Sun spots, age spots, liver spots, dark spots…spots, spots, spots. It doesn’t matter which name you give them, no amount of makeup coverage will replace the feeling your once naturally healthy looking skin gave you.
There are so many reasons for developing spots and melasmas, but thankfully there are just as many homemade remedies to ditch them. Let’s learn a little bit more about them, shall we?
The Dark Truth about Dark Spots
More formally known as hyperpigmentation, dark spots are a common skin issue that arise shortly after your quarter century birthday. Depending on the severity, the color of your dark spots can range from light brown, to red or even black. Not exactly what you want developing on your face now is it?
As I mentioned before, there are several causes for dark spots. Sun exposure, hormonal changes, certain medications, skin diseases and genetics can all be culprits.
Sun exposure and skin disease cause trauma to the skin whereas hormones and medications can make your skin overly sensitive, thus susceptible.
Preventing future skin spots is as simple as applying a daily SPF to avoid unwanted sun damage and avoiding excessive sun exposure.
If the damage is already done there are several homemade remedies to teach you how to get rid of dark spots and help you ditch the dark spots for good. Before you try any of them, be sure to consult with your dermatologist to make sure none of your spots have developed melanoma.
How To Get Rid of Dark Spots, the DIY Way
Lemon juice has long been used as tool for bleaching thanks to its strong acidic makeup. If you apply straight lemon juice twice daily you should see a vast difference in the appearance of your dark spots.
If you have seriously dark sunspots, horseradish, vinegar or honey can also be used simultaneously to get better results. All you have to do is pour some lemon juice on a cotton pad and wipe over your face; just like you would with a toner. Then, using clean fingers, place horseradish, vinegar or honey on top of your localized dark spot and let sit for 20 minutes.
This tasty little fruit is a natural exfoliant because it contains the enzyme papain. Papain encourages new skin cell production while inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase from promoting melanin. The less melanin there is, the less able your skin is to produce pigment altering cells.
Got Milk? Well you ought to! Milk is rich with lactic acid which naturally improves the texture of your skin and helps lighten your complexion.
Milk can be used as a gentle exfoliant because the lactic acid and alpha hydroxyl acids stimulate skin cell regeneration. The humectant properties increase moisture-locking barrier lipids that help keep your skin looking light and bright as well.
Red onion is now worth the tears. Similar to lemon and vinegar, red onion has a high acid content which helps remove dark skin spots. Either cut a red onion and squeeze the juices onto your dark spots or use a blender to liquefy and extract the juice.
Letting the juice sit on your dark spot for at least 10 minutes once or twice daily should make a big difference. Be sure to rinse off the juice afterward with warm water and a mild cleanser. After all, who wants to smell like onion juice?
Don’t be too discouraged when the signs of dark spots stop popping up on your face. Now that I have taught you how to get rid of dark spots you can use these simple remedies in the comfort of your own home, and for pennies per treatment; or more accurately nickels. Thank you Canadian government!
Just be sure to diligently apply your topical remedy once or twice daily and see younger, more radiant looking skin in as little as four weeks time. Take a before and after photo so you can really chart the difference these remedies are making!
But before you run off and start applying onion juice to your skin I want to hear from you! What’s your best tip on how to get rid of dark spots? Share it in the comment section below!
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