[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t is almost a craze among the teenagers and women these days to have a lighter complexion. Among these people, some may experience imbalanced skin tone, such as darker complexion on the neck, but fairer on the face. While the rest just deal with pigmentation issues caused by sunburn. Generally, prolonged exposure to sun can make one’s skin go dark, dull and dry. Also, prolonged use of some chemical products can result in the same manner.
We all know that that are numerous skin whitening creams available in the market these days- literally at every drug store and parlor you go to. You get these products at just about any budget. In fact, the tele is flooded with adverts that urge you try fancy products that have large claims. But, do not be fooled! 60% of the products that have tall claims are loaded with chemicals, and are sure to harm the skin in the long run. Now, I am not saying that all of the products are harmful, some may work and some may not. But it is best that you avoid products that claim to work overnight for they might trigger side effects like acne breakout, dullness, and uneven skin tone.
Whatever the case may be, especially when it concerns the skin, natural remedies are the way to go! They are mild on the skin and give you although not exact, but certainly incredible results that you have been looking for. Having said that, here are few skin whitening home remedies that are really effective in lightening your skin. Not only are these affordable, but they are also easily available at home and work wonders in lightening your skin. However, note that these remedies will work only to some extent, to bring out your natural skin color instead of bleaching it. These remedies work well to eliminate prolonged sunburn too. Read on for more!
1. Dried orange peels + yogurt
You can dry the orange peels by placing them under the hot sun until the peels turn dry and crisp. Later, grind the dried peels into powder. Mix a tablespoon of this with a tablespoon of fresh yogurt to make a paste. Then apply this paste over cleansed face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Repeat this at least thrice in a week for best results.
2. Tomato + yogurt + oatmeal
This is a potent yet gentle remedy that suits all skin types. All you have to do is to mix a tablespoon of oatmeal with a tablespoon of tomato juice and yogurt each. Mix well until you get a thick paste. Apply this on your face just like you would with your regular face mask and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. You may follow up with a mild skin moisturizer afterwards.
3. Milk + lemon juice + honey
Milk, lemon and honey, make a magical potion that lightens your skin better than most expensive cosmetic products. Make sure to use fresh lemon juice for this remedy. Mix a tablespoon of milk and lemon juice each in a bowl. Then, add in a teaspoon of honey. Honey acts as moisturizing agent that balances out the drying property of lemon. Mix these ingredients well and apply over cleansed face. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Not only is yogurt yummy, but it is also great for the digestive system. But that’s not all. It also does a lot of favors to your skin too. Thanks to the lactic acid present in this probiotic, when applied on the skin, yogurt naturally bleaches and moisturizes it. Simply spread some fresh yogurt onto your face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off as usual. As an alternative, you can also try mixing yogurt with a tablespoon of honey or lemon for best results.
There is no better natural bleaching agent than lemon! Cut out a small part of lemon and rub it on your face in a circular motion. Allow the juice to stay on your face for at least 30 minutes. Later, you may wash off using lukewarm water. Do this daily for best results. But you must also bear in mind that lemons can dry out the skin. For a natural alternative, you may apply some honey onto your face after trying out this remedy to lock in some moisture. You may also use your regular face moisturizer.
6. Gram flour
This is also one of the best remedies, you may have ever stumbled upon. Not only will it lighten your complexion, but also will keep blackheads at bay. It removes excess oils smartly, and leaves behind just enough oil to keep the skin moist. Make a fine paste out of two tablespoons of gram flour and some rose water. Add in rose water until thick paste is formed. Later rub this all over your face and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off. It is advisable that you repeat this at least thrice in a week.
7. Tomato juice
Remember when our mothers endlessly emphasized on the benefits of tomatoes for skin? Mine did. Do not take it for granted, because tomatoes can actually whiten and moisturize your skin naturally. They make your skin glow and appear fairer than ever before. Consume one raw tomato on daily basis. You can also make a mask out of some freshly crushed tomatoes with yogurt. Apply the mask every two days once and watch the magic happen!
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