By: Khadija Dukes
Over-the-counter fade creams and dark spot erasers can often be expensive and harsh on the skin. So why not just use all-natural items that you can find right in your kitchen cabinet? These nine items are not only inexpensive, but they are the best remedies for treating dark spots naturally.
By the way, make sure you always do a patch test for sensitivity before applying these homemade natural remedies. Generally, you can expect to see results within 4-6 weeks.
Raw organic honey is one of the best ways to fade dark spots and even your skin tone. Honey’s natural bleaching properties make it the perfect and simplest dark spot remover around. Simply make a mask with the honey by spreading an even, thin layer across the face once a day for 20 minutes to an hour. This mask will not only help reduce the scars but clear the acne as well, due to its anti-bacterial properties.
Organic turmeric powder is a great product for evening skin tone. In India, this spice is often used as part of a beauty ritual for brides-to-be. A mask made of chickpea flour, milk, and turmeric is applied to the face of the bride before her wedding to give her healthy, glowing skin. Turmeric can also be mixed with honey to create a mask that will bleach spots and heal existing acne. Simply mix ingredients until they form a paste and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
Plain yogurt is filled with probiotics and the good bacteria that your body and skin need to thrive. Itcontains high amounts of lactic acid, which lightens and exfoliates the skin.Making a mask with this item is not only soothing, but it promotes cell turnover, due to the lactic acid found in yogurt. Turmeric or honey can be added to this mask along with cinnamon to help fight acne and treat dark spots. A plain yogurt mask can be left on the face for an hour or overnight for optimum benefits. If adding additional ingredients, leave on for 15-20 minutes.
Try an oat and yogurt facial mask for skin whitening. Mix 1 tbsp of oats with 2 tbsp of natural yogurt with no additives and apply this mixture onto your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse with water.
Pumpkin is filled with vitamin A and natural enzymes that help to treat acne and reveal brighter skin. Pumpkin helps to slough off old, dead skin cells to fade dark spots and promote glowing skin. Adding cinnamon to this mask will not only make your face smell like pumpkin pie, but it will help to eliminate acne. Simply smooth the mashed pumpkin across the face and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes.
Aloe vera has vitamins A, C, and, E, which help to reduce brown spots and even out skin tone. It is widely used in beauty products and for good reason. The gel of the aloe vera plant is chock-full of antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and, E, which help to reduce brown spots and even out skin tone. Vitamin A speeds up your skin's natural shedding process, vitamin C brightens your complexion, and vitamin E renews the epidermis. Aloe works especially well if you have dark spots caused by sun exposure because the plant has been used for thousands of years to relieve sunburns.
There are aloe vera gels from the health store, but using gel directly from the plant is highly recommended. Cut off a piece of an aloe vera leaf and split it in half. Get the jelly-like flesh and apply this directly onto your skin.
Coconut oil is another natural remedy that can provide marvels for the skin that is affected by dark patches thanks to its nourishing, anti-bacterial, and moisturizing properties. Apply coconut oil onto affected areas and let your skin absorb it. Best to use cold-pressed oil as it contains more vitamins.
The inexpensive pantry staple-apple cider vinegar has been proven tolighten dark spots. It works because it accelerates the process of skin peeling and regrowth, which of course means fresh skin that's not discolored is brought to the surface quicker.
Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. You can apply this over your entire face because it is pH balanced, so it acts as a toner. However, if you cannot stand the smell, let the solution sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
One of the natural remedies that help to whiten dark spots and blemishes on the skin are potatoes. You can apply potato juice or thin slices of fresh potato onto affected areas of skin and let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse your skin with water. Those who tried this remedy noticed positive changes after a few weeks of doing potato applications.
The acidity in lemons makes this small fruit a great option for peeling off dead skin cells to reveal newer, brighter skin. This fruit can be used in several ways to help treat dark spots. One method is by squeezing the juice of half a lemon into a cup and using a q-tip to apply to affected areas. Leave on for 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water. Lemon juice can also be used as a toner by diluting the juice with equal parts of water and applying it to the skin with a cotton ball. Lemon juice can also be mixed with yogurt and used as a mask. This method is good for those with sensitive skin.
These home remedies have proven to be helpful and useful to a lot of people. However, if none of these natural remedies are helping, you can try the skincare products available to treat hyperpigmentation. Active ingredients for these skincare products differ widely and results vary from skin to skin.
Would you like to try any of these natural remedies? Do you have your own tips to share? Tell us in the comments!