Brown spots are a common problem of skin aging. While some take these sun spots as a part of the natural aging process and embrace them, other would like noting more than to have them removed and prevent them in the future as much as possible. While prevention is fairly easy as it only requires using sunscreen and avoiding overexposure, making them a little less visible will most likely take more time.
Although there are many creams available on the market to help treat this problem, many women are concerned with the potential side effects these treatments might have. If hydroquinone based creams are exactly one of the options you have in mind for treating this problem, natural remedies might be a better choice. While natural does not necessarily mean side effect free, certain natural treatments are better tolerated by the skin. If you’ve decided to go on the natural remedy root, here are a few simple recipes you can try:
Avocado, cucumber and carrot paste Puree these ingredients for a natural, quick and simple treatment that will leave your skin nourished and well moisturized. Carrots are a great source of vitamin A while avocado contains a lot of healthy fats that can improve the condition of the skin. Along with cucumbers the mix has both a soothing and a nourishing effect on the skin. Let the paste dry and then remove it with cool water.
Lemon juice and honey This combo is one of the most popular ones for a variety of skin problems from freckles to skin whitening as it has natural bleaching properties. While the lemon juice is a potential irritant, especially for those struggling with sensitive skin, the honey is a great moisturizer with a multitude of benefits, including anti-inflammatory ones. Other variations include lime juice, turmeric and parsley leafs for a similar effect.
Mashed chick peas If you are interested in international beauty tips, this brown spots remedy inspired by Israelite women might spark your interest. This recipe calls for 1/3 cup of canned chick peas or boiled chick peas. Mash the chick peas and add a little water. Smear the paste on the targeted areas and rinse it off with lukewarm water once the mixture starts crumbling. Being a gentle mixture, it can be reapplied every night without any problems.
Onion and vinegar mix This might not be the best smelling combo from the list, yet it can be effective in treating this problem. Grate an onion and squeeze it with a cheesecloth until you get a teaspoon of onion juice then add two teaspoons of white or apple cider vinegar. Massage the mixture gently into the skin and rinse off with cold water after 15 minutes.
Castor oil This is thought to be one of the most beneficial oils when it comes to treating brown spots. Thanks to its ability to penetrate the skin deeply and its acid content, castor oil can be a useful addition to your beauty routine. To enjoy its benefits simply make sure to apply castor oil over the targeted areas, twice a day. Make sure to avoid eye contact when dealing with castor oil and only use it externally.
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