Everyone yearns for a clear, peaches and cream complexion but very few are blessed or fortunate enough to have it. The biggest threat to clear skin is sun damage, which can mar even the most beautiful complexions. The effects of aging only adds to the trouble.
Put together you have the perfect recipe for wrinkles, crow’s feet, pigmentation and sunspots. Indian skin in particular is more prone to damage because it is darker, contain more of the melanin pigment and tans easily. The causes of skin discolouration are many – stress, hormonal imbalance, excessive sun exposure and anything that triggers the production of melanin. Here are some ways to treat skin discolouration.
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Topical procedures like microdermabrasion and skin peels are rather effective but they can make a hole in your pocket as they are expensive and require expert medical supervision. Skin peels can be done with the help of AHA or alpha Hydroxyl Acid. The peels, which include lactic acid, are also very good and nourishing for the skin.
Skin Cleansing and Exfoliation
Skin cleansing is very important to get rid of dirt and grime. Make sure you wash your face at least twice every day with the help of an alcohol free face wash. Exfoliate your face twice a week with a good exfoliant on the nose, forehead and chin in gentle circular motions. The exfoliant encourages newer and smoother skin by sloughing off dead skin cells. It also prevents breakouts and sunspots.
Use creams that are rich in vitamin A and retinol. These are good for the skin and help in skin repair. They speed up the growth of new cells, thus reducing the impact of sunspots and pigmentation.
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The vata and pita are severely imbalanced with bad skin and need to be harmonized. For this, a balance needs to be brought between the two. This is done by drinking plenty of water and consuming foods, which are high in protein like eggs, and eating a lot of legumes, garlic and onion. A simple ayurveda recipe to combat discoloured skin is to apply a paste of honey and lemon juice on the face.
Wash it off to reveal glowing skin. Treat dark lips by applying ghee or castor oil, which is extremely beneficial. Pudina leaves can be applied on the under arms to reduce pigmentation. Slices of cucumber, potato and tomato juice can be applied under the eye area to reduce pigmentation.
Daily Skin Care Tips
Avoid exposure to sun light at all costs. Wear sunglasses and broad hats that cover your face. Always wear sunscreen every 3-4 hours in the sun. Take nutritional supplements of vitamin and anti oxidants. Wear light coloured clothes that deflect the sun light. Avoid coloured cosmetics like blush on which attract the sun’s rays. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Ban smoking and excessive drinking from your lifestyle. Undertake regular exercise and at least 6-8 hours of sleep every day. Temporarily you can use make up to conceal dark patches.