Homemade Products for an Uneven Skin Tone

Citrus fruits aren't just for drinking; they contain natural acids that can fix uneven skin tone.

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Your skin has a pesky way of giving away your true age. Even the most gorgeous, confident women worry about their skin changing for the worse. The most likely culprit for unsightly spots and uneven tone is sun damage. Sun spots can appear as early as a gal's mid-20s and are a real pain to get rid of. Luckily, there are products in your kitchen that can reverse the visible signs of skin aging. Try a homemade remedy today, and wear sunscreen tomorrow!

Honey and Papaya Mask

Papaya contains extra enzymes that aren't found in other fruits; these enzymes can break down sun spots and areas of hyper-pigmentation. Combine 2 tbsp. honey and 1/2 cup ripe papaya. Mash with a fork until the mixture is blended. Apply a thin layer of the mixture to dry skin and let it soak in for 20 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a cotton washcloth.

Yogurt Mask

Yogurt not only contains good-for-you bacteria; this healthy snack also contains enzymes that act together as a gentle bleach when applied to skin. A pinch of turmeric can brighten skin and reduce the appearance of oversized pores. Combine 1/2 cup plain yogurt with 1/2 tsp. turmeric in a small bowl. Stir until the ingredients are well-blended and apply the mixture to dry skin. Let the mask dry for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Citrus Peel

Citrus fruits are a natural source of glycolic acid, an ingredient used in professional anti-aging chemical peels. To make your own peel at home, combine 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/4 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir in one packet unflavored gelatin and heat on medium heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin disappears. Transfer the mixture into a glass bowl and refrigerate for 25 minutes. Apply a thin layer of the mixture to dry skin and let it dry for 30 minutes. Peel the mask off gently, starting at the edges.

Oatmeal Skin Soother

Oats have a calming effect on skin, and incorporating them into homemade skin products can soothe redness, blemishes, rough patches and dark spots. Mix 1/4 cup colloidal (finely ground) oatmeal with 2 tbsp. olive oil. Apply the mixture to damp skin and massage with your fingers for a minute. Let the mask soak into skin for 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

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