The appearance of this brown (age) spots on your skin is quite normal and a part of the aging process. Brown spots usually appear after the age of 50 and individuals with light skin or those who face excessive sun exposure are most likely to suffer from these harmless spots.
Moreover, there are those that don’t mind these spots and consider them as just one of the many changes aging brings to one’s body. However, if you are bothered by these spots there are natural remedies that you can use to fade away the spots on your skin.
In case, the following treatments are not successful or you the spots look suspicious to you in any way, it is best to consult a medical professional.
- Use plant enzymes
The amazing thing about enzymes is that they work in a specific way, they speed up chemical reactions in the body but do not get used up in the process. Due to this fact, they can be used over and over again. Another great thing about enzymes is their ability to break down melanin in smaller colorless parts.
- All the mentioned foods bellow are made of various types of enzymes which have the ability do break up proteins and are called proteases (proteolytic enzymes)
- Among these proteases are potato aspartic protease, papain, bromelain
Grate a potato and mix it with honey
Take a bowl and grate one medium sized potato in it, then add in honey until you get a pasty-like consistency. Next, apply the mixture on the brown spots and leave it on for 15 minutes to work. Finally, rinse it off with cool water.
Make a papaya mask
Start by scooping off the pulp off the papaya, then put it in a bowl and mash until you get an even consistency. Next, use a hand mixer and mash the fruit thoroughly.
You can use a makeup brush or a cotton swab to apply the mask on your face or any other area of your body. Leave it on to dry, then rinse off using cool water.
Use pineapple mask or pineapple juice
First make sure to use 100 % pineapple juice with no additional sweeteners, it is a good idea to juice your own pineapple. Pour the juice into a bowl, take a cotton swab and soak it in and then apply it on the area covered with brown spots. Leave it on to dry and then rinse it off.
Another option is to make a pineapple mask. Take some pineapple slices and mash them well. Use this as a mask for your face or apply it on any other area. Keep on the mask until dry, then wash off gently with cool water.
Boil ¼ cup peas in ½ water until they are soft then remove from the heat and let it cool off. After the peas have cooled off mash them into a paste. Next, rub the paste on the brown spots and let it dry. Rinse off well with cool water.
- Use lemon juice
Apply lemon juice directly on the spots
Applying lemon juice is the perfect solution as lemon juice contains acid which helps break down melanin and therefore reduces the appearance of brown spots within a month or two.
Vitamin C, which is also heavily found in lemons, is useful because of it’s bleaching effect on the skin. Take a lemon and cut it into slices, apply the slices directly on the spots and leave them on for about 30 minutes. Finally, rinse off with running water.
Attention! Using lemon juice on your skin can make it susceptible to sunburn, so it is advisable to avoid direct sunlight and use SPF 30 sunscreen.
Lemon juice and sugar combination
Squeeze a lemon into a bowl and then slowly add in sugar (2-4 teaspoons) to make a paste.
Using a cotton pad or a brush apply the mixture on the brown spots. Leave it on to work for about half an hour, then wash it off using cool water. This mixture can dry your skin, so it is best to apply moisturizer after using it.
Apply plain yogurt on your face
Yogurt is known to contain “good bacteria” that can be of great benefit to the skin due to it being made of enzymes that can break down melanin. Yogurt also contains acids that are helpful in lightening the dark spots.
Rub the yogurt on the spotted areas and let it sit until it dries. When dried, rinse off with cool water.
Use castor oil
Antioxidants found in castor oil are good at protecting and lightening the skin.
Take a cotton pad and soak it with a few drops of castor oil. Next, dub it on the needed areas and leave it on to work.
Be careful when using castor oil because it easily stains and it is hard to remove of clothes.