Uneven skin tone, age spots, sun spots, acne scars, freckles and hyper-pigmentation are among the many skin issues that people battle with. While pinpointing their causes and preventing them before they reach your skin’s surface is ideal, it’s not always practical.
However, rather than turning to store-bought chemical-based products to lighten and brighten your skin tone, why not opt for natural ingredients (many of which are in your kitchen as you’re reading this). Not only will you be able to control the ingredients and dosages, but also dodge any negative side effects.
Dangers of Conventional Skin Brighteners: Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone is a highly controversial topical skin-care ingredient. While it has been proven to inhibit your skin’s natural melanin production, the substance secreted by the skin to protect itself against harmful UV radiation from the sun, it doesn’t come without its dangers.
Hydroquinone is highly toxic, and therefore, can cause serious irritation to the skin, especially for those with sensitive skin or allergies. Most often, however, hydroquinone causes redness, itchiness or a burning sensation – not something you want to impose your skin with on a regular basis!
Ironically, hydroquinone is often used to reduce sun damage and spots, it makes your skin more susceptible to UVA and UVB damage! This can lead to more serious sun spots, or worse, dangerous sunburns and increased risks of certain types of cancer. To boot, several medical studies have stated that hydroquinone is possible carcinogen. Yikes!
Natural Skin Brightening Options
Skip the over-priced and dangerous store-bought skin brighteners and turn to mother nature’s natural offerings. Not only will you avoid any dangerous or unpredictable side effects, but these have proven to be equally, if not more, effective than their chemical-based alternatives.
Lemon is a safe, cost effective way to lighten skin naturally. Naturally high in Vitamin C, lemons effectively brighten your overall skin tone, clear dark spots and lighten acne scars. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduce your skin’s melanin production. The excessive production of melanin can cause dark skin tone and patches.
Lemon’s high citric acid content whitens and exfoliates your skin. Together, you dead skin cells will be lifted and washed away, revealing clearer, brighter skin underneath. Best yet, lemon’s high antibacterial and anti-fungal properties mean that any bacteria build up in the process is killed and eliminated.
For centuries, turmeric has been used to naturally lighten skin pigmentation. Turmeric has been long celebrated for its ability to brighten and smooth skin, revealing a younger more radiant complexion.
Similar to lemon, turmeric high curcumin inhibits your skin’s excessive secretion of melanin – the substance that give your skin it’s dark colour due to environmental factors.
Honey, Lemon, Turmeric Brightening Mask
Put these natural skin-brightening ingredients to the test with this powerful, yet gentle face mask. Lemon and turmeric work to lighten the skin while the honey eases any irritation or dryness. Together, your skin will be left baby-skin soft and with time, reveal lighter, brighter skin!
1 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
2 teaspoons juiced lemon
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Apply mixture to skin and let set for 20 minutes, then rinse it off. Can be applied as a spot treatment with q-tip for affected areas, like age spots, sun spots or acne scars, or as a face mask to even out your entire skin tone.
Keep the solution in your fridge to maximize its freshness
Remember, because of lemon and turmeric, this solution can stain fabric.