Almost everyone experiences certain skin issues at a certain point in their lifetime, among which hyper-pigmentation, freckles, acne scars, sun spots, age spots, an uneven skin tone are the most prevalent.
Most people turn to store-bought chemical-based products to brighten their skin, but it turns out that this is not always practical and effective. Why not turn to natural ingredients, which are very likely to already be in your kitchen. They are safe to use, non-toxic, and as effective as store-bought products.
DANGERS OF CONVENTIONAL SKIN BRIGHTENERS: HYDROQUINONE
Have you heard about hydroquinone? This topical skin-care ingredient is quite controversial and already proven to inhibit the natural production of melanin. Given the fact that melanin works as first-line defense against UV radiation from the sun, this news is quite alarming.
Being highly toxic, hydroquinone can lead to severe skin irritation, particularly in people with sensitive skin. It causes itchiness, burning sensation, and redness in most cases, which is something you don’t want to experience at any cost.
In fact, hydroquinone is often used to reduce sun damage, as much ironical as this seems. Consequently, it makes your skin even more prone to UVA and UVB damage. Not only this leads to serious sun spots and sunburns, but it increases the risk of certain types of cancer too.
NATURAL SKIN BRIGHTENING OPTIONS
The good news is that there is a way to avoid and replace these chemicals! Instead of exposing yourself to the dangerous side effects, why not opt for natural skin brighteners which are completely safe to use?
Lemon is one the cheapest and most effective ways to lighten your skin. Being abundant in vitamin C, lemon lightens acne scars, clears dark spots, and brightens the overall skin tone. Moreover, many studies have shown that lemon reduces the production of melanin, whose excessive production may cause dark spots and uneven skin tone.
In addition to this, the citric acid found in lemons exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells, revealing brighter skin underneath. Ultimately, lemon acts and antibacterial and anti-fungal agent, destroying bacteria build up.
Turmeric is a time-tested lightening agent and its ability to brighten and smooth skin is known for centuries!
It works similarly to lemon, preventing excessive secretion of melanin, the substance which may cause dark patches and spots.
HONEY, LEMON, TURMERIC BRIGHTENING MASK
– 1 ½ tsp raw honey
– 2 tsp juiced lemon
– ¼ tsp turmeric
Lemon and turmeric: lighten the skin
Honey: soothes irritation and dryness
Apply the mixture onto the affected area and let it work for about 20 minutes before rinsing it of
Keep the mixture refrigerated to keep it fresh
Note that this mixture may stain fabric due to lemon and turmeric
This mask can be used as spot treatment for affected areas, such as sun spits, acne scars or age spots, or face mask to even out the skin.