Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dark Pigmented Skin - How to Get rid of Dark Pigmentation

A person’s natural skin complexion is determined by the amount of melanin that is produced by their skin cells. Skin complexion is largely a matter of heredity. However, excessive exposure to direct sunlight can sometimes make the skin look darker and lead to the appearance of dark spots and patches. This makes the skin look dull and robs it of its natural glow. Sometimes, nutritional deficiencies in the diet, digestive disorders, regular consumption of strong medicines, and stress and anxiety may also give rise to irregular and uneven skin pigmentation.

Home Remedies to Treat Dark Pigmented Skin

There are several simple home remedies to treat dark pigmented skin. As a fundamental rule, never step out into the sun without applying a sunscreen lotion suited to your skin type. This helps defend your skin against harmful ultraviolet radiation and prevents darkening of the skin. In order to bleach your skin naturally, you may rub it gently with a thin slice of freshly cut lemon. The acidic nature of lemon juice lightens the skin naturally and gives you a glowing complexion. You may also use a slice of tomato in a similar fashion in order to make your skin fairer and firmer.

Another effective remedy for dark pigmentation is to mix two tablespoons of sandalwood powder, a teaspoon of turmeric powder, some sour cream and a little rose water, and apply this paste on your skin. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before washing your face gently with lukewarm water. This gives your skin an even tone and makes it look smoother and fairer. If your face looks blotchy, you should cover it with thin slices of potato or apply the juice extracted by crushing a raw potato on your skin. Wait till your skin begins to feel dry and then wash your face with cold water. The natural bleaching property of potato makes it an excellent remedy for dark spots and patches on the skin.

For another remedy, soak about 10-15 almonds in a cup of water overnight and grind them to a fine paste the next morning by adding a little fresh milk. Massage your face with this paste and wait for 15 minutes before rinsing it away with water. In a couple of weeks you will observe a remarkable improvement in your complexion. You may also make a natural face pack by mixing two tablespoons of dried and powdered orange peel with a small bowl of curd and apply this mixture on your face thrice a week. Rinse it off after 15 minutes of application to get soft, glowing skin.

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