10 Home Remedies For Skin Discolorations
As you probably already knew, there are two ways that your skin can become discolored: it can be too dark or too light. This article will give five home remedies for each problem. These tips are simple and inexpensive as well.
When your skin is too dark:
Skin that is too dark is said to be hyperpigmented. This can be caused by too much exposure to sun, a buildup of dead skin, when your skin is too dry, inflammation of the skin, certain medications, as well as some diseases. These natural remedies will discuss how you can lighten your skin when it is caused by a tan, dead skin, and dry skin, as the other causes need professional medical assistance to fix.
#1. Reduce Sun Exposure
One home remedy to prevent your skin from getting too dark is to limit your sun exposure time. While it is healthy to be in the sun, you can still do some things to that you will not get much of a tan. For one, you can use sunscreen. Some sunscreens also act as suntans, so make sure to read the label. Also, make sure to apply the sunscreen at least fifteen minutes before you go outside. Wearing large hats or finding a place to sit under a shady tree can also help you to avoid getting a sun tan.
#2. Sugar Scrub
Your skin also might appear too dark because you have a buildup of dark and dirty dead skin. One natural remedy to remove dead skin naturally and safely is to use a sugar scrub. Mix a tablespoon of sugar with a tablespoon of water. Put this mix on a towel or other cloth and rub it on the dark parts of your skin. If you do his at least once a week you should be able to see a noticeable difference in no time at all.
#3. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice can be used as a type of natural bleach. Because of how acidic it is, it can kill dead skin cells, which can help to lighten the skin. The acidity can even help to naturally lighten your skin over time. Rub lemon juice on your skin at least twice a week to see results.
#4. Potato Juice
Like lemon juice, potato juice can also be used as a natural skin lightener. It does not kill dead skin cells as well as lemon juice, but it is better to use on sensitive skin. Also, you may only want to use this juice if only a small part of your skin is too dark, as it is much easier to get juice from a lemon. To get juice from a potato you need to slice the potato on a cutting board and then mop up the juice on cotton balls to use on your skin.
#5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is another natural home remedy that has natural skin lightening properties that can reduce the darkness from your skin. You can get aloe vera gel from the plant from a bottle, or you can just buy moisturizer with aloe vera in it. Rub whichever you pick on the dark spots of your skin. Use the aloe vera gel at least once everyday. This will help to lighten as well as moisturize your skin.
When your skin is too light:
Skin that is too light, on the other hand, is said to be hypopigmented. This can happen if you are not getting enough sun exposure, if you have recently had an injury that has cut or burned your skin, if your melatonin levels are low, skin inflammation, fungal infections, and because of some bacterial skin infection. This part of the article will teach you how you can quickly heal some injuries that may be lightening your skin, as well as giving you natural remedies to get a better tan, faster.
#1. Because of Injury or Burns
Sometimes skin may be too light because of an injury or a burn. To get your skin back to a darker color, you should simply try to speed up the healing of your injury. Keeping bacteria out of your wound is important. You can use warm soapy water or rubbing alcohol to kill bacteria. Keep your injury bandaged when you are not showering. Also, aloe vera gel can be used. Rub the gel on your would. This will help to speed up the healing process, and this will clear up your injury or burn all the faster.
#2. Get More Sun Exposure
One way to darken your skin is simply to get a good tan. Be careful while tanning, as if you are too exposed to the sun you can get burned or in severe cases, skin cancer. Always wear at least SPF 15 sunscreen before going outside. To gradually get a tan, only tan for half an hour or so at a time. This will reduce the chance of getting burned.
#3. Carrots and Tomatoes
Another natural home remedy to add some color to your skin is to make sure that you are eating plenty of carrots and tomatoes. Because of the food’s vibrant colors, if you eat enough of them it can give your skin a natural orangish glow. Also, you can add juices from these foods into suntan lotion/oil/moisturizer to help it to add even more color to your skin.
#4. Tanning Moisturizers
Using tanning moisturizers, tanning oils, and tanning lotions are all great ways to darken your skin. You can buy any of these products at most stores. To make these things more effective, you can add tomato or carrot juice as listed above, or you can also add almond oil or olive oil to give these products an added boost as well. Only use the things you buy as directed.
#5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can also be added to tanning solutions, but it can also be used all by itself to help you to darken your skin. Coconut oil also has some natural sunblock-like properties to it as well. While you still should use sunscreen with this tip, you can use a little less than you would with other tips. You can use warm or room-temperature oil for this. Rub it on your skin like you would use normal tanning oil.
Hopefully these natural home remedies can help you with your skin discoloration.