Skin whitening, skin lightening

Skin whitening, skin lightening

Do you feel that you have lost that youthful glow and bright skin? It is usually because of the pollution, stress, poor diet, aging, sun damage and other skin conditions.

The above factors can lead to an increase in the melanin production which eventually darkens the skin tone. We always rely on expensive skin whitening products and invest tons of money in them.

The harmful chemicals like parabens, lanolin, BHA, and BHT present in them actually worsen the skin in the long run. Although they apparently provide instant glow and fairness, it doesn’t stay.

A simple skincare routine can provide both safe and long-lasting results. A good skin care routine includes

  • Cleansing – removing dust, dirt, and oil from the skin
  • Exfoliation – scrubbing off the accumulated dead skin
  • Toning – Shrinking the open sores and evening out the tone
  • Mask – to lighten and tighten the skin
  • Moisturizing – To nourish and lock moisture in the skin cells

Below, we have included different ingredients, procedures and DIY skin whitening home remedies you can follow and create your own skincare routine. Here is how to whiten the skin and bring your youthful glow back:

ContentsCleansingExfoliation:Toning:Masks:Moisturizing:Herbal Steaming:#1 Tip: Be Obsessive About Sun ProtectionOther Tips and Precautions for Skin Whitening:Dietary Tips for Skin Whitening:

Cleansing

Every day our skin gets exposed to dust, pollution, bacteria, sun and harsh wind. All the impurities clog the pores leading to various skin issues like blemishes, age spots, wrinkles, itching, acne and others. Cleansing helps in removing them. Here are some of the cleansers you can try…

1. Milk

Milk is an excellent cleanser. The fat soluble enzyme lipase removes the oil-soluble impurities and protein protease removes the protein based impurities. With regular use of milk as cleanser, the skin becomes smoother and radiant. It is suitable for all skin types.

How to Use Milk as a Cleanser?

  • Take some raw milk. Soak a cotton ball into it.
  • Wring out the excess and wipe the skin.
  • Leave the milk application until dry.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat 2 times a day.

Things to Remember:

  • Always use milk which is not boiled for effective results.
  • You can use chilled milk for a cooling effect. The cool effect reduces any inflammation present on the skin.
  • If your skin is allergic to lactose then avoid using milk. You can use almond milk or coconut oil instead of it.

2. Yogurt

Just like milk, yogurt also helps in removing the dirt, grime and oil from the deeper layers of the skin. Its bleaching properties decrease the production of melanin. Read below for DIY skin bleaching remedy!

How to Use Yogurt as Cleanser

  • Slather some plain yogurt on the skin and gently massage for few minutes.
  • Leave it on for 3 – 5 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat daily for best results.
  • For extra results, you can add honey or lemon juice in to yogurt.
  • Repeat 2 times in a day.

Things to Remember:

  • Use only unflavoured and unsweetened yogurt.

3. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal pulls out the dirt, dust and grime present in the skin pores. It absorbs the excess oil and toxins which are responsible for the breakouts.

How to Use Activated Charcoal as a Cleanser?

  • Take a 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal and slowly add few drops of water.
  • Stir the ingredients well to make a paste.
  • Apply the paste on face and neck.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat once in a day.

Things to Remember:

  • Clothes, tiles or vessels can get stained when they come in contact with activated charcoal. So it is better to wear old clothes, wash the sink completely after rinsing off and use glass container for mixing.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda deeply cleanses the skin pores removing dirt, dust or oil clogging it. Apart from that, it balances the pH levels. Its skin brightening properties whiten the dark spots.

  • Combine enough amounts of baking soda and water to make liquid consistency paste.
  • Apply it on the skin and massage for a minute.
  • Leave it on to dry completely.
  • Rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process once in a day.

5. Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds contain calcium, potassium, copper, selenium, manganese, vitamin A, C, and E, anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties. It fight against the free radicals and gives natural glow.

Method:

  • Boil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, let cool until warm to the touch.
  • Use as a rinse.
  • Repeat daily.

Exfoliation:

New skin cells are generated regularly by our skin, the old ones accumulate on the upper layer of the skin. Dead skin cells can also lead to dark discoloration. Exfoliation or scrubbing help in removal of accumulated dead skin cells. Scrubbing also helps in increasing cell turnover rate and better circulation. Let’s have a look at few scrubs you can try at home…

1. Sugar

Sugar is considered one of the products for exfoliation. The fine texture of sugar exfoliates the dead skin cells revealing the new skin underneath. It also helps in removing the cells damaged by the sun. It helps in increasing collagen production and blood circulation. For scrubbing, you can use either brown or white sugar.

  • Combine 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of honey.
  • Mix the two ingredients well.
  • Apply a thick layer of the mixture on the skin.
  • Gently massage in circular motion for few minutes.
  • Leave it on for another few minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat the process twice in a week.
  • Alternatively, you can mix sugar with olive oil, coconut oil, essential oils, chocolate, oatmeal or any fruit pulp.

