In this two-part series, we’re looking at some easy treatments you can make at home to help lighten your skin tone. As we mentioned back in part one, your skin will eventually become dull and lose its radiance as you age, and also due to a few other factors like constant stress and pollution in the environment. Not only that, pigmentation issues can occur, especially if you are not well protected against the sun, and blotchy, dark spots can form on your face.
If you want to have blemish-free and beautiful skin, you definitely do not want dull skin or dark spots anywhere on you, so lucky for you, this second part of this two-part series will provide more simple treatment solutions you can try to make at home.
Tomato, Oatmeal And Yoghurt Face Mask
Are tomatoes a fruit or vegetable to you? Whichever side you are on, this tasty ingredient contains lycopene, which is what gives tomatoes their bright red colour. Lycopene is also a natural antioxidant, which means it protects skin cells from being damaged, and it has photoprotective properties that are able to prevent premature ageing from happening. Oatmeal is also a tasty snack, but when used for skin care, it works as a gentle exfoliator, helping to remove dead skin cells effectively. Combine both these ingredients with unflavoured yoghurt — which is also able to remove dead skin cells and tighten pores thanks to the lactic acid it contains — and you will have yourself a face mask that not only helps to remove dark spots and lighten your skin tone, but one that is also able to improve the health of your skin.
To get started, you will need a single tomato, a teaspoon of fresh and unflavoured yoghurt, and 1 teaspoon of uncooked oatmeal. Cut the tomato in half and squeeze out as much juice as you can into a bowl, then add in the oatmeal and yoghurt. Be sure to mix well until it forms a mushy paste, which you should then apply onto your skin — after you’ve cleansed it first, of course. Once applied, leave the mask on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off with some warm water.
Mashed potatoes, potato chips, french fries, potato salad — it’s no secret that potatoes are delicious in any shape or form. But did you know that this delicious vegetable is also able to greatly boost the health and quality of your skin? Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots, blemishes, and even acne scars. On top of that, it contains Vitamin C that boosts collagen production and maintains skin elasticity and firmness and potassium that hydrates and moisturizes the skin. Minerals like magnesium and zinc also fight off free radicals, while at the same time healing and protecting damaged skin tissue.
There are two ways to go about this. The first would be to peel and cut a potato into relatively thin slices, and then rub these slices on to the areas of your skin that you want to lighten. Another method is to grate half a potato and squeeze all the juice out into a bowl, then use a ball of cotton to soak up the juice and dab it onto your face. Whichever method you choose, let the juice soak into your skin for about 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse your face with cold water after. Do this no more than 3 times a week, as potato juice can make the skin too dry.
Aloe Vera and Rice Flour Face Scrub
Many of us know aloe vera is great for treating sunburns, but there are also many other uses for it. Aloe vera is a medicinal plant that can be used for many purposes — it contains various compounds that relieve skin irritation and reduce any inflammation, as well as an enzyme called tyrosinase that helps to prevent dark spots and skin discolouration issues. On the other hand, rice flour is a slightly coarse powder that can be effectively used as a natural exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells. It is also good at dealing with dark eye circles and dark spots on the face, and it has anti-inflammatory properties within as well.
If you have access to fresh aloe vera leaves, cut open the leaf and leave the gel side exposed. You will then need to dip the gel side into a bowl of rice flour, then hold it to your face and gently rub it on the skin in slow, circular motions. Use a bit more force if you want to get a good scrub, but be careful not to scratch yourself. Do this for about 10 minutes, then rinse off with some warm water. Remember to also pat dry and moisturise the skin once you’re done.