Sun damage, hyperpigmentation from fluctuation of hormones, acne scars, and age can all lead to unsightly spotting on your skin. As the population who worshipped the sun ages, more people become concerned with these issues. With more products hitting the shelves to address these dark spots, it may be confusing to know the best course of action. Below are some tips on how to lighten spots at home and how to use a face spot remover for maximum results.
Fading dark spots at home
If you want to gradually, naturally reduce the appearance of dark spots on your face or body, you can easily find the necessary ingredients in the kitchen. Lactic acid from milk helps brighten and lighten skin for a more even skin tone, gently fading spots. Simply mix milk and ice cubes together in a bowl, soak a washcloth in the mixture and place it over your face for five minutes before rinsing with cold water. The formula is gentle enough that you can do this every other day (or every day) as needed.
Another easy solution is to use a gentle scrub to slough off that top layer of skin with the discolorations. Combine a quarter cup of brown sugar with two tablespoons of milk and apply it to your face. Gently scrub, then let sit for 10 to 15 minutes (this may become itchy) before rinsing with cold water. Follow with a moisturizer and sunblock (if you use the scrub during the day, otherwise you can omit the sunblock if you’re just going to bed after the treatment).
When the face spot remover becomes necessary
For very dark spots, large areas of pigmentation, or spots that have been resistant to other treatments, you may need to bring in professional face spot removers. Make sure you read the label and use products that don’t use harmful hydroquinone to lighten the spots. Banned in Europe, hydroquinone might be a carcinogen. Spot lighteners and erasers that rely on kojic acid, glycolic acid or Vitamin C safely and permanently remove spots without exposing your skin to harmful cancer-causing agents.
For best results, prep the skin with a gentle cleanser before using the spot lightening agent.
Apply the face spot remover product specifically to the dark patches, and leave on for period of time as directed by the instructions.
Ideally, you’ll use the spot eraser twice a day; when you apply it in the morning, make sure you protect your skin with sunblock as it is likely to be more sensitive to UV rays. Also, be sure to use a moisturizer to keep it hydrated after treatment.
Preventing dark spots from forming
There’s a reason the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is so popular in health, beauty, and medical communities. The best way to keep your face flawless is to prevent the spots from appearing in the first place.
The number one thing to do to keep your skin flawless is to always, always use sun protection, rain or shine, whether you spend most of your time indoors or out (especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors!). UV rays causes your skin to produce more melanin to protect itself, which leads a tan—if the development is even, and sun spots—if patches of skin get darker faster than other areas.
Good nutrition also helps keep your skin healthy and spot-free. Tomatoes, green tea, blueberries, safflower oil, and dark chocolate can help with warding off the signs of sun damage and aging, so try to work them into your diet on a daily or weekly basis.
And finally, exfoliate as frequently as your skin can handle—sensitive, dry skin may not be able to withstand much exfoliation, while oily, thick skin may be able to handle exfoliation every other day. Exfoliation keeps debris from building up on your skin’s surface and in your pores. This helps keeps your skin clear of acne and acne-related dark spots.
By combining preventative care with powerful spot removers, you should be able to achieve the spotless skin you want.
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