You eat right, exercise regularly, and have a great skincare routine but you have the dreaded spots. You know what I mean. Those spots can be left over acne scars or related to age. Been there, done that and have the t-shirt to prove it… I had acne in my teens and a bad bout in my early twenties (how unfair is that?) that left me with some of those spots, plus I did my fair share of sun worshipping thorough the years. Depending on your skin type, the spots may never completely go away but you can certainly convince them to fade a little. Now if you have dark patches on your skin, that could be hormonal and is called melasma. I’ll cover that in another post.
Now I know you have heard this before: don’t pick, squeeze, or irritate acne because it can leave permanent scars and spots on your skin. Avoid temptation and leave it alone to heal. On the aging side, all I can say is use sunscreen, all the time! And if you’re using anti-aging products with Retinol, use even more sunscreen since it can make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
Skin renewal is key to getting your spots to go away. Or to get them to at least do a slow fade so they’re less noticeable. Here are some tips:
• Exfoliate your skin 3 times a week
• Use fruit peels 1–2 time a week
• Put lemon juice on the spots and leave it on for about 10 minutes, then rinse
• Use a homemade Vitamin C serum on your face
• Juice an onion, really. For an onion and honey mask, use 1 tablespoon of each, leave on for about 20 minutes, and then rinse.
Now let’s chat a bit more about Vitamin C. This is a must-have in your beauty arsenal, just because is it imperative internally since by eating a lot of fruits and veggies, you keep your skin young and vibrant. Vitamin C also has the same effects when used topically. It helps fade spots, brightens your skin, reduces wrinkles, and provides a small amount of UV protection—although it is absolutely not a substitute for good sunscreen.
So here’s my favorite recipe from Skinace:
VITAMIN C SERUM (10%)
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants for anti-aging but can lose its power after sitting on the shelf for awhile. You need to make new batches on a regular basis so it stays fresh and potent. Using a dark bottle will also help your serum stay potent longer.
½ teaspoon l-ascorbic acid powder
3½ teaspoon distilled water (bottled water is fine, should be at room temperature)
1½ teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1 amber or dark blue glass bottle
Make sure your glass bottle is sterile by boiling it in some hot water. You can also sterilize it with some rubbing alcohol.
Wait for the bottle to cool and dry completely.
Add the l-ascorbic acid to the bottle.
Add the distilled water.
Swish around the bottle or use a stirrer until all the l-ascorbic acid is totally dissolved.
Add the propylene glycol or glycerin (must be vegetable glycerin, however you can use Monistat Anti-Chafing gel if your skin is fine with silicones)
Mix well (cap the bottle and keep shaking until everything is blended or use a stirrer) and use up as early as possible.”
Try these tips to tame your spots and you will be spot-free and feel more confident and beautiful in your own skin!