Are dark spots making you less confident? Try out these Ayurvedic remedies to lighten skin pigmentation and give your skin a natural glow
Worried about the dark spots on your face? Do you think covering them up with makeup is your only option? Dark spots can be frustrating but before you give up, let us find out a bit more about those pesky blemishes.
Dark spots are a form of skin pigmentation, like freckles, age spots, and melasma. They can develop on your face, hands, back, or shoulders. But what causes these dark spots and how are they different from other forms of pigmentation? Read on to learn more, and how they can be treated naturally.
Damage due to inflammation, exposure to Sun's ultraviolet rays, and other harmful environmental pollutants can cause skin cells to produce more melanin to protect themselves. This increased melanin production, or hyperpigmentation, is what we call dark spots. Let's look at a few factors that cause them.
Overexposure to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun cause dark spots on your skin. Also called sunspots, they can develop on areas of the body more exposed to the sun, like the face, hands, and forearms.
Hormonal changes are probably a leading cause of dark spots, especially in women. Changes in the level of estrogen in their body, which happens during or after pregnancy could be one of the culprits.
Dark spots can also occur after injury or inflammation of the skin. The inflammation may be caused by acne or skin conditions like eczema. They also occur after insect bites, burns, or cuts on your skin.
Products such as perfumes, creams, or lotions that contain hydroquinone or resorcinol, for a prolonged time, are known to increase pigmentation of the skin. Prolonged use of hair dyes can also cause dark spots near the hairline.
Certain antibiotics and antimalarial medications can also cause dark spots. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medicines can also increase skin pigmentation.
Turmeric contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components, which can help revive skin and bring out its natural glow. Make a paste of turmeric, besan (chickpea flour), and curd and use it as a face pack.
Manjistha or Indian madder is an Ayurvedic herb that is known to aid blood purification, heal wounds and fight allergies. It also lightens scars and marks and flushes out toxins from the body. Using Manjistha powder and honey as a face pack on a regular basis can help reduce pigmentation.
Aloe vera contains aloin, a natural de-pigmentation compound, which can lighten skin. Apply aloe vera gel on pigmented areas before you go to bed and rinse off in the morning.
Alternatively, you can use Medimix Ayurvedic Anti-Pimple face wash to reduce dark spots. It is a unique blend of neem, a natural astringent, aloe vera that lightens blemishes, amaya, and lodhra, which improve skin complexion, manjistha, and turmeric.
Vitamins and antioxidants present in saffron make it a great ingredient to reduce inflammation, soothe skin and treat acne. Known to lighten skin, it is also used in many beauty products. It is the main ingredient in Kumkumadi taila, an Ayurvedic oil, used to reduce pigmentation and brighten skin. For an instant glow, soak a few strands of saffron in milk, add turmeric powder to it, and apply the paste on your face.
Sandalwood can be used in the form of oil or powder to reduce pigmentation. It can soothe inflammation and irritated skin. Apply a pack of sandalwood powder and rose water, leave for 15 minutes and rinse off for a natural glow.
Add Medimix Anti-Tan face wash to your skincare routine to reduce dark spots. It contains extracts of licorice and Tanaka. Licorice contains a chemical compound called glabridin, which inhibits tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for the increased production of melanin. Tanaka, a herb from Myanmar, cleanses the skin and acts as a sunscreen.
No matter how badly we want our dark spots to disappear, it's not possible to eliminate them overnight. However, if you try these natural remedies regularly, you will soon see the blemishes on your face fade away and your skin gain a radiant glow.