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It’s summer and there’s no better time to let your hair down than now. Wait a minute, are sunspots spoiling the summer fun?

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I understand that sunspots can be difficult to hide especially if you do not wear a lot of makeup. Do not allow these mean spots to ruin your look, we have amazing home remedies that you will find helpful.

You probably have all that you need in your kitchen, let’s get to the part where we learn about the problem and talk about the solutions.

What exactly are sunburns and what causes them?

Sunburns often occur when your skin gets excess exposure to sunlight (harsh ultraviolet rays) for a long period of time. Another name for sunspots is lentigines.

They do not possess any particular colour of shape and can show up on any part of the body that gets exposed to the sun excessively. It could appear on your ears, cheeks, upper lips, nose, arms, ears, etc. They may appear scaly, and sometimes even flat.

Home remedies are not only the cheapest but the smartest way to deal with skin conditions. If you are a girl who likes to save money, or if you have decided to go organic, there is no harm in trying out these amazing recipes that are chemical-free and also yield good results.

Who knows, your home remedy may just be the new trend when your friends hear about it.

How To Get Rid Of Sunburns?

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These are some of the items that are sure to help you get those sunspots away form your beautiful skin.

DIY Home Remedies For Sunburns

Lemon

Needed ingredients

  • A lemon and a cotton ball

What You Need To Do

  1. Get a medium-sized lemon and squeeze out some lemon juice. Get a cotton ball and apply the lemon juice on the affected area.
  2. Leave the juice on your skin for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Rinse the juice off with cool water.
  4. Pat the area dry and apply a nice and gentle skin moisturizer.

Alternate Method

Get a tablespoon of granulated sugar and mix with a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Use this mixture as a gentle scrub on your sunspots.

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With a circular motion, gently scrub the area for a minute or two, leave on the mixture on for between 5 to about 10 minutes. Gently rinse off with cool water.

How Often Should You Do This?

You can decide to use this nice lemon juice remedy as often as possible. However, the lemon-sugar scrub is more coarse, so it can be used about 2-3 times weekly.

Why This Works?

Lemon has in it some bleaching properties that help to reduce the appearance of sunspots. Lemon juice also does a great job at assisting you to achieve a radiant and flawless look.

Castor Oil

Ingredients you will need

  • A few drops of castor oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Collect a few drops of the castor oil and rub it on the affected areas. Massage it in a circular motion for a few minutes.
  2. Leave the oil on your skin for at least an hour before you wash it off.

How Often Should You Do This?

  • Repeat this once daily or morning and night.

Why This Works?

Castor oil is awesome because it deeply nourishes your skin as it has some essential fatty acids. Something else that castor oil does is to lighten dark spots and fade off blemishes and give an even skin tone on frequent usage.

Aloe Vera

What You Will Need

  • Fresh aloe vera juice or aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do

  1. Cut a fresh aloe vera leaf and extract the fresh gel from it. Then simply apply it on the affected area.
  2. Leave the aloe vera on your skin for half an hour and then wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This?

  • This is a very mild remedy so you can choose to use it every day religiously.

Why This Works?

Aloe vera has lots of natural healing ingredients that can lighten dark spots and fix sun-damaged areas. It not only aids skin regeneration, but it also improves skin quality.

Apple Cider vinegar

What You Will Need

  1. 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  2. 1 teaspoon of honey
  3. 1 tablespoon of water

What You Have To Do?

  1. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and apply the mixture on your already rinsed skin.
  2. Keep the mixture on for at least 10 minutes and then rinse it off.
  3. Get some fresh orange juice and add it to the mix for a better and faster result.

How Often Should You Do This?

  • Do this once daily to maximize results.

Why This Remedy Works?

Apple cider vinegar is one kitchen product that is beneficial for fixing different skin problems, and that includes sunspots. This liquid has acids that can exfoliate darkened and damaged skin cells and even fade away scars, blemishes, and even sunspots.

Green Tea

You Will Need For This Remedy

  1. A cup of hot water
  2. A green tea bag

What Should You Do?

