People battle with many skin issues like acne scars, age spots, sunspots, hyperpigmentation, freckles and uneven skin tone. Although recognizing and preventing them from developing on your skin surface is ideal, it’s not always practical.
However, instead of using store-bought chemical-based products to brighten and hydrate your skin, you should try to solve the problem with natural ingredients (many of which are in your kitchen). Apart from providing you with the proper care for your skin, these ingredients will not cause any negative side effects.
- Dangers of Conventional Skin Brighteners: Hydroquinone!
Hydroquinone is a highly questionable substance found in most skin-care products, which is known to cause some dangerous side effects.
For example, hydroquinone often causes serious irritation to the skin, especially to people who have sensitive skin or suffer from allergies. It usually causes itchiness, redness or a burning sensation – not something that you want to experience regularly!
Absurdly, hydroquinone is used to reduce sun spots and sun damage, even though it makes your skin more sensitive to UVA and UVB damage! Using hydroquinone for this purpose can only lead to more serious sun spots, or even more dangerous sunburns and increased risks of cancer. Furthermore, several medical studies found that hydroquinone is potential carcinogen ingredient.
- Natural Skin Brightening Options
Stop using the expensive and dangerous store-bought skin brighteners and go for the natural solution instead. Not only that it is more effective than the chemical-based products, but you will also avoid the negative and dangerous side effects that they cause.
Lemon has the ability to brighten your overall skin tone, lighten acne scars and clear dark spots due to its high content of vitamin C. It is scientifically proven that Vitamin C reduces the skin’s melanin production (as you probably know, an excessive secretion of melanin causes skin patches and dark skin tone).
Moreover, lemon’s high amount of citric acid will exfoliate your skin and wash away your dead skin cells. And best yet, the powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties of lemon will prevent the accumulation of bacteria on your skin surface.
Many people have used turmeric to lighten skin pigmentation for centuries. This healing spice suppresses your skin’s excessive production of melanin in a similar way as a lemon.
- Lemon, Turmeric, Honey Brightening Mask
– 2 teaspoons juiced lemon
– 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
– 1 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
Method of Preparation:
Apply the solution to the skin and leave it for 20 minutes, then rinse it off. This mixture can be applied as a spot treatment with q-tip for affected areas (such as sun spots, age spots or acne scars) or as a face mask to even out your entire skin tone. You should store the mixture in a fridge to retain its freshness.