Not everyone is blessed with fair and flawless skin. While our skin naturally produces a pigment called melanin that gives it its color, it is the external factors such as heat, pollution and bacteria that add to the melanin production, causing your skin to develop a tan.
Changing the amount of melanin naturally present in the skin is difficult. But there are fool-proof ways to get rid of tan and pigmentation caused due to overexposure of sun and other factors such as stress as well as over-use of makeup products. We are talking about skin whitening home remedies that is sure to help you revive the glow! If you’re looking to whiten, lighten or brighten your complexion, then look no further than your kitchen shelves. Because that’s where you’ll find most of the ingredients that help improve the texture of your skin. Below are a few skin whitening home remedies to inculcate in your regular skin care regimen...
- Lemon juice + Honey + Milk
- Potato juice
- Papaya + Honey
- Rice flour + Milk
- Cumin (jeera) seeds
- Sandalwood (chandan) powder
- Carrot + Avocado
Lemon juice + Honey + Milk
Step 1: Mix together one tablespoon milk, one teaspoon honey and one tablespoon lemon juice
Step 2: Apply the mixture on your cleansed face
Step 3: Let the mixture sit on your face for about 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water
Its natural bleaching properties is what make lemon juice one of the best skin whitening home remedies. A lemon juice-infused face pack is sure to make your skin a few shades lighter. From skin brightening and reducing the appearance of dark spots to treating freckles and oily skin, lemon juice is gold for your skin. Honey on the other is an elixir for skin problems. Its anti-bacterial properties help fade scars and pigmentation thereby leaving your skin with a healthy glow.
Step 1: Peel one potato and cut it into very small pieces
Step 2: Rub the potato pieces on the areas that your want to lighten so that the juice spreads onto the skin
Step 3: Leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water
An alternative to the above procedure is that you can grate a potato, squeeze out the juice and apply it on the affected area with the help of a cotton pad.
Potato juice has the power to lighten your skin without causing any damage. Potatoes being rich in Vitamin C and infused with antioxidants act as a mild bleaching agent and at the same time remove dead cells from the skin. You can also store the juice in your refrigerator for upto 4 days and leave the mask on overnight for effective results.
Papaya + Honey
Step 1: Take half cup fresh papaya pieces and mash until you get a smooth paste
Step 2: Add one teaspoon honey to the paste and mix well
Step 3: Apply the pack on your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes
Step 4: Wash your face with warm water and follow it up with a cold-water rinse
Step 5: Pat your skin dry
If you love papaya, then you’re definitely going to love pampering your skin with this skin whitening home remedy. Papaya contains enzymes such as alpha hydroxy acids and papain which help you get rid of impurities, remove dead skin cells, fade acne scars and blemishes thereby revealing glowing skin. Papain being a skin-whitening enzyme is present in its highest concentration in the peel of a papaya. Add to it honey and you’ve found the perfect skin whitening home remedy to reveal fairer skin.
Step 1: Mix two teaspoons plain yoghurt with one teaspoon honey
Step 2: Mix the ingredients well to form a smooth paste
Step 3: Apply the mixture on your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes
Step 4: Rinse your face with cool water
Apart from making delicious desserts and smoothies, yoghurt is one of the best skin-whitening ingredients. Rich in lactic acid, yoghurt helps lighten your skin tone, improve signs of ageing as well as lighten dark spots on your face. Apart from this, yoghurt also contains Vitamin B complex which in turn makes your skin brighter and more radiant. Pampering your skin with the goodness of yoghurt every day is one of the most effective skin whitening home remedies.
Rice flour + Milk
Step 1: Grind half cup raw rice and make sure you get a fine powder
Step 2: Add 3-4 tablespoons milk to the powder to form a paste
Step 3: Apply the paste all over your face and leave it on for atleast half an hour
Step 4: Wash your face with warm water
Did you know? Rice flour is one of the best skin whitening home remedies used by Asian women since long for lighter, softer and healthier looking skin. A rice flour-infused face pack is sure to make your skin lustrous and taut. While rice on one hand has the power to protect skin from sun damage and early signs of ageing, milk on the other nourishes and soothes the skin. These two power-packed ingredients when mixed together can leave you with brighter skin and a youthful glow.
Cumin (jeera) seeds
Step 1: Boil one teaspoon cumin seeds in two cups of water
Step 2: Wash your face with this concoction
Cumin not just helps add flavor to any Indian dish. It is also one of the most beneficial spice for your skin. Vitamin E present in cumin prevents premature ageing symptoms and acts as an antioxidant to combat free radicals that cause the skin to age rapidly. And that’s not all! Cumin seeds help treat acne, pimples, skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis and removes toxins thereby helping you achieve clear, glowing and brighter skin. This skin whitening home remedy can be used every day for effective results.
Sandalwood (chandan) powder
Step 1: Mix one tablespoon sandalwood powder and almond powder each
Step 2: Add some milk to form a smooth paste
Step 3: Apply the mixture on clean skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes
Step 4: Rinse with lukewarm water. If any area of your skin feels dry after washing, then moisturise well
Using sandalwood as a skin lightening remedy is an age-old practice. Sandalwood’s healing and nourishing properties is what makes this a wonder ingredient. From reducing early signs of ageing and fighting blemishes to healing rashes and reducing tan, sandalwood is a miracle ingredient for your skin. Sandalwood contains natural skin lightening agents, thus, can be used in face packs to improve skin complexion.
Carrot + Avocado
Step 1: Boil one medium-sized carrot and once it is cooled, mash it along with the pulp of one avocado
Step 2: Add one tablespoon heavy cream, one egg and one tablespoon honey to the mixture
Step 3: Mix the ingredients well to form a thick, smooth paste
Step 4: Apply the pack on your face and neck evenly
Step 5: Let the mixture sit on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water
Rich in beta-carotene, carrots are excellent for your skin. The antioxidants present in this vegetable helps improve the skin’s texture and complexion. Whereas the vitamins present in avocado helps remove dead cells, fight acne, unclog pores and transform the health of your skin. These two ingredients when mixed together can work wonders in brightening your skin. Pamper your skin with this nutritious skin whitening home remedy once a week for effective results.
Written by Fatema Habib on Oct 30, 2019