To most people, clear skin means beautiful skin, and beautiful skin equates to the health and vitality of an individual. Less than clear skin can make a person look tired, unhealthy, and a lot older than their years.
There are a few skin brightening remedies a person can try:
- Store-Bought Products
- Home-Made Remedies
- Lifestyle Changes
Let’s take a closer look at each one of these methods and examine their pros and cons.
Currently, there are products on the market to help correct problematic skin. There are dark spot correctors and creams to help correct uneven pigmentation. There are products for skin tightening to eliminate that double chin and sagging jowls. There are treatments for rough and bumpy skin such as acne. There are also products on the market that claim to reduce age spots, wrinkles, and even freckles.
These products can be very expensive, however. They can also cause long-term damage to the skin if misused or used improperly. A person should find a product that shows the promise of what they claim; that they can lighten skin tone, reduce freckles and other sun spots, and help with the reduction of wrinkles. A helpful brightening products resource is provided in the review on best lightening creams by theorganicbeautyexpert.com. A gentle chemical peel also works better than scrubs, which can be harder on the skin.
Home-made remedies are probably the most popular method for skin brightening because they are less expensive than store-bought products. A home-made remedy can be made from items that may already be in the pantry or refrigerator. There are some side effects that can occur, however, if a person is not careful.
The most common product used in a home made remedy for lightening the skin is lemon. The lemon is considered a natural bleach; therefore, it will significantly lighten the skin. It can be used on its own or blended together with other natural products. If used alone, the juice should be applied with a cotton swab and left on for twenty minutes, approximately. A blend of lemon juice, honey, almond oil, and milk can be just as effective.
Oatmeal and curds
Another effective, home-made remedy is a mixture of oatmeal and curds. It should be mixed together to form a paste, which is then applied to the skin and left on for a period of time. The curd is the product that acts as the bleaching agent. The oatmeal acts as an natural exfoliant that removes the dead skin cells.
A sandalwood, lemon, cream blend is also considered an excellent skin care lotion for bleaching the skin. Sandalwood is considered a natural remedy for skin problems such as redness, acne, and wrinkle prevention. These ingredients are also good for toning the skin, improving skin renewal and fighting the signs of aging.
Another household ingredient that is good for skin whitening is turmeric. Turmeric is the main spice in curry and has been shown to be effective in fighting a lot of health ailments. Turmeric is considered a natural bleaching agent and skin toner. It can be mixed with either water or milk and massaged into the skin.
Some other less than well-known natural ingredients that can be used as brighteners are: orange rinds, tomato juice, and mint leaves. A mixture of dried orange rinds with a spoonful of curds can be applied over the face and neck to lighten skin. Tomato juice can reduce sun damage if it is massaged into the skin and left on for half an hour. The juice from mint leaves can also be effective if applied with a cotton swab and rinsed after an hour.
Fruit facials can also be used to achieve a fair complexion. Citrus fruits are considered the best because they contain Vitamin C, which lightens the skin and encourages cell regeneration. It should be used with caution, however, if problems such as skin redness occur.
As stated previously, natural, home remedies are the most popular because they are less expensive and there is no reliance on harsh chemicals that may be found in purchased products. However, natural remedies can also cause skin irritation when applied if used improperly or if used on sensitive skin. Therefore, it is always best to test these remedies on a small area of the skin first to see if there is any adverse reaction.
In order for a person to see results from a home made skin care remedy, consistency is key. Regular or daily application of any product is needed for optimum and quicker results.
Skin can begin to take on a haggard appearance if there is an excessive exposure to sunlight and pollution. The use of sunscreen every day to ward off the harmful UV rays from the sun can prevent brown spots from occurring. There are other changes one can do for a healthier lifestyle, and youthful skin glow.
Of course, something that has always been told and that is still being told today is: water, water, water. If a person stays well-hydrated, the skin will look and feel more moisturized, which will reduce the appearance of dryness. A healthy, balanced diet is also good for even skin tone. A person that eats an unhealthy diet may start to develop ringworm or white, uneven patches on their skin. A person should also avoid smoking. Smoking probably ages a person more than anything else. It is also best to cleanse with a gentle soap and exfoliate the skin regularly to remove any dead skin cells.
Whichever method a person may decide to use to brighten their skin tone, it should be a method that correlates best with who they are and something they feel comfortable using. People should never try anything just because it is the most popular or “hip” thing to try. It is always best when people do the research for themselves.