2. Salt

Epsom or sea salts can breathe a new life into a lifeless and tired looking skin. Epsom salts contain magnesium and sulfates which flush out toxins and reduce inflammation. Sea salts also have minerals that are beneficial for skin. The grainy texture of the salt exfoliates dead skin cells. You can use either Epsom salt, sea salt, kosher salt or plain salt for scrubbing purpose.

Method 1:

  • Take 1/2 + 2 tablespoons of salt (any one as per your preference) in a bowl.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of salt, juice of 1 lemon and few lavender buds (optional).
  • Mix the ingredients well and pour in an airtight container.
  • Take enough amounts of the mixture and gently rub on the skin.
  • After scrubbing for few minutes, rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process twice in a week.

Method 2: With essential oils

By following this process you can make few a batch of skin whitening and store it in your bathroom. Use can use the scrub while bathing.

  • In a bowl, combine 1 cup of seal salt or Epsom salt, 1/2 cup of almond oil (or any choice of your choice and 5 – 10 drops of essential oil (lavender, peppermint, orange or geranium).
  • Mix the ingredients well and store the mixture in an airtight container.
  • While bathing, take enough amounts of scrub mixture and massage for few minutes.
  • Rinse off with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat scrubbing 2 times a week.

3. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliating agent which perfectly suits for people with sensitive skin. The gritty nature of oatmeal exfoliates the excess oil, sebum, dirt and dead skin. It reverses the damage caused by pollution, UV rays and harsh chemicals.

  • Grind oatmeal into a coarse powder.
  • Combine ground oatmeal and buttermilk to make a thick paste.
  • Apply the thick paste on the skin.
  • Gently massage the mixture in circular motion for 2 minutes.
  • Leave it on for another few minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water followed by cold water.
  • Repeat the process 2 – 3 times a week.
  • Alternatively, you can mix oatmeal with sugar, milk, yogurt or any fruit pulp.

4. Coffee

Apart from exfoliating, ground coffee also has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces cellulite temporarily, improves blood circulation and soothes the skin. The antioxidants present in it neutralize the free radicals, age spots and wrinkles.

  • Combine 1/2 teaspoon each of finely ground coffee beans and coconut oil (melted).
  • Apply the mixture on the skin and massage it gently in circular motions.
  • After scrubbing for few minutes, leave it on for another few minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water followed by cold water.
  • Repeat the process 2 – 3 times a week.

5. Gram Flour

Gram flour exfoliates the dead skin and encourages new cell production. It absorbs the excess oil and sebum from the skin. It also helps in tightening the skin and removing fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Mix 3 teaspoons of gram flour and enough milk to make a thick paste.
  • Apply it over the skin and massage it for few minutes
  • Leave it on for another few minutes and rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process 2 – 3 times a week.
  • For extra benefits, you can add 1 teaspoon of turmeric.

Things to Remember:

  • Be gentle while scrubbing as harshness can lead to skin damage.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is an herb with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties. It helps to purify the blood, lighten pigmentation, and heal acne and acne scars, giving your skin a healthy, radiant glow. Use turmeric to spice up your cooking, and try out the methods below.

  • In a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon gram flour, and 1 tablespoon fresh cream.
  • Apply it on face and other areas.
  • Massage the resulting paste into skin for a few minutes to exfoliate.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Note: If you have oily skin use milk instead of fresh cream. You can also mix in some sunflower seed paste, rice flour, or oatmeal

7. Rice and Sesame Scrub

This combination makes an amazing face scrub which provides glow almost instantly. The sesame seeds will moisturize and nourish the skin. Rice grains will exfoliate the skin gently.

  • Soak enough amounts of rice and sesame in water overnight.
  • In the morning, grind them into a fine paste.
  • Apply the paste on the face and neck.
  • Gently massage in circular motions for few minutes.
  • Leave it on for another few minutes and rinse off with water.

Toning:

Toning process helps in removing any leftover bits of dirt and oil from the skin. It hydrates, soothes and most importantly restores the delicate pH level of the skin. It helps to shrink the open sores.

1. Cucumber

The astringent properties of cucumber shrink the open pores. The high water content hydrates and cools the skin. Vitamin E counteracts the environmental factors which soften the skin.

  • Blend or grate cucumber to extract juice.
  • Apply cucumber juice to the skin.
  • Leave it to dry completely.
  • Rinse off with water.
  • For extra results, add some honey.
  • Repeat the process 2 times daily.

2. Witch Hazel

The astringent properties of witch hazel shrink the open pores, kill the bacteria present that live in skin pores, stop cellular damage and prevents aging.

  • Taking cotton ball, apply witch hazel on the skin.
  • Leave it to dry completely.
  • Rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process 2 times daily.

