How to even skin tone?

Simple steps to an even skin tone.

What is uneven skin tone?

Skin tone is characterized by the amount of the pigment produced by your skin. When some parts of your face start producing more melanin (a natural skin pigment) the skin color will start to vary. This means that areas such as, around your eyes and mouth can look darker than the rest of your face.

What can cause uneven skin tone?

There can be many things to contribute to uneven skin tone. Some of the major causes are things such as:

  • Aging
  • Sunlight
  • Dryness
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Wrong skin care products
  • Pollution

1. Exfoliate Everyday

Experts have emphasized the importance of exfoliating daily. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from your skin, dirt, makeup residue and excess oils. The academy of Dermatology reports that exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter and even enhance how well your topical skin care products work by improving absorption.

Dead skin cells that are built up can clog your pores and lead to breakouts, which in turn can change the evenness of your skin tone.

Use an exfoliant that is mild and is gentle on your skin followed with a good moisturizer. 

2. Use a Sunscreen

Sun is the number one culprit for uneven skin tone. The sun penetrates through windows, doors and all around us throughout the day. The sun can cause dark spots which can lead to cancer if left untreated. Hyperpigmentation is also common when not using sunscreen. 

Dermatologists suggest that in order to get an even skin tone, using sunscreen daily is crucial. Sunscreens with UV protectants can be found in moisturisers and sprays.

3. Use topical Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight oxidative damage in your skin, which is responsible for age spots, sun spots and creating uneven skin tone. This can be described as a chemical burning of the skin caused by free radicals. Free radicals are formed when molecules in our skin lose electrons. Antioxidants help an electron stabilize free radicals and prevent skin from damage.

Some antioxidants that will help to even skin tone include Vitamin C, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Flavonoids, Niacinamide and Polyphenols.

4. Eat for Healthy Skin

A diet that is improper can spike our hormonal levels and imbalances and cause breakouts. Stay away from such things as refined sugars, flour, caffeine, cola and processed food.

Things such as fruits, vegetables provide the skin with the property vitamins that are rich to enhance the skin. Fish, eggs and leafy greens can help to even out skin tone.

Drinking lots of water a minimum of 1 liter per day will help flush out the toxins and hydrate the body and skin.

5. Lasers, Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion

There are other ways to help by seeking a qualified dermatologist that can diagnose which route is best for your skin get even tone.

Lasers are able to target sun and penetrate deeper layers of the skin barrier to reveal a fresh layer of skin cells. They are generally done in a few treatments to ensure there is a healthy cell turn over and are painless and non-invasive.

Chemical peels use hydroxy acids like lactic acid or glycolic acid to exfoliate the top layer of the skin. This will help to even the skin tone and the skin will peel off to form a new layer of skin.

Microdermabrasion involves micro crystals that will help to scrub and remove the top layer of the skin which can renew and tone the texture of the skin and create an even skin tone.

Multiple treatments may be required but it is important to consult a dermatologist in your area who is able to determine which method is best for your skin.

Home remedies on how to get even skin tone

There are many all natural remedies that we have specified below that have been used to treat and get an even skin tone. Always try a patch test before trying the following;

  • Lemon & Honey
    Blend Lemon and honey, apply it all over your face/neck and wash it off after 15 minutes. Lemon and honey are none for clearing blemishes and skin tightening. 
  • Milk & Papaya
    Mix together papaya pulp and organic raw milk, apply it all over your face/neck, and wash it off after 15 minutes. Papaya contains alpha hydroxy acids that help in skin exfoliation and milk has lactic acid that helps in brightening the skin.
  • Sandalwood, Turmeric And Milk
    Mix together into a paste powder of sandalwood, turmeric and milk and apply it all over your face/neck and wash it off after 15 minutes. Sandalwood has been known to reduce dark spots and turmeric is an antibacterial. Milk will help to give a glow to your face.
  • Cucumber & Lemon
    Blend cucumber and lemon, apply it all over your face/neck and wash it off after 15 minutes.
    This will reduce dark spots and inflammation and help contribute to an even skin tone
  • Lemon, Sugar and Coconut Oil
    Use a few drops of lemon juice and coconut oil and mix it with a teaspoon of sugar and apply all over your face and wash it off after 15 minutes. Lemon will brighten skin and the sugar acts as an exfoliant removing dead skin cells while the coconut oil will sooth skin.

Once you start to understand your skin and the root problem which is causing uneven skin you will then know how to even skin tone. Continue with a routine and work to shed the top layers of skin holding dark pigmentation and unuseful skin layers. This is a process so don’t give up, be patient and take things one step at a time.