Prolonged exposure to bright and direct sunlight, hormonal fluctuations or aging may cause darkening of your skin, making it look unhealthy. Since cosmetic treatments are probable options, they are not recommended, apart from few extreme cases. By regular application of a few simple tips discussed below, you can be in a position to deal with the darkening of your skin right at your home.
For quality results, you can follow these tips on a daily basis for just a few weeks until you are contented with the results.
1. Citrus Rub
The ascorbic acid found in lemons is a key ingredient used in treating hyperpigmentation without damaging your skin. Squeeze the juice to a cotton ball, press it against on your skin and then leave it for 15 minutes. Repeat this process twice a day for good results.
Another option could be to make a lemon and honey face mask. Mix the juice of half a lemon with two tablespoons of honey. Apply the mixture to the affected areas of your skin for about 25 minutes, and then wash well.
The last citrus alternative would be to prepare a paste of turmeric with lemon juice-the mixture acts as a skin-lightening agent. To make the mix, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of turmeric, and then apply to your skin for 15 minutes, and later on, wash with lukewarm water.
2. Vitamin E
This is a strong antioxidant which can help your skin repair the damaged cells. Vitamin E can be acquired by applying directly to your skin or eating foods rich in Vitamin E, such as avocado, nuts, squash, leafy greens, and tofu.
Papaya contains papain enzyme which helps in exfoliating the skin. It also contains great amounts of both Vitamins C and E, which aid in treating discoloration. To avoid darkening of your skin and also to treat the affected areas, apply small pieces of papaya to the affected areas of your skin twice on a daily basis for 20-30 minutes. You can also blend the fruit into a paste for a face mask and then apply for 30 minutes.
4. Folic Acid
There has been a certain number of studies connecting hyperpigmentation with deficiency of folic acid. Obstetricians highly recommend the acid to pregnant women with darkened skin. Therefore, it’s advisable to ingest folic acid supplements and take foods rich in folic acid. Such foods include citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and beans.
Nuts contain minerals and vitamins that nourish your skin. Also, they help in keeping your skin moisturized which is vital for a healthy skin. Mix ground nuts in milk to make a paste. Apply the paste on dark portions of your body. Scrub gently for 5 minutes and allow it to dry. After a while, wash it off with rose water or cold water and repeat this process for two weeks on a regular basis.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera gel can help in reducing darkening of the skin. To use the gel, remove the outer layer of the aloe plant leaf and squeeze out the gel. Apply the gel to the darkened area of the skin and leave for 20 minutes after which you shall wash off with running tap water.