Don’t we all want beautiful skin all year round? Well, some of us are lucky enough to have it all the time. However, for those who develop dark spots on their face and hands, they can be frustrating to deal with and we all know that these cannot be covered with multiple applications of a concealer.
When skin produces excess melanin (the pigment that gives skin color), it leads to hyperpigmentation, which leads to dark spots. “Overexposure to harmful UV rays, hormonal changes, burns, acne scars, stress, etc. are common causes,” says Ruchita Acharya, skin expert, Glow and Green.
Dark spots on the skin can be attributed to two causes: scarring and hyperpigmentation. Dark spots or hyperpigmentation can be the result of scarring due to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and photodamage from sun exposure.
While dark spots and hyperpigmentation aren’t harmful or dangerous, they can sometimes indicate an underlying condition. Don’t worry, you can actually treat dark spots and pigment spots at home with these kitchen gadgets and home remedies
Madhumeeta Dhar, Chief Research Officer, Plantas, says: “Apply pure aloe vera gel straight from the plant or from a bottle to affected areas overnight, then wash your face as usual in the morning. Keep doing this until the spots/spots disappear or lose their color.” The aloin found in aloe vera helps reduce pigmentation by snuffing out existing melanin cells. “Aloe vera also helps in the further formation of excess melanin in the skin,” adds Dhar.
Green tea has antioxidant properties that allow your skin to breathe. Applying a sachet of green tea to dark spots can help you lighten your spots. “All you have to do is put the tea bag in lukewarm water for a minute and when the water has reached room temperature, apply the bag to your face. Leave this bag on stains for a while and rinse with cold water. Applying green tea bags regularly can achieve the desired result,” says Jasmine Bedi, MUA.
Tomato has bleaching properties that can help your dark spots or pigmentation fade. Tomato also contains lycopene, which protects the skin from various other damages. Applying tomato juice with a few drops of olive oil can help improve moisture and reduce the dark spots.
Vitamin E with milk
Milk contains lactic properties with antioxidants that help lighten skin. Adding vitamin E would make it even more effective. All you have to do is soak the cotton balls in milk with at least two capsules of vitamin E. Apply to the dark spots, leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Apply regularly to see the difference.
Red lentils or masoor dal
It is one of the best and most popular treatments for hyperpigmentation or rigid dark spots as it is claimed. “Similar to milk and green tea, it also has rich antioxidant properties that work perfectly against dark spots. Make Masoor Dal face pack by soaking it all night. Then make the fine paste from the soaked dal and apply it on the face. Leave it on for 15 minutes until it dries, then rinse off with cold water,” Bedi adds.
turmeric and milk
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants that can help heal and exfoliate the skin. This leads to a reduction in dark spots. Milk, on the other hand, helps to moisturize the skin and brighten it with lactic acid. Apply the milk and turmeric paste to the affected area. Massage in with circular movements and leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Wash it with lukewarm water. Apply this mask every day for better results.
These may be effective for some or it may take some time for some depending on the condition of their skin. It’s a slow process, but making sure the ingredients are organic helps cleanse the skin. If the condition persists, first consult the dermatologist to understand the causes of dark spots and pigmentation, and then begin treatment accordingly.
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