3. Rose Water

Apart from giving your skin a fresh look, toning with rose water helps in tightening the pores. It also helps in removing the any dust and oil left out after cleansing.

  • Using a cotton ball, spread rose water on the skin.
  • Leave it to dry completely.
  • Rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the process daily.

4. Mint Leaves

Mint is well known for its astringent and salicylic acid which helps to remove any leftover dust, dead cells and tightens the pores.

  • Boil 1 1/2 cup of water.
  • Add 1 cup of shredded mint leaves to it and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the flame and close the container to steep.
  • Strain and allow the solution to cool.
  • Using a cotton ball, apply mint leaves solution on your skin.
  • Leave it to dry completely.
  • Rinse off with water.
  • Store the leftover liquid in refrigerator.
  • Repeat the process daily.

5. Lemon

Lemon has natural bleaching properties. When applied regularly, it reduces the appearance of blemishes and dark spots. It may cause irritation and itching. Avoid over-exposure to the sun after using lemon juice.

  • Mix equal quantities lemon juice and water.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply it to skin.
  • Leave on 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
  • Note: Do not apply to cuts and wounds.
  • Note: Use more water for sensitive skin.

Masks:

Apart from cleaning, exfoliating and toning, it is very important to apply a mask to lighten, hydrate the skin. It helps to heal any skin ailment from the layers beneath the top layers of the skin.  Masks also help in detoxifying and improving the blood circulation which add extra dimension to natural skin lightening routine. You can apply masks twice in a week for effective results.

1. Fruit Mask

Fruits are considered the best ways of lightening skin. A fruit mask helps to lighten the skin, prevent it from sagging, enhances the radiance, increase elasticity and luster. You can try face masks with any kind of fruits which include papaya, strawberry, pineapple, banana, kiwi, avocado, berries, apple and many others.

  • Blend any fruit as per your preference.
  • Apply the paste on your skin.
  • Leave it on for 15 – 25 minutes.
  • Rinse off with water and pat dry.
  • For extra effectiveness, you can add honey, gram flour, rice flour or oatmeal.

2. Clay Mask

Clays have amazing skin brightening and oil absorbing properties. It improves the firmness of the skin, strengthens the connecting tissues of the skin, lightens the scars and decreases the inflammation. There are different types of clays that include green clay, white clay, bentonite clay, kaolin clay and morocco clay. You can any clay as per your preference.

  • Combine 4 tablespoons of clay and enough water to make a paste.
  • Spread a thick layer of the paste and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse off with water and pat dry.

3. Orange Peel Powder

The peel of an orange contains more vitamin C than its pulp. It provides relief from sun damage, harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. Apart from skin whitening, it is very effective in removing blackheads on nose.

  • Peel the skin of an orange and dry then under the sun until crisp.
  • Blend them to make a fine powder.
  • Combine 1 tablespoon each of orange peel powder and sandalwood powder.
  • Add enough water and stir well to make a paste.
  • Spread a thick layer of the mixture on the affected area.
  • Leave it on to dry completely.
  • Rinse off with water and pat dry.

4. Rice Flour

Rice Flour is very high in PABA (para amino benzonic acid) which acts as a very good sunscreen. Apart from that it repairs the skin and calms down the sunburn as well.

  • Combine 2 tablespoons of rice powder, 1 tablespoon of milk and few drops of olive oil.
  • Stir well to make a thick paste.
  • Spread it on the face, neck, hands or legs.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse off with water.

5. Banana

Banana is rich in vitamins A, B, and E, and it has anti-aging properties. It eliminates marks, scars, and wrinkles to give skin an even tone.

Method 1: Banana and Honey

  • Blend banana and honey to make a paste.
  • Apply to skin and leave on 15-20 minutes or until dry.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat once every 2 days.

Method 2: Banana and Guava

  • Blend banana and guava to make a paste.
  • Apply this paste on skin.
  • Leave on 15-20 minutes, then rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly.

6. Papaya

Papayas contains an enzyme called papain, which exfoliates, promotes skin renewal, and makes the skin brighter and fairer. Papaya also contains loads of anti-oxidants and vitamins A, E, and C.

Method 1: Papaya and Honey

  • Mix 2 tablespoons mashed papaya with 1 tablespoon honey.
  • Stir well and apply to skin and leave on 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat regularly to lighten skin tone.
  • Note: Papaya can be used alone.

Method 2: Green Papaya

  • Peel a papaya, cut it into chunks, and put the chunks in a blender until smooth.
  • Apply to skin, leave on 20-30 minutes, and rinse with water.
  • Note: green papaya has a higher concentration of the papain enzyme.
  • Repeat regularly.

7. Egg

Eggs are loaded with protein, and they help to nourish and tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines. Egg also removes oil, dead skin cells, and other impurities to brighten and even out skin tone.

