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What's your greatest skin care challenge?
As women and a growing number of men of color, what's your greatest skin care challenge? Whether it's dark spots, uneven skin tone, dark circles,puffiness under your eyes or hair that won't grow, you'll find a product that can possibly become the solution to your challenge.
Moisturizers and ingredients that hydrate your skin will always be your best friend, for your face, body and hair. So look for products with nourishing and nurturing ingredients. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter and jojoba oils are a few of the ingredients to keep on your list.
We've got new additions to our store for you. Essential oils have been known to help calm and soothe skin and scalp irritations. Although you'll find a sample kit on the hair category page, you can use them for any of your skin and hair care needs.
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Although there's beauty in your blackness, your skin is sensitive and needs protection from the sun just like everyone else. So if you know you're challenged by sunburn, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to Jojoba and Grapeseed Oil and create a nice body oil for yourself. It will bring comfort and beauty back to your skin.
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Hyperpigmentation in African American skin? Hyperpigmentation is an enemy to your flawless skin's agenda. It can also be the cause of uneven skin tone that sends you looking in the mirror more times than is probably healthy.
Spotless, flawless skin that has no blemish is what everyone dreams of. What happens when you begin to notice patches, dark spots, and darker skin areas of hyperpigmentation on your skin?
The first thought that comes to mind is to get rid of them, but the steps you take to achieve this matter a lot.
There are many products out there that claim to treat hyperpigmentation, and many who do so well. However, if you're a fan of natural remedies for your skin, you'll probably be wondering whether there are natural remedies to do this too.
This post will be exposing you to the ways of handling hyperpigmentation on African American skin the natural way. Natural methods are always safer because of the reduced chance of coming in contact with harmful chemicals, as well as being cost-effective.
Let's find out what natural dark spot removers you can use to minimize that hyperpigmentation and even out your skin tone. (Hint: Most of these ingredients are already sitting in your kitchen)
Aloe Vera gel is renowned for being a solution to several skin issues, including scar reduction. It also takes the crown for being able to reduce hyperpigmentation in African-American skin.
The success of Aloe vera gel in this regard is tied to its 'aloin' content. Aloin is a depigmentation agent that helps to reduce dark spots and uneven skin tone.
To get started, obtain fresh aloe vera gel from a healthy plant or purchase pure aloe vera gel that comes in a bottle. Apply it on the affected areas before going to bed every night and then wash your face as you usually would the next morning. You can also do this for several hours during the day if you have time on your hands.
Do this as many times as possible until you see the hyperpigmentation begin to fade and your spots disappear.
The good thing about using Aloe vera gel is that you don't have to worry about any unusual skin lightening or bleaching effect on your skin when using it.
Almond oil is a natural oil that's often used to remove dark spots. It contains niacin and vitamin E- two ingredients that correct hyperpigmentation and improve the skin tone of African-Americans.
Also, sweet almond oil will not clog your skin pores because it is non-comedogenic.
You can use almond oil as a moisturizer, makeup remover, or however else it fits into your night routine for best results.
The sweet almond oil used on your skin is fortified with extra minerals and vitamins and is often different from the almond oil used for cooking, so be specific when you search for it.
We've known green tea to offer some health benefits to us when we drink it, including detoxification. But did you ever think green tea could get your skin back on the track to being spotless?
Well, green tea does a good job of reducing dark spots and hyperpigmentation on African-American skin.
There are several antioxidants in green tea, such as catechins, and they reduce the appearance of dark spots on your skin. They also remove toxic substances from the skin and repair damaged skin cells.
You'll also find that green tea works extremely well as an ingredient in a cream-based cleanser.
We know milk to be gentle on the skin, and now we know that milk and curd are both mild and effective ingredients for reducing hyperpigmentation in African-American skin.
You can make a face pack with milk and curd to reduce tan, hyperpigmentation, and achieve glowing skin.
You can create a paste with 1 tablespoon each of turmeric and chickpea flour, alongside a few tablespoons of curd or raw milk, and apply on your face. However, be careful with this mix because turmeric is known to lighten African-American skin, so watch how your skin reacts to the paste.
While the thought of applying onion juice to your skin might not paint the best picture, the benefits of using onions for uneven skin tone cannot be overemphasized.
Onions are rich in Vitamin C, which is responsible for achieving an even skin tone and reducing dark spots.
They also help to improve skin texture and tighten the skin pores.
Simply grate a small amount of onion into a paste and apply it to the affected areas. Alternatively, you can also add a very small amount of turmeric for extra effectiveness.
Papaya is a perfect agent for improving the tone of your skin. It contains a chemical exfoliant called alpha-hydroxy acid that helps to heal dry skin, prevent premature aging and remove dead and dull skin cells to improve the skin.
Papaya also improves collagen production, brightens your skin, and restores the radiance lost to hyperpigmentation.
The best way to use papaya for hyperpigmentation is to mash it when ripe and apply it as a mask on freshly-washed skin.
For added exfoliation, you can massage it into the skin gently before washing it off.
When using papaya for African-American skin, pay close attention to how your skin reacts. Stop using it if you find that it lightens your skin more than you’re comfortable with.
Turmeric is known to inhibit the production of melanin in the skin, which often results in hyperpigmentation and spots. To clear the dark spots with turmeric, make a mask with equal amounts of honey and turmeric.
As we stated earlier, turmeric might lighten African-American skin, although the honey used alongside protects the skin to a large extent.
Most vitamin C-rich fruits such as orange, lemons, grapefruit, and limes have shown good results in reducing hyperpigmentation on African American Skin.
Most citrus fruits are natural bleaching agents and they do a good job of reducing dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
One simple way to leverage vitamin C is to make a face mask with lemon juice and honey. Make them into a paste, apply the paste on your skin for about 15 minutes before washing it off.
Lemon juice is highly acidic, so avoid using it in its natural form without diluting it. Otherwise, you could have dry patches on the skin.
That bottle of yogurt sitting prettily in your kitchen might be what you need to fade hyperpigmentation off your skin. Natural yogurt can exfoliate your skin by breaking down dead skin cells and allowing new ones to take their place.
The lactic acid found in dairy products like yogurt is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that improves skin discoloration and spots. AHA is one of the gentlest skin exfoliants. There's hardly a chance that your skin would react negatively to it. It also assists in correcting pH imbalances, improving skin texture and tone.
You can apply yogurt alone or mix it with honey that can also help to boost your skin appearance. If you have dry skin, you can add oatmeal to a yogurt mask to soothe your skin. However, don't leave this mixture for too long, and rinse your skin properly afterward.
You've discovered a list of 9 natural dark spot removers that can help to minimize hyperpigmentation. Now, you can say goodbye to uneven skin tone and other discomforts.
Hyperpigmentation is mostly a simple cosmetic concern that you can handle with home remedies like the ones listed above. However, don't hesitate to speak to your skin care therapist or doctor if you don't see any results.
If you find that you don't want to go through all of the trouble, we've packaged a natural dark spot remover for you. You can check it out here.
That's it for this week. As always …
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