Minimizes Dark Spots, Pigmentation, and Melasma
Treats: uneven complexion
Why: "Since turmeric has color-balancing properties, it evens out the appearance and texture of the skin," noted Rawal. "In addition, its natural antioxidant properties make it the perfect choice to undo and prevent the negative side effects of poor diet and overexposure to the sun. Both these could be linked to hyperpigmentation of skin, and turmeric has been highly esteemed for its ability to keep the skin protected, healthy, and glowing!"
Homemade Glycolic Acid Mask:
- 1 teaspoon jaggery powder (or dark brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon tomato juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Warm green tea to turn to paste
Mix well and apply to your skin. Wash off after 12 to 15 minutes.
"In this remedy, turmeric supports and enhances the natural antipigmentation effects of jaggery and lemon, which are both sources of alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic acid and citric acid)," she added. "Alpha-hydroxy acids speed up the rate at which upper layers of the skin are shed, thus bringing the healthier layers underneath to surface quickly."
Rawal also explains that sugar cane (and jiggery or dark brown sugar derived from it) can banish dark spots, blemishes, and dark patches (melasma). "When used appropriately, sugar cane effectively tackles all signs of hyperpigmentation naturally, because it is a natural source of glycolic acid," she said. "Glycolic acid and citric acid are both alpha-hydroxyl acids and can be superb in diminishing skin imperfections."