Out, Out Damn Spot! 6 Natural Brightening Treatments

Natural Brightening TreatmentsI 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.)

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9 Surprising Ways You Sabotage Your Skin

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If you want that supermodel glow like Miranda Kerr, don’t make these skin mistakes.

If you have blemish-prone skin, you probably already practice good skin habits. But even if you wash your makeup brushes regularly and never go to bed without washing your face, chances are there are things you’re doing — or not doing — that have an impact on your complexion.

Pro tip: If remembering to wash your face before bed is an issue for you, stash some natural face-cleansing cloths on your nightstand. (I like these unscented cleansing towelettes from Acure Organics.) Easy peasy for those nights when you crash and then realize you still need to wash your face!

Here are nine ways you could be sabotaging your complexion without even realizing it. 

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New Calls for the FDA to Better Regulate the Cosmetics Industry

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I can’t help it. Every time I come across a story in the mainstream media about the need to better regulate the cosmetics industry in the United States, I get a little bit excited. At some point, this has got to mean change is on the way, right? The more people who care about what’s in the products they put on their skin, the more people start to actively avoid ingredients that are already banned in places like Japan, Canada, and Europe … the more likely we’ll all have even more great, safe, effective products to choose from. Right?

Well, I’ve basically been giddy for the past week or so.

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Want to Try (Natural) Korean Beauty Products? Start Here!

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It’s entirely possible you’ve gotten caught up in the Korean beauty products trend without even realizing it. BB cream, sheet masks, fermented essences, and even special ingredients like snail mucin (seriously!) are all Korean imports. But if you’ve skimmed ingredients lists on some of the most popular K beauty products and found some things you don’t love, I feel you. Plus, it’s not always easy to check out the ingredients lists of these products, many of which are still fairly new to the U.S. market. That’s a problem for a person like me who doesn’t just blindly trust that a brand that calls itself natural doesn’t also use some decidedly not-natural ingredients.

But don’t be disheartened! I’ve done the research. Here are 11 clean Korean beauty products you can try with exactly zero guilt.

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Product Review: 1000 Roses Color + Correct from Andalou Naturals

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Color + Correct Indigo and CanaryIf there’s one Korean beauty product I love most, it’s got to be CC cream. This beautiful little number does everything a BB cream or beauty balm does, but adds complexion-enhancing color correction. It’s essentially a foundation plus moisturizer in one. So if, like me, your skin isn’t quite ready to face the world with just a bit of moisturizer, and you need a little help to get your skin tone balanced and even (and maybe even cover a few blemishes), then a CC cream is your new best friend.

That’s why I could barely contain myself when I spotted Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Color + Correct on the shelf at Earth Fare, one of my favorite health food stores.

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