Overexposure to sun can cause a lot of skin problems. Freckles are small brown, red or yellow spots that appear on the skin, especially on areas that are exposed to the sun. Those with sensitive skin can get freckles even with mild exposure to the sun’s rays. The formation of freckles sometimes has a heredity factor associated with it and hence imminent in such people.Freckles may not be a condition that requires serious medical attention. It is more of a cosmetic problem, but one which creates a lot of embarrassment and low self esteem in women.Freckles are not harmful, or a sign of illness. They are just melanin rich pigment cells that are contained within the skin. Freckles may be described as flat, round, dark colored spots that could be the result of pigment precipitation which makes the skin surrounding lighter in color. However, there are certain useful natural treatments that can be undertaken at home to cure freckles.
1. Tomato Juice
Tomato helps in lightening the skin with frequent application. It is also a gentle exfoliant due to its astringent qualities. Mash a ripe tomato along with the skin and apply on the freckled skin. Massage gently for about 15 minutes so that the juice penetrates the deep layers of the skin. Do this two times day and continue for a month. The freckles would start lightening by the second week and by the end of a month, it would have almost become invisible.
Honey And Lemon Juice
Honey is a humectant, a substance that holds water and adds moisture to whatever it is applied. It also contains enzymes that are natural lightening agents. Combined with lemon juice, this is a very effective method to get rid of freckles permanently. If you mix the honey and lemon with wheat germ, you can make a paste that you leave on for fifteen minutes, then rinse off with cool water. The honey method should be used every other day.
Sour milk can be used for treating freckles. The lactobacillus and bleaching action will help in lightening the freckled skin in a few weeks. Apply sour milk on the freckled skin and leave it for 15 minutes. As milk is fatty, oily skin may not react well to it. Add some lemon juice to the sour milk if you have oily skin.
Vitamin E can be rubbed on the freckles for reuvenating the skin and removing the pigmentation. For this squeeze the vitamin E out from the capsules and apply on the freckles. Leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning. Continuous application for two weeks will make your freckles negligible and the skin would have a natural glow and shine to it.
Application of turmeric on the skin will lighten the skin considerably, along with the freckles. Grind turmeric sticks at home to form a fresh powder. Mix with water and apply on the freckles. Allow the turmeric to dry on the skin. If you have dry skin, your skin could turn dry with constant application of turmeric. Add some milk cream or sour milk along with turmeric for dry skin. Turmeric can be applied 2-3 times a day and in a week’s time the improvement of the freckled skin will be visible.
You can also try this fruit mask! Blend together two strawberries, a two inch piece of papaya, and appropriate quantities of cucumber and pineapple. Apply the mask to the face, and wash off after 15 minutes.
Onion is actually an extremely effective natural remedy against melanin pigmentation. Slice a red onion into tiny pieces, and then rub the skin with these pieces for removing freckles and age spots. Follow this freckle treatment regularly to fade them fast.