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Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right—as long as you can protect your skin! In an interview with Forbes, dermatologists warned that sun exposure activates our melanocyte cells, which can either produce a flattering tan or an uneven skin tone. If you have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or skin redness, then sun exposure can also further aggravate your skin’s condition.
The good news is that you can easily combat uneven skin tone through natural remedies. There are a lot of natural solutions that will provide your skin enough nourishment and protection so that it can recover to its healthiest state. If you want to try a safe and gentle solution to combat uneven skin tone, then here are some natural remedies that you can try!
You are what you eat, which is now known to apply to skin as much as your physique. Drinking alcohol or dairy products and consuming sugary or processed food can cause skin irritations and acne, which can lead to dark spots and uneven skin tone.
Replace unhealthy substances with foods that are rich in antioxidants. Harvard’s School of Public Health discussed that eating antioxidant-rich food can prevent the onset of aging and brighten up your skin! The best antioxidant for uneven skin tone is vitamin C, which has been proven to be effective in improving the appearance of dark spots and dull skin. Simply add some vitamin C-rich food, such as kale, broccoli, and oranges, into your diet!
The sun’s rays are very harsh on unprotected skin, which is why they can cause negative effects on your skin. Excessive sun exposure will not only induce hyperpigmentation, but it can also lead to photoaging and even skin cancer.
You can protect yourself from sun exposure by covering your skin through various solutions. First and foremost, you have to apply sunscreen on your skin to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Our post titled “The Real Cover-Up Sunscreen Myths” highlights that you have to use at least an ounce of sunscreen for total body coverage. You can also further protect your skin from hyperpigmentation by using a wide-brimmed hat.
Turmeric is not only delicious for food, it has also been proven to be effective in reducing inflammation and irritation on the skin. It contains antibacterial and antioxidant properties that make it a very effective product against hyperpigmentation.
For a natural brightening mask, try to mix turmeric powder with either yogurt or water. Leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes and simply wash it off with warm water. Try to do this natural remedy two to three times a week for faster results.
Green tea consumption has been documented to be effective in improving blood flow, brain function, and even weight loss. But did you know that green tea is also an effective skincare product? This study on Green Tea and the Skin discovered that the ingredient can protect against UV radiation and anti-inflammation. As a result, it can combat hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, dryness, irritation, and redness!
After drinking a cup of warm green tea, you can also use the tea bags on your problem spots. Once the tea bags are no longer warm, you can leave them on select areas on your face for 15 minutes so they can soak in all the good stuff from the green tea.
Uneven skin tone and dark spots do not fade easily, which is why it’s important to nourish and protect your skin. These gentle natural remedies can help bring your skin to its brightest and healthiest state but if you want faster results, then you can combine your skincare routine with an effective laser treatment. Advanced Dermatology, P.C. offers a wide array of solutions that can help your skin tone look more even, including the removal of dark spots, so check out our Fraxel Laser Treatment to start.
By Rhea Smith for Advanced Dermatology, PC