Secrets to Brightening Dark Spot Naturally
Written by Cathrynne Yong. Copywriter, Storyteller.
There is a Cantonese saying “一白遮三丑” which means fair skin can conceal quite a few faults. Ancient Chinese women do everything within their power, including applying a thick layer of white powder on their faces just so they look like they have porcelain skin. For those who are born before the 1980s, you probably remember seeing a gold square box, containing a brick of compact white powder, which your grandmother may have applied. The cover on the box is an oriental looking lady with a very white face, red lips and eyelids.
Fortunately for me, I am one of those blessed with fair snow-white skin from top to toe. People have commented on how fair I am on various occasions. I clearly remember a lady who caressed from my upper arm all the way down to my forearm commenting “you are so fair!”. Although I was extremely uneasy when that happened, I never once complained about being fair skinned.
By now, you must be wondering why then am I talking about brightening dark spots? Well, age is catching up, and my body is starting to show signs of ageing. And that first sign of ageing is not any fine lines, but dark spots that are slowly appearing on my nose and cheek. Imagine having a blot of black ink on a blank white canvas, that is my exact sentiments with the dark spots on my face.
For those of you who are very much into beauty, you know that people with fair complexions/skin have a higher risk of developing age spots due to excess production of melanin. I am now facing the music of having neglected to apply the sunscreen during my younger days.
I researched on how to lighten the dark spot the came across quite a few, but I dare not try some of the more outrageous claims as I am not sure of how it will turn out. Plus, I did not want to get more ingredients. During my search, I read that coconut oil can do many wonders, and one of them is to lighten the dark spots on our skin. The newsletter on Healthline shows evidence-based health benefits of coconut oil. The article took reference from the US National Library of Medicine where it is stated that coconut oil blocks out about 20% UV rays. (Note: read about the other benefit of the coconut oil on hair strengthening here.)
So, with that reassurance, I started applying pure virgin coconut oil on my face, focusing especially on the dark spots. But, I was very controlled with the amount. The last thing I wanted is a face full of breakouts from it being overly oily. I put the oil in a spray bottle and spritz it all over my face as the last step in my skin care routine. I then gently tap my face until it is fully absorbed in my skin. After doing that for about 2 months, I started noticing a difference, that the spots are getting lighter. People also commented that my skin had improved. Some of you may think that 2 months is a long process, but nothing in life comes free, right? Considering that I did not apply any sunscreen for about 20 years in my life, and it took me only 2 months to improve my skin’s condition, I can only thank my lucky stars!
Some may say, “I’ve tried, but it didn’t work for me!”. Just like all the other diet plans, it may not work the same on everyone as it depends on your body. For those who have, and it didn’t work out, you should keep searching until something works for you. If you have not done it before, do give it a try, after all the saying goes “never try, never know.” All the best in your quest for better skin!