If dark spots on your toes are keeping you from slipping into sandals, don’t worry! It may be hereditary or caused by sun exposure or ill-fitting shoes, but either way, regular good hygiene and pedicures can help lighten these areas. Commercial skin-lightening creams and solutions are on the market, but there are plenty of natural home remedies, too.

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First, a few general healthy habits result in good skin overall. Maintain a nutritious diet of fruits, veggies, and whole grains, drink plenty of water, limit booze, don’t smoke, get plenty of sleep, and manage stress in your life. Easy, right?

Exfoliate the dark areas of your toes as part of your daily routine. Use a natural scrubbing pad such as a loofah sponge. Wet the scrubbing pad and use it with a natural soap or DIY exfoliating scrub made of oatmeal, a little honey, brown sugar, and milk. You can also try baking soda mixed with a little fresh lemon juice.

To lighten the skin, mix fresh lemon juice with equal parts fresh tomato juice and fresh cucumber juice. Massage the mixture onto the dark areas, leave on for 30 minutes or so, then rinse off with cool water.

Mix turmeric powder with freshly squeezed lime juice and apply to the darkened areas. Leave on for several minutes, then rinse off with cool water.

Apply moisturizer after each skin-lightening treatment, preferably one with vitamin E oil and aloe.

Apply sunscreen to your toes anytime they’ll be exposed to the sun to prevent tanning the dark areas further.