Beach Beauty: Buh Bye Sun Spots

A splattering of sunspots is pretty much inevitable unless you’ve spent your entire life indoors or avoiding the sun. Yeah, not me. I’ve got a plethora. But thankfully they are fading off into the sunset solely by pledging allegiance to sunscreen, a clarisonic skin brush, and a few easy, all natural homemade DIY sun spot erasers.

So never fear, the spot faders are here. Below are three home remedies to help diminish those spots without any expensive lasers or light sabres.

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Lemon Juice

Lemons contain citric acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid used to encourage cell turnover in the skin. They lighten your hair and also can lighten your skin. Hip hip hoo-ray! Simply squeeze lemon juice onto your finger or a cotton swab and apply to the sun spot ( Note: just the spot, don’t overdue it and be washing your face in lemon juice. That could get ugly)

If applying in the morning, leave on for 30 minutes, then wash off. If applying at night, leave on overnight. You’ll start noticing results in about two weeks.

Apple cider vinegar and onion juice

Apple cider vinegar and onion juice might not be the best perfume choice, but they have skin-lightening properties. Step 1: blend or chop an onion. Step 2: Pour the chopped onion into a cheesecloth or strainer. Whatever amount you end up with after straining, mix with an equal part of apple cider vinegar. Using a cotton ball, swab or pad, apply to the sun spot(s) and leave on for at least 30 minutes. Apply once a day for several weeks and you should begin to see results. Thank goodness onions and vinegar are cheap.

Castor Oil

Castor oil has rather convenient anti-inflammatory properties that aid in reducing sun-damaged spots and scaly growths called actinic keratoses. If applied regularly, Castor Oil can be quite a skin saver. Simply dip a q-tip in some oil and apply to the sun spot daily. Be patient, and the spots will gradually be given the boot.

Now, if only there was a home remedy for smile lines…

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