Are sunspots one reason you hate summers? Don’t worry, as there are a number of ways you can treat sunspots and enjoy summers to the fullest! This post talks about the different ingredients that can cure your sunspots, and how you can use them.
Would you like to know more? Keep reading!
What Are Sunspots?
Sunspots usually occur when your skin has been exposed to the harsh and ultraviolet rays of the sun for longer periods. They don’t have a particular shape or colour and can appear on any section of your body that is exposed. It could be your cheeks, nose, upper lip, ears, arms, hands, etc. Sometimes they look scaly and sometimes they are just flat.
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Following are the ways in which you can get rid of sunspots.
1. The Power Of Lemon:
Lemon is no longer a natural exfoliator. It contains bleaching properties that reduce the appearance of sun spots. Plus, it helps you attain a flawless and radiant look!
Squeeze some fresh lemon juice and apply to the affected area. Let it sink in for the next half an hour. Wash off with cold water. Try this remedy on a regular basis to notice a change within a couple of weeks.
Make your own DIY lemon and sugar scrub to remove brown spots. Mix one tablespoon of sugar with lemon juice. Apply and rub on the brown spots. Finally, wash off after 10 minutes. Try this thrice a week in order to maximize results.
Interesting fact: Lemon is rich in citric acid and Vitamin C that boost immunity, fight stress and lethargy, and act as stress busters. (1)
2. Castor Oil:
Castor oil is essential for healthy skin and smooth tresses. It contains Vitamin E, coconut and olive oil that remove sun tan and sun spots effectively!
- Dip a piece of cotton ball in a cup full of castor oil.
- Apply to the affected area and massage for a minute.
- Let it sink in for an hour or so.
- Do this twice a day to reap results.
3. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera contains natural properties that diminish dark spots and sun-damaged areas. It aids skin generation and improves skin quality too!
Apply fresh Aloe Vera gel or Aloe Vera juice to the affected area. Leave for 30 minutes before washing the area.
Interesting fact: Aloe Vera fights acne, breakouts, skin abrasions and muscle sprains among athletes (3).
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4. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple Cider Vinegar is a beneficial remedy for different skin problems including sun spots.
Mix equal amounts of water, apple cider vinegar and honey. Apply to the affected area and wash after ten minutes. Do this once a day in order to maximize results.
Mix apple cider vinegar with orange juice and spread over the affected area once again. Wash off with cold water.
5. Green Tea:
If you think green tea is just for boosting metabolism and fat loss, think twice. You will be surprised knowing the wonderful benefits green tea can provide. It is often known as a power house of antioxidants that fight skin conditions like tanning and spots.
- You can place the green tea bag over the affected area once it has gone cold.
- Or simply squeeze the tea bag into a cotton ball and rub it on your sunspots.
Interesting fact: Green tea regulates cardiovascular health, banishes body fat and boosts metabolism (5).
6. Butter Milk:
Surprisingly, butter milk can also get rid of brown spots like no other.
Simply dip a ball of cotton into a bowl of buttermilk and massage all over the affected area. Try this twice a day to reap the benefits.
Interesting fact: Buttermilk contains alpha-hydroxyl acids that soothe and soften your complexion (6).
Other Tips For Sun Spots:
7. Try Chemical Peel Or Anti-Tan Facials:
A good anti tan facial can help you fight sun spots and pigmentation. Chemical peel facials are beneficial too. It can be performed with the help of a professional or an experienced dermatologist. The only side effect is that it leaves your skin red for a couple of days. If you can handle that, then go for it!
8. Stay Away From The Sun:
Try not to step out in the sun too much if you are already tanned. Even if you are, it is best to carry an umbrella. Also remember to wear clothes that are loose fitting. Don’t go for dark or bright colours. The simpler you are with your clothing, the better it is for your skin! Also, wear your sunglasses to protect your eyes. If you are at the beach, don’t forget your sun hat.
9. Use Sunscreen:
A sunscreen is a must for all summer months. If you don’t have one already, it’s high time you purchase one. Sunscreens protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun and control signs of aging too. When you purchase your sunscreen, make sure it has an SPF of 30 or above. If you are residing in India, an SPF of 40 is recommended.
Sandalwood is best known for its anti-aging properties. It reduces dullness of skin and terminates hyper pigmentation.
Mix sandalwood oil with olive oil and massage on the affected area on a regular basis to notice change. The best time to do this is at night.
Another alternative would be a homemade pack. Mix sandalwood powder with rose water and lemon juice. Apply to the spots and wash off with cold water.
Popular Face Packs For Sun Damaged Skin (Including Tan And Brown Spots):
Remember those face packs and concoctions carefully selected by your mother? They really do work! Home remedies are by far the smartest and cheapest ways to fight skin problems, especially problems like suntan. Here are a few you should try!
1. Aloe Vera And Fullers Earth:
Fullers Earth, popularly known as multani mitti, is probably every Indian girl’s favourite beauty secret. It works like magic even today. Even though multani mitti is popularly known for brightening your skin, it can also help you eradicate sunspots. Try mixing a few tablespoons of multani mitti with Aloe Vera gel and rose water. Apply all over the affected area and let it stay for fifteen to twenty minutes. Wash off with cold water. Try this remedy three to four times a week to see a change.
[ Read: How To Protect Skin From Sun Damage? ]
2. Besan (Gram Flour):
Popularly known as gram flour in English, besan is no longer just another ingredient in your kitchen. You might have cooked delicious pakodas out of it recently but you will be surprised knowing how wonderfully it can help your skin. Besan is a great home remedy for skin problems. Mix two tablespoons of besan with some haldi (turmeric), lemon and milk. Add some rose water and mix into a paste. Apply to the affected area and wait till it dries. Wash off with cold water.
3. Cucumber Pack:
A cucumber pack is a must if you have dry skin. It should also be a part of your diet because of its wonderful cooling properties. Cucumber makes you feel relaxed and refreshed. It also contains Vitamin C that fights tan like no other. You can cut one cucumber into half and mix some sour curd. Apply to the affected area and wait for a couple of minutes. Scrub it off. Rinse with cold water.
4. Coconut Water:
The idea of sipping cold coconut water on a hot summer day sounds so refreshing. It replenishes your skin with essential nutrients and flushes toxins out of the system. Coconut water is equally effective when it comes to treating sun spots. Apply fresh coconut water to the affected area to tackle dark spots.
5. Papaya Pulp:
Papaya pulp is also something you must try this season. Massage some of it on the affected area and wash off with cold water.
Have you had sunspots on skin before? How did you tackle the problem? Share your beauty secrets with us in the comment box below.
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