No one is born with freckles, even though the appearance of the brown spots can sometimes point a blaming finger to one’s genetics. But freckles are, in fact, caused when one’s skin is being over-exposed to the sun. They are a collection of skin cells that contain the melanin pigment. Though freckles are not a reason to sound off the health issue alarm, they can be really annoying to the ones who seek to attain and maintain their flawless, porcelain skin. If you are troubled by them, here are some home remedies that you can try out to help reduce the appearance of the existing spots.
But before you proceed to slather the following concoctions (or any others that you found elsewhere) onto your skin, we urge you to give the selected remedy a test patch to ensure that you do not get an allergic reaction. And if you do happen to have an allergic reaction, please seek professional help to quarantine and clear it up.
The next time that you grab yourself this powerhouse of antioxidants to add as a topping to your salads or oatmeal, save the peel and use it to help you lighten scars and freckles. Simply add some milk and lemon juice to a blender with a toasted pomegranate peel and hit the blitz button. Stop when you achieve a smooth consistency and apply this mask over your freckled skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water after. Commit to this home treatment regularly for twice a week and you will find the spots lightening.
Now, before you get weird out by this, there are many reasons as to why banana peel is a great candidate to help you lighten the appearance of freckles and moisturise your skin. For one, the peel is loaded with magnesium, potassium, and vitamins B6, B12 and contains lutein — an antioxidant that can help fight free radicals and protect your skin from sun damage. All you have to do is rub the fibrous inner side of the banana skin onto concerned areas and gently pick out any residue from your skin. Leave it to dry and that is all you need to do. Repeat twice a week and you will see your desired results in a few weeks.
Vitamin C is known to yield wonderful results in the lightening of pigmentation on the skin and that includes freckles. So running a thinly sliced lemon on your skin gently and patting the traces of lemon juice into your skin regularly will aid in lightening the appearance of freckles and scars over time. In fact, you are able to forestall the signs of fine lines and wrinkles with this little step to skin care added to your daily regime too. This is because vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that is known to rid free radicals that are responsible for creating oxidative damages to your body. Apart from topical application, consuming vitamin C loaded food or supplements can also help you achieve fairer and younger looking skin. Do note that you may experience some tingly sensation when you apply the lemon juice onto your skin, but do keep an eye out for any irritation, redness or allergic reaction.
Flax Seed Powder
One of the superfoods that you probably have seen coming up in the many different fad diets for weight loss and shaping up is the flax seed. Added to many baked goods like cakes, cookies and even bread, flax seeds are known to be a wonderful source of omega-3 fats, lignans, fibre and high-quality protein.
To transform flax seed powder into a home remedy to lighten freckles, simply mix equal parts of flax seed powder, honey and milk, then apply it onto your freckles. Then place a cotton pad over the area and tape it in place for an hour and rinse off with cold water. Do this twice a week and watch your freckles lighten in a few weeks. Alternative to flax seed powder, flax seed oil can get the job done too!
Cumin seeds contain vitamin A, amino acids and fatty acids. They are the essential ingredients of a powerful combination that can help regenerate your skin cells and fade age spots, freckles and scars over time with the topical application. To make this home remedy, all you need to do is grind a handful of cumin seeds and make a paste out of it with water. Apply the paste onto the concerned area and leave it to dry. Wash it off with cold water and follow up with your usual skin care routine. If you find it a hassle to grind the seeds freshly for each use, cumin seed powder sold in sachets is surely going to help make this a whole lot easier for you. Good luck and remember to apply your sun protection!