Dark spots on the face or on any other parts of the body, particularly on the hands, shoulders, neck, back or legs that are often exposed, can be highly embarrassing. The unnatural spots on the skin can be caused due to many reasons but as an effect they all give an unsightly look.
When you have dark spots on your face, it is sure to overcast your otherwise beautiful skin and spots on the other exposed parts of the body can bar you from putting on those stylish dresses. So, it is important to take the right care to remove these dark spots.
Scrubbing is considered as an effective way to remove any type of dark spots on the skin. Scrubbing helps in removing the old dead skin cells, while boosting the generation of new cells in the place. In other words, scrubbing enhances the natural reparative mechanism of the skin and thus helps in removing any type of unnatural dark spots on the skin.
Is one scrub good for all purposes?
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In most of the cases, you can use same scrubs on your face as well as on the other parts of your body for removing dead cells and dark marks.
However, as the skin of the body is much thicker than the skin of the face, hence you might need more rigorous use of the scrub when you are using it to lighten and remove a spot on the body. Often the scrubs for the body are prepared with more amounts of granulated ingredients to ensure proper exfoliation of the skin.
Now having given you a clear idea about the scrubs and how they can remove the dark spots from the face as well as from the body, we will get straight to a list of natural scrubs that can remove dark spots most effectively.
The natural homemade scrubs can give you the best results, without any side effects; and they will never make a hole in your pocket either.
However, one thing to keep in mind is that the natural scrubs might take time to show effects, depending on the spot and also its age on the skin. In order to get the best effects of these scrubs, it is essential that you continue using them religiously for at least 3 to 6 months.
Aloe Vera gel, Sugar and Lemon juice Scrub
Apart from the fact that Aloe Vera contains 90% of amino acids that are found in our body, it also includes Vitamins A, B, C and E which can help treat sunburn.
The beta-carotene that is found in Aloe Vera is a viable ingredient that protects skin from premature aging, pigmentation and can also be used to remove dark spots from the skin. Sugar acts as an exfoliator, and lemon juice is a natural skin brightening agent.
Mix ½ cup of Aloe Vera gel with 1 tablespoon sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. With your clean hands, apply the mixture to the affected areas and scrub gently for 10 minutes then wash off with clean water.
Almond oil, lime juice, milk powder and honey scrub to clear dark spots
The vitamin E that’s present in almond oil with the citric acid in lime juice and the lactic acid in milk powder will together make a perfect bleaching scrub that can help you clear away dark spots.
Turmeric for dark spots
For this potent scrub for dark spots, mix 5 drops of almond oil, 2 teaspoons lime juice, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tablespoon of milk powder together in a clean bowl. Apply the paste all over the dark spot areas, leave it to sit for 30 minutes then wash off with plain water.
Oatmeal, Turmeric, Gram Flour and Green Tea Scrub
Green tea is high in antioxidants that are not only good for digestion but can also be used for skin remedies. Turmeric and gram flour will give your skin that extra glow after using this scrub.
For this skin scrub, you will need 2 tablespoons of ground up oatmeal, ½ teaspoons of gram flour, 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves and water. Mix all the ingredients together and add enough water to it till it forms a thick paste. Apply the mixture on the affected areas; wash off when the solution is completely dry.
Sugar and lemon scrub for removing dark spots
When it comes to stubborn dark spots, a scrub made from Sugar and Lemon can actually be your savior. This scrub is very effective in removing dark spots from any part of the body but when you are using this scrub on your face, make sure that the sugar granules are well rounded and you should not use much pressure while scrubbing the skin.
Mix 1/2 spoon of sugar in 1/2 spoon lemon juice and use this mixture to scrub the affected area of the skin for 2 minutes. Give it a break for 1 minute and then scrub again. Finally let it set for 5 minutes, and wash off with water, rubbing the skin with your hands.
Fight dark spots with natural sea salt, lemon and honey scrub
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This amazing scrub can give you most effective results when you are trying to remove a dark spot from your skin.
Sea salt offers great exfoliating as well as anti-bacterial effects, while lemon helps in lightening the skin tone through its natural acidic property. Honey nourishes the skin and cures dryness.
Add 1 spoon of sea salt in 1 spoon of honey and mix well. Now add few drops of lemon juice to this mixture. Use this pack as a scrub on the dark spot. You should follow the scrub-leave-scrub process at least for 4-5 minutes in case of facial skin, and for more time in case of any other parts of the body. Wash off with water.
