Increasing sunshine and warm weather means we spend a lot more time soaking up the sun and Vitamin D. While this is important for our physical and mental health, it can have negative effects on our skin.
Skin pigmentation, sun burns, spots and skin cancer can all result from spending too much time outdoors without sun protection. Whilst most of us sensibly wear sunscreen, protective clothing and stick to the shady areas when possible, sometimes pigmentation is inevitable.
Here are some natural ways you can reduce the appearance of pigmentation this summer:
Potato: For dark circles and pigmentation try cutting up raw potato and applying it to the affected areas. Leave it for 30 minutes, a few times a week. Continue this for a month to start seeing results.
Lemon: A popular home treatment for pigmented skin. The citric acid in lemons can be used to treat pigmentation. Fade your pigmentation by squeezing lemon juice into a bowl and apply it to your skin with a cotton ball. Try combining some grated potato with the lemon juice and apply to the face for 20 minutes.
Yoghurt: Many cultures around the world use full fat milk products to treat their skin … and it works! Yoghurt contains lactic acid that helps to exfoliate, soften and lighten pigmentation on the skin. Apply full fat natural yoghurt to affected areas and let it sit for approximately 20 minutes. Do this regularly to see great results.
Aloe Vera: Touted as the “burn plant,” Aloe Vera is a perfect natural remedy for sunburn. Split the leaves to apply the sap topically to the damages area, helping to moisturise and avoid peeling normally associated with sun damage.
Natural oils: A great way to refine, hydrate and restore your skin this summer is with natural oils like rosehip, tamanu and argan. These oils assist in healing so you are less likely to have pigmentation after a day out in the sun. Use these as part of your regular skincare routine by applying daily before bedtime instead of moisturiser. You can either apply these to your whole face or just the pigmented areas.
While these are all fantastic solutions to assist pigmented skin in repair, prevention is key. Make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen, wear protective clothing and stay in the shade as much as possible!