Easy Ways to Lighten and Brighten Your Skin at Home
Beautiful, glowing, bright skin is the pinnacle of skincare goals for many of us. We aim for a luminous, radiant complexion that gives us that beautiful light from within the glow. However, easier said than done and bright skin is often evaded by many of us. There are many reasons why our skin does not get bright and glowing as we would like it to. In this article, we will go through the reasons why your skin isn’t as bright as it could be and ways to brighten the skin in easy, natural ways!
What makes the skin bright?
Bright skin is often a combination of a few factors — a strong supportive framework of collagen and elastin fibers, hydration and moisture, even texture and tone.
A strong supportive framework
The support structure of our skin is thanks to a complex network of collagen, elastin fibers, and hyaluronic acid in the dermis layer of our skin. You can think of this structure as a bed: collagen the bed frame and is what holds the skin up and gives it structure and support. The elastin fibers can be thought of as the springs of a mattress and hyaluronic is akin to stuffing inside the mattress. This supportive structure is what makes our skin firm, elastic, and supple. Having supple and firm skin is necessary to prevent sagging and wrinkling of the skin, which causes the texture of the skin to be uneven, and hence light will not reflect off the skin as well.
Take a close look at your face. Is there some sort of an ashy grey tint to it? That greyish tint is due to the build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. Our skin sheds millions of cells every day, and although the skin has an inbuilt natural process to remove these skin cells, often this process isn’t fast enough to remove every single cell. When the rate of removal is slower than the rate of shedding, this leads to an accumulation of dead skin cells on the top of your skin. You need to get rid of this accumulated build-up of dead cells for the light to reflect against your skin.
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Good hydration and moisture levels
Having high levels of moisture and hydration in the skin is also necessary for maintaining and bright and radiant complexion. Hydration and moisture are two different things, by the way, and both are crucial and complementary to each other. Hydration refers to the level of water in your skin cells, while moisture refers to the level of oil in your skin. Water molecules plump up the skin cells, causing them to inflate and swell. This inflation of the skin cells causes light to reflect against the plump cells, giving the appearance of radiant skin. Moisture is necessary for keeping the skin smooth, as well as keeping the skin’s protective barrier strong against irritants. The skin barrier is what prevents water from escaping the skin, hence having both hydration and moisture are key to ensuring a beautiful glowing complexion.
An even skin tone
Having an even skin tone means that the light can reflect off your skin evenly. Hyperpigmentation in the form of freckles, sun spots, melasma, or scars likely does not reflect against the skin surface as well as an even skin tone does. Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is an excess of the pigment melanin in the skin. This can sometimes occur in patches of darker skin due to deposits of melanin caused by sun damage or other conditions like melasma. The darker spots of the skin will show up darker and hence cause the overall brightness and radiance of the skin to be more dull-looking.
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How Can I Brighten My Skin?
As noted above, we need those three elements in the skin for it to be bright and radiant. However, it also very much depends on your skin’s current condition for particular products and procedures to work. Generally, dermatologists would suggest that to brighten the skin you need: a chemical exfoliator like a retinoid or alpha hydroxy acid to slough off dead skin cells, a hydrating serum like hyaluronic acid, a good moisturizer, and another serum with anti-aging properties or replenishing properties like collagen-stimulating. However, preparing a skincare routine with these products can often be quite pricey and not always effective. The most effective ways are cosmetic procedures like chemical peels and micro-needling, but those are even more expensive.
Thankfully, there are tons of natural ingredients that can help to brighten your skin! Here are some of the best for each concern:
For firming up the skin, use an egg white and honey mask
Egg whites and honey make an excellent natural tightening ingredient for the skin. Egg whites have the natural ability to tighten up the skin, helping in the look of firmer, more supple skin. Honey is another great ingredient for adding brightness and radiance. To make an egg white honey mask, whisk up an egg white till it forms stiff peaks then add in a teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with some warm water.
For exfoliating the skin, make a brown sugar honey scrub
Brown sugar is an excellent natural exfoliant for your skin. When combined with honey, it makes for an excellent brightening treatment for the face! Brown sugar has a much softer and gentler grain than white sugar, and raw brown sugar has antioxidant properties and alpha-hydroxy acids to exfoliate the skin gently. Simply combine ¼ cup of brown sugar with a tablespoon of honey and mix it into a paste. Very gently massage the paste into your skin in circular motions then rinse off with warm water.
For adding a moisture boost, make an avocado yogurt mask
Avocados are superfoods packed with essential fatty oils and acids that will deliver a big boost of moisture to your skin. Meanwhile, yogurt has lactic acid that can act as a very gentle exfoliant and also kill off bacteria. This mask will be a superb restorer for skin moisture levels. Simply mash up half a ripe avocado into a paste then stir in a tablespoon of organic natural yogurt. Apply it to your skin in an even layer then leave it on for 15 minutes.
For reducing hyperpigmentation, use apple cider vinegar as a spot treatment
Apple cider vinegar has special compounds such as polyphenols, pectin, and carotenoids that can all help with reducing the appearance of pigmentation. It also contains acetic acid which is shown to help lighten pigmentation marks. To use it, mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water, dip a cotton ball or swab into it, and apply it to the areas that have pigmentation. Leave the apple cider vinegar on for around three to four minutes before washing it off with some warm water. You can do this twice a day.
Tackling skin brightness doesn’t have to be an expensive process! Simple home ingredients can definitely give you a radiance boost very easily and on a budget.
|1||Peter Thomas Roth PRO Strength Exfoliating Super Peel|
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|2||FOREO LUNA 3|
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|3||Charlotte Tilbury Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial|
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|4||Dr. Barbara Sturm Brightening Face Lotion|
A 24-hour moisturizer that works to even out skin tone and minimize the signs of pigmentation, it is infused with Cress Sprouts.
|5||Dermalogica c-12 Pure Bright Serum|
A potent brightening serum that balances hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, it is enriched with Oligopeptides, Zinc Glycinate.
|6||Julep Beauty Glow the Distance Refining Toner|
A brightening toner that deeply cleanses your pores while exfoliating away any excess oil, it contains Chamomile Extract to soothe.