There are many reasons someone might want to alter their skin tone. Hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, melasma, age spots, and discoloration can all occur for a number of reasons. The following will explore some of the ways that an individual can lighten and even out their skin tone without causing damage to the delicate skin surface. Natural and chemical options will be examined.
It is important that you note any allergies you have before you try any of the below skin tone recipes or techniques. If you are unsure whether or not you’re allergic to an ingredient, test the product on a small area like the wrist or behind the ear. If any irritation occurs, do not apply the product to your face.
1. Products Designed To Treat Hyperpigmentation Or To Lighten
When shopping for human-made products, you’ll apply to your skin, you need to be careful. The body absorbs whatever is pressed into the skin, and not all beauty product ingredients are good for you (some even encourage cancer).
This being said, there are several products on the market today that work well and are not harmful. Make sure to do your research on every ingredient and take the time to read thoughtful reviews from multiple customers before buying. Experts at Ashenly.com have compiled a list of some of the more trustworthy products out there, including some 100% natural options. Always test a human-made product on a small spot before applying it to your face.
2. Papaya Face Mask
Papaya has been called a “fruit of the angels.” It’s an orange-colored melon-esque fruit native to Central America and the south of Mexico. It’s now grown across the world in tropical climates and provides many amazing health benefits, including the promotion of proper digestion, assistance with toxin removal, strengthening of the blood, reduction in inflammation, and improved heart health. It’s also crazy high in antioxidants.
We all need to be eating more papaya, but this unique fruit also has many skincare benefits. It’s used widely in a variety of skincare products. Papaya applied on the skin can help encourage a healthy glow as it brightens the complexion. It can also act as a natural bleaching agent.
To make the best use of papaya for your skin tone:
- Chop it, and mash it together with a banana.
- Add some honey and mix well.
- Apply the paste onto your skin and let it sit for twenty minutes.
When rinsing off this mask and any other face masks, use lukewarm water and pat the skin dry.
3. Honey As A Spot Treatment
Honey can also do wonders for your skin. It helps hydrate but also works as an antibacterial agent (which is why many ancient cultures used this wondrous substance to coat wounds). Honey can help prevent acne and fade existing acne scarring and age spots. Royal jelly is another honey bee secretion that is used to treat hyperpigmentation.
To use honey as a spot treatment, use a q-tip or clean cotton ball to apply the substance directly onto a darker spot. If you don’t like the sticky feeling, you can wash it off before leaving the house, but it won’t harm you if it’s left on too long. However, it will sting your eyes, so keep it away from your lashes and eye area.
Lemons have an incredibly high citric acid content, which bleaches the skin (and your hair and clothes, so be careful with it). Beyond this, the fruit contains massive amounts of vitamin C, which promotes new and healthy skin cell growth. It’s also loaded with antioxidants your skin will love.
Squeeze the juice out of half a lemon and then dilute it with water. Apply the liquid onto your skin gently and wash off after ten minutes. It’s important to note that this is a powerful substance that can sometimes cause a mild sting, especially if it’s applied on any broken skin. It’s best to do a small patch test before applying all over your face and keep your applications spread out by a week or so. While this method is highly effective, it could potentially dry out your skin, so keep a high-quality moisturizer handy.
The above list is by no means exhaustive. Discoveries are being made every day that can help people deal with skin problems and frustrations in a healthier and more natural way. It’s important that no matter which methods you employ, you give your skin time without makeup or products on it, so it can breathe. Make sure to drink lots of water as well, to help your skin flush out anything it needs to get rid of.