Getting rid of dark spots can be frustrating but not impossible and it starts with understanding what caused them in the first place. Dark spots or hyper-pigmentation occurs when your skin produces more melanin at a certain spot. Melanin, on the other hand, is the substance that gives skin its colour and one factor that triggers excess melanin production is sun exposure. This piece reveals natural ways on how to fade dark spots.
Dark spots can also occur as a result of inflammation, hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy and can also occur as a reaction to skincare products.
Using chemically processed ingredients to treat dark spots can sometimes do more harm than good and though using ingredients from your kitchen can take a while, they are often a safer, healthier alternative to getting rid of dark spots.
If you have persistent dark spots on your face and want to do something about them, we definitely have your back, make that face! We’ve curated a list of everyday ingredients that are guaranteed to help you achieve clear, even and glowy skin after consistence use. You can expect to see results within 4-6 weeks of using these beauty treatments and masks.
Here’s how to fade dark spots with DIY ingredients straight from your Kitchen…
1. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is an exceptional healing agent that contains antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, C, and E which helps reduce spots and even out skin tone. It also contains alion and a compound with melanolytic effects. These can help clear out dark spots and all you need is the aloe vera gel and cotton swabs.
To use, extract the gel from the leaf, whisk with a spoon and apply to the affected area with the cotton swab. You can also apply the aloe vera gel directly to the dark spots and leave for 20-30 mins then rinse with lukewarm water.
Watch how to use aloe vera to treat dark sparks
2. Orange Peel
Orange peel contains vitamin C which makes it a perfect remedy for a number of skin problems. It also contains hesperidin which has a skin lightening effect that makes it great for treating dark spots. To use, blend dried orange peel into powder form, mix with water and apply on the affected areas using a cotton swab. Leave on for 15-20 mins then rinse with warm water.
Watch how to use orange peel to treat dark sparks
3. Parsley leaves
Parsley leaves, popularly known as scent leaf, is a spice loaded with lightening properties that can also treat dark spots and other similar skin conditions. For use, blend the parsley leaves in a blender with lemon and apple cider vinegar and apply the mixture to the affected area. Leave on for 20-45 mins, depending on severity, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Watch how to use parsley leaves to treat dark sparks
Turmeric contains curcumin which inhibits hyperpigmentation in skin and naturally fades dark spots. It also contains antioxidants which play a big role in reducing excess production of melanin. It can thus treat dark spots. For use, mix the turmeric powder with a few drops of water to form a thick paste. Apply the mixture to the affected areas, leave for 20-25 mins then rinse with water.
Watch how to use turmeric to treat dark sparks
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