Many people face problems related to skin complexion, while others are continuously wishing for fairer skin. It is almost a fad among people to change their skin tones to lighter shades. Women regularly pay visits to parlours and spas to maintain paler skin tones. Such maintenance however is expensive.
 
One safe and affordable alternative for skin lightening is depending on home remedies and natural ingredients. Though these remedies only work to a certain extent, when it comes to enhancing your natural skin colour they are a better choice than bleaching. They are also mild on the skin and give you incredible results that you may have been looking for. Before starting a home care regimen, it is important to understand the causes of skin darkening and how to prevent it.
 
Cause
 
The skin becomes dull and pigmented principally due to the accumulation of dead skin cells and damage from pollutants and harmful UV rays. Prolonged exposure to the sun can make your skin dark, dull and dry. Pigmentation issues are also caused by sunburns. Many people experience having darker skin tone in the neck region while the rest of the face is considerably fairer. To prevent this, you should regularly clean and exfoliate your skin using face masks and scrubs.
This will ensure that all dirt and impurities on your skin are removed. You should regularly moisturise your skin after cleaning, as it locks the deposition of oil. You can also use face mists and serums for better results and keep your skin hydrated. Before stepping out in the sun to enrich your skin with vitamin D, it is extremely important to religiously use sunscreen to prevent any damage from the sun.
 
Mixture:
Make a fine paste-like mixture with ribbon consistency of the ingredients mentioned in the beauty recipes. You can skip or add a few ingredients according to your preference. Blend them well for best results. Using these masks once in a week will give you the skin you have forever been wishing for.

Orange and Honey
 

Orange and Honey

Eat an orange, good for your health. Make a paste of its peel, good for your skin. You can make a paste of orange peel and honey and apply it over your face.  It works best for oily and acne prone skin as honey has antibacterial properties that protect the skin. Orange peel has natural acids which help in combating skin pigmentation. It brightens your skin tone by several shades. It is also rich in vitamin C that acts as a good depigmenting agent. It can treat blackheads, whiteheads, dead cells, acne and blemishes. Add milk or coconut oil to this mixture to get an extra glow.

Papaya and oatmeal
 

Papaya and oatmeal

Papaya is the ultimate skin whitening agent. You can eat it regularly for a healthy gut. You can make a mask out of papaya and oatmeal to enrich your skin pores. It gives you a lighter complexion and adds a glow to your skin. It also helps in reducing the nasty under eye circles. Oatmeal acts as a gentle exfoliant and improves skin health. Ripe papaya pulp can be mixed with grated apple, watermelon, pineapple and so on. Papaya and cucumber also help to remove tan. Oatmeal is gentle on your face but efficiently removes dead cells from the top layers of your skin and unclogs the pores. This is one of the ways in which it prevents the formation of acne.

Lemon
 

Lemon

Water loss from the skin is more apparent at night than during the day, so it’s best to rejuvenate, replenish and restore in the evening. Lemon is a fast solution to all your beauty woes. From its peel to its juice, everything in lemon has nutritional gifts. With ample Vitamin C, healthy-looking white skin is just one of the boons lemons have to offer. Its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make lemon a natural alternative to reduce blackheads. Lemon juice works as an exfoliant and removes any dead skin cells resulting in softer, smoother skin. You can scrub the lemon peel or apply lemon juice on your skin to whiten your skin overnight due to its ability to reduce the production of melanin.

Yoghurt, gram flour and turmeric
 

Yoghurt, gram flour and turmeric

You probably saw this one coming already. It’s a traditional way to whiten your complexion without having to use chemicals. Turmeric has skin whitening properties which provide essential nutrients and cleanse the skin, making your skin healthier and lighter after a few applications. This is the reason brides and grooms are literally dipped in turmeric paste before their wedding day. A mixture of yoghurt, gram flour and turmeric is everything your skin has been asking you for. Yoghurt has probiotic bacteria which improves the texture of your skin giving it a natural glow. It revitalizes and moisturizes the skin and gives you a revived look. Gram flour, on the other hand, has antibacterial properties which protect the skin from infections.

Pumpkin and rice flour
 

Pumpkin and rice flour

Pumpkin is full of anti-oxidising agents and exfoliating acids. It consists of many vitamins from A to C and beta-carotene which helps in lightening and brightening the skin. Rice flour lightens your complexion and also keeps blackheads at bay. It removes excess oils efficiently and leaves behind just enough oil to keep the skin moist. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-ageing properties. The coarseness of the rice flour will remove all the dead skin cells and impurities that have accumulated on the skin. To increase the consistency of this mask you can add a few drops of organic coconut oil that will leave your skin glowing.

Fuller's earth
 

Fuller's earth

Fuller's earth is a clay material that has the capability to decolourize oil or other liquids without chemical treatment. It has had extensive uses in the beauty industry both as a cosmetic and as a treatment for acne and other skin problems. A mixture of fuller's earth and rose water will make your skin thank you a hundred times. De-gunk pores with this natural clay mask. The formula draws dirt and impurities out of the skin and leaves skin looking clear and smooth.

Sandalwood and sandalwood oil
 

Sandalwood and sandalwood oil

Sandalwood is a powerhouse of antioxidants and helps in preventing wrinkles. It fights the damage that is caused by free radicals. It has also been used as a whitening agent by women across the Asian peninsula for centuries. Sandalwood is one of those natural ingredients which have its roots fastened in the secret masks used by queens and kings in ancient culture. It is a primary ingredient in facial packs and creams. The more natural and pure form of sandalwood powder you use the better are the results. It is a blessing for patchy uneven skin tone. The luminous paste has a pearlescent finish that brightens skin and gives instant dew.
 
Everything natural has some use, after all. Make the best use of it.