How to get rid of sunspots? Home remedies and tips
Nothing can mess you your perfect summer glow quite like the appearance of sunspots on your beautiful complexion. If you’re like us, you tend to take it easy on the makeup once the weather starts to heat up. This is mostly because of makeup meltdown, but also because it is important to let your skin breathe every now and again. However, this does not mean that we are without flaws.
We know that many times our confidence is directly linked to how flawless we feel that day. But, what can you do about treating those pesky sunspots? While concealer is obviously a holy grail product to us all, wouldn’t it be nice to treat the problem at the source? With these home remedies, you can! Here is everything you need to know about treating sunspots at home, so you can get back to enjoy your summer.
What are sunspots?
Dark or brown sunspots can appear on the surface of your skin and are not only limited to the face. It all depends on the amount of the exposure of your skin to the sun. However, they are not always easy to prevent. You could be a sunscreen champion and still find that you are getting sunspots the older you get. This is because these spots can start out small and barely visible.
With time and sun exposure, they will get darker and more noticeable. The sun’s UV rays make dark spots even darker. This means that even if your sunspots look more like faded little freckles, they might soon get larger and darker. The good news is that you’re not alone. Everyone has been exposed to the sun, so take pride in knowing that you are not the only one struggling. However, all hope is not lost. There are plenty of high end skin care products out there that promise to help reduce to appearance of these brown spots. But, wouldn’t it be better to just make your own? We thought so too! Here are some amazing home remedies that have been tested to be effective on even the most stubborn of sunspots.
Lemon juice is full of vitamins C and E and is a great way to naturally reduce the appearance of sunspots over time. The acid in the juice also works to brighten up your overall complexion, which can help you get back to your pre-sunspot beauty! Best of all, you can do this natural sunspot treatment in only a few easy steps. Here is what you will need:
- ½ Lemon
- Cotton ball
Start by squeezing the juice of ½ a lemon out into a bowl. Next, grab your cotton balls and dip into the juice and apply directly to the dark spots on your face. Leave the juice to sit on your skin for up to half an hour and gently rinse away using a cool washcloth. Repeat this process two or three times a week and after three weeks you will start to see those spots slowly fade away.
With this natural mask, you are not baking a cake but instead you will be whipping up some truly magical treatment for your skin. The secret is in the flour that you use. Common flour used in old world cooking is besan flour. This amazing and rich gram flour does much more than adding some weight to your favorite breads; it has been known to gently lighten sunspots that pop up on your face. Here is what you need to get started:
- 1 Tablespoon Gram Flour
- ½ Juice of a lemon
- 1 Teaspoon cold milk
Mix together your ingredients until you have a chunky paste. Texture is everything when it comes to this magical sunspot treatment. Apply it generously to your clean face and leave to sit for around 20 minutes or until the mask is almost dry. Before the mask dries out, gently rub the remaining mixture into your skin, exfoliating away those pesky sunspots. This mask is gentle enough to do up to three times a week, giving you the best shot at clear skin.
This bright spice is perfect for treating even the darkest of sunspots. All you need is two simple ingredients to be well on your way to getting perfectly balanced skin. Here is what you will need to grab:
- 1 Tablespoon Turmeric
- ½ Tablespoons Olive oil
Mix your two ingredients together until you have a nice runny paste. You want to make sure it is runny enough, so that it doesn’t dry out but also thick enough to stay put on the skin. This treatment works best as a spot corrector, so make sure to only apply a small dab to the sunspots directly. After 20 minutes, use a washcloth to gently wipe away the mixture. Make sure to follow up with a skin softening moisturizer.
Sandalwood And Rose Water Mask
The amount of things that we can find in nature that have amazing dual purposes is truly incredible. Sandalwood is one these natural materials that should be added to your everyday skin routine. This mask not only does a great job of fading sunspots, it also will help to shrink pores and balance your overall skin texture. Here is what you will need:
- Rose water
- ½ Juice of a lemon
- 2 Tablespoon Sandalwood powder
- A few drops of peppermint extract (optional)
Start by mixing together the powder with the lemon until a thick paste forms. Next, drizzle in some rose water to help the mask come together. Make sure to not flood your mixture with too much rose water. You are looking for the perfect balance of thickness. Next, feel free to add in a couple of peppermint drops. Some people find that sandalwood powder can make their skin red, so the peppermint will help to calm down the skin. This mask works best if used up to twice a week!
