Skin tone is basically genetic, but additional factors for example exposure to the sun, scars and hormonal changes or disorders can impact your natural color. Many amazing creams have harsh chemicals which are harmful to your body and may dry up your skin. Alterations in diet and habits may have a great effect onto the skin. Eating meals full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, for instance, has been shown to alter the look of your skin, which makes it much softer and much more radiant. Certain meals applied topically may also naturally lighten your skin.1. Increase your intake vitamins C and E. Eat bell peppers, broccoli, olives, nuts, oils and leafy greens. Apply a lotion that includes vitamin C (in the form of L-ascorbic acid) and E to produce younger, lighter-looking skin and soothe dryness.
2. Minimize exposure to sunlight. Wear a daily broad spectrum SPF moisturizer and apply it a half hour before going outside, even on cloudy days. Avoid going outdoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is the strongest.
3. Exfoliate the face and body using a scrub or washcloth once or twice a week. The top layer of skin has the most pigmentation from sunlight, and old skin cells can make the skin look dull. Pat skin dry. Apply body and face lotion while inside the steamy bathroom to help lock in moisture and soften skin.
4. Apply natural skin-lightening tonics to the face or body. Squeeze a lemon and apply the juice directly to the face or areas you wish to lighten. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes while the citric acid gently lightens the skin. Wash with cool water and apply a moisturizer. Or cut a slice of raw potato and apply it directly to the skin. Remove after 15 minutes, rinse and apply a moisturizer. Apply potatoes daily for results in three to four weeks.
Tips & Warnings
Lemon has an acidic content and can dry the skin, so apply it only once a week and dilute with water if necessary.