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Friday, September 26, 2014


Everyone is born with a different skin tone. When you're a child, it tends to be smooth and even. However, as we get older, and acne and aging occur, skin tone can become uneven and discolored. Skin imperfections come in the form of sunspots, freckles, red blotchy areas and countless others. So why do these imperfections show themselves? The usual cause is too much sun exposure, but other things may affect it as well. Skin can become discolored as a result of hormonal imbalances. If you're on birth control or pregnant, you might notice that your skin tone seems to change from day to day. As skin is our largest organ, it also happens to be the most exposed. In this article, BOLA AKINBOADE-BELLO presents to us  few tricks we can use to even out skin tone.

RAW APPLE CIDERVINEGAR (ACV): it contains amino acids, mineral salts, and plenty of vitamins. There’s also sulfur in it, which makes it a great skin toner and an effective skin spot, age spot and acne fader. To use this method, soak a cotton ball or pad with pure, raw apple cider vinegar, and apply directly to the skin up to twice daily. It can be drying, so test it first!

RAW HONEY: wash your face with honey; or combine into an oatmeal scrub/mask

CHAMOMILE: this can be used as a toner, by brewing a strong tea with a chamomile tea bag and a 1/2 cup of water. Let it steep for a few hours, strain and combine the tea with a 1/2 cup of witch hazel. Use after washing for natural home remedy for brightening the skin, and make sure to store it in the refrigerator.

MILK: can lighten your skin for a more even tone by working on melanin to lighten the skin, and helping to diminish the appearance of darker blemishes and scars.

LICORICE (ROOT) EXTRACT: it’s a great anti-inflammatory, and is great at fading skin marks and smoothing the skin. To use this method, mix the extract with either distilled water or green tea, and soak a soft cotton cloth in the mixture. Then apply to your clean face for 15 minutes.

LEMON: Citric acid in lemons is a natural way to lighten and even out your skin tone. You can apply lemon juice to your clean face daily, and wash it off after letting it sit for 15-20 minutes. Remember to wash it off completely before going into the sun!

TURMERIC: turmeric can be taken in pill form available at your local health food or organic store, OR you can apply it directly to the skin. Try this recipe: mix 1 tablespoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon finely ground almonds or cornmeal, and 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Apply to your clean face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well & done!

OATMEAL: oatmeal acts as a great exfoliator. You can add some raw honey to make more of a thicker paste. Apply to your clean face, and let sit for 10 minutes. Then rub your face for a few minutes before rinsing off well.

EGG WHITES: beat an egg white and rub onto your clean skin, letting it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing well with water. You can also try this mask recipe: mix 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons witch hazel, and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Apply to your clean skin, and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well & done! Be sure to store in the fridge if you don’t use it all!
Use these 2 to 4 weeks before giving up if you’re not seeing drastic results; natural ways can take a little longer, but will be better for your skin and your body!

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