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A flawless skin remains only a dream, given our hectic lifestyle. To add to that, many other factors like pollution, harmful UV rays from the sun, stress, and improper diet can damage your skin further and give you an imbalanced skin tone. If this wasn’t enough, many of the cosmetic products available in the market these days contain harmful chemicals and additives that cause additional damage to your skin instead of making it healthy and glowing.

The best solution under these circumstances is to use natural ingredients or products that are safe to use. Their benefits are plenty and include skin brightening, balancing your skin tone, reducing blemishes and marks, photo-protection (protection from UV rays), and eliminating harmful bacteria. These remedies will work on your skin naturally and effectively.

Cleansing and exfoliating your skin using masks and scrubs will ensure that all the dirt, grime, and impurities are removed along with the dead skin cells. Once cleansed, moisturize your skin to keep it hydrated and nourished. Before you step out in the sun to soak in some vitamin D, it is extremely important to use a good sunscreen so that the sun’s UV rays do not cause any damage to the skin cells.

How To Lighten Skin?

Let us now see how simple concoctions that you can brew up at home can work wonders in lightening your skin.

Masks For Skin Lightening

  1. Papaya And Honey Pack
  2. Dried Orange Peels And Yogurt
  3. Tomato, Yogurt, And Oatmeal Mask
  4. Milk, Lemon Juice, And Honey Mask
  5. Gram Flour And Rosewater (Or Yogurt)
  6. Sandalwood Powder
  7. Pumpkin Mask
  8. Citrus Mask
  9. Potato Juice
  10. Rice Flour And Milk Face Pack
  11. Blueberry Skin Brightening Mask

1. Papaya And Honey Mask

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Fresh papaya is not only tasty to eat but is also excellent when it comes to its benefits for the skin. It contains enzymes such as papain and alpha hydroxy acids that have the ability to dissolve dead cells and remove impurities, which lead to glowing skin (1, 2). The other ingredient in this mask, honey has antibacterial properties that can protect the skin (3).

What You Need

  • ½ cup fresh papaya pieces
  • 1 teaspoon honey

What You Need To Do

1. Mash the papaya pieces till you get a smooth and thick paste.
2. Add honey to this paste and mix thoroughly.
3. Apply the paste to your face and keep it on for about 20 minutes.
4. Wash your face with warm water.
5. Rinse again with cold water and pat your skin dry.

How Often You Need To Do This

Every night before sleeping.

Best Suited For

Oily skin, normal skin

Caution

Papain can cause allergic reactions in some people. Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to papaya and its products.

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2. Dried Orange Peels And Yogurt

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Orange is a commonly found fruit in most households, and it works really well in whitening the skin (4). It is also rich in vitamin C that acts as a good depigmenting agent (5).

What You Need

  • A few orange peels
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored yogurt

What You Have To Do

1. Dry the orange peels in the sun for two to three days.
2. Once they become almost crisp, grind them till they turn into powder.
3. Mix one tablespoon of this powder with the yogurt till you get a smooth paste.
4. Apply the paste to your skin (after cleansing it) and keep it on for about 15-20 minutes.
5. Rinse with warm water.

How Often You Need To Do This

You can do this every alternate day before going to bed.

Best Suited For

All skin types

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3. Tomato, Yogurt, And Oatmeal Mask

The lycopene in tomatoes, which gives them their characteristic red color, has photoprotective properties that can protect the skin from aging and other age-related issues (6). Due to the abundance of antioxidants, tomatoes are one of those foods that can make your skin glow (7). In a Germanic study, the lycopene in tomatoes was also found to protect the skin from cancer (8).

Oatmeal acts as a gentle exfoliant and improves skin health (9).

What You Need

  • 1 tomato
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt (fresh and unflavored)
  • 1 teaspoon oatmeal

What You Have To Do

1. Cut the tomato in half. Take a teaspoon or two of its juice.
2. Take the oatmeal in a bowl, and add the juice and yogurt to it. Mix well.
3. Apply the mask to cleansed skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
4. Rinse with warm water.

How Often You Need To Do This

Preferably two to three times in a week.

Best Suited For

Oily skin, normal skin, combination skin

4. Milk, Lemon Juice, And Honey Mask

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Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C that has been found to have skin lightening effects due to its ability to reduce the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin tanning (10).

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Apply the paste to your face (after having cleansed your face) and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
3. Rinse your face with warm water.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this every alternate night before going to bed.

Best Suited For

All skin types

Caution

If you feel any burning sensation because of the acidity of the lemon juice, take the mask off immediately and rub an ice cube on the area.

Author: Henry Davis

Hello. I’m an author and international speaker. I’ve traveled the world full-time since 2009, moving to a new country every four months or so, each home determined by the votes of my readers.

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