Papaya And Olive Oil Mix
Fruit smoothies are the best way to give yourself a mid day boost, but, that’s not all they can do! Fruit smoothie masks have become a serious trend over the last year. Whether you buy an adorably packaged one in the store or attempt to make it yourself, there is not end to skin saving benefits. On top of the sunspot treating food chain you have papaya. This seedy fruit works wonders when it comes to lightening up sunspots. Here is what you need to get started:
- 1 Ripe papaya
- Olive oil
The trick to this yummy mask is to get a papaya that has gone just slightly past the ripen point. This way it will be easier for mask to spread. Mash up your papaya, making sure to leave the seeds out. Once you have a semi-smooth pulp, drizzle a little bit of olive oil to help it set up. Apply to your skin making sure to avoid the eye area and leave on for around 10 or 15 minutes. Wash away with cold water and repeat once or twice a week. This mask not only helps to lighten dark spots but also nourishes and rejuvenates your skin.
Mashed Potato And Lemon Pack
This next natural mask may sound a little silly, but hear us out! Potatoes have been well known to reduce dark spots, which include the dreadful sunspots. This mask is just a fun new way to try out these spud spheres. So grab your apron and get to mashing! These are the few things you will need to grab:
- 1 Potato
- ½ Juice of a lemon
- 1 Tablespoon cold milk
- 1 Teaspoon raw honey
Start by skinning and grating your potato into a paste. Next, start to mix it up with some cold milk, then add in the lemon juice and honey and mix with a fork until well combined. Next, apply to dry skin and leave to sit for about 15 or 20 minutes. Gently wipe away with a damp washcloth and follow up with a good toner and moisturiser. This natural mask is gentle that you can use it up to 3 times a week!
Horseradish And Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment
This next sunspot treatment is not meant for the faint hearted people. So, if you have a sensitive nose, you might want to make sure you open a window first. The trick is to use only fresh ingredients, so make sure to plan this treatment well out in advance. Here are some things to pick up:
- Horseradish root
- ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
- Purified water
Start by prepping your root by peeling and grating it. Horseradish root comes in all different sizes, so depending on how big of a root you find, you might have plenty of mixture left over, so make sure to save it! Combine your grated root with apple cider vinegar. The goal is to have a nice soppy mixture to keep that in mind when adding these two together. If you have sensitive skin, thin out the mixture with a little bit of water. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and then apply directly to the sunspots. Rinse after 10 minutes and repeat twice a week for best results.
Green Peppermint Tea Spot Treatment
Are you looking for a treatment that will make you feel like you’re at a five star spa? If so, this peppermint tea spot treatment may be exactly what you are looking for. Here is what you need to get started:
- 1 Cup of organic green tea
- Peppermint essential oil
- 1 Teaspoon Raw honey
Start by brewing your tea like you would normally do. The best part about this treatment is that it is totally customisable, depending on your personal likes. Once the tea mixture cools in the fridge, add a couple of drops of Peppermint essential oil and a teaspoon of honey, soak up a few cotton balls in the tea and gently press the loaded cotton balls on your sunspots and leave on for up to 20 or 30 minutes. You can also feel free to make a few of these ahead of time, so that you always have this spa treatment right at your fingertips, whenever you want it!
Buttermilk And Turmeric Mask
Buttermilk is rich fatty milk that can add some richness to your favorite dish but also help with the regeneration of skin cells. This is because of the rich lactic acid that makes up buttermilk. But, how can you properly use it to combat sunspots? Here is what you need:
- Rice paper sheet
- ½ Cup buttermilk
- 1 Teaspoon turmeric
Whisk together your buttermilk and turmeric and then grab your rice paper sheet. These sheets are so versatile and are a great addition to any skin care arsenal. Take the sheet and line it up with your face and make markings for your eyes and mouth. Using a blade, carve out eye and mouth holes and then soak the paper in the mixture for a few minutes. Lay back and let the mask do its work. Just be warned that it can get a bit messy! Remove and rinse after 20 minutes for amazing skin.
We have to admit it, this treatment might sound a little strange. But, after reading tons of testimonials, we are on board! Grab yourself one big onion, according to the beauty community, white or Spanish onions work best. Cut your onion open and grab yourself a nice juicy slice. Rub the onion slice over the affected areas of your skin, making sure to focus on stubborn sunspots. Leave the onion juice on your face for up to 20 minutes and then rinse away with cool water. You can do this treatment up to three times a week and you should start seeing some serious results after four weeks.
