What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, right?
Hyperpigmentation, areas of the skin that are darker than the rest, is usually a result of trauma or injury. Obviously, it didn’t kill you. Maybe it made you stronger because you had to stick up for yourself when the other kids called you pepperoni face. But whatever the past did to your skin, it still left some un-welcomed souvenirs in the form of skin spots.
When your skin has gone through trauma, like a case of bad acne or overexposure to sunlight, it’s very common for hyper pigmented spots to form around the injured area. It’s caused when the skin produces extra melanin. Melanin is the chemical that gives us our skin tone.
The skincare market is saturated with treatments and products that aim to deal spots, scars, and blemishes. Many of these treatments can be very expensive. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend lots of money on such treatments. The answer to your skin spots could be as close by as your kitchen pantry.
Below are 5 natural ingredients that you can use to brighten up your skin spots.
The acidity in lemon juice contains natural organic bleaching qualities that can brighten skin discoloration. Simply squeeze the juice from one lemon, dip a q-tip or cotton swab, and apply to the affected area. Do this on a daily basis.
Not only are these fiber rich legumes good for your diet but they are also beneficial for the skin. Chickpeas can help reduce wrinkles and skin spots that are a result of age or other causes.
Bring a pot of chickpeas to a boil until they are soft and tender. Make sure they are soft enough to mash. Mix the chickpeas into a bowl and smash them some more until you get a smooth paste. Apply the chickpea paste to the affected area and let it sit.
It’s no secret that aloe is a popular ingredient in many skincare products. Aloe vera has many healing benefits for the skin and it’s a key ingredient in our proprietary Collagen + supplements which improve cell regeneration.
For aloe, simply take a segment of the plant and slice it in half. Make sure you expose the inside in order to get the sticky gel like substance. Apply this portion to your skin and let it rest for a few minutes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another popular ingredient with many medicinal uses. It’s good for digestive health and can help with other skin issues like sunburns. Apple cider vinegar also helps to restore the skin’s p.h. levels.
Like lemon juice, the acidity in the vinegar is what helps to clear up dark spots.
Apply a small amount of vinegar on a cotton swab and dab it onto your skin.
This delicious tropical fruit contains papain, an enzyme that can help brighten dark spots.
You can take a few pieces of papaya, smash them, and mix them with honey and lemon juice. Apply it to the skin and let it sit for 15 minutes. You’ll notice a brighter and smoother complexion.
You have many options when it comes to treating dark spots. You can choose between natural ingredients or over the counter products like our own brightening cream, which is infused with a blend of natural ingredients and additives to help restore your skin’s appearance.
The key to any treatment, whether you choose a homemade concoction or a store bought product, is consistency. Your dark spots did not appear overnight so don’t expect them to magically disappear. Always be skeptical of any products that make exaggerated claims of making your spots disappear instantly. Consistent treatment and patience are the main ingredients for dealing with your skin spots.