If we had a penny for every DM we got for face whitening tips, we’d be writing this while sitting in Hawaii right now. Indians are obsessed with hav* clear and bright skin, and, well, it’s ‘fair’, given what pollution, heat and humidity do to your skin in this hot AF land. Basically, face whitening doesn’t necessarily mean lightening your skin tone but instead, it means brightening your skin complexion, fading blemishes and dark spots, removing tan and getting clear, glowing skin, which everyone deserves!

Tan lines and dark spots often make your skin look dull and add a few years to your face. To have younger-looking, beautiful skin, you need to get rid of blemishes and marks and those pesky dark spots to make way for the clear and spotless complexion. But how do you do that?

You can raid your pantry and concoct the perfect recipe for bright, glowing skin. Yes, that’s right! The sacred book of face whitening tips is there in your kitchen itself. There are wonder ingredients that can help you achieve glowing and flawless skin in no time. Let us help you with that! Here are 6 tried and tested face whitening tips that you can try to get healthy and bright skin naturally...

Tomato juice
 

Tomato juice

Benefits of tomato are packed with skin loving nutrients such as vitamins A, K, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals like magnesium, iron and phosphorous. On top of it, it has antioxidants which help by getting rid of free radicals and improving skin health. A glass of tomato juice daily ensures brighter skin and a healthy beauty glow on your face. You can also apply tomato juice on your face to reduce tanning, fight oiliness and acne and lighten acne scars. It helps with pigmentation and gives you spotless skin texture.

To include tomato juice in your meals, blend and sieve one glass of juice of fresh tomatoes and drink every morning. To employ it in your skincare regimen, grate one tomato and add a few drops of lemon juice. Apply on face and neck and let it dry. Both have bleaching properties and thus this works best for reducing pigmentation and whitening skin. Wash off after 15 minutes with cold water and follow up with a moisturiser.

Rice flour face pack
 

Rice flour face pack

Rice flour paste is one of the most effective home remedies to whiten skin. It treats spots, pigmentation and scars and helps you attain skin that is bright as a bulb! Thanks to the allantoin and ferulic acid present in rice, it reverses free radical damage and the high content of vitamin B helps repair skin cells, giving you younger looking skin. This easy and efficient face whitening tip can save you a lot of effort and time and help you get an instant glow and even toned skin.

Take one fourth cup of rice and grind it into a fine powder. Add two tablespoon of gram flour and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Beat it manually into a creamy paste. Add some more yoghurt, if necessary. Cleanse your face and apply the paste evenly. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse your face with water once the paste dries and apply a moisturiser. Do this twice a week for fair, glowing skin.

Milk cream
 

Milk cream

Milk cream or malai has been used as a face-whitening remedy for years now. This age old face whitening ingredient can make your dull and dry skin glow with ‘milky’ softness. The lactic acid present in it helps fade discolouration, moisturise and add glow to your skin. Applying milk cream on your face regularly can also remove tan and give you an even tone. It is even more beneficial if you have very dry skin as it fights dryness and dullness and gives you a smooth and soft feel.

Take some fresh milk cream in a bowl and whisk it to make a smooth paste. Add half a tablespoon of magical honey and few drops of rose water into it. Mix it well and apply over your face evenly. Rub the pack on your face, gently massaging with your fingers. Leave it overnight and cleanse your face in the morning. You will notice clearer skin with a natural face glow in a few days. Repeat this thrice a week for desired results.

Sandalwood powder
 

Sandalwood powder

Sandalwood powder is full of beauty benefits and this is the reason that it is the main ingredient of many skin care products, face packs and beauty soaps. It has nourishing and healing properties and can get rid of pimples, blemishes and dullness and even heat boils as it is a cooling ingredient. As a result, it leaves your skin radiant, flawless and beautiful. Sandalwood powder has skin lightening agents and hence can help you achieve clear and bright skin.

Prepare a face pack by mixing one to two tablespoons of sandalwood powder, a teaspoon of turmeric powder beneficial for skin and raw milk in a bowl to make a thick paste. Mix it well and apply on your face and neck. Let it sit for about 20 minutes. Once the pack dries out, wash it off with lukewarm water and then with cold water. Pat dry and follow up with a lightweight face moisturiser.

Honey and papaya mask
 

Honey and papaya mask

Papaya is a wholesome fruit filled with a number of nutrients and antioxidants like vitamins A and C, BHA (or beta hydroxy acid) and more. It helps in exfoliating skin and removing the top layer of dead skin cells, unlocking brighter and radiant skin that lies underneath. Honey, on the other hand, is a natural moisturiser that hydrates the skin and makes it look younger and healthier. A papaya and honey face pack works well for every skin type as papaya clears skin removes dirt and oil while honey provides the moisture.

Chop and mash a cup of ripe papaya and add one tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice in it. Mix the ingredients well and apply this paste on your face and neck. Massage for a few minutes and let it sit for at least half an hour. Wash it off with cold water and repeat twice a week to get a brighter complexion.

Vitamin C fruit pack
 

Vitamin C fruit pack

Vitamin C has bleaching properties and thus makes for the best face whitening remedy. You must have noticed vitamin C being used in fruit facials and other skincare treatments aimed at getting radiant and bright skin. The citric acid actually does a stellar job in lightening acne marks, uneven tone, and tan. It brightens the complexion and also zaps excess sebum from your skin which usually contributes to the dullness of skin. So if you have dull and oily skin and want glowing and bright skin, this vitamin C infused face pack is perfect for you.

Blend 3-4 strawberries with orange juice into a fine paste. In a bowl, take two tablespoons of Fuller’s earth (or multani mitti) and add yogurt and some lime juice to it and mix. Add the fruit paste into it and mix well. Apply this fruit pack on your face and let it sit for half an hour. Rinse it off with water and apply face cream.