Protecting our skin from the sun was not very high on our list of priorities back in the ‘60s and ‘70s when many of us were growing up. In fact, I was pretty much doing the opposite while growing up in Southern California, as my friends and I spent a considerable amount of time maintaining our suntans.
While I’m grateful that I haven’t dealt with more serious consequences to this point, I still have plenty of sun spots and age spots to show for all that sun exposure! But luckily for me (and anyone else who has such spots), I’ve discovered a simple DIY treatment for age spots that can help fade those darkened spots naturally!
After researching dozens of different DIY formulas online, I created my own version of a fade treatment for age spots, and I’ll be sharing that with you in today’s blog post. But before we jump into making it, let’s quickly go over the four natural ingredients that make it possible!
What’s In It?
The bases of this skin treatment are plain yogurt and ground oatmeal. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which helps slough off dead skin cells and reveal the new, healthy skin underneath. Oats can benefit skin in two ways. First, the oat pieces help to exfoliate dead and dull skin, and second, they actually provide additional moisture to your skin, helping to keep it hydrated.
The two other ingredients in this recipe are turmeric and lemon juice, both of which have lightening properties. These ingredients help fade age spots, discoloration, and hyperpigmentation over time.
Since lemon juice can increase your chances of getting sunburned, I recommended that you only apply this treatment at night, and use plenty of sunscreen on your face during the daytime! So now that we know what goes into it, let’s talk about how to make it! :-)
How To Make A Natural Fade Treatment For Age Spots
1 Tbsp plain yogurt
2 Tbsp ground oatmeal
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Combine the yogurt, oatmeal, turmeric, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir until well combined, then transfer the mixture to an airtight container.
How To Use It
Apply the mixture to the affected areas on your skin, and allow it to sit there for about 30 minutes. When the wait is over, rinse the mixture off using cold water, then follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
Apply twice weekly until you achieve your desired results. (Keep in mind that many natural remedies can take a few weeks before you start seeing visible results, so be patient!)
Everyone’s skin is unique, and will respond to some ingredients better than others. Check out this post to learn about other ingredients that are great for aging skin, so you can start formulating your own custom remedies!
Tips For Avoiding Turmeric Stains
- If you’re concerned about the turmeric in this treatment staining your skin, here are a few tips that will help:
- Use pure, organic turmeric that’s free from artificial dyes and additives. Artificial dyes are usually responsible for stubborn stains, rather than the turmeric itself.
- Take precautions like wearing gloves to protect your fingernails (they’re very absorbent), and make sure to clean up any spills right away.
- Always make a paste with turmeric instead of applying it directly to your skin. Mixing turmeric with milk, yogurt, or oil will help lessen the possibility of staining.
Do you have a favorite DIY skin treatment?