  1. Drop the green tea bag in the cup of hot water for 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the green tea bag, allow it to cool down for a few minutes, and then place it on the burnt area. As an alternative, you can simply apply the green tea directly to your skin once it cools down. This should help fix your sunspots.

How Often Should You Do This?

  • Do this once daily or Morning and Night.

Why This Works?

If you assume that green tea only works as a great way to boost metabolism and aid fat loss, then think again.

You will be shocked to know just how many more wonderful benefits the green tea has to offer when used topically on your skin. The green tea is often referred to as a holder of great antioxidants that not only fight skin conditions such as tanning, but also clear spots.

Buttermilk

What You Will Need

  1. 1 to 2 tablespoons of buttermilk
  2. Cotton ball

What You Should Do?

  1. Simply soak up some buttermilk with a ball of cotton by dropping the cotton ball into a bowl of buttermilk. Massage the liquid all over the affected region of your skin.
  2. Leave the buttermilk on your skin for about 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.

How Often Should You Do This?

  • Do this remedy twice daily for you to reap the benefits.

Why This Remedy Works?

  • Buttermilk soothes your skin and has a toning or bleaching effect on sunspots. Something else It does is to act as an astringent.

Fullers earth

What You Will Need

  1. 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
  2. 2 tablespoons of Fuller’s earth
  3. Rosewater

What You Should Do?

  1. Combine all the ingredients together to make a paste of medium consistency. Make sure to add enough rose water to your aloe vera gel and Fuller’s earth powder.
  2. Apply the mixture on the affected skin area and let it sit for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Wash the mixture off your skin with cool water.

How Often Should You Do This?

  • Apply this mixture to your skin 2-3 times in a week.

Why This Solution Works?

Fuller’s earth, also known as Multani mitti, is arguably every single Indian girl’s favourite beauty secret. The reason It is that famous is that works like magic. Although fuller’s earth is commonly used for skin lightening or brightening, it is also a great way to get rid of sunspots.

Other things Fuller’s earth does include improving blood circulation to the skin’s surface, removing a dull layer of skin cells, unclogging pores, and brightening your complexion. All of this is what makes up the sunspot lightening effects.

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Besan

What You Will Need

  1. 2 tablespoons besan
  2. 1 teaspoon milk
  3. A pinch of turmeric powder
  4. 1 teaspoon lemon juice

What You Have To Do?

  1. Create a paste by mixing all the listed ingredients.
  2. Apply this mixture to your skin and keep it on for between 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse the mask off with cool water.
  4. If you have a milk allergy, it is better that you use rose water in place of the milk in the recipe.

How Often Should You Do This?

  • Repeat this remedy between 2-3 times in a week.

Why This Solution Works?

Besan, also popularly called gram flour in English, is not just another coming ingredient that has found its way to your kitchen.

This guy is often used to lighten your complexion and also even out the skin tone if you have blemishes. It is a great exfoliant and effectively reduces sunspots and dark burns.

Cucumber mask

What You Will Need

  1. 1/2 large cucumber
  2. 1 tablespoon full of sour curd (optional)

What You Have To Do?

  1. Grind or mash the cucumber make a paste by mixing it with the curd.
  2. Apply the mixture to the affected skin area and let it rest for a few minutes.
  3. Scrub off the mask from your face and gently rinse with cold water.

How Often Should You Do This?

You can do this remedy once daily or morning and night, and you can expect your sunspots to start fading off by the end of the first week of usage.

Why This Works?

A cucumber face mask is compulsory for you if you have naturally dry skin. You should also make it a part of your diet as it possesses an awesome healing and cooling properties.

Eating a cucumber or simply putting two slices over your eyes makes you feel refreshed and relaxed. Cucumber also contains vitamin C and that helps in facilitating the depigmentation of sunspots.

Coconut water

What You Will Need

  • Fresh coconut water

What Do You Need To Do?

This remedy is so easy and only requires you to apply the liquid directly on the sunspots and leave it to dry. Wash off the coconut juice with cool water.

