE: Having a good skincare routine is great, as well as using the right skin care products. While good quality products can help your skin look better now as well as in the future, poor products can do the exact opposite.
Make sure you always go for the best products.
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