Method:

  • Beat one egg.
  • Apply egg to skin and let dry.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 2 drops lavender or tea tree oil with cool water.
  • Use this mixture to rinse away egg mask.
  • Lemon juice bleaches skin, and lavender and tea tree oil add radiance.
  • Note: do not apply egg to broken skin and avoid contact with eyes.

8. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera contains a compound called anthraquinone, which lightens skin by removing the top layer of skin cells. It also soothes and heals skin to even out tone.

Method:

  • Apply organic aloe vera gel to the skin.
  • Leave on 20 – 30 minutes and wash with water.
  • You can also rinse it off after 30 minutes if you choose.
  • Repeat regularly to get rid of the dark colored skin
  • Note: You can leave on gel without rinsing as it is not oily once it dries.

9. Tomato

The lycopene in tomatoes helps to lighten skin tone and give it a natural glow. It also reduces tan and removes dead skin cells on the face.

Method:

  • Put 2 tomatoes, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon gram flour in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth, then apply to skin.
  • Leave on 20-30 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
  • Repeat daily.
  • Note: add water for sensitive skin, and wash off immediately if you feel burning, itching, or stinging.

Moisturizing:

After the process of cleaning, exfoliation and toning, due to water exposure to the skin, it becomes dry. Moisturizing maintains the protein and lipid texture of the dry skin. Moisturizing forms a protective layer on the skin.

1. Shea butter

The fatty acids and natural vitamins present in shea butter nourish and moisturize the dry skin and protect the skin’s natural oils. It reduces the inflammation and maintains the natural collagen production. It works as the best skin lightening cream.

  • Take a small amount of shea butter.
  • Apply it over the skin.
  • Leave it to dry completely.
  • Repeat daily whenever required.
  • Alternatively, you can whip it for a creamy texture.

2. Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is easily absorbed and remains on the skin for hours. It locks the moisture and heals dry and cracked skin.

  • Blend cocoa butter with any carrier oil.
  • Store the blended mixture in any airtight container.
  • Apply some cocoa butter moisturizer to the skin.
  • Leave it to dry completely.
  • Repeat the application daily whenever required.

3. Oil

Vegetable oil like coconut oil, olive oil and almond oil are the oils which can be used as moisturizers. All these oils have amazing moisturizing properties. The nutrients present in these oils nourish the skin as well. Use any one of the oils as per your convenience.

  • Take a small amount of oil.
  • Spread a thin layer on the skin.
  • Leave it to dry completely.
  • Repeat the application daily whenever required.

Herbal Steaming:

Steam opens the pores and removes dead skin cells, dirt, oil and other impurities.

Method:

  • Add chamomile, lavender, and mint leaves to boiling water.
  • Drape a towel over your head and lean over the pan.
  • Allow steam to wash over your skin for a few minutes.
  • Rub ice cubes over skin to close pores.
  • Repeat regularly.

#1 Tip: Be Obsessive About Sun Protection

Over-exposure to sun leads to unwanted dark spots, blemishes, and patchy skin tone. If you spend a lot of time outside, wear hats, long sleeves, and long pants, and apply a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 to protect skin from harmful UV rays.

Other Tips and Precautions for Skin Whitening:

Apart from following regular skin care routine, it is very important to remember to maintain the results.

  • Apply sun screen lotion before going out in the lotion. The SPF the better protection from the harmful sun rays.
  • Remove make up before going to bed. If not, it clogs the pores and causes acne, black spots and other skin ailments.
  • Say no to chemicals. Avoid applying lotions, creams or skin lightening soap that contain harmful chemicals like paraben, lanolin and other chemicals.
  • Choose natural creams and lotions that contain less to no chemicals.
  • Cover your skin with scarves, umbrella or caps before going out in the sun or dust.
  • Use soaps, face washes, creams or lotions that mild and gentle to your skin.
  • Avoid smoking, consuming alcohol and tobacco.
  • If you have oily skin, make sure to wash or wipe your skin regularly.
  • If you have dry skin, avoid taking bath in hot water. Daily apply moisturizer while your skin is still wet after the shower.
  • Cleanse your skin after coming home from a long and busy day. It helps to clean up the dust and grime accumulated on the skin.
  • Exercise regularly to reduce stress.
  • Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.

Dietary Tips for Skin Whitening:

