Sun and age spots, uneven skin tone, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, and freckles are one of the numerous skin issues that people struggle with.
It is ideal to pinpoint their causes and prevent them before they reach your skin’s surface, but it’s not always practical.
So, rather than turning to store-bought chemical-based products to lighten and brighten your skin tone, opt for natural ingredients (a lot of which can be probably found in your kitchen).
Harmful effects of conventional skin brighteners:
Hydroquinone is actually a highly controversial topical skin-care ingredient. It has been found to inhibit the skin’s natural melanin production, i.e., the substance secreted by the skin, in order to protect itself against harmful UV radiation from the sun.
Moreover, hydroquinone is highly toxic, so that it can result in serious skin irritation, especially for those having sensitive skin or allergies. Usually, hydroquinone triggers itchiness, redness, or a burning sensation.
Ridiculously, hydroquinone is often used to lower sun damage and spots, but it actually makes your skin more susceptible to UVA and UVB damage, thus contributing to more serious sun spots, or even worse, dangerous sunburns and elevated risk of certain cancer types. Also, according to several medical studies, hydroquinone is possible carcinogen.
Try these natural skin brightening alternatives:
Avoid the over-priced and harmful store-bought skin brighteners and turn to mother nature’s natural alternatives. Despite they will prevent any dangerous or unpredictable side effects, but these natural options have also been proven to be equally, if not more effective than their chemical-based alternatives.
It has been used to naturally lighten skin pigmentation for centuries. What’s more, turmeric has been long celebrated for its potent capacity to brighten and smooth skin, thus revealing a younger more radiant complexion.
It contains high curcumin amounts that can inhibit your skin’s excessive secretion of melanin, i.e., the substance that give your skin its dark colour as a result of environmental factors.
This fruit is actually a safe, cost effective way to lighten your skin naturally. Lemons are naturally abundant in Vitamin C, which effectively brightens your overall skin tone, lightens acne scars, as well as clears dark spots.
Plus, Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to lower your skin’s melanin production. The excessive melanin production can trigger dark skin tone and patches.
The high citric acid content found in lemons whitens and exfoliates your skin. So, the dead skin cells will be lifted and washed away, resulting in clearer, brighter skin underneath. Likewise, lemons have high antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, meaning that any bacteria build up in the process is destroyed and eliminated.
Brightening mask of lemon, honey, and turmeric
You should put these natural skin-brightening products to the test with this effective, yet gentle facial mask. Turmeric and lemon can lighten the skin, whereas the honey can ease any irritation or dryness. If combined together, they will make your skin baby-skin soft and with time, reveal lighter, brighter skin!
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
Start by applying the mixture to your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse it off. It can also be used to treat age and sun spots, or acne scars.
In order to maximize its freshness keep the solution in a fridge.
Note: Due to lemon and turmeric, the solution can stain fabric.