By Gayathri V
Hello to all the lovely readers!
It is difficult to overrate the importance of skin care in your daily routine. Did you know that the skin is your body’s largest organ and is also the initial defence against any infection or damage? Now, if you are facing any kind of skin pigmentation issues, or if you see any blotches or dark spots, you need to do some damage control. But, the good thing is that you can prevent further pigmentation problems by yourself at home using some natural ingredients rather than using any harmful chemicals to whiten your skin.
What Causes Uneven Skin Tone?
First, let us talk about what causes your skin tone to go uneven. Of all the countless reasons a few main ones are sun damage, hormonal fluctuations, hyperpigmentation, and discolouration due to acne scarring. Many of us take troubles to protect ourselves from the sun’s UV rays but apart from these, poor lifestyle choices, dehydrated skin, stress, pollution or any kind of constant use of chemical cosmetic products can all have an adverse effect on your skin.
Dangers of Chemical Skin Whitening Treatments
Most of the skin whitening (skin-bleaching) products available in the market have mercury and hydroquinone as the main ingredients. These ingredients mainly work by subduing the melanin production in the skin. Various researches have concluded that if these kinds of chemicals are used on the skin for a prolonged amount of time, they can be toxic. Also, the chemical skin whitening treatments can cause premature aging and freckles. But, fear not! We are fortunate that our mother nature has a number of natural whitening or I would say skin tone-evening ingredients that work just as fine as the synthetic ones, without any adverse side effects.
How Wonderful Your Kitchen Ingredients are!
There are a lot of DIYs, all-natural remedies which consist of many of your kitchen ingredients. These natural remedies help vastly with uneven skin tone. So, before you step out and buy that fancy-looking harmful cream, try some of the simple and natural remedies mentioned below and you will soon have a beautiful skin you desire.
1. Milk and Honey Face Pack
Add one tablespoon honey and one tablespoon raw milk in a glass bowl. Mix the two ingredients well and apply an even layer on clean face and neck. Massage with soft circular motion for 2 minutes, and then leave the pack for about 15 to 20 minutes. Wash you face with cold water and pat dry.
What better way to make your skin glow than the nourishing touch of honey and milk? The numerous benefits of honey are not a new fact and it is doubtlessly the best face pack for dry and dull looking skin. Honey is said to be the nature’s elixir for most skin problems. Raw milk has excellent skin cleansing properties and honey, being an amazing natural antibacterial agent, works wonders for acne and pimple prone skin. It is said that the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra used to bathe in milk and honey to enhance her youth and beauty.
2. Lemon & Potato Pulp Face Pack
Add lemon juice from one lemon to one peeled and grated potato pulp. Mix both the ingredients well and apply on clean face. Let the pack stay for 20 minutes and wash off with warm water. Pat dry your face with soft towel.
Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and is also a natural bleaching agent. It cleanses the skin from within, removing all impurities and dead cells. Potato has been an age-old remedy for skin whitening and improving skin health. The combination of lemon and potato is a natural remedy for removing dark spots and pigmentation. This face pack makes your skin soft and supple.
3. Gram Flour & Turmeric Face Pack
Take one teaspoon pure turmeric powder and one teaspoon gram flour (besan) and mix it to one tablespoon milk or curd. Blend the ingredients well and apply a thick layer on clean face. Let the pack set in for 15 minutes. Gently wash off with water and pat dry.
Turmeric is a widely used spice in every Indian kitchen and its health benefits are very well known. Turmeric has natural antibacterial properties which are also used for cuts and wounds and in treating skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema. Gram flour, or popularly called besan, is a lasting remedy for increasing skin’s elasticity and fading dark patches and suntan. This face pack is most effective at keeping the skin radiant and flawless. By far this is the best natural skin whitening face pack from grandma’s secret remedies.
A Few Easy Tips to Keep Your Skin from Dullness
Never Skip Exfoliation:
It is very important to exfoliate not only your face but the entire body at regular intervals using mild scrubs and bathing salts. This helps in eliminating the layer of dead cells, dirt and all the impurities on the skin’s surface. After scrubbing your face, do use a natural skin toner. This closes the opened pores from all the scrubbing action.
This is perhaps the most significant step in maintaining your skin’s health. Irrespective of the season, always moisturize the skin. This helps prevent building up of dead flaky cells on the skin surface and keeps the skin soft, supple and hydrated.
Be Generous with Sunscreens:
It is difficult to avoid the sun completely, so as much as possible avoid the sun’s harsh rays during the peak hours of the day as it not only causes skin tanning, but also leads to irreparable damage to the skin. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen lotions or gels which has a high SPF, 15 minutes before leaving the house.
Follow the above mentioned simple tips along with the regular use of the DIY face packs to get a glowing, spotless skin. Fall in love with the nourishing bounty of nature and pamper yourself every day with nature’s given ingredients. Lastly, keep yourself hydrated all the while by drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily. Also, never stress on having white skin, instead motivate yourself in having healthy skin. Beauty is not governed by the colour of the skin, it is beyond that.
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