  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and stay hydrated.
  • Include vitamin C foods like oranges, lemon, grapes, apple and others in your daily diet. Vitamin C helps in lightening the skin complexion, scars and pigmentation. It also reduces inflammation.
  • Soybean is considered best anti-ageing solution due to isoflavone present in it. It maintains the skin radiance.
  • The flavonoids and cocoa polyphenols present in dark chocolate protect skin against radiation and help to lighten it.
  • Green tea can be helpful in reducing the roughness of skin caused by sunburn. But don’t consume it more than 3 cups in a day.
  • Beetroots contain magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, multiple vitamins and iron which are considered healthiest and beneficial to lighten the skin and clean the pores.
  • The omega fatty acids present in fish are also helpful in lightening the skin and shiny hair. You can take omega fatty acids supplements as well.
  • Foods that are yellow and red in color increase the skin’s resistance to unwanted free radicals.
  • Eat tomatoes 3 to 5 times a week. The lycopene protects against UV rays and helps combat acne and fade scars and dark spots. The antioxidants in tomatoes block damaging free radicals.
  • Eat foods rich in antioxidants, like blueberries, cherries, and blackberries, to fight acne.
  • Brown rice contains ceramides, the lipid molecules that maintain skin’s moisture balance.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables like potatoes. All of the fruits and herbs used in the topical methods listed above should be included in your diet.
  • Eat plenty of almonds.
  • Cucumber cleanses the dirt and darkness on the skin. It soothes the skin p and reduces the tan with its cooling effect. Include cucumber in your diet like salads or juice. You can also apply this on the skin where you want fair skin tone like fair, neck, hands, legs, etc.
  • Avoid oily, junk and fried foods as they have a negative impact on your health. Health is the mirror your skin health.

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161 comments
  1. If I exploit my face, my acnes will appear clearly than before..am usng sugar as ma scrubbr… wht should I do??

  2. My make-up always get soiled with oil from my face after few minutes of application, pls what natural remedy do you suggest will work?

    1. Hi Mariam, you can try chickpea flour, rice powder, aloe vera and oatmeal remedies which you can find in above article.

  3. Hi can besan and curd give me fast and safest whiter skin because my skin is very sensitive then can i lemon juice mix in it plz suggest me sun i want fair complexion in 1 year.

    1. As you mentioned, you have sensitive skin, it is better to avoid lemon juice. If you really want it to give a try then make sure to do a patch test. If followed regularly, you can achieve desired results with besan and curd. We have included different processes with besan and curd. Try them and let us know your feedback.

  4. Are all these remedies effective in the long run as well or do their effects diminish as you stop doing them?

    1. Hi Fatima, after you achieve your desired results, it is better to continue at least once in a while to protect your skin from environmental toxins and sun damage.

  5. apply lemon on your face and wash it with light hot water its good for skin health.try 1 time in day. i hope you get Whiten Skin with Lemon fast.

    1. You can use milk to lighten the skin. Milk can also moisturize and soothe the burn.Also we recommend to use good natural sunscreen lotion to protect your skin from sun.

  6. Some times before i used all these remedy i used to lemon in trice a day tomoto trice a day also had used cumuber ,, but now i have a very very oliy and dark complex skin … Plz tell me what will be helpful to me

    1. If your skin is allergic to citrus or astringent properties, it may have caused you oily skin or dark complexion. But it may not be the complete truth as well. We hope you are following basic precautions like using a sun block before heading out in the sun, washing your face after coming home, eating fresh fruits and veggies and other.

      You may try aloe vera for skin whitening – http://homeremediesforlife.com/aloe-vera-for-skin-whitening/

    1. Home remedies take some time to show the results. And the wait is really worth as they are safe and healthy.

  7. I have applied lemon juice recently for three weeks…..two times a day….but it doesn’t seem to have any effect on my skin….

    1. Apart from following the remedies, you have drink plenty of water, exfoliate regularly, use sun block before heading out in the sun and include 1 – 2 glasses of fresh fruit or vegetable juice in your regular diet.

  8. I have been applying lemon juice for about 3 weeks now…..2 times a day…..but it just doesn’t seem to work…i mean my skin is still as it was before……

  9. I dnt have oily skin. But is it safe to use chick pea powder with rose water ? Whether it will make my skin dry ?

    1. Yes, you can use. If the application is making your skin too dry, after rinsing off, massage very small amount of olive oil or shea butter or coco butter.

  10. Hi! Really nice page u got here…..really helping…..btw i had some questions and i was hoping that u could answer them……so here they are:
    1:- I have read an article saying that lemon doesn’t lighten the whole face, it only lightens a small part! is this true?
    2:- Is a washcloth really necessory? i mean can’t we just pour the milk in our hands and apply it directly?
    3:- Can our skin darken by washing face a lot?
    I really hope u answer them……..thank you…..!

    1. Here are the answers…

      1. When applied to the complete face, it lightens the complete face.
      2. You can apply milk directly on your face, but it will drip and cannot really stick to your skin completely. A wash cloth soaked in milk helps it to stick to the skin and provide more benefits.
      3. No. But commercial soaps or face wash contains many chemicals which can be harmful to your skin. So try to use soaps made with natural ingredients. If you have a dry skin, moisturize with olive oil or almond oil after washing your face.

  11. I have darkness around my lips and in Chin it looks irregular so pls help me to remove the darkness

    1. As per your description, you may be experiencing hyper-pigmentation. Apart from trying above mentioned remedies follow below mentioned tips.

