Depending on how they are perceived, freckles can be a lovable trait or a source of unsatisfaction and even mild frustration. Caused by a conglomeration of melatonin in certain areas of the body, predominantly on the face, shoulders and chest, freckles have strong genetic component, which means there is not much that can be done to prevent them. However, since sun exposure can increase the chances of developing freckles, protecting ourselves by using sunscreen with a solar protection factor of 30+ is the most effective protective measure that can be taken.
Although in terms of prevention our options are somewhat restricted, when it comes to making freckles less obvious, we have much more alternatives to choose from. Prescription retinoids, over the counter creams containing hydroquinone, chemical peels or even laser therapies are some of the most popular options available, however, these can turn out to be quite costly. Home remedies on the other hand, are more cost-effective than conventional options delivering similar results. Here are a few remedies you might want to put to the test:
Lemon juice is a rather obvious choice thanks to the natural bleaching properties it has. Used regularly as a spot treatment, lemon juice can gradually improve the way the skin looks. Apply the lemon juice using Q tips for extra precision.
An added benefit of treatment is that the vitamin C contained in it increases the skin’s natural protection against the UV rays. Nonetheless, sun exposure should be avoided immediately after the treatment. Also, because the lemon juice tends to be quite acidic, it is best to apply a moisturizing cream soon after you finish the treatment.
Horseradish is said to be another effective remedy for freckles. Despite its strong smell and tear-inducing abilities, horseradish has been used to treat skin problems such as brown spots and freckles for a long time. Mix 1 tsp of grated horseradish with 1 tsp of beets and add enough mineral water to make a thick paste. Leave the mixture on the skin for 30 minutes and rinse with cold water, making sure to use this treatment three times a week.
Sour cream is another surprising remedy that can get you closer to your goal. Sour cream contains lactic acid, which is provides a gentle peel, lightening the skin without causing skin irritation. Apply a relatively thick coat on the area and leave it on the skin for about half an hour, then remove it with a paper towel. Apply a gentle moisturizer afterwards.
Turmeric has several important health benefits worth taking into account. In terms of skin care, turmeric is considered to be an effective skin lightener.
A homemade facial made from turmeric powder, yogurt and gram flour is a good choice if you are struggling with freckles and wish to have a radiant, healthy skin.
Honey can be beneficial for a lot of skin problems due to its wonderful properties. A natural humectant, honey also contains antioxidants that protect the skin making it soft and healthy. Unpasteurized honey mixed with mashed red currants might help make freckles less obvious, if used regularly.
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