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Skin whitening home remedies

Deccan Chronicle. | DC Correspondent

Published on: April 12, 2023 | Updated on: April 12, 2023

Do you want fair skin without using cosmetic products or chemical-based skin-lightening treatments? Let's check out the best home remedies

Many people vouch for the efficiency of natural ways to whiten skin.  Freepik

Many people vouch for the efficiency of natural ways to whiten skin. Freepik

Not everyone is blessed with fair skin. Your skin color depends on melanin— a pigment that gives skin its color. Although melanin is produced naturally, and there’s not much you can do about it, certain factors can affect melanin levels. For example, pollution, the time you spend in the sun, your diet, and your skincare routine significantly impact your skin tone.

Fortunately, you can get rid of the tan caused by excess sun exposure, makeup products, or an unhealthy skincare routine. Many people vouch for the efficiency of natural ways to whiten skin. So, to help you get a bright complexion and glowing skin, we have come up with 12 skin-whitening home remedies. Let’s check them out.

12 Skin Whitening Home Remedies

Smoking, eating an unbalanced diet and junk food, exposing your skin to UV rays, and using low-quality makeup products are some common causes of dull skin. While foundations and skin-whitening creams can brighten your complexion, they only last a couple of hours.

If you are looking for a permanent solution to tan and pigmentation, you must improve your skincare regimen. These 12 home remedies will help restore your skin glow and get a perfect white complexion. Just make sure you stay consistent with your skincare regimen and apply these products regularly.

1.    Tomato

The high lycopene content in tomatoes helps eliminate the tan, dead skin cells, and pigmentation caused by sun exposure. Try a tomato face mask if you are looking for the fastest skin-whitening home remedy. Whether you have pigmentation or a tan that won’t go away, tomato is an excellent home remedy to get rid of the dark spots effortlessly. It also helps you achieve a lighter and even skin tone.

Ingredients Needed

    Tomatoes (1-2)
    Lemon juice

How to Apply

    Put a whole tomato in a blender and squeeze a lemon. Blend these ingredients until you get a thick paste.
    Apply the tomato face pack and leave it on your face for 20-30 minutes.
    Wash your face with cold water

You can apply a tomato face mask before taking a shower every day. If you can’t repeat it daily, applying it every 2-3 days is fine too.

2.    Cucumber Face Pack

Cucumber is commonly used for the eyes and face. Its hydrating properties make it the best natural ingredient to eliminate tan and restore your natural glow. Cucumber is super soothing and is known for its skin-brightening properties.

Ingredients Needed

    Cucumber juice
    Lemon juice

How to Apply

    For this skin care treatment, you need 3 tbsps of cucumber juice. Grate a cucumber and put it in the blender.
    Squeeze a lemon and mix it well with the cucumber juice.
    Apply it to your face and let it sit for 20 minutes before washing it with cold water.

Repeat this twice or thrice a week to get rid of tan and dark spots.

3.    Hot Oil Massage

You can try hot oil massage for the face and your entire body. It’s a perfect home remedy to get a fair skin tone and give your body the relaxation it deserves after a long day at work. Choose from a wide variety of oils for this massage. Almond oil, for instance, is the perfect solution to tanning, pigmentation, and dark spots caused by external factors. Hot oil massage improves blood circulation in your body, leaving you with an even skin tone and brighter skin. It’s also a great way to destress your mind.

Ingredients Needed

    Almond or coconut oil
    A bunch of neem leaves
    Holy basil leaves

How to Apply

    You can use almond, coconut, or olive oil for a hot facial massage.
    Add 3-4 tbsps of your chosen oil to a bowl and mix crushed neem leaves and basil leaves. Mix the ingredients well.
    You can apply the oil to your face and body with a cotton ball. Massage it for 5-10 minutes with gentle circular motions, and rinse your face with cold water after 15-20 minutes.

Try this remedy twice a week every week until you see a difference in your skin tone.

4.    Yogurt Pack

The lactic acid in yogurt can help tighten your pores, giving you a clean, acne-free, and bright skin tone in just a few applications. If you go out often, you should try the yogurt face pack every few days for a good cleansing. It removes dirt accumulated in your pores and keeps bacterial growth at bay. Clean and toned skin is at less risk of developing inflammation and infection.

Ingredients Needed

    Plain Yogurt

How to Apply

    Use 2-3 tbsps of fresh yogurt and mix it with 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix them till you get a good consistency.
    Apply this face mask to your face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
    Wash off with cold water.

Yogurt is safe for all skin types (even for sensitive skin). It’s an excellent cleaning solution and one of the best natural remedies for skin whitening. You can try this every alternate day or twice a week (whatever works for you).

5.    Rose Water

The benefits of rose water go beyond its ability to treat dryness in your eyes. Rose water balances your skin’s pH level, unclogs your pores, and removes the dirt accumulated on your skin. It gives you clean, bright, and radiant skin. Besides that, rosewater can soothe skin irritation and is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive and oily skin. You can spray rose water directly on your face or mix it with scrubs or face masks.

Ingredients Needed

    Rose Water
    Lemon juice

How to Apply

    Mix a few drops of lemon juice with the rose water and fill the liquid in the spray bottle.
    Spray it every day on your face, or use a cotton ball to apply it evenly.

