Be no longer embarrassed about your dark neck; image credit: iStock
Even while following the best skincare routine day in and day out, we often tend to overlook the nape. Unlike our face, the neck has lesser collagen and oil glands, and hence is naturally prone to darkening and wrinkles. It is common to notice darkness around the neck; we forget that this part of the skin is also getting good amount of exposure as is the face. While there can be varied reasons for dark neck, one can associate it with unhealthy eating, harsh sun exposures, pollutants, the reaction of certain skincare products etc. But there are simple and natural ways to tackle this skin problem using natural ingredients.
Effective Home Remedies To Tackle Dark Neck
Here are some easy-to-follow home remedies to take care of the darkness around the neck.
Apart from the numerous health benefits, it offers to the body, potato also possesses certain qualities that can help lighten the skin. It can give the skin an even tone and help reduce the darkness around the neck. For this, you will need to grate a potato, and squeeze its juice into a bowl; you can also pour some lemon juice into it. Apply the mixture on the affected area, leave it for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. This can be repeated daily for effective results.
2. Yogurt and Turmeric
The lactic acid in yogurt is a natural skin-lightening agent. Mixing it with turmeric powder and a drop of honey makes for an effortless remedy that can be applied effortlessly on the neck. You can leave it for 10-12 minutes, and wash it off with lukewarm water. It will help lighten and brighten the skin, and also add a soft glow to the skin. You can apply this paste weekly for best results.
3. Aloe Vera
The aloin present in aloe vera is a natural agent for depigmenting. Take a fresh leaf of aloe vera and scoop out the gel from it, apply this directly on the neck and let it sit for some time, you can then wash it off with cold water. This can also be left overnight and rinsed off the next morning. Aloe vera gel is found to be rich in antioxidants, whose application can stimulate skin repair and production of new cells, along with acting as a skin lightener and brightener.
4. Lemon juice
High in citric acid and Vitamin C, lemon juice does wonders in treating the darkness around the neck. Squeeze out some lemon juice and apply it on the neck, leave it to dry for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. If you have sensitive skin, you can mix some rosewater with the juice too. Best to practice this at night before bed and continue for a month.
Grate a cucumber and squeeze it to take out its juice. Mix an equal proportion of lemon juice with cucumber juice, and apply it with a cotton ball on the neck, leave it for 10 minutes and rinse with water. You can apply this every day, as cucumbers are not only soothing but can also help the skin glow and stay fresh.
Try out these home remedies for skin whitening, and be consistent to achieve the desired results. Just ensure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients you are using. Apart from this, you can also regularly cleanse, exfoliate with sugar and lemon and moisturize your neck using raw milk to maintain a glowing complexion around the neck.