Natural Ways To Heal Skin Problems

Guest Writer, Hilary Smith

When a skin problem arises, you don’t have to medicate it with chemicals. This can actually cause it to become worse! Rather, there are natural and safe ways to heal a variety of skin conditions. Here are some every woman should have in her beauty bag of tricks.

Fade Those Freckles
Although not harmful to your health, freckles can be irritating - especially when it feels like they’ve just cropped up out of nowhere! What you need to do is stay out of the sun as UV exposure increases melanin production. Next, fade your freckles! You can do this with lemons.

Since lemon contains citric acid, it’s a natural skin lightener. All you need to do is apply some lemon juice to the freckles and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off. Never leave the house without wearing SPF - lemon increases your skin’s photosensitivity, causing your freckles to darken.
Another great solution for freckles is papaya because it contains an enzyme known as papain that is a natural lightening ingredient. Apply a mashed papaya to your freckles and let it dry as a face mask. Rinse it off with water. Papaya will also smooth your skin because it is so pampering and soft.
Send Liver Spots Packing
Liver spots (otherwise known as age spots) are caused from sun exposure and they’re most likely to crop up on areas of your body that are most often exposed to the sun, such as your hands. Try a home remedy for liver spots such as the following.
Peel and cut a potato into small cubes and toss them into a blender. Add in a sliced cucumber, as well as two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of yogurt. Blend them all together so that you create a paste. Remove any lumps in the mixture by placing it in a strainer. Now, simply apply the mixture to the area of your body where you have liver spots. If you have liver spots on your face, this remedy is especially beneficial to apply all over your complexion as it will make it soft and healthy. Apply it to your face then cover your face with a damp, hot towel and sit with it for 20 minutes. Rinse your face and apply moisturizer to seal in the hydration.
The yogurt exfoliates your skin to remove dark spots from the surface layer, while the lemon, potato and cucumber lighten your skin. Be sure to wear sunscreen whenever you leave the house. If you give SPF a skip, age spots - like all patches of discoloration - are more likely to return.
Move Your Melasma
Melasma, or patches of skin discoloration, is often referred to as the mask of pregnancy but it can affect you at any time. Melasma can be quite stubborn to treat but there are natural ingredients that can help to shift it out of the picture. One key ingredient is grape seed extract which successfully treats melasma because it contains proanthocyanidins. These are powerful antioxidants - up to 50 times more potent than Vitamin E! Great for skin, they fight free radicals while healing skin of damage.
Wipe Away Acne Marks
If you’ve had a bad breakout or even just dealt with one annoying pimple, you might get left with a horrible mark on your skin. Nip it in the bud by making a face mask. Ideally, you should use this treatment on your skin when you have pimples as it will prevent them from leaving behind discoloration.
You’ll need 1/4 cup of honey and a teaspoon of both nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir all the ingredients together and apply it to your pimples for about an hour. You can do this daily until the pimple and any marks have disappeared. Nutmeg and cinnamon are anti-inflammatory while honey soothes your skin while being antibacterial.

Scale Up Your Anti-Discoloration Efforts
Sometimes home remedies aren’t enough or you want a solution to your skin problem that will work really speedily. That’s where skin lightening products come in. When filled with natural whitening agents, they help you eliminate a variety of marks, such as those from acne, pigmentation, and spots that crop up from sun exposure. Use the products daily and nourish your skin with their rejuvenating ingredients that will not only zap discoloration but make you look renewed.

Get rid of skin problems that leave your complexion looking discolored with the above home remedies and products. Let clear, gorgeous skin to stick around all year long!

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