Powerful Duo Helps Zap Dark Spots…Naturally
Do you struggle with dark spots (sun spots, age spots, – you name it!) that seem to randomly crop up on your face and body with wild abandon? Well, you are not alone… not by a long shot.
The scientific term is hyperpigmentation and while common among darker complexed people, it’s also triggered by everything from sun damage and acne scaring to contraception, pregnancy and aging.
While these unattractive marks are typically harmless, they certainly don’t boost your self-confidence or self-esteem.
But could conventional treatments be worse than the problem?
Sure, there are industrial strength concealers on the market that can temporarily mask the unsightly offenders. However, they can make the skin look blotchy, or even melt off if you’re out in the sun. Another option is laser treatments, which can be both expensive and painful.
Over-the-counter hyperpigmentation creams contain a bleaching agent called hydroquinone, which scientists believe may present long-term safety concerns.
Likewise, prescription creams may contain the ingredients tretinoin and cortisone that also come with potential side effects.
But before you consider the treatments above, let’s see what Mother Nature’s apothecary has to offer. One of the most effective natural remedy has been used for hundreds of years for its healing properties and cosmetic benefits.
The Beautiful Benefits of Turmeric
This vibrant yellow-orange spice is related to ginger and is a main ingredient in curry. In recent years turmeric has gained attention due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers that come from curcumin.
Now this golden spice is stepping into the skincare spotlight and for some very good reasons, according to celebrity esthetician, Gina Mari.
“Turmeric contains curcumin, which inhibits pigmentation in the skin,” she explains. “And it can be effective in reducing the appearance of sun spots and pigmented scarring.”
Used in a face mask, turmeric has also been shown to help with skin texture, enlarged pores and even calm acne. What’s more, turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mojo can revive dusty, dull skin leaving it bright and lively looking.
Could it get any better? Yep! Skincare experts believe that turmeric can actually help prevent future spots. The active components are believed to block melanin overproduction that is triggered by chronic sun exposure, which is one huge reason why skin appears uneven in appearance.
The second natural skincare fix is one you may be familiar with, but now there’s even more reasons to love it.
Aloe Vera: The Gooey Superhero
This cactus-like plant’s ability to soothe and heal scorched skin is widely known. But did you know that is just one of its natural superpowers?
To begin with, Aloe Vera contains aloin, a natural depigmenting compound that has been shown in studies to effectively lighten skin.
And you know those dark acne marks (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) left after pimples heal? Aloe targets those too, because it contains compounds, such as acemannan, that suppress inflammation. In fact, it can prevent these nasty discolorations from developing in the first place.
According to Jennifer Gordon, MD, board-certified dermatologist, Aloe Vera gel prevents tyrosinase, the enzyme you can blame for your skin discoloration woes; essentially blocking UV-induced hyperpigmentation.
“This mechanism may help in the prevention of dark spots,” Dr. Gordon says. “While the various antioxidants it contains may fade sun damage that’s already formed.”
Aloe Vera may also slow signs of aging, fight acne, and even keep your skin smooth and soft. So, what’s not to love?
Time to get glowing…
Dermatologists say the best way to reap the full benefits from these two natural ingredients is a soothing face mask. Sure, you could try a DIY treatment, but who wants to deal with the mess and bother?
That’s where Gleamin face mask comes in handy. This easy-to-use product comes with an applicator so you can apply wherever and whenever spots crop up. It’s rich in turmeric and Aloe Vera along with other powerful antioxidants and vitamins that will reduce signs of discoloration and make your skin look radiant.