Natural Skin Lightening | Everything You Need To Know May 02 2017

 

There are a few different ways and steps you can take to naturally lighten skin and eliminate skin discoloration.  It may be hard to believe, but just about everyone over the age of 20 has some degree of sun damage to their skin which often leaves spots and dark patches and overall discoloration. 

Think of how much happier you’d be if you felt more confident to forgo foundation and concealer.  Your cosmetic routine would be much easier and as far as skin goes, nothing is more beautiful than healthy looking bare skin.

You can accomplish natural skin lightening in a variety of ways, with some options that include simple ingredients that you might have in your own home.  There are techniques and ingredients that you can incorporate at every phase of your skin care routine – cleansing, toning, scrubs, masks, moisturizers and treatments.

Most people will say that it’s best to address this issue in a natural way.  Harsh prescriptions are expensive, and synthetic chemicals can bring problems of their own. 

We’ve broken down this topic in three areas: Home Remedies, Skin Care Routine Tips, and Active Ingredient Information.  Some active ingredients are not readily available in your own home or the grocery store, but they are extremely appealing and worth seeking when taking on the task of natural skin lightening.

There are a variety of reasons your skin might have some discoloration.  A man came into my store last week to discuss some discoloration he now has after a bought of shingles.  Perhaps it could be some damage from long term eczema, or the effects of medication, or the result of an illness that has passed now leaving you with some dark areas or spots you’d like to get rid of. 

While a dermatologist will most likely recommend a prescription and/or a chemical peel, there are some ideas within the home remedies list that can help naturally lighten skin.  This includes some ingredients to gently peel and exfoliate the skin.  This will save you the added expense of a doctors visit and expensive prescriptions.  Most recommended prescription creams can cost more than $500 and are probably not covered by insurance.  So the natural route is a great way to go, it’s easily controlled by you based on the time you have to invest and your budget.

Other areas to consider beyond just your facial skin: Neck, chest, and the back of your hands.  Certainly these areas collect an equal amount of discoloration and sun damage as your face will, and many people forget to pay attention to these areas.  I often recommend that people use their favorite skin care products also on backs of hands, neck and upper chest. 

Let’s start with a list of home remedies, as these are suggestions you could try as soon as today if you have these particular ingredients handy.  As simple as these may seem, each suggestion can offer some real results.

Natural Home Remedies

Plain Yogurt:  This suggestion relies on the fact that the lactic acid in natural, plain unsweetened yogurt will help exfoliate the top layer(s) of the skin, which will cause spots and discoloration to be smaller and less prominent.  Apply this to clean dry skin and leave on for about 10 minutes.  Rinse off thoroughly and gently go over your skin with a wash cloth to remove softened dead skin.

Milk:  Same concept as with plain yogurt, the lactic acid in milk will help exfoliate skin leaving it looking brighter, less damaged, and therefore subtly lighter.  Same as with the yogurt, leave on skin for about 10 minutes and then rinse away.  Go over your skin with a wash cloth to help remove any traces of dead skin.

Fresh Lemon:  This is not going to be as effective if you use bottled lemon juice.  Fresh lemon is best.  The acidity in the lemon and the vitamin c will do wonders for natural skin lightening.  Slice lemon and apply to clean dry skin.  As with the yogurt and milk, leave on skin for several minutes and then rinse away with clean water. 

Sugar:  Sugar is a great and simple choice for an exfoliant and the natural glycolic acid that occurs will help your efforts to naturally lighten and brighten skin in a subtle way.   Consider mixing sugar with a little fresh lemon juice or yogurt and gently use to scrub skin for a few minutes.  Rinse away and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

Salt:  As with sugar, salt is a great choice for a natural exfoliant.  If you happen to have Epsom or Himalayan salt at home, these are superior choices based on their mineral contents and nutrients.  Make a paste of salt and milk or yogurt and apply to skin, using this as a scrub to effectively and naturally lighten skin.  Rinse away thoroughly.

Fresh papaya:  Fresh papaya is an excellent choice for a natural skin treatment.  It encourages the production of collagen, contains natural enzymes for exfoliation, and is high in vitamin c – always a very attractive nutrient for skin.  Apply crushed fresh papaya to clean dry skin as a mask and leave on for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly and repeat a few times throughout the week to help you lighten skin and fade sun damage.

Fresh pineapple: As with fresh papaya – fresh pineapple is an optimum choice as it also contains enzymes to slough off dead skin and it’s very high in vitamin c.  Apply freshly crushed pineapple to clean dry skin as a mask and leave on for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse away.

The following are the very best in effective active ingredients that can be found in our natural skin lightening products.  Keep an eye out for these ingredients when researching ingredients as you determine the best product choices for your skin care needs:

Active Ingredients

Betulinic Acid:  Naturally derived from white birch trees, this antiviral antibacterial ingredient is very well rounded for not just lightening of the skin, but offers some pleasant firming qualities as well. 

Alpha Arbutin:  Alpha Arbutin is derived from the Bearberry plant, and is a great natural alternative to skin lightening. While it is natural, it can be faster and safer than chemical alternatives. Arbutin will correct sun spots and discoloration.

Lemon / Lemon Peel / Lemon Peel Bioferment: Naturally derived and a great skin lightener, it will reduce sun spots and pigmentation issues.  Also great for stimulating circulation and brightening the skin.

Kojic Acid: Kojic acid is a by-product in the fermentation process of malting rice. It is a mild inhibitor of the formation of pigmentation, induces skin lightening, and the fading of sun and liver spots.

Elder Flower:  Excellent for lightening skin and has calming properties for irritated skin.  It is an anti-inflammatory and can stimulate skin to turn over skin cells faster, hence revealing healthier looking skin.

Licorice Root:  Licorice Root or Licorice Extract can help eliminate the formation of hyperpigmentation and sun spots, as well as act as an anti-inflammatory for stressed and irritated skin. 

Vitamin C:  Vitamin C has shown to lighten skin and fade sun spots in clinical studies.  Vitamin C will oxidize if exposed over time to sun and air, so use it fresh the reap the benefits. 

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: Also known as MAP, it is naturally derived and also known as the “vitamin c that doesn’t degrade” as mentioned above when describing vitamin c.  While Vitamin c is one of the best choices for your skin lightening efforts, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate does not oxidize over time and turns into ascorbic acids as it synthesizes into the skin.  It has been proven to lighten and brighten skin very effectively.

You can find these ingredients here in many of our products, and you can incorporate them into your own personalized skin care plan.