2 Awesome DIY Brightening Masks for Sun Damaged Skin

2 Awesome DIY Brightening Masks for Sun Damaged Skin
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Now that summer is over, it’s a good time to think about a treatment that will brighten your skin and help mitigate sun damage and brown spots. I have two DIYs to offer you here: you can make the first with ingredients that you’ll find in your kitchen. The second requires clinical-grade glycolic acid, which is derived from sugar beet.



This mask is a good one if you have sensitive or inflamed skin. It is gentle, but the natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids in the fruits will gently brighten your skin.


  • 4 organic strawberries
  • 4 cubes fresh pineapple
  • 1/3 cup of green tea, cooled (made by steeping a green tea bag in boiled water for 5 minutes)
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch (to thicken)


  • Blend strawberries, pineapple, and tea in a blender.
  • Mix the tapioca starch with 3 tsp of warm water, add to blender and blend for a further 10 seconds.
  • Pour mask into a small bowl.
  • Apply to your face, neck and chest. Leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.



This mask is pretty powerful. I recommend doing this mask once a week for 6 weeks. During this time you must wear SPF 30 sunscreen religiously because your skin will be more sun-sensitive. Also, do not use your retinol products for 4 days after using this mask, and go very gentle with any other exfoliating products.



  1. Mix the baking soda in the water and set aside.
  2. Mix the glycolic acid with the aloe gel. Using a a gauze pad or a clean cosmetic brush, apply to your face and chest. Leave it on for 1-4 minutes (you can gauge this time by how it feels. It will tingle, but if it starts burning, then obviously you will leave it on for less time).
  3. When ready to rinse off, mix the baking soda water with a spoon. Saturate a large cotton pad and wipe off the acid. This solution will neutralize the acid.
  4. Finally rinse your face well with warm water and moisturize using a nourishing natural moisturizer.









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