Tomatoes are often forgotten about in the skin care world. Maybe it is because they don’t have that sweet citrus scent we prefer, but, they are just as rich as oranges. Tomatoes are chalked full of more Vitamin C than oranges, and best of all, are even loaded with Vitamin E. These skin saving ingredients work wonders on stubborn skin problems like sunspots. To make this refreshing tomato mask, this is all you need:
- 1 Ripe tomato
- Food processor
- 1 Teaspoon Olive oil
No, you’re not making a salad! Chop up your tomato into large chunks and toss in a food processor with a tiny drizzle of olive oil. Pulse the mixture until it’s blended but still thick. Make sure to drape a towel over your clothes and apply the chunky mixture to your face and lay back for 20 minutes. The tomatoes will give your face a vitamin boost, while the olive oil will help keep your skin soft and supple. This mask works best if done for once a week!
Castor Oil Serum Booster
Castor oil is simply amazing. It can help your lashes grow fuller and even help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. But, did you know that it also makes an amazing booster to your already perfected skin care routine? That’s right! Serum boosters are becoming all the rage right now in the beauty community. While you can find fancy skin boosters at your favorite beauty store, you can also make your own right at home.
All you need to do is add a couple drops of Castor oil to you nightly serum or lotion. Make sure to mix well in the palm of your hands. Your body heat will also help the product to melt together better! Pat into your clean and dry skin and repeat every night before bed. In no time you will those sunspots fade away.
Vitamin E Capsules
Vitamin E capsules are one of our favorite things to keep on our beauty desk. These vitamins are meant to be taken as a supplement, but they have a much greater purpose; on your skin. While vitamin E masks are a great way to give your skin some healing, why not go with to the source? Just be sure to get the capsules that are plastic coated.
Using a safety pin, pierce a tiny hole in the capsule and then squeeze the liquid gold out into your hand. This step is done best before starting your nightly skin care routine. So work the vitamin E oil into your face in small gentle circles. Fair warning, this can make your face feel a little sticky, so this is not the best treatment to do under makeup. We suggest that you give this trick a try at nighttime. Follow up with your regular night time routine and rinse off in the morning.
One of the professional treatments that are being offered for sunspots is cold therapy. Using a mixture of nitrous and essential oils, professionals will help to regenerate skin cells using a shock type therapy. While you may not be able to give yourself a nitrous facial at home, cold therapy is still very easy to attempt! Here is what you will need:
- Purified water
- Fresh mint leaves
- Short plastic cups
Start by cutting lemon into thin slices. In a bowl, mix together the mint leaves with the lemon and add in purified water. You want the lemon and the mint to keep their shape to don’t mix it too abrasively. Grab a few short plastic cups and fill then up ¼ of the way with the water and then leave to freeze overnight. Once frozen, use a blade to cut off the bottom of the plastic cup. Press the exposed side of the ice on your sunspots rubbing gently. The acid in the lemon will work with the frozen water to brighten your complexion, while reducing the appearance of sunspots, and the mint will calm down redness. Do this up to twice a day for 5-10 minutes for best results.
How to prevent sunspots?
The best way to treat sunspots is to prevent them. While they are just a part of life, that doesn’t mean you can work to keep more from showing up! Here are some things to try to help keep your skin youthful and spot free:
Nothing and we mean NOTHING is more important to your skin that sun protection. Not only will wearing sunscreen helps to prevent sunspots but sunscreens can also protect you from other dangerous skin problems. So lather it on! Yes, even in the winter. Just because you might not be able to see the sun as clearly, that doesn’t mean that it won’t do you hard. In fact, people are more likely to get sun damage during the winter because they neglect to use sunscreen.
Rock a hat!
Being the lady at the beach in a sunhat can be a serious trend that you can start! Even with our best efforts, the nagging sun still can find its way to your skin. So block it out with a sun hat!
Take care of your skin
It is never too late to start a good skin care routine. Skin care is so customizable and can bend to your every skin need. A great way to prevent sunspots is to exfoliate. This way you can help to encourage skin cell production, while washing away yesterday’s dead skin cells.
Stop letting the sun dictate your life and take control of your skin. With one of these home treatments you can tell those sunspots to go away and never come back. The way we feel in our skin can change the way we feel about ourselves in general. So get your confidence back! Just remember, treating sunspots also means treating your skin right. So, stay covered and stays amazing.
Be your own kind of beautiful!