Scarring, dark spots, and discoloration—pigmentation is a common skin complaint that can be difficult to treat. We reveal three natural solutions to reduce its appearance.
Dark spots seem to pop up out of nowhere, even when you are taking care of your skin morning and night. It can take the form of age spots on hands, melasma around the eyes and upper lip, or darkened scarring from acne. Many solutions on the market are full of unhealthy chemicals in their formulas. While there are natural alternatives, you have to first understand what is causing the discoloration on your skin.
There are three common types of pigmentation:
- Sun spots, which is caused by years of sun exposure.
- Melasma, or the recurrent appearance of patches of pigmentation caused by hormonal changes, such as pregnancy coupled with sun damage.
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is when skin overproduces melanin (the pigment that gives skin color), as a response to injury or trauma.
With time and care, topical methods can fade spots. We list three natural masks that will help heal and reduce pigmentation.
What it does: heals inflammation and brightens skin tone
This fragrant flower not only intensely hydrates skin, but also soothes and reduces bacteria and inflammation, making it great for dry, sensitive, and acne-prone skin. Its natural vitamin content helps reduce age spots and aids with collagen production.
DIY: Mix ¼ cup of mashed rose petals, two tablespoons of sandalwood powder, four tablespoons of rose water and one tablespoon of honey into a paste. Apply the mixture to your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.
What it does: fades dark spots and evens out complexion
This super spice is a well-known healer, for both your skin and gut health. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is what makes it such a potent anti-inflammatory. It helps lighten pigmentation and heals and prevents dry skin.
DIY: Mix one teaspoon turmeric, one teaspoon honey and one teaspoon yogurt into a paste-like consistency. Apply at night to a clean, dry face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Remember to use an old towel because turmeric stains cloth.
What it does: repairs cells and restores damaged skin
This ancient spice is chock-full of antioxidants and minerals, but its most potent property lies in carotenoids, which are believed to repair and improve cellular health. They work to heal skin, from photodamage to loss of suppleness.
DIY: Grind one to two pieces of saffron threads using a pestle and mortar. Slowly add ½ tablespoon of coconut milk powder and stir. Add one to two teaspoons of water to create a creamy texture. Apply to your face and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Remove with a clean facial cloth and warm water.
Pair it with
To get long-term and fast results, try a mask three times a week, paired with a daily product containing similar ingredients. Our Radiant Rani Brightening Facial Serum is formulated with all three ingredients listed above, plus manjistha and licorice root, which work together to fade blemishes and hyperpigmentation. This oil-based facial serum is cruelty-free, gluten-free, synthetic fragrance-free and vegan. After masking, massage a few drops of Radiant Rani onto a clean face, neck and décolleté every morning and evening for illuminated and hydrated skin.
Always wear sunscreen
As with any skincare concern, the best way to prevent pigmentation and/or ensure it doesn’t get worse is to wear a high-factor broad spectrum sunscreen (preferably 30+). Reapply it after every two hours to ensure maximum protection. You can layer a chemical sunscreen over a mineral one, and wear a hat and sunglasses when in direct sunlight.