A DIY Whitening Facial?

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We all have days where we want to pamper ourselves and keep our skin happy, but don’t feel like booking an appointment at a spa. Luckily for you, I’ve got just the thing. Here’s a simple facial you can do right in the comfort of your home to brighten your skin and keep pigmentation at bay. Treat yourself!

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1. Gently exfoliate

Gently exfoliating your skin will get rid of dead skin cells, and dirt that’s trapped beneath the skin’s surface. Exfoliating once a week will help to keep your skin healthy and glowing. It’s an important step that’s often neglected in most skincare routines. Take care not to overdo it, however. You definitely still have to give your skin time to rest between sessions, unless you’re a fan of redness, irritated, and flaky skin.

I’ve been using SW1’s Crystal Healing Oxygenating Facial Scrub for a while now, and it’s never failed me. What sets this apart from other scrubs is how it’s packed with a special oxygen-releasing formulation to infuse the skin with O2 and positive ions. For those with rough skin or enlarged pores, you should definitely consider the splurge as just a little bit of this goes a long way. My skin always feels super smooth and soft after.

An alternative for the budget-conscious is Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. It smells heavenly, though you do have to be a bit careful with this, as it’s not the best for sensitive skin. The sugar granules actually dissolve as you massage the exfoliator in to whisk away dead skin cells.

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2. Tackle those pigments

Hyperpigmentation is a nuisance for those who have it. Simply put, it’s a darkening of certain areas of skin caused by too much melanin. It’s pretty common and usually harmless, though it isn’t exactly what you’d call pleasing to the eye.

Skin Rescue is a godsend for those facing such problems. Simply apply a generous amount on any pigmented patches you may have on your neck and face, and watch them gradually lighten! This cream is a triple-action fighter – combating acne, pigmentation, and redness in one fell swoop! Combined with the power of Vitamin C, this whitening holy grail helps to keeps your skin fair and evenly toned with minimal effort.

I usually use this on areas with acne scars for its lightening and hydrating purposes. After about two months, I’ve really been seeing the difference. Acne was a huge problem for me back when I was a teenager, and wow, I wish I had heard of this back then, but it’s never too late to start giving your skin the care it needs.

For a fresh, out-of-the-oven pimple, it’s better to use a good tea tree oil instead. Just a tiny bit will penetrate the skin to unblock the sebaceous glands, disinfect pores and dry the pimple out.

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4. A vitamin a day, keeps spots away

Vitamin C, that is. We all know how important a vitamin-rich diet is, but did you know your skin needs its nutrition too? This magical ingredient helps to reduce visible signs of photo-aging by defending against destructive free radicals, eventually resulting in re-textured, toned, and younger looking skin.

The easiest way to impart a dose of Vitamin C to your skin is with Citrine Pure Vitamin C Elixir & Powder. The vitamin powder comes in a little 2ml tube – the perfect amount – so you don’t have to worry about using too much or too little. Mixed with the activating serum, and massage it into your skin. Watch your complexion get an incredible glow boost with regular use. Much like its name suggests, the Vitamin C here is in it’s purest form.

Alternatively, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum is also worth considering, though the results are a lot more subtle. It helps in brightening spots, and reducing the chance of acne breakouts due to its Vitamin C content.

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