That’s right! Baking Soda. As everyone knows tanning either el-natural or in a bed faking it…lol…fake baking in a tanning bed. It doesn’t really matter what skin tone you have. Eventually, we all get sun spots on our body. Some of us suffer with this issue more than others. That’s why it’s soooo important to use sun block nothing less than 30 spf (spf=sun protection factor). Always remember to re-apply your sunscreen every 2-4 hours depending on your activity and how harsh the sun.
Food for thought…..
Sunscreen is used to block ultraviolet light from damaging the skin. There are two categories of UV light — UVA and UVB — that are considered in terms of sunscreen. UVB causes sunburn, and UVA has more long-term damaging effects on the skin, like premature aging.
Now, on a personal note, about two years ago I developed something called hyper-pigmentation on my upper lip area. I didn’t know what was going on but it looked as if it were getting darker and darker by the minute. It turned out that any exposure to the sun sent hyper signals to that area telling it to get darker. I was not happy. It would show through my makeup no matter how much coverage I had on. I found my self re-applying my makeup a gazillion times a day. When I scheduled a consultation with my dermatologist, she said this was an issue I might have for the rest of my life. I believe the actual term she used was “battle”. She did recommend chemical peels which I do about every 3-6 months. These peels work really well, but if you have a lot of pigmentation – you will have to get a series of 4-6 peels to reach your expectation of how you want it to look. Afterwards, its a matter of using products that maintain, and of course using lots of sunscreen – everyday. Along this process of trying to find special products to keep my hyper-pigmentation issue tame, I came up with a great idea. I thought to myself “if baking soda whitens teeth – maybe it will lighten skin…”. Anyhow, I tried it, and it WORKED!!! Not only did it lighten the area it also worked as a face scrub.
This is how I prepared the baking soda face scrub & lightener:
Before I start….I wanted to add that you can add essential oils that you like to this concoction I really enjoy lavender for its relaxing scent and anti-fungal properties; and Frankincense essential oil helps with toning & rejuvenating the face for a more youthful look.
Here ya go…
I put 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a small container or bowl; then, I add water a little at a time until I reach the desired consistency (kinda thick paste). It doesn’t take too much water – beware!!! I recommend steaming your face before hand to get the best results. I use a pot of boiling water and a towel to steam my face. Please don’t laugh at my pictures as I already think I am not photogenic.
After Baking Soda
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