How Often Should You Do This?

This remedy is mild and can be done 1-2 times daily until you are satisfied with your results.

Why This Works?

The is my personal favourite remedy because the idea of drinking some cold coconut water on a hot summer afternoon sounds so relaxing and refreshing. Coconut water replenishes your skin with vital nutrients and helps to detoxify you by flushing toxins out of the system.

It is also known that coconut water is equally effective for treating sunspots because it possesses bleaching properties.

Papaya pulp

What You Will Need

  • 2 to 3 slices of ripe papaya

What Do You Need To Do?

  1. Mash the ripe papaya and apply the paste on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for between 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Wash the affected area using cool or warm water.

How Often Should You Do This?

Apply papaya pulp on your skin twice a week.

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Why This Remedy Works?

You can make use of papaya pulp to get rid of flaws like sunburns if you store this fruit at home. Papayas are great because they contain enzymes, like papain, which can exfoliate the skin and make it appear lighter and brighter. Sunspots, age spots, pigmentation, scars will get reduced to a great extent

Sandalwood

You, Will, Need The Following

  1. 2 tablespoons full of sandalwood powder
  2. 1 tablespoon full of lemon juice
  3. Rosewater

What You Have To Do?

  1. Mix some of your rose water with the lemon juice and sandalwood powder to get a face mask consistency.
  2. Apply this mixture all over your sunspots and allow it to sit and dry for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Gently Rinse off with warm water.

Another way you can choose to use sandalwood powder for the treatment of sunspots is by blending the sandalwood powder and olive oil and mix in 1:2 proportion and then apply the mixture every night on your sunspots.

How Often Should You Do This?

Use this face mask twice a week.

Why This Remedy Works

Sandalwood powder is best known for its potent anti-ageing properties. It reduces skin dullness and also eliminates hyperpigmentation. The above explanations of the different ingredients that can eliminate and heal your sunburns, as well as the method to use them are quite simple.

There are some other methods you may know that is not added here, but the above are definitely some of the safest options and give the most effective results. Just in case you need some other options, here are a few more tips you should keep in mind.

Other Tips For Avoiding or Healing Sun Spots

Try Using A Chemical Peel Or An Anti-Tan Facial mask

A very good anti-tan facial mask can help you fight against pigmentation and sunspots. Chemical peel facials are also very beneficial for healing.

You can get it done by getting the help of an experienced, or a professional dermatologist. However, note that the only side effect is that this process will leave your skin red for a few days. If you feel like you can handle that, then you should definitely go for it.

Stay Away From Harsh and Direct Sun Exposure

Try not to go out into the sun too often if you have sensitive skin or you are already tanned. If you must go out in the sun, it is best that you carry an umbrella with you.

Also, remember to put on loose-fitting clothes so that air can get through to your skin. Don’t go for colours that are too dark or too bright.

The simpler your dressing or clothing, the happier your skin is. Wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from harsh exposure. If you have to go to the beach, always remember to put on your sun hat.

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Use Sunscreen often

Sunscreen is a basic necessity for all summer months. Not everyone goes around with sunscreen, so if you don’t have one already, this is the best time you purchase one.

Price isn’t exactly an issue as sunscreens are affordable and they protect your skin from the dangerous direct sunlight and control signs of ageing.

When you want to make your purchase, look out for a sunscreen that comes with an SPF of 30 or above. We are happy that you now know many ways to keep your skin looking beautiful and sunspot free.

Now that you know about the easiest and cheapest sunburns remedies, what are you waiting for? These tips and solutions will help make your skin flawless and spot-free.

Note that you can include some of the remedies here, like the Fuller’s earth face mask and the sandalwood face pack, in your weekly or daily skincare routine to keep your skin looking fresh and flawless even after you successfully get rid of the sunspots.

We want to hear from you. Have you ever had sunspots on any part of your skin before? Let us know how you tackled the issue. Share with us your beauty secrets by leaving a comment in the box below.

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