It’s hard not to dream of vibrant, radiant skin in a world of social media filters and photo-editing tools. However, achieving clean skin in real life is not only an important part of feeling confident, it’s also a sign of what’s happening inside of the body.

One of the most frustrating skin issues many people deal with is hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Hyperpigmentation is also known as melasma. This is a skin condition that can show up on the face and other areas of the body. Age spots (also known as liver spots) are a common form of hyperpigmentation. However, people of all ages can experience it. Hyperpigmentation is also common in pregnant women experiencing dramatic hormonal shifts. Certain types of medications and sun exposure can also cause hyperpigmentation.

Another common reason dark spots occur on the skin is from acne scars. This is why it is so important to never pick at pimples or scratch the skin. It can take a long time for these spots to go away and fade – a lot longer than that pimple will last!

For most people, hyperpigmentation and dark spots are frustrating. You may find yourself taking great lengths to find a quick fix, such as falling for promises that deliver an overnight solution. Unfortunately, it can take many weeks or months to lighten and fully erase hyperpigmentation and dark spots on the skin.

If you’re wondering how to get rid of dark spots naturally, the good news is there are some simple steps you can take to fade discoloration and restore your complexion.

1. Lighten with aloe vera

When dark spots are caused by scars, adding moisture to the skin can help improve its appearance. It can also reduce dullness and improve skin health. One of the best ways to add moisture to the skin is with aloe vera. Aloe vera contains a compound called aloin, which has been shown to lighten skin and improve its appearance. You can do this by drinking aloe drinks or by applying aloe to the skin directly from the aloe vera plant. Our favorite way is to keep a bottle of Teami Aloe Organic Skin Hydration Gel on hand.

2. Apply milk to dark spots

Have you ever noticed skincare products with “milk” in the name? This is because milk contains lactic acid that helps fade dark spots, remove dead skin, and soften signs of aging. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, and many types of milk – including sour milk and buttermilk – have been shown to lighten dark spots. Yogurt is also high in lactic acid. To use this method of fading dark spots, soak a cotton ball in milk in the morning and in the evening and dab on dark spots until they have faded.

3. Stay radiant with Vitamin C

The American Academy of Dermatology touts Vitamin C as an effective and natural ingredient to lighten up spots. Plus, Vitamin C assists with collagen production, the structural protein that keeps skin looking youthful and prevents it from sagging. Vitamin C is also rich in antioxidants and bursting with hydrating and protective benefits. Try it out with our Hibiscus Infused Vitamin C Serum.

4. Apply a honey mask

Applying pure honey on the skin as a mask is one of the best ways to fade dark spots from acne and sun damage in addition to improving dullness. Honey helps maintain healthy skin because it has hydrating properties, antibacterial properties, and contains antioxidants. It not only moisturizes but also acts as a gentle exfoliant and removes dead skin. To use, apply honey to your skin with clean hands. Rub it onto the skin and leave it there for 10-20 minutes, then rinse. Honey is gentle enough to be used daily on the skin. You can also mix it with yogurt if it’s too sticky and get even more skin benefits.

5. Try Teami Bright Dark Spot Serum

We know how frustrating it is to deal with dark spots, acne scars, dullness, and hyperpigmentation. That’s why we spent nine months perfecting the formula for our Teami Bright Dark Spot Serum using natural superfood ingredients your skin will love!

This potent formula contains powerful nutrients that target stubborn dark spots and work to keep you radiant, including:

Plus, the texture is lightweight, silky, and absorbs quickly to help you glow! No matter what your skincare routine looks like right now, you can fit this serum in day and night. It works alongside any natural Teami skincare product – all you have to do is apply it before your moisturizer for the most impact.

Getting rid of dark spots is not an overnight action. Maintaining healthy skin requires a consistent and healthy, long-term skincare routine – not to mention a healthy diet bursting with superfoods and adequate hydration.

However, if you do have dark spots, using the right skincare can help. There’s no need to use harsh chemical exfoliants that can actually do more harm than good! And remember, you cannot scrub away dark spots and hyperpigmentation no matter how hard you try – but our Bright Dark Spot Serum is designed to help.

We want to see your results! When you use your dark spot serum, be sure to take a before photo. Then tag us on Instagram to show off your glowing and beautiful skin using #thankyouteami.