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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.


  1. Nice column, but please remember that the danger of exposure to UV rays continues through the fall and winter. Continue to wear sun protection clothes and sunscreen.

  2. PUHLEEEESE – sun spots are NOT part a beauty regime to be managed. They are potentially deadly!

    This is not being alarmist. It is a well known fact – at least here in Austalia – that skin cancer is related to extent of exposure as a younger person and does not necessarily become revealed until deecades later. The many deaths here attest to that. More exposure = greater potential death risk.

    School children in our country are not allowed to paly outdoors UNTIL they wear, often a school issue/uniform large hat and are provided with free high factor sunscreen!

    FEELGOODSTYLE should post at least a balanced article about sun protection to advise the dangers.

    Just look at our Bureau of Meteorology forecast for today… part of our lives:
    “UV Alert from 9:40 am to 4:30 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 8 [Very High]”

    Advise the readers eh!

  3. As stated in the article, sun protection is serious and should be a part of our daily skin care regimen year round. I am sorry if I did not make that perfectly clear. That said, most (especially those of us with fairer skin tone) tend to get dark spots on our skin as we age no matter how vigilant we are with sun protection. These products and remedies are meant to improve the appearance of spots on a cosmetic level, not reverse or treat sun damage or improve our overall health. Feelgood Style does have a wealth of great articles on sun protection and skin, just search “sun protection”. Thanks for your input.

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