How often do you take notice of your skin? Every day, we expose our skin to so many harmful substances that, in many cases, lead to skin darkening. In some cases, skin is damaged from long-term acne, or skin diseases. Melanin, also known as a natural skin color agent, can become irritated and if there’s an increase of melanin, you’ll start to notice dark spotting occur. By performing monthly self-examinations, you’ll be able to tell if there are any noticeable changes to you skin. If you are interested in lighten facial spots, here are a few noteworthy tips to consider.
Four tips to Lighten Facial Spots
Tip: Apply cream constantly and generously
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How often do you apply face cream? Morning? Night? Both? Perhaps, constantly through out the day? Or, maybe never? For those that NEVER use a cream, consider looking into a lotion ideal for your skin type. If you do apply a cream, think when you do apply and how often. While the SPF number is an important concern also consider how much and how often cream is applied. The more consistent you are with applications, the better changes of facial spots not appearing. Many department stores have well-educated and reputable employees to provide genuine advice and allow you to product test when making a decision. Pay attention to the ingredients, especially one ingredient called hydroquinone. This is key to providing powerful skin-lightening results.
Tip: Exfoliate to keep skin young and natural
Using a generous scrub to manually remove any residue and dead skin cells is a beautiful start to help fade spots. As mentioned above, determine your skin type so you can purchase the best product to meet your needs. If you opt for pocket friendly creams look for products with acids (such as those found in fruits). Creams with an alpha-hydroxy acid can help fade spots and prepare the skin for deeper penetration of active ingredients. A great place to start searching is at your local drug store or organic shop to browse through products fit for all skin types.
Tip: Home Remedy Alternatives
If you like the natural organic route, consider the below home remedies proven to reduce dark spots. Before applying any of the below remedies, make sure your face is cleansed and washed leaving skin bare.
- Lemon Juice is a bleach that helps fade away dark spots. At night, squeeze fresh lemon juice into a cotton ball and apply evenly onto the troubled areas. Allow the juice to air dry for up to ten minutes before applying an oil-free moisturizer. For those with sensitive skin, avoid using this remedy heavily as your skin may dry out. Do not go outside with the treatment left on the skin, as sunlight will react with the juice and cause skin to darken.
- Honey Yogurt Masks are quite easy. Whisk together 1/4th cup plain yogurt with active cultures and 1 tbsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice together until completely combined. Apply the mask carefully and avoid skin surrounding the eyes. Place a towel around your shoulders and lay back for about 15-20 minutes to allow the mask to settle in and work. Once the mask time is complete, carefully walk over to a sink to tenderly wash the mask off with a soft washcloth. Rise four to six times before applying a night cream, moisturizer or sunscreen as needed. For normal skin, applying the mask three to four times a week is safe and should produce gradual results. Oily skin individuals are encouraged to use this mask once a week.
- Papaya is a great natural remedy as this tropical fruit contains papain, an enzyme that exfoliates the skin. Evenly rub raw papaya directly onto skin making sure to avoid skin surrounding the eyes and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Papaya is also found in pre-packaged masks found at local drugstores if you’re not able to find the fruit or have access to papayas.
- Aloe Vera is mainly known for treating burns and scrapes and we have underestimated the maximum potential of this plant. Over time, aloe vera can naturally and gently heel dark facial spots. You can apply the gel found inside an aloe stem directly onto the skin to rejuvenate skin cells. As new skin cells begin to grow, old cells begin to die off. When trying to lighten dark facial skin on your face, you can mix aloe gel with a cream to keep any spots from progressing. Blend together three tablespoons of aloe vera juice, one tablespoon aloe vera gel and two drops of your favorite essential oil like Lavender. Spread the mix proportionally on your skin with your finger or a cotton ball. Lie down and leave the mask untouched for 5-10 minutes. Once the mask process has finished, wash face gently with a warm washcloth and pat with a clean dry towel.
Keep in mind vitamins like vitamin C; vitamin A, and vitamin B are considered safe pigment reducers.
Tip: Professional Advise
If you find yourself struggling with home skin lightening remedies, try looking into a dermatologist recommended by your family practitioner or OBGYN. You might also consider receiving a referral for a consultation with a plastic surgeon as they can provide additional in-depth informative consultation where you can determine what you’re looking and to review sample before and after photos as well as dive into pricing. After meeting with the two recommended professionals, seriously think about the benefits of each to decide which procedure would make most sense.
Skin lightening is becoming an increasingly popular worldwide for both men and women but how you decide to take care of the issue is a personal decision. Keep in mind to do your research regarding the safety of skin lightening and never feel pressured to use products that do not sit well with you. Keep in mind this is a long process and results will not arrive over night – stay positive and remain patient.
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