      – Use sun screen before heading out.
      – Exfoliate regularly.
      – Remove makeup before going to bed.
      – Stay hydrated. Include fresh veggies and fruits in your diet.
      – Use mild soaps and face wash. Organic products can give better results.
      – Cleanse your skin with milk 2 times a day.

  12. What about cocoa butter oil, will it make u lighter or darker. Pls I wnt to knw cos I wnt somtin dats goin to make me a bit lighter. Thanks

    1. Cocoa butter oil helps in lightening the skin. But this sometimes also depends on the skin tone. Try for few days, if you think it is making your skin darker then switch to other natural moisturizers like sweet almond oil or shea butter.

  13. Does the lemon lighten arms, legs and face ? If not do any of these remedies help with that ? Please I really need to lighten my arms , legs and face soon. I would greatly appreciate it.

  14. Is it compulsory to heat up the milk before using it on my face and can I use any milk of my choice or there is particular milk I must use.Thanks.

  15. Hi! Well done cos you are really doing a great work. Please I want to ask what I can add to the Shea butter I use as my body cream, its been darkening my skin and I have even added lemon juice and carrot oil to it yet no result but I do not want to stop it. So please suggest to me as the “pro”, what can I add? Thank you

  16. Hi, you are indeed doing a great job. Please what can I add to my Shea butter to make me fair cos since i started using it, for over a year I have become darker. Please help. Thank you

  17. Hi I tried milk with lemon juice but anytime I apply it on my face I get pimples, pls what shld I do or is there any other method that will not bring me pimples

  18. Hi..
    I am light in complextion but due to everyday bustle, the exposed part of my body is brown. That is : Face and neck, arms, and knee to foot. I used to use neutrogena body lotion cause it doesn’t make me sweat and it feels normal. Stopped cause i bought a fake..
    So now admin.. I want to have an even tone and i want to try coconut oil and lemon juice as an everyday body lotion.. ( mixed together)..
    Do you think it will work? and please if you can help me with a sun screen agent. Perhaps a name of any i can buy.. Looking forward to your response.
    Thank you.

    1. Coconut oil works great as a moisturizer but lemon juice makes your skin photo sensitive. So avoid lemon juice in it. For sunscreen lotion you can use broccoli oil, walnut extract, diluted lavender oil and vitamin E oil.

  19. Plz can u giv me the ans. right nw. ok after appying any of the natural remdies and rinsing off wit water, can i apply bronz tone or shea on my skin butter 2. if i stop applying any of the natural remedies after getting the complexion i want, wil i obtain blackspots on my face or any skin diseases plz i need the answer right nw

    1. After rinsing off you can apply shea butter on your skin. After getting the complexion you want, you have to maintain it by applying sunscreen before going out, exfoliating your skin regularly and eating nutrient rich foods.

  20. Gud moni my baby use to be fair in completion until I started using dis home made cream for them.i mix shea buter plus coconot oil and they suddely turn dark, can u tell me what I mix to there cream to return them to their forma complesion.

    1. Baking soda helps in shrinking the open pores. Dilute baking soda in water to make a paste. Apply it on the face and massage gently for few minutes. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse off with water. Repeat the process 2 – 3 times a week.

  21. hi I
    am dark skinned
    I used coconut oil for my skin I’m much darker than I used to be
    I’d like to get a nice chocolate skin colour
    someone adviced me to get rose water and Apple cida vinegar
    should I go for it or the almond
    besides I don’t go under the Sun
    I don’t want to get darker
    pls reply

    1. You can use rose water as it helps to clear the dust and dirt accumulated in the pores. Apple cider vinegar has astringent properties which penetrate into the deep layers of the skin and lighten it. Almond oil contains vitamin E, A, B which seals the moisture and encourages the skin to rejuvenate. So you can use any of these ingredients as per your convenience and try it regularly.

    1. You can use 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11 or 14 method mentioned in the article. Apart from that exfoliate regularly, apply sun screen lotion before going out, remove make sure before sleeping and include vitamin rich food in your daily diet.

  22. Pls,am from Nigeria,Am very dark,and I have been looking for solution both in creams and oils,I want to lighten especially my face,can u reccomend for me d kind of cream or tube or even natural remedy that z not scarce I can use for lightening ,pls I need ur response.

    1. In order to lighten your skin you have to follow a proper skin care routine. We have mentioned about it in the above article. Try it regularly with some patience.

  23. Would u plss tell me… How to remove my blackets on my face… N how to get fair… In my face glow… I have a dry skin… I m fair but there is no glow in my face….. Could u plss suggest me of my questions .,

    1. Following the daily skin care routine mentioned in the above article may help you remove blackheads and achieve fair and glowing face.

  24. hi I’m so dark and was using this cream called lemonvate and it’s giving me some sort of side effects I don’t want to be dark, how do I mentain the light complexion or how do I lighten up my skin fast in weeks

    1. It is difficult to mention the exact time period as everyone’s skin condition is different. Follow the skin care routine mentioned in the article to maintain or lighten the skin.

