You do not have to hide dark spots on your face with heavy makeup or subject your delicate skin to harsh chemical peels or laser treatments to remove annoying marks. Whether they are age-related “liver spots” or stubborn acne and insect bite scars, there are natural ways that are effective options for removing most dark spots from your face.
Brown spots generally appear on exposed skin areas like the face, back, neck, chest, shoulders and hands. Some of the main causes of brown spots are sun exposure, aging, and genetics. Factors like stress, pregnancy, vitamin deficiencies, and weak liver functioning may also contribute to this problem.
Age spots, sun spots, acne spots, spots from chicken pox, whatever the cause, no one wants to have spots littered all over their skin. Fortunately, there are also many ways to get rid of them once and for all, and the best part is that you can do it naturally and from the comfort of your own home.
Lemon juice and its natural acidity have long been used as an organic bleaching agent to lighten dark spots. All you have to do is squeeze the juice out of one lemon, dip a cotton ball in the juice and apply it directly to your dark spots twice a day. Just be sure you use fresh lemon juice and not the kind you buy in a bottle from the grocery store, unless you buy organic.
Aloe vera has healing properties and aids skin regeneration. So, it is excellent for getting rid of brown spots, especially when caused by sun exposure.
Gently rub fresh aloe vera gel on the spots. Leave it on for about 30 minutes before washing the area with cold water. Repeat twice daily and within a month you should notice improvement.
If fresh aloe vera gel is not available, you can opt for aloe vera juice that you can readily buy from the market.
Sandalwood is an anti-aging agent and an antiseptic that can helps reduce hyperpigmentation and get rid of brown spots. You can make homemade pack with two tablespoons of sandalwood powder, two teaspoons of rose water, and one teaspoon each of glycerin and lemon juice. Apply this pack on the spots and allow it to dry naturally. Use cold water to wash it off. Repeat a few times a week until your brown spots disappear.
Another option is to add one tablespoon of orange juice, one teaspoon of lemon juice and the contents of two vitamin E capsules to two tablespoons of sandalwood powder. Mix it well and then apply it on the face. Leave it on for about half an hour before washing it off. Do this a few times a week until you see improvement.
Also, massage the affected area with a few drops of sandalwood oil mixed in one tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil, daily before going to bed and leave it on overnight.
If you find lemon juice just isn’t cutting it, try switching it up and testing out a combination ofhorseradish mixed with apple cider vinegar and pure raw honey.
Squeezing some lemon juice onto a cotton ball and use it as you would any toner, by swiping it all over your face. After that, spot treat any hyperpigmented areas with your horseradish mixture and allow it to soak in for around 20 minutes. Then just simply wash your face and apply SPF if you plan on going outside, as these ingredients can make your skin sensitive to UV rays.
While it may sound like a smelly solution, red onion is actually rich in acidic properties and can help fade dark spots almost effortlessly. Just cut up a red onion and juice it, or blend it if you don’t have a juicer. Once you have your red onion juice ready to go, grab a Q-tip, dip it in your juice and apply it directly to each spot or area you wish to lighten. Allow it to remain on your skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. No matter which method you choose, if you commit to staying dedicated and consistent in your application, you should start to notice your dark spots fading.
Source: The Science of Eating
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