Oat, milk and honey scrub for removing dark spots
A scrub made from oats, milk and honey can be ideal for sensitive skin suffering from the problem of unwanted dark spots. Oats exfoliate the skin gently, while milk and honey helps in balancing the melanin level in the area, banishing any kind of dryness.
Mix 1 spoon of dry oats in 1 spoon of milk and 1/2 spoon honey to make a soft paste. Use this paste on the dark spots, on your face or body. Continue scrubbing in slow circular motion for 5 minutes and then let it set for 10 minutes before scrubbing off the pack with water.
Remove dark spots with rice powder, apple cider vinegar and milk cream scrub
This scrub is ideal for use on the body for removing any type of dark marks that is not natural. It can also be used on the face, but in that case, you should half the strength of ACV by adding water; a patch test is also necessary and you should not keep it on for long.
The rice powder works as an effective skin exfoliator, the ACV helps in controlling the melanin and the milk cream performs the task of nourishing the skin.
Take 1 spoon coarsely powdered rice and mix it with 1 spoon of milk cream to make a paste. Now add 1/2 spoon of ACV in it and mix well. Rub the spot with this scrub for 10 minutes with intermediate breaks and then wash off.
Red lentil and milk scrub for dark marks on skin
Red lentil which is more commonly known as masoor dal can work as a highly effective scrub when added with milk. This scrub can exfoliate the skin and ensure removal of dark spots. Milk offers skin lightening effects while nourishing the skin.
Soak 3 spoons of red lentil in sufficient milk for 2 hours. Now grind this mixture to make a coarse paste. If you are using it on the face, you should make the paste more towards the smoother side. Use this scrub on the spot, let it set for 20 minutes and then scrub again and remove with water.
Cucumber, sugar, milk and lemon scrub for stubborn dark spots
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If you are worried about those stubborn dark spots on your face or any other parts of the body, you need to try out this treatment.
Cucumber and milk added with lime juice can work miraculously on any type of dark spots and over pigmentation. Sugar ensures proper exfoliation of the skin.
Grate half of a cucumber and squeeze out the juice. Take 1 spoon of this juice and mix it with 1/2 spoon of milk and a few drops of lime juice. Now add 1 spoon sugar to the mixture and use this runny pack to scrub the spot in circular motion. Continue scrubbing for 5 minutes, then leave for 2 minutes and again wash off scrubbing.
Remove dark spots with potato peel, honey and wheat bran scrub
Potato is known for its ability to control any type of unnatural skin pigmentation. When used with honey and Wheat bran it can work as an effective treatment to control any type of dark spots on the skin.
Take a medium sized potato, wash it clean and peel it off. Make a paste with the peel. Now take 2 spoons of this peel and add 1 spoon of wheat bran to it. Finally pour in 1 spoon honey to coat all the ingredients properly. Apply this scrub on the dark spots, scrub for 2 minutes and then let it set for 10 minutes before removing with a soft damp cotton cloth.
Sandalwood, turmeric and glycerin scrub for dark spots
Sandalwood and Turmeric both are highly effective in controlling excess melanin synthesis on the skin. Glycerin negates the drying effect of sandalwood and provides the right medium for the scrub.
Make 1 spoon sandalwood paste by rubbing the sandalwood stick on the sandstone with water. Take 2 inches of fresh turmeric root and grind it to make a smooth paste. Now mix the sandalwood and the turmeric and add 1/2 spoon glycerin to it. Mix well and apply the pack on the spot. Leave on till the pack gets 80% dry.
Now start scrubbing the skin with the pack. Continue scrubbing till the pack gets completely dry and starts to come off on its own. Remove with a damp cotton cloth and wash with plenty of water.
Nutmeg, milk and kesar scrub for removing dark spots on the skin
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This scrub is ideal for removing any kind of over pigmentation on the face, including the unwanted dark spots and marks. This scrub will also nourish your skin and will give you a smooth and bright complexion.
Soak a few strands of kesar in raw milk for 30 minutes and then smash the strands in the milk. Now add 1 spoon of coarsely grained nutmeg powder to this solution and mix well.
Use the resultant pack for scrubbing the dark spot on the face and then let it get dry. Once the pack is 80% dry apply another layer at the top. After 3-4 layers, let it get 90% dry and then start scrubbing the spot with it. Finally remove with water.