I have two friends who recently requested natural product recommendations to help combat melasma spots. One developed the dark spots on her face during pregnancy (totally worth the trouble). The other received them as a fun surprise side effect from a new, insurance-prompted birth control switch (not awesome).
There’s no one-treatment-fits all approach to any skin condition, especially one like melasma that has several potential causes, so it’s important to pay attention to what ingredients generate the best results for your skin — and which ingredients are irritating or ineffective on you. I’ve done the research in the hopes of helping out some friends, but I’m happy to share the results with you as well!
Here are six natural, organic, and nontoxic brightening treatments to help fade dark spots and even out skin tone. (Please note: This post contains an affiliate link, which means I could earn some money — at no cost to you — if you click on it. View my full disclosure here.)
The alfalfa extract in this brightening serum is rich with beta-carotene, Vitamins C, E, and K, and helps improve skin tone and texture. But the real stars of the show are helichrysum oil, which is a potent antioxidant that has been used to soothe and heal skin since ancient times, and geranium, another potent antioxidant that works to increase circulation just below the skin’s surface, helping fade those pesky spots.
Juice Beauty has a whole line of brightening products (you can buy the full regimen as a set), but I chose to highlight the cleanser because I think it’s important to note that you don’t have to use a serum, which tends to be pricier, if you want to see results. This cleanser is packed with strong citrus and other fruit juices, plus aloe for moisture. But all those potent ingredients mean it’s not a great fit for sensitive or inflamed skin.
There are only four ingredients in this serum, but they’re powerful ones. Most notably, papaya, which contains an enzyme that helps eliminate pigmentation, and geranium, which we’ve already established is a good choice for a brightening serum!
I have personally tested this little brightening solution, and now that I’ve been reminded of how much I loved it (and, really, all of the LBA products), I’m planning to restock. It has aloe, witch hazel, green tea and horsetail extracts, seaweed, rose water, Vitamin C and E, MSM, citrus, geranium, and more. Lots of strong ingredients packed into a tiny bottle.
This serum isn’t for amateurs. Sarah Villafranco knows her stuff, and yes, I am a huge fan of Osmia Organics, if you hadn’t noticed. This serum has papaya, but also pumpkin and mushroom extracts, plus argan and camellia oils, broccoli seed and prickly pear oils, and botanical actives like algae and wheatgrass. But heed the warning on the website — use it gradually to allow your skin time to adjust.