If you’re not one of the fortunate few to have blemish-free and flawless skin, you’ll probably have dark spots on your face. Dark spots, also known as age spots or black spots, are small discoloured patches on your skin. They commonly appear on the face, shoulders, arms, and back, and they are typically either reddish-brown, grey, or black.
Dark spots happen when there is an oversecretion of melanin, which is the pigment that gives our skin its colour. There are a few different factors that can lead to this overproduction of melanin, like excessive exposure to the sun, changes in your hormones, side effects of removing facial hair, and natural skin ageing.
If you’re the type of person who is very conscious of their appearance, having dark spots on your face can be a nightmare. You want clear and flawless skin, yet these little dark spots appearing in the most random places can you to lose confidence in your appearance. Luckily for you, there are ways to get rid of your dark spots. Better yet, there are some simple home remedies that can help, most involving items and ingredients that are probably lying around your house. In this three-part series, we’ll show you almost all the home remedies that can help to reduce the appearance of your dark spots.
You know the saying — when life gives you lemons, you squeeze them and make lemonade. This adage usually has a metaphorical meaning to it, but the literal sense of it works too. Instead of making lemonade, we’ll just squeeze some lemons to get some lemon juice. As a citrus fruit, lemons are full of citric acid and vitamin C, and research has proven that these nutrients are effective as a bleaching agent. Since you want to lighten your dark spots, it makes perfect sense to incorporate some lemon juice into your beauty routine.
There are a few ways to make use of lemon juice. On its own, pure lemon juice is quite concentrated and maybe a bit too harsh to apply directly on your skin. You can add some warm water and dilute it first, then use cotton balls to soak the mixture up and dab on your spots. Alternatively, you can combine the juice with some all-natural yoghurt to make a pasty face mask — this not only helps to remove your dark spots but also brightens the skin. Two birds with one stone.
Lemon juice can be fairly concentrated even when mixed, so you should only apply it on your skin once a week. Take care to not apply any either around or under your eyes as the skin in these areas is relatively thin and quite sensitive. Also, you should not expose yourself immediately to sunlight once you’re applied lemon juice to your skin, as it can make your skin more sensitive and cause you to get sunburned.
Vitamin E Oil
Skin specialists often mention how vitamin E oil has certain properties that help with skin discolouration issues, like reducing the appearance of dark spots. Vitamin E is an antioxidant — a substance that fights off oxidizing agents and prevents oxidation damage — and helps to prevent skin ageing and discolouration, and can even help to repair damaged cells. The best part is that Vitamin E oil is simple to use and does not need to be mixed with anything else as it can be directly applied on to the skin.
Vitamin E oil comes in bottled form, but you might not have that lying around the house. What you might have are Vitamin E supplements, and these usually come in capsule form and are consumed orally. For quicker results though, you might want to use the oil, so if you do have the capsules, use a sterilized needle or pin to poke a small hole in the capsule. Squeeze out a little bit of the oil and dab it onto your dark spots. Be warned that it will make your skin oily, so apply at night before bedtime, unless you want to head out in the morning with an oily complexion.
If you’d rather not apply the oil to your skin, you can continue to take it orally. Plus, adding foods that are rich in vitamin E to your daily diet can also help with reducing the appearance of your dark spots. Some examples are almonds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, dried apricots, and leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli.
Potatoes are a well-loved food — french fries, potato chips, and hashbrowns are all delicious treats that many people enjoy. But did you know they have beneficial properties to help your skin too? Potatoes are starchy foods, and they are most abundant in potatoes. Starch is able to remove dead skin cells and encourages the growth of new cells.
With many helpful nutrients, like vitamins B6 and C, potassium, and zinc, potatoes are a wonderful vegetable that provides quite a few skincare benefits. There are a few ways to make use of them — the most simple is to just cut them into thin slices, soak them in plain water, then place the slices on the dark spots for about 10 minutes.
To save some time, you can slice up to three or four potatoes at a time and store them in the refrigerator. Use an airtight container to make sure they are sealed up good. When ready to use, just take them out — the added coolness will have soothing benefits for your skin.