Use rose water daily (twice a day if possible) to lighten your skin tone. Skip lemon juice if it irritates your skin.

6.    Coconut Water

We know the many health benefits of fresh coconut water. Not only does it quench your thirst on hot sunny days, but coconut water has many skin-healing properties too. Tender coconut water eliminates scars, dark spots, blemishes, and all kinds of skin issues. Regular use of coconut water gives you a fair and even skin tone.

Ingredients Needed

Coconut water

How to Apply

    Get fresh coconut and pour its water content into a bowl.
    Apply it to your face with cotton balls or a spray bottle and leave it for 15-20 minutes.
    Rinse your face with cold water

Repeat this procedure twice every day to get glowing, acne-free, and white skin. You should also drink coconut water daily. The nutrients found in this fruit don’t only make this an instant skin-whitening home remedy, but they promote good heart health and help you fight dehydration.

7.    Lemon Juice

The list of permanent skin-whitening home remedies is incomplete without lemon juice. You can use it directly on your face or mix it with face masks to get an instant glow. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent that lightens your skin tone and helps you get rid of blemishes and pigmentation marks. Lemon is a rich source of Vitamin C, which helps treat dark spots seamlessly.

Ingredients Needed

Fresh Lemon

How to Apply

    Squeeze 1-2 lemons into a bowl and apply the mixture to your face with a cotton ball.
    Wash off your face with cold water after 10-15 minutes.

You can mix lemon with rose water or honey. Or, just the lemon juice is good too. Repeat it every 2-3 days or once or twice a week if you have sensitive skin. Before applying lemon, test it on a small patch and see how your skin reacts to it, as lemon might cause skin irritation.

8.    Milk

Milk contains lactic acid, which is found in most cosmetic and skincare products. Raw milk is great for your skin. You can add it to your facial scrubs or apply just the raw milk to your face before showering. You will notice the change in your complexion shortly.

Ingredients Needed

    Raw milk

How to Apply

    Mix 2 tbsp milk with 1 teaspoon honey until you get a good paste.
    Apply it to your face with a cotton ball or your hands and scrub gently. Use circular motions to spread the milk to your face evenly.
    Let it sit on your face for 20 minutes before washing it with cold water.

Milk is safe for all skin types so you can use it regularly.

9.    Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that give you flawless skin by removing the top layer of your skin and giving you an acne-free, bright, and clear face. Aloe vera is the most hydrating ingredient for your skin and hair. Use it regularly to remove dead skin cells and pigmentation that cause dark spots.

Ingredients Needed

    Aloe vera gel
    Brown sugar

How to Apply

    Extract the gel from a fresh aloe plant and mix it with 1-2 teaspoons of brown sugar.
    Mix the ingredient well and apply them to your face while massaging them gently in circular motions.
    Wash your face with cold water.

You should try this home remedy for whitening skin naturally at home.

10.     Potato

Potato is rich in catecholase, a natural bleaching ingredient that can eliminate dark spots due to freckles, sun exposure, etc. This natural ingredient has long been known to give you a fairer complexion and reduce dead skin cells when used consistently. Not only for your face but potatoes are used for lightening underarms and reducing irritation.

Ingredients Needed

    Rose water

How to Apply

    Take a small potato and boil it. Mash it thoroughly until there’s no lump. You can add 1 teaspoon of honey and a few drops of rose water to create a thick paste.
    Apply it using a cotton ball to your face.
    Wash your face with lukewarm water after 15 minutes.
Repeat it every 2 days to get bright, clean, and healthy skin.

11.     Green Tea

The antioxidants found in green tea don’t only help you fight free radical damage, but they lighten your skin tone and maintain a perfect glow. By protecting your skin from UV damage and environmental pollutants, green tea automatically improves your complexion.

Green tea is also famous for flushing out all the harmful toxins from your body, giving your face an instant glow and a lighter complexion. You can use it as a standalone skin-whitening formula or mix it with other ingredients for better results.

Ingredients Needed

    Green tea bags
    Lemon juice

How to Apply

    Use 2-3 tea bags for this skin-whitening remedy.
    Cut them and put the fine tea powder in a cup. Add a half tbsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp of honey to this. Mix these ingredients well until you get a good consistency.
    Apply the mixture to your face and leave it for 20 minutes.
    Wash with cold water.

Repeat this process every alternate day or daily for the best results.

12.     Orange Peel Face Pack

Like lemon juice, orange is rich in citric acid that lightens your skin and gives you a natural glow. Orange is also a good source of Vitamin C, which makes it a popular natural ingredient for people looking for anti-aging products.

Ingredients Needed

    Orange peel powder
    Lemon juice

How to Apply

    You need 2 tbsps of orange peel powder for this face pack. Mix honey, turmeric powder, and some drops of lemon juice. Add water to create a paste.
    Apply this face mask to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes.
    Wash your face with cold water.

Repeat it once or twice a week to get a light complexion.

Bottom Line

These are the best skin-whitening home remedies that can give you a light and fair complexion after regular use. However, you can’t get fair skin overnight. There’s no magical formula that can reduce your dark spots or tanning in just one week, either. The only way to get permanently fair skin is by regularly applying the above natural ingredients.

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