Your skin is the part of you that everyone can see, especially your face; it’s your main form of identity. It sometimes shapes people’s impressions of you. This is one of the reasons why skin care is extremely important.
Some people have clear skin with no pimples or pigmentation problems. However, at some point, we all have had pimples or injuries which leave spots. It’s almost ridiculous how one mosquito bite or a tiny pimple can leave a very dark spot. These days, it’s almost hard to find skincare products that clear spots without whitening your skin tone.
Mother nature to the rescue! There is a natural approach for everything, including skincare. The great thing about natural skincare is that there are no side effects. Check out these five natural tips to clear dark spots:
1. Lemon Juice Mask
Lemons have vitamin C that can lighten dark spots. It’s very easy to apply. Squeeze the juice out of a fresh lemon and apply it the affected area with a cotton ball. Allow it to dry and then wash it off with plain water. Continue this every day for at least two weeks to get proper results. If you have sensitive skin, you should dilute the lemon juice with plain water. You can even make the application easier by pouring your mixture into an empty spray bottle. Leave this spray mixture in the fridge and it will serve as a great refreshing face spritz.
You can easily buy fresh lemons from fruit vendors at local markets or from supermarkets with a produce section for at least 100 Naira for one.
2. Turmeric Mask
Even if you don’t know what turmeric is, you have probably eaten it or cooked with it. Turmeric is what gives curry that orange color. Turmeric has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It works in treating skin blemishes. For your face, you can simply mix a little turmeric powder with water to form a thick paste and apply. Wait till it dries and wash it off. Apply this mask at least twice a week.
However, turmeric tends to stain everything it comes in contact with, so we advise that you wear rubber gloves or use an old makeup brush to apply the mask. To manage stains, you can apply the mask at night and use an old pillowcase.
You can buy turmeric powder from the spice section of most supermarkets. It is not expensive and a little goes a long way. You can also buy fresh turmeric from your local market. It is usually sold with other roots like ginger.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has a lot of healing properties and is a great natural dark spot corrector. To get the benefits of Aloe Vera, you need to make sure you’re using hundred percent organic Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera is great for healing fresh dark spots or scars. Get an Aloe Vera leaf and slice it open. Extract the transparent gel and apply it directly to the dark spots or patches. Gently massage the gel into your skin with your fingertips. Leave it to dry for about 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse.
Repeat this once or twice daily for a few weeks for the skin discoloration to fade. You can buy aloe vera gel in beauty supply stores; however, make sure it contains a significant amount of natural Aloe Vera gel. Even better, you can buy aloe vera plant and plant it in your home; your own personal skincare plant.
Yes, Tomato. It might come as a surprise that the thing we use in almost all Nigerian recipes can be used for skincare. Who would’ve thought?
Tomato possesses powerful lightening properties that can brighten dark spots effectively. Just make sure you are using fresh tomatoes and not processed tomato paste.
Mix one teaspoon of fresh tomato juice with one and a half teaspoon of lemon juice. You can also apply it without the lemon. Gently apply this mixture on the dark areas and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse it off well with cool water. Follow this regimen twice a day for 2 – 3 weeks to see results.
Raw, natural honey has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It doesn’t just help clear dark spots, but can be used to treat acne and other skin diseases.
To use honey to clear dark spots or scars, you can simply apply a thin layer of raw, organic honey to the affected area. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Massage the skin with wet fingers, using circular motions. Rinse it off with cool water. You can mix a honey and lemon mask, or even add a little turmeric to boost the brightening properties. You can buy raw honey at any local market or supermarket for as low as 1500 naira per bottle. Remember that a little goes a long way. Make sure you’re buying pure organic honey. Here’s how to test if honey is adulterated or not.
This post probably has you looking at your kitchen differently. It will also have your skin looking positively different. All the different masks don’t have to stand-alone. Mix the different items in moderate quantity for more effective results. Get mixing and welcome brighter, spot-free skin!
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