We all want to have the flawless skin of a radiant Greek goddess, but sometimes life can get in the way and ruin our plans.

There are a million and one causes of skin pigmentation: from prolonged exposure to the sun, pregnancy, hormones and even hereditary factors. As a result, you may not be able to avoid getting those uneven patches on your skin.

But don’t despair; your Greek goddess skin is still attainable. These tips and hints will help you prevent and treat pigmentation:

1. Natural remedies are life

There may be many natural causes of pigmentation, but there are also many natural remedies you can try. Most of them can be made with ingredients you already have in your house.

Stylecraze says you can use...

· Rub a slice of potato on the affected areas

· Lemon and lime juice also act as a natural bleaching agent

· Aloe Vera gel is not only soothing, it helps numerous skin problems

· Same goes for turmeric powder, which is great at fighting dark spots

Remember that these treatments won’t work overnight; it will take some time before you start seeing results.


2.  Take care of your skin

Having a regular skin care routine can be instrumental in treating and preventing pigmentation, particularly the most common kind: hyper-pigmentation.

Taking care of your skin also includes ditching some of those bad habits. Wikihow says that popping pimples, scratching and picking at your skin is a big no-no, especially if you already have skin pigmentation issues. If you feel the need to scratch, moisturise instead.

3. Use the right products

There are products on the market that help prevent and fight pigmentation. As a rule Studio 8 Beauty recommends you use products that are rich in antioxidants and avoid products that are highly fragrant or contain harsh alcohol.

We suggest you try...

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Correct dark spots with Noreva TRIO WHITE® Night–time intensive depigmenting (Exclusive to selected Clicks stores, R339.95) while you sleep. It works by actively blocking melanin production. This product also blocks any future development of new spots.

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum and Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

"I recently had a rather bad sinus infection and kept wiping my nose for nearly two weeks. This meant that the skin around my nose and upper lip, were not only very dry and cracked, but appeared darker than the rest of my complexion.

So Marisa, our beauty ed, suggested I try a spot correcting serum. And, as luck would have it, two crossed our desk within days of each other; and I got to try them both.

"The first of the two, Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum is organic and smells lovely. It's also thicker and less sticky than the second product I tested, Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (R700).

After 3 days of using the first product I could already see a noticeable difference, not only in the colour of my skin, but in the softness of it as well. The organic fruits, willow bark, vitamin C and organic aloe really did wonders for my skin.

The Kiehl's product also worked on my dark spots, but seemed to take a bit longer as my skin normally responds better to organic ingredients." - Carmen Williams, Women24 team.

Kiehl's Dermatologist solutions actively correcting BB SPF50, R 525.00 

"For someone whose skin tends to be dry and flaky – depending on my diet - I am amazed at how moisturised my skin felt after using Kiehl’s BB cream. Compared to all previous foundation creams I’ve used, Kiehl’s not only gave me a clearer, even-toned complexion but left my skin feeling replenished." Chanté Pietersen, Women24 team.
           

4.  Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

Exfoliation has numerous benefits for your complexion.  According to Sheknows, exfoliation rids the surface of the skin of skin cells containing pigment.

Mario Badescu Skin Care says that exfoliation works best for dry, sensitive and mature skin and should be done 1 – 2 times a week. However, if you are suffering from acne, you should avoid using facial scrubs, rather opt for mild exfoliates.  

5. Always use sunblock

Regular use of sunblock is your biggest weapon against pigmentation. We all know how harmful UV rays are, and being exposed to them for long periods of time can lead to pigmentation.

Idiva recommends that you use a sunblock of SPF 30 or higher on your face. If you are a nature-lover and are contantly outdoors, Idiva recommends you apply sunblock every 3 – 4 hours.


But when you do, you will be closer to your #Greekgoddessskingoals...

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