These days, a lot of women and men wish they had fairer or whiter skin — an aspiration that has become a great driving force for the health, beauty, and wellness industry.
Much of the skin whitening process, of course, depends on antioxidants. These are substances that are known to reduce skin damage and skin darkening by reducing the corrosive effect of oxygen on body tissues. Among these antioxidants are certain enzymes, vitamin C and vitamin E, beta-carotene, and glutathione—the so-called “master oxidant.”
Glutathione is present in nearly all living cells and has the distinction of being able to regulate the action of the so-called “lesser antioxidants.” Despite its well-known health benefits, however, many people remain extremely hesitant to take glutathione orally. They would rather apply it directly on their skin — thus giving rise to many glutathione-containing products for external use, particularly bathing soap.
Leng Aveno, soap-making lecturer at ESF Cakes and Bread House, considers this situation about glutathione a very good business opportunity. She therefore recommends going into the making of herbal bath soaps mixed with glutathione as a startup home-based industry. Continue reading