Our skin is a stubborn thing. One minute it looks glowing and healthy and the next, a slight hormonal change can cause redness and outbreaks that we could really do without. So what causes you to have uneven skin tone? Those dark or red patches are caused by an increase in melanin production. This is a natural pigment of your skin and is responsible for your skin, hair and eye colour. But too much of it can cause dark patches and spots!

Did you know that its not only hormones that can trigger an increase in melanin? Sun damage and medications can also increase production and cause dark patches.

What natural remedies are there to help?

There are a number of natural remedies on the market at the moment, from massage oils by companies such as Neals Yard which help detox and stimulate the skin to the likes of green tea and lemon juice, here are some of the top remedies to help you fight back against those dark patches and spots.

Turmeric

Not something you would often link with the likes of skincare yet here we are! A rediscovered super spice, turmeric is used in cooking in countries such as India for their favourite dishes. Not only is it a powerful antioxidant but it is also said to be ideal for evening out skin tone. Make your own mask at home and have a bit of a DYI beauty evening by mixing turmeric with lemon juice, leave on your skin for 10 minutes or so before gently rinsing off. If you have sensitive skin, try the turmeric with almond oil instead.

Lemon juice

This miracle fruit is great for keeping those dark patches at bay! With it’s naturally acidic properties, applying it to your face will help exfoliate and brighten your skin tone. Pop the juices directly onto your skin, let it sit and work it’s magic for a few minutes before rinsing off. Like with the above, if you have sensitive skin be careful as lemon can irritate some people!

Vitamin C

Designed to naturally brighten and even up your skin, vitamin C is another powerful antioxidant that can protect your skin from environmental stresses such as fine particles like dust and UV radiation. You can find vitamin C is a number of different serums, creams and oils on the market so definitely add one of these products in with your daily skincare routine.

Natural is always best

When it comes to taking care of your skin and evening out your skin tone natural is always going to be best. With plants, herbs and fruits and other natural ingredients like vitamin B3, sunflower seed oil and almond oil now becoming more prominent in many skincare products, it’s safe to say that nature really does provide all the solutions we need.