How To Get An Even Skin Tone Naturally
Get Great Skin Tone The Natural Way
We all want an even skin tone, we want perfect glowing skin, a fresh complexion.
Unfortunately, unless you are are a fresh faced "20 something", or blessed, good skin and an even skin tone will take some effort.
With the multitude of scary procedures, and outrageously priced products available, most look for more natural, affordable (and no less effective) ways of getting great looking skin.
Lets take a look at some of the best ways to get an even and glowing complexion.
What Causes Blotchy Skin Tone?
Darker patches of skin are caused by the over production of a chemical known as melanin. This is a process known as hyperpigmentation.
Melanin is responsible for the color or tone of your skin.
There are quite a few reasons for the appearance of blotchy skin, but here are the main causes.
Over exposure to the sun is probably the biggest cause of uneven skin tone, especially on the face. Ultraviolet rays can do major damage to the first few layers of skin. A good tan can look healthy, but the darkening of the skin is a natural defense, it's your skins way of toughening up against the suns rays. Always use a high strength sunscreen.
Skin Trauma and Acne Scarring
Any kind of skin trauma will cause uneven skin tone. Acne scarring is probably the biggest cause of trauma to the skin. The medical term for acne scarring is post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Dark spots or patches of skin are seen where the skin has healed after an outbreak of acne. More often than not, these scars will gradually fade, but often will take many months, sometimes even years, to disappear altogether.
Imbalances in your body chemistry can also cause uneven skin tone. A common cause of this type of hyperpigmentation is Melasma. This effects pregnant women and the result is darker areas of skin on the forehead, cheeks and nose, or all three. It is often known as the "mask of pregnancy". Other imbalances caused by birth control pills and other medications can also upset the body's natural balance, resulting in uneven skin tone.
There are other reasons why you may have an over production of melanin, but the causes listed above count for at least 95% of all cases of blotchy or darker areas of skin.
Natural Remedies - Nature Knows Best
Over the last few years people have been looking more to natural remedies or "home remedies" than ever before. Largely due to the often extortionate price of popular brand name cosmetics, and due to recent scientific findings on the large amount of chemicals used in some of these products.
A chemical known as "hydroquinone", used in a high percentage of brand name creams, is now banned in Europe and many other countries across the globe, over serious health concerns. As a result, the consumer now wants a more natural solution.
Nature has a cure for all our ailments, including great looking skin. Here's how to get a great complexion naturally.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar - natures answer to just about everything! Used for thousands of years in natural medicine, apple cider vinegar has many health benefits.
It contains amino acids, mineral salts and a wide range of vitamins. Research has found that sulfur is also present, which is the reason it is a great skin toner and very effective at fading skin spots, age spots and treating acne.
Soak a cotton ball or pad with a good quality apple cider vinegar, and apply directly to the skin twice daily. The vinegar is quite acidic, so test a small area of skin first. After the vinegar has dried, apply a moisturizer to hydrate the skin.
Organic Cider Vinegar
Licorice extract, or more specifically, licorice root extract, is excellent for getting an even skin tone. It's quite hard to come by, Chinese herbal stores and good health food stores are your best bet.
A staple of Chinese medicine, licorice extract is known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, and is also recognized as being excellent for fading skin marks and smoothing the skin.
To apply it to the skin, first mix the extract with distilled water and soak a soft cotton cloth in the mixture, apply to the face for 10 - 15 minutes. Another method is to substitute distilled water for warm green tea, and apply in the same way.
Pomegranate - more nutrients and minerals can be found in this fruit than any other. The pomegranate symbolizes vitality, health and immortality in many cultures.
The pomegranate is known to prevent oxidation in skin cells, an important factor for maintaining great looking skin.
Apply the juice of the pomegranate to the skin as often as you like. Pomegranate drinking juice is a fantastic antioxidant, make it part of your daily diet for great results.
Lemon - Probably the most well known natural skin lightener.
Lemon is commonly used as a bleaching agent for lightening hair color, but its lightening properties are just as effective on the skin.
Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice directly to the skin, after 10 minutes, rinse the skin with warm water. Lemon is very acidic, so test a small area of skin first. If you have sensitive skin, try mixing the lemon with Olive oil or Grapeseed oil before applying to the skin.
Vitamin E is essential for maintaining good skin. It's a powerful antioxidant and excellent for healing wounds and reducing the appearance of scars. Unfortunately the body cannot store Vitamin E for any great length of time, so a regular supply is necessary to reap the benefits.
Apply the neat oil directly to the skin on a regular basis for great results.
There are a wide range of Vitamin E oils available from good health stores, but it's also a good idea to take Vitamin E capsules orally as well. To save buying both the oil and the capsules, you can just split open a Vitamin E capsule when you want to apply it to the skin.
Vitamin E Capsules
There are a couple of supplements you can take that will help with evening skin tone.
Vitamin B12 is essential for great looking skin and has numerous other health benefits. It's vital for skin cell regeneration, and can help fight the appearance of wrinkles and dry skin.
You can get Vitamin B12 in capsule form and from foods such as fish, eggs and dairy products.
Turmeric has amazing health benefits and has been used in Indian and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is stronger than Vitamin C and roughly 8 times stronger than Vitamin E !
Look for a good quality organic turmeric supplement at your local health food store.
Natural Face Masks For an Even Skin Tone
Face masks are a great way of combining natural remedies, here are some natural face masks that you can try at home.
Olive Oil, Tea Tree and Honey
3 x Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 x Tablespoon of Honey
1/2 Teaspoon of Tree Tree Oil
Mix the ingredients together and apply to the face. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Oatmeal, Yogurt and Honey
Blend 2 handfuls of cooked oatmeal with a good quality natural yogurt. Mix in 1 tablespoon of organic honey.
Apply to the face for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Almonds, Yogurt and Lemon Juice
Soak a handful of almonds in water overnight. Mash the almonds to a paste and blend with 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon or lime juice.
Apply to the face for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Use these natural face masks as a regular part of your beauty routine and you'll definitely see an improvement in any blotchy or uneven skin tone.
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Natural Creams For Uneven Skin Tone
Manufacturers have realized that the consumer is far more aware of what they are putting on their skin, and the emphasis is now on combining powerful natural ingredients to produce highly effective skin toning creams.
There are a number of excellent natural creams available for treating uneven skin tone.
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