    1. Make a paste using gram flour, milk and a pinch of turmeric. Apply it on the tanned areas. Let it dry for 15 minutes. Wet your hands and scrub off the application. Rinse off with water.

    1. Babies have sensitive skin when compared to adults. The methods in the article are written for adults. To whiten the skin of babies, you can apply milk, massage it for few minutes and rinse off. Repeat the process daily to notice the results.

  25. Hi , i made my lemon oil myself and use like that, do i need to add anything to increase its lightening effectiveness

    1. You can add any essential oils or add lemon oil to any ingredients like yogurt, tomato juice or cucumber juice to increase its effectiveness.

  26. My skin is too sensitive oily and have acene.i have tried melacare and faiza cream.but it increased.i used the home remedies as you shown above.but no effect.how to get rid of it

  27. Hi,this is really very useful tips…thanks a lot
    I want to know 1 thing,that cleansing exfoliation toning mask & moisturize all these will i do at a time?one after one?

  28. Hi,

    I tried all of the above and I’m hoping to see changes in few weeks time. Just a small query though, gram flour mixed with milk and turmeric didn’t feel like an exfoliator because as per my understanding, an exfoliator should be like a scrub to remove the dead cells but the paste was really smooth. Rice flour mixture was more like an exfoliating agent.

    Please correct me if I am wrong and also if there is some modification to be made, let me know.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Though the mixture looks like a paste, gram flour can exfoliate the dead skin cells and absorb the excess oil from the skin. If you are comfortable with rice flour, then you can use the same.

  29. Hi…please can you help me with easy to get ingredients to make a skin lightening lotion to be used on the whole body that can last for weeks? Thanks

    1. Melt ½ cup of shea butter over medium low heat. Once it is melted, add 2 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil into it and turn off the flame. Mix well and allow it to cool down to solidify. Now add 5 drops of rosemary oil, 10 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops each of carrot seed oil and tea tree oil. Whisk the ingredients well, until it forms a buttery cream. Apply this cream daily as required. This creams can be stored up to 2 weeks.

  30. Hello, I use to have a well moisturize n even skin tone when I was using fair n white gold step 2mixed with crystal white 3in1 serum,bt stopped after I bought fake of these products like twice. for close to 2months now, I have been trying some natural recipes (papaya mask, turmeric n honey, rose water n glycerin ),I mixed up my soap with honey,milk powder,coconut milk, aloe Vera gel,shea butter glycerin, turmeric/ lemon. And I apply coconut oil on my skin. my skin has turned very dark n dry now looking extremely dry coupled with the harmttan. plz suggest the best And fast way to correct this cos my skin is becoming itchy too. thanks I will appreciate urgent response

        1. Mix powdered milk with enough amounts of water to make a smooth paste. Massage the paste on the skin for few minutes and leave it on for another few minutes. Rinse off with water and pat dry. Repeat the process regularly.

  31. Hi please my question is can you mix Olive oil with your skin cream together and be rubbing it.
    please reply me

  32. and i’ve acne too so please kindly help me out as nothing works on my skin because its extra sensitive.thank you

  33. can you please answer few questions? 1:can i use baking powder instead of baking soda?
    2:which is the best moisturizer for oily and acne skin?and can i use it before my makeup as my skin becomes very dry after applying foundation even my skin is very oily.

  34. Hi,after scrubbing my nose area & some of other area in my cheek become grained……what can I do?for scrubbing i use coconut oil & sugar

  35. I find that dead sea salt scrub does wonders for your skin. I been using it for over a year now and my skin not only feels soft, but new skin has replaced a lot of my old ugly skin. I been using Asutra Dead Sea Salt scrub that I purchased on Amazon. It has made me feel and look about 10 years younger and got rid of my dry skin and some eczema issues I have been fighting against. But most of all it makes my skin feel so soft and the ingredients are amazing!

  36. I want to decrease my body’s skin tone forever. How often should I do the remedy before and after I get my desired results.

    1. With home remedies, you can bring back the color that has been darkened by the factors like sun tan, pollution, improper hygiene and many others. Once you attain your color back, follow the method once or twice in a month to maintain the results. Apart from that drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins and eat nutritional food.

  37. Cn u give me a schedule to do it daily for skin lightening..which i cn follow step wise bcz u hv given lots of ways so its very confusing to chosse which one to use..plzz suggest with material dt we use daily in home
    Thanku

    1. A skin lightening routine consists cleansing (daily), toning (daily), exfoliating (3 times in a week), mask (3 times in a week) and moisturizing (daily). We have provided various methods as per the steps. You can choose any one among them as per the availability and try it regularly.

