The next time you’re in the kitchen, whip together a skin-friendly recipe using everyday ingredients that can help to lighten age spots, fade liver spots and get rid of discoloration. These all-natural remedies use ingredients that you likely already have and are a holistic, organic way to perfect your complexion.
1. Lemon Juice
Steal a page from Eminence’s Citrus and Kale Potent C Plus E Serum. The serum claims that its citrus ingredients help to calm inflammation, reduce the appearance of aging and boost collagen production. You can channel the power of citrus right at home.
Cut a lemon in half and squeeze its juice into a small mason jar (you can store it for a couple days in your fridge without losing its anti-aging properties). Soak a cotton ball in the lemon juice and dab it onto any areas of your face where you want to fade skin spots (avoiding your eyes, of course).
The citric acid in lemon juice is an all-natural bleaching agent. Not only does it help to minimize age spots, but citric acid is also an exfoliant to help smooth away wrinkles without causing the stress and tears created by physical scrubs and physical exfoliation.
2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
“Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) ease the shedding of dead skin cells and may even stimulate growth of collagen and elastin,” reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. It doesn’t just smooth wrinkles and crow’s feet, but it also lightens discoloration and hyperpigmentation.
Many skin creams contain AHAs, but it’s yet another active ingredient that you can find in your kitchen. For example, there’s citric acid (which we’ve mentioned above), glycolic acid (found in sugar cane), malic acid (apples are rich in it) and lactic acid (you’ll find it in sour dairy products, which we definitely don’t recommend using on your face).
One of the best natural sources of organic AHAs is apple cider vinegar. We recommend a natural, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. You can find it in most health food stores. We’re a big fan of Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. For healthy skin, it’s unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and 5% acidity. It’s also one of the only apple cider vinegars we could find that contains the so-called “Mother of Vinegar,” a term given to the strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules that you can find in raw vinegar.
Use a cotton swab to dab apple cider vinegar on liver spots, age spots, acne scars and other skin discolorations. The AHAs will help to rejuvenate your skin’s appearance.
Chilled yogurt is soothing and calming, which is perfect if you want to reduce skin inflammation and redness. Yogurt is also rich in lactic acid, helping to slough off dead skin cells and reveal smoother, younger-looking and blemish-free skin underneath.
For the best anti-aging results, we recommend a plain yogurt that doesn’t have any sweetener or added ingredients. Smooth it onto your face as a yogurt mask, then relax for half an hour and let the yogurt do its job. After your 30 minutes are up, rinse the yogurt mask off with cold water.
Want to power-up your facial? Mix it with some of the other ingredients in this article, such as vinegar or citrus juice.
4. Aloe Vera
“This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene,” reports the Mother Nature Network, “which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more.”
Not only does this sun-loving succulent purify the air, but it also helps to cleanse and purify your skin and clear your complexion. The gel inside aloe vera leaves helps soothe and heal your skin and reduce blemishes.
Simply cut a leaf off the plant, slice it open and rub the cool gel on your skin. You can also apply it to your neck and chest to firm and enhance your entire body.
The longer you wear aloe vera, the better. Some people find success applying it in the evening and letting it soak into their skin all night. Keep in mind that the gel can be moderately staining, so watch out for your pillow and sheets.
If cutting off fresh leaves sounds like too much trouble, try an over-the-counter aloe vera gel. For the best results, we recommend getting something as close to nature as possible. One of the best options are anything that’s organic and cold pressed, such as this cold-pressed aloe vera gel.