even your skin tone naturally

2021 edit: i no longer subscribe to or support the “all-natural” label. more here.

the last official Skin Week post is today! (tomorrow is a review & surprise for all y’all. i WILL still post on all the other skin questions you had!)

so to round off Skin Week, we’re gonna delve into how to even out your skin tone naturally!

even out your skin tone naturally

what causes uneven skin tone?

  • overproduction of melanin
  • genetics
  • excessive sun exposure
  • hormones
  • skin trauma/scarring
  • inflammation/acne
  • drugs

what can we do to help even out skin tone?

  • raw apple cider vinegar (acv)– you all know i’m a fan of raw acv. it contains amino acids, mineral salts, and plenty of vitamins. there’s also sulfur in it, which makes it a great skin toner and an effective skin spot, age spot and acne fader. to use this method, soak a cotton ball or pad with pure, raw apple cider vinegar, and apply directly to the skin up to twice daily. it can be drying, so test it first!
  • raw honeywash your face with honey 🙂 or combine into an oatmeal scrub/mask
  • chamomile – this can be used as a toner, by brewing a strong tea with a chamomile tea bag and a 1/2 cup of water. let it steep for a few hours, strain and combine the tea with a 1/2 cup of witch hazel. use after washing for natural home remedy for brightening the skin, and make sure to store it in the refrigerator.
  • milk – milk can lighten your skin for a more even tone by working on melanin to lighten the skin, and helping to diminish the appearance of darker blemishes and scars.
  • licorice (root) extract – it’s a great anti-inflammatory, and is great at fading skin marks and smoothing the skin.
    to use this method, mix the extract with either distilled water or green tea, and soak a soft cotton cloth in the mixture. then apply to your clean face for 15 minutes.
  • lemon – as we talked about in how to heal your acne scars naturally, citric acid in lemons is a natural way to lighten and even out your skin tone. you can apply lemon juice to your clean face daily, and wash it off after letting it sit for 15-20 minutes. remember to wash it off completely before going into the sun!
  • turmeric – turmeric can be taken in pill form available at you local health food or organic store, OR you can apply it directly to the skin. try this recipe: mix 1 tablespoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon finely ground almonds or cornmeal,
    and 2 tablespoons buttermilk. apply to your clean face and let it sit for 15-20 mins. rinse well & done!
  • oatmeal – oatmeal acts as a great exfoliator. you can add some raw honey to make more of a thicker paste. apply to your clean face, and let sit for 10 minutes. then rub your face for a few minutes before rinsing off well.
  • egg whites – beat an egg white and rub onto your clean skin, letting it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing well with water. you can also try this mask recipe: mix 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons witch hazel, and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. apply to your clean skin, and let sit for 10-15 minutes. rinse well & done! be sure to store in the fridge if you don’t use it all!

use these 2 to 4 weeks before giving up if you’re not seeing drastic results 🙂 natural ways can take a little longer, but will be better for your skin and your body!

have you guys tried any of these? want to? let’s hear it!


30 thoughts on “even your skin tone naturally

  1. Does it have to be raw Acv? I have organic pasteurized acv already at home but if it doesn’t have the same benefits, then I will get the raw stuff!

  2. So I am new at all of this 🙂 I would like to use oatmeal to exfoliate, but how do you use it? I have read it should be ground, but how do you grind oatmeal? And if I grind it too much doesn’t that defeat the purpose of exfoliation? I think I’m just not fully understanding. Thanks for sharing any tips.

  3. Grapeseed oil is great to use also. It’s NY favorite carrier oil. It absorbs easily, contained vitamin e and it tones skin and heals breakouts and reduces inflammation. And makes your skin soooo soft and smooth (:

  4. Do you know a good way to combat oily skin I’ve been using a washcloth n water to wash my face and then I wipe it with acv, but by the afternoon it’s oily again. I’m still waiting for my argon oil to get here so I can use that.

  5. I wash my face with honey and have done a turmeric/honey/milk every other day for the past week. AMAZING. I thought my skin was looking great with just the honey, but the turmeric really did give it that extra boost. It does stain everything yellow though, including your skin for a bit, so beware 🙂

    1. I don’t know about using it on your face, but I recently used equal parts coconut oil and sugar (and well, salt, because I ran out of sugar!) with a bit of lemon juice as an exfoliating scrub on my legs and WOW! The sugar acts as the abrasive scrubby bits so I guess the egg and sugar face mask would be an exfoliating one… Be gentle? I really did scrub it into my legs but it made them very very smooth, I’d be a little careful on your face 🙂

  6. I have went to organic skin care and low poo hair for a week now and couldn’t be happier. I’m using the OCM with sweet almond for my face, and the coconut oil/baking soda exfoliant twice a week. I also found a little splash of water with a few drops of unfiltered Bragg’s ACV in the shower helps battle my oily skin with the humidity we have here in Cincinnati (I do this two or three times a week in between OCM). Thank you for turning me on to this lifestyle. I’m saving money and have never looked better.

  7. I have been using the acv as a toner for my face for about a week and I already notice a big improvement. I have fair sensitive skin with freckles n scars from acne and I’m prone to breakouts. My face already looks smoother and more even toned. Also it’s softer and the acv really controls the oil for quite awhile! I have also used lemon juice to lighten my freckles and it works really well, but both the acv and lemon juice sting a little when I first put it on. I’m anxious to try these other methods though! I’m a firm believer that 100% natural products are better for your skin n hair then any man made product.

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