  38. Dear admin, infact you’re really doing a great job here. Pls I use to have a very light and smooth skin before… But as a result of stress and application of all sort of chemical creams my skin became somehow dark and not smooth the way it use to. Please what can I do about that. Thanks very much

    1. You can follow the same skin care routine mentioned in the article for getting back the light and smooth skin.

  39. Dear admin, please can I use lemon juice on my face? If yes, hope it doesn’t have any side effects now or in future. Thanks

  40. Daer admin, please can I use lemon juice to remove sun burn on my face? IF yes hope it doesn’t have any side effects now or in the future. Thanks

    1. Yes, you can. Applying lemon juice pulls out the heat and promotes the faster healing. But make sure to avoid sun exposure for at least 6 – 7 hours after trying out the lemon remedy. Lemon application makes your skin photosensitive and worsen sunburn.

    1. It is known as hyper pigmentation. We recommend consulting a dermatologist to know the reason behind the problem.

  41. Hello. I have a medium skin tone however once I place my palm facing up, on that side my skin is quite fair. Please tell me how to get that tone all over my arms quickly 🙂 does turmeric powder work?

  42. Just noticed stinking n biting sensation for few days, followed with red bumpy n itching spots all over my body, visited my doctor n she gave me demovate cream n loratyn . D itching ve stopped but d red patches. Now my question is how can clear them or will yr routine help?

    1. As per your description, we are not sure of the reason for the itching and red bumps. Can you tell us the problem to provide right solution for it.

    1. Yes, tomato contains astringent properties which tightens the pores. It also contains vitamins, and natural acids which help to lighten the skin, reduce the wrinkles, and hydrate the skin. Milk is excellent for moisturizing the skin and exfoliate the impurities from the deep layers.

  43. How much time we should give after every step like cleansing then exfoliation, time limit between them?

    1. Cleansing – you have to do it daily once in the morning and another before going to bed.
      Exfoliation – 2 to 3 times in a week.
      Face mask – 2 times in a week.
      Toning – daily 2 times after cleansing.
      Moisturizing daily after bathing.

  44. Pls I need to whiten my skin. I need what will lighting my skin very well because I am natural food . I need some home remedies that will work fast.thank

    1. Skin lightening cannot be achieved quickly with home remedies. It takes some time to show the results. We recommend trying the routine mentioned in the above article regularly. Apart from that drink plenty of water and eat nutritional food.

  45. Can you make the yogurt and honey cleanser up in bulk, and then used daily until it is finished, or should it be made up fresh daily?

    1. Nope, for effective results, it is better to make a fresh batch of yogurt and honey mixture every time you want to try the remedy. However, the leftover mixture can be refrigerated and used within 2 days.

  46. For exfoliation purposes, can you use yogurt in place of milk? In addition to timer if, can you use lemon juice also? Does it have additional benefits if we add these 2 additional items? Can this treatment be made up. In bulk, and in advance, and used 2-3 times weekly until finished.

    1. Yes, you can use yogurt instead of milk for exfoliation purpose. As yogurt contains lactic acid which is helpful in dissolving dead skin cells and remove any other impurities on the skin. Yes, you can use lemon juice as a toner. Whether they provide extra benefits or not usually differs from one person to another. Because what works for me may or may not work for you and vice versa. So, try and find out which one works better for you. Nope, it is better to make the masks freshly whenever ready to use.

  47. Is it correct to state that we should cleanse, tone and moisturize 2 times daily, and we should exfoliate and use a mask 2-3 times per week?

    1. Yes, because exfoliating daily can be harsh and completely dries out the skin which can further lead to aggravation of oil production. So, that is why we recommend exfoliation only 2 – 3 times in a week.

  48. Can we squeeze the juice from cucumber in advance and use it daily, or must it be squeezed when ready to use?

    1. It is better to extract cucumber juice freshly when ready to use. However, if you don’t have time, you can store cucumber juice in refrigerator and use it within 4 days of preparation.

  49. Can we use lemon juice from a bottle or must it be a fresh lemon, when it is being used along with gram flour to make a paste?

    1. It is always best to use freshly squeezed lemon juice for effective results. However, if fresh lemons are not available then you can use bottle ones.

  50. I m light in complexion, I decide to change to mango body butter, ie mango butter, Shea butter, lemon oil , carrot oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, sandalwood essentially oil, rose essential oil, ever since iv become dark most especially my face should I stop or what can I do to get my complexion back

  51. I had an oily skin with little open pores near to my nose and problem of blemishes and red spots in my skin so what should I use for that please tell me any home remedy or medicine

  52. Kinda sad how people think making their skin lighter makes them more beautiful. All skin shades are beautiful and white washing is bullshit.

  53. Hi,

    Can i add, honey, milk, baking soda, olive oil, lemon and turmeric to my black soap? ( the black soap is natural, no chemical has been added?

  54. thanks for this amazing article! I really need to whiten my skin fast as my weeding is fast approaching I am totally in panic mode right now! Thanks for this amazing article, I think I will be adding Solvaderm to this routine to hasten its effects. thank you you are such a life saver

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