Lightening skin with kojic

Kojic acid has become one of the most popular skin lightening ingredients. Considered much safer than hydroquinone it has also been shown to be just as effective when used properly.

Firstly, What Is Kojic Acid?

Kojic acid is produced by species of fungi such as Aspergillus Oryzae. And the Japanese name for Aspergillus Oryzae is ‘koji’ – hence the name kojic acid. It is used in cosmetics and different types of foods to keep or change colors. When it is treated with ferric ions a red complex is formed. During the preparation of malting rice, which is used in the manufacture of sake, kojic acid is formed as a by-product. So it’s a naturally occuring substance.

What Is It Used For?

Apart from the various uses in the food industry it is mainly used in cosmetic products to help lighten the skin. It is also used to treat skin problems such as melasma.

Woman exfoliating her faceHave you been thinking about improving the way that your face looks, perhaps making yourself look younger than you have in years? We have all tried a variety of different products that are said to have antiaging qualities for our skin, but even the most expensive ones may not be all that useful.

There is however a simple technique that you can use in order to make yourself look younger – a simple process called exfoliation. By doing this, you will be able to take years of aging off of your face when done regularly, a simple process that anyone can do at home.

What Is Exfoliation?

The process of exfoliating your skin is very simple. It is simply the removal of dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin. This can be done by using a solution that contains little granules that will gently slough off all of those old dead skin cells in just a few seconds, by simply using rotating motions with your fingers. You can buy special solutions that are designed for more sensitive areas like your face so that they will be very gentle, yet also effective.

Here’s a couple of quick tips to get the best products available for the lowest prices.


There is one aspect of your life that can get significantly out of control, a problem that millions of people have worldwide. It is an inability to stop eating unhealthy food on a regular basis, food that can lead to obesity.

As you gain extra body fat, you’re going to make it more difficult for your heart to function, which may indirectly lead to the development of cholesterol in your veins and arteries. When you are eating a substantial amount of unhealthy food regularly, you run the risk of compromising your health. When people think about dieting, they think that it is an overwhelming task, one that involves exercising, stretching, running, and weightlifting.

Fortunately, if you take very small steps moving in the direction of having a much healthier meal regimen, you’ll start to see a significant change in how much body fat you actually retain.

healthyteethOne of the things I’ve come to appreciate as I get older is that more natural solutions to health issues often seem to be more effective. Or at least ‘effective enough’ but often without the side effects common with chemical blends and pharmacy drugs.

And most recently that’s something I’ve come to appreciate when cleaning my teeth. This daily mundane activity is just ‘something we do’ – we don’t give it much thought, we rarely take a second look at our toothpaste choice (are you still buying the same brand your parents bought when you were a child..?). But there are some serious different choices you can make when it comes to your dental health.

There’s more to be being happy in your skin than just being happy. It takes lots of things – confidence, leaps of faith and positive input.

It’s very difficult to just ‘do it’, to just be happy as you are.

So sometimes you need a little help to get you started, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s why the beauty industry is so huge, and why we read magazines like Cosmo. Which again is fine, so long as it isn’t your all-encompassing everything in life.

I had a friend a few years ago with an outwardly confidence deflating problem. Nothing major, just simple darker patches of skin on her face. I never gave it a second thought, but of course she had spent all her life seeing those discoloured patches in the mirror. And that can eat away at you and undermine your confidence.

Before June 12 2009, some of us had predicted the coup, yet we did not expect how the impudent government would play with our hope and enthusiasm. Before June 12th I had written somewhere that we Iranians have Che Guevara but we don’t have Martin Luther King Jr. and if we do have Dr. King, we can find the way to freedom. After the coup, we had millions of Martin Luther Kings but we have a long way to freedom.


A very interesting man, Alexander Calder, was a sculptor from the USA. Very much a visual poet in my opinion.