Wednesday, June 23, 2010

How to Brighten Up Skin and Reduce Dark Spots

By Elizabeth Simpson

A beautiful skin is not marred by imperfections like age spots and hyper pigmentations. If you are plagued with these skin imperfections, you should start choosing more effective treatments to reduce dark spots and brighten up skin tone.

Let me tell you more about the effective ways on how to reduce dark spots.

Step 1: Choose a milder exfoliating scrub. Exfoliating your skin is crucial. This step will get rid of the impurities that are lodged on the surface of your dermis and your pores. Mix one teaspoon of sugar and half a teaspoon of honey. You can add a bit of lemon juice for more bleaching benefits. Just put it on your face. Allow it to settle for at least 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, gently scrub your dermis. Wash the mask completely.

Step 2: Now that you have cleansed your skin, you should use a toner. There are a lot of toners out there but you can make your very own toner. Mix one part apple cider vinegar and two parts of water. You can also substitute water with green tea extract. Put tea bag in hot water. Allow tea to cool down before mixing it with apple cider vinegar. For moisturizing benefits, you can add lemon juice and olive oil. These ingredients will not only help lighten up spots, it can even make your skin firmer and healthier.

Step 3: Now apply your moisturizer. Lightening moisturizers sold in the market today vary. Some have strong formulations. While using this, it is not advice for you to stay under the sun far too long. Some have milder formulations that can lighten up your dermis without wreaking havoc in your skin's pigmentation process. Go for more natural products such as those containing Extrapone Nutgrass, Phytessence Wakame and CynergyTK. Extrapone Nutgrass is an ingredient used in Ayurvedic medicine. Aside from its medicinal qualities, this ingredient also has dermis lightening benefits.

It targets darker areas in the body and lightens them up to match with the rest of your skin tone. If you have sensitive and dry skin and you just can't find lightening products that will work well for your skin type, you might find this ingredient beneficial. It gets rid of flakiness, redness and rashes. CynergyTK, an ingredient taken from sheep wool, can help improve the production of collagen. This is loaded with functional keratin which is the key nutrient in the proper regeneration of collagen proteins. Phytessence Wakame, a sea kelp commonly found in Japan, protects hyaluronic acid from the damaging effects of harmful enzymes. Hyaluronic acid makes sure that collagen is well-lubricated all the time.

If you want to reduce dark spots and have a brighter complexion, try this simple skin care regimen.

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