Having dark spots can be a pain in the…face! They keep popping up from nowhere and no matter how much foundation you paint on or how much moisturizer you slather on, nothing seems to get rid of those scandalous spots.
This article is about to bring light to those dark spots and tell you how to eliminate them naturally without it costing a bomb to fix because it is possible.
But firstly read on to find out why these pesky splodges crop up in the first place.
5 Main Causes of Dark Spots
1. Sun exposure:
One of the number one causes of dark spots is, in fact, being in the sun, unprotected. While soaking up the sun rays can be great for a kick of vitamin D and a summer’s glow, it’s definitely doing more harm than good.
When the skin is exposed to the sun with little or no SPF, the production of melanin is ramped up to protect the skin. This, in turn, increases the amount of visible dark spots on the skin.
So if you enjoy relaxing in the sun, make sure you’re using sun cream with the appropriate SPF. The paler you are, the higher the factor you need.
A word of warning: stay away from those devilish sun beds which have no mercy on your precious skin as they dramatically accelerate the process of aging.
Over the years, your skin is exposed to sunlight and other wears and tears take their toll on your skin. So by the age of 40, the dark and age spots (brownish spots) are harder to get rid of because there are simply more of them. Also, as we age, our skin cells do not reproduce and repair themselves as easily.
If you are 40+, have fair skin and have a history of sun exposure then you are most at risk of having these kinds of hyperpigmentation. But don’t worry! We have some excellent recipes to ditch the darks spots.
3. Facial Hair Removal:
Many woman experience those irritating facial hairs that seem to never stop appearing on our faces especially as we get older. But when we wax, thread or tweeze mercilessly at those stray strands it causes the skin to become irritated and discolored.
Always use anti-inflammatory ingredients such as wonderful aloe vera to calm down irritated areas and learn to put the tweezers down when you see that the skin is getting inflamed. Perhaps, use a facial bleach instead of harshly yanking out the hairs.
Acne scars and general scarring can evolve into dark spots or cause shadowy dimples in the skin which can make the skin look uneven and discolored.
There is no way to completely eradicate acne especially in teenage years and, unfortunately, there is no way to avoid scars from general injury unless you opt for surgery. However, squeezing and picking pimples can lead to scarring so try to resist your urge to chip away at them- although it can be very tempting!
5. Hormonal imbalances:
You can also thank estrogen and progesterone spikes for your dark spots. Yes, when taking the contraceptive pill or when pregnant these hormones increase and cause the stimulation of melanin production. This shows up as a type of hyperpigmentation referred to as “melasma”.
These tan-coloured blotchy spots can pop up all over the face, jawline and elsewhere on the body.
The good news is that after pregnancy hyperpigmentation tends to fade away. However,if the pill is, in fact, handing you those unwanted spots then changing the pill could make a fabulous difference to your skin.
Now You’re Dark Spot-Savvy, Ready To Say Adios To Them? Then Try These 3 Top Face Masks:
1. The Powerful Lightening Duo With Baking Soda & Lemon Juice Duo
When life hands you lemons, drink tequila! And also banish those dark spots! Lemons and baking soda both have natural potent bleaching properties that’ll lighten the skin over time. The lemon provides extra vitamins (vitamin C a powerful anti-aging antioxidant) to keep the skin healthy.
– 1 teaspoon of baking soda
– Some freshly squeezed lemon juice in a bowl (1 lemon should suffice)
What to do:
– Slowly add the lemon juice to the baking powder in a bowl and mix. Pour enough lemon
juice in so the mixture is consistent and develops into a thin paste.
– Keep stirring (it’ll start bubbling for a few seconds but don’t worry!)
– Apply the mixture on the dark spots.
– Leave it on for 5 minutes.
– Wash off and dab your face dry.
– Repeat this regularly (3-4 times a week) for great results.
2. The Perfect Sweet & Starchy Mask With Potato and Honey
Potatoes can sadly often be overlooked as a beauty powerhouse. We often just scoff them in the form of delicious fries or smother cheese all over them.
However, our carby friends are packed with vitamin B6, vitamin C, zinc and potassium which all help stimulate collagen production- an essential structure of the skin. Also, they’re magical exfoliators, getting rid of dead cells and promoting the growth of new skin cells.
Honey also has miracle healing compounds to help repair the skin, plus it’s loaded with natural nutrients and antioxidants to rejuvenate the skin.
This is by far one of the best, most simple dark spot eliminating facial masks and for more anti-aging face masks click here.
– 1 potato (medium size)
– 1 teaspoon of honey
What to do:
– Grate your potato into a bowl (use half and wrap up the left-overs for another day)
– Add the honey and mix it all up. Add more honey or water if the mixture is too thick.
– Apply evenly over the whole face.
– Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, wash off and then dab dry with a towel.
– Repeat this every other day for light and soft skin!
3. The Ultimate Dark Spot Exfoliator With Aloe Vera, Sugar and Lemon Juice (because we love skin-lightening lemons!)
This rather violent looking plant (the spikes) is actually packed with incalculable goodness. Many people and skin companies claim that aloe vera can change your skin’s life but are they really exaggerating? I think not.
The precious plants are chock-a-block with amino acids (90% to be exact) and are bursting with vitamins A, B, C and E! That’s nearly the whole vitamin alphabet! Therefore, they provide all of the essential nutrients for your skin to look youthful and radiant.
Aloe vera has skin lightening properties making it an important ingredient when fighting dark spots. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, treats and soothes sunburn and moisturizes. Apply this gorgeous green stuff your face and you’ll never stop using this wonder ingredient.
Plus this recipe also involves lovely lemons which lighten the skin and provide vitamin C.
The sugar is used to exfoliate away dead skin cells which reveal younger skin underneath and promotes cell turnover. For more sugar scrub ideas click here
– Half a cup of aloe vera gel
– 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon of sugar
What to do:
– Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until consistent.
– For 10 minutes, exfoliate the face with the mixture using circular motions with your fingertips. Pay particular attention to the dark or irritated areas.
– Wash off and dab your face dry.
– Always hydrate the skin after exfoliating with a top moisturizer.
– Repeat every other day for bright and glowing skin!
Top tip: before exfoliating, give your face a good old steam so the pores are open. Unclogged pores will absorb more of the nutrients!
*Warning for all recipes: if you experience any irritation on the skin wash the mask off immediately.
For more free, all-natural and surprising anti-aging recipes click here!
Happy dark spot eliminating!