If having an even skin tone, free from age spots, freckles, birthmarks, acne marks, old scars and other hyperpigmentation problems, is right now your main concern, this