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How to Lighten Up After Summer is Gone

Summer may be gone for now, but certain bits of it last on:  memories, vacation photos……new sun spots. 

Several visitors have written to me asking for help reducing the appearance of sun spots and freckles.  Though nothing short of completely avoiding the sun will totally keep spots at bay, being liberal with the sunscreen and choosing a few targeted products will definitely help.

My number one favorite beauty treatment also boasts spot lightening properties – how about that?  Rosehip oil, when used regularly, can reduce the appearance of sun spots and even out skin tone.  It also gives a boost of hydration, provides anti-aging benis and leaves skin silky smooth.

I checked in with a few other green beauty experts on the subject and here are their recommendations:

Terri Bly at The Nature of Beauty recommends Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum which contains high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C to reverse and prevent sun spots and other skin damage. This product is highly moisturizing and leaves the skin looking fabulous.

Julie Gabriel, creator of Petite Marie Organics skin care products and author of The Green Beauty Guide, offers this homemade remedy for evening out the complexion:

1 tablespoon juice of fresh grated raw potato
1 tablespoon plain organic Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley
Stir well and apply evenly all over the face (not just the dark areas).. It also works wonders for the under-eye circles, but you may wish to keep the mixture away from the lash line because the yogurt may irritate the eyes.

When I contacted the folks at Dr. Hauschka they sent a lovely bottle of Almond St. John’swort Body Oil to soothe dry/sensitive skin which is also sumptuously moisturizing.  I love this stuff right after a shower.  They sent along their Soothing Mask which is moisturizing and luxurious for dry irritated skin, whether from sun and heat or cold and wind.

Badger Balms are moisturizing and oh so versatile.  Nutmeg & Shea Every Day Moisturizer contains shea butter (a hard working moisturizer rich in Vitamins A and E, helpful in skin restoration), rosehip oil and sea buckthorn oil.  This stuff is also great as a heavy duty moisturizer on hands and feet.

So, while healthy sun protection is your best guard against spots, these remedies are sure to get your complexion smooth, soft and gorgeous.

Image:  kirikiri at, Creative Commons license.


Written by Liz Thompson

I am an organic beauty expert, writer, and mom of two young environmentalists who can already spot a toxic product when they see one. Read more about me at Organic Beauty, and find me on , Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.


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