Freckles are cells which are pigmented and are found on fair skinned people. There are several reasons why freckles occur and one of them is genetics while the other is sun exposure. Melanin is a body chemical compound found on the skin and helps to protect one from the harmful rays of the sun.
Sun bathing at the beach or at a swimming pool is a good way of acquiring Vitamin D from the sun. The sun usually emits UV rays which have been found to be harmful to the skin.
Below are secret tips for reducing freckles.
- Use lemon juice
Lemon is a sour fruit that is commonly used at home to make juices and also for flavoring during cooking. Lemon juice contains lactic acid that has compounds which help in reducing freckle appearance on the skin.
To apply, cut a lemon into 4 quarters and squeeze its juice on the affected area. Gently massage the area so that the skin absorbs the juice. Leave the juice on the skin for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse the area using lukewarm water. You need to repeat this twice a day in order to get the best results.
Another way is by creating a lemon scrub. Lemon scrub is created by cutting the lemon into quarters, then rub some sugar on its surface and gently scrub the skin. Perform this action for a few minutes and finally rinse the mixture with water. You can repeat the procedure once or twice in a day.
- Use a dairy mask
Milk has several nutrients which are beneficial to the skin. The lactic acid contained in milk helps to bleach and allow one to peel away the top layer of the skin. This helps to lighten the skin while reducing freckles. This method will work on freckles that have occurred naturally.
Measure a ¼ cup of sour cream and apply it over the affected area. Let the sour cream stay on the skin for 10 minutes to allow for absorption. Rinse the area with water and pat to dry.
Another method is by using milk. Pour milk in a bowl and rub over the affected area and let it sit for 10 minutes or so. Finally rinse with water.
- Avoid over exposure in the sun
The sun has harmful UV rays which are harmful to the skin. Since some freckles are caused by overexposure in the sun, it is wise to avoid staying out for long. This will help reduce the freckles and prevent occurrence of more.
The harmful UV rays usually affect the melanin found in our skin causing it to create freckles. During the summer, the freckles usually become more dark brown than other seasons.
If you want to tan your skin, kindly seek the help of a dermatologist who can guide you to the best and safest experts. Artificial tanning is the better option as it will prevent you from being exposed in the sun.
- Apply an onion
Onions are used for cooking and they contain sulphur which has exfoliating properties. Due to the sulphur content, onions have been found to be good for reducing freckles.
All you need to do is cut one onion into slices and rub them gently on the affected area. You need to continue repeating this procedure daily until they are completely reduced.
You can also grate one onion and extract its juice. Apply the extracted juice on the affected area twice a day. For better results, you can add a tablespoon of vinegar to the onion juice. You need to apply the mixture daily for one to two weeks.
- Use horseradish
Horseradish has high content of Vitamin C which helps in reducing freckles. It also contains tropical anti-aging ingredients and antioxidants which help fight aging and also help make the skin look better.
You can either grate or use a mortar and pestle to extract its juice and apply it around the affected area. Let the juice sit on the skin for 10 minutes. You need to repeat this procedure daily until the freckles are gone.
You can also add one table spoon of powdered horseradish into a cup of milk and boil the mixture. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes and then strain it. Apply the mixture on the affected area gently and leave it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off the mixture from the affected area with warm water. You need to repeat this procedure for 4 to 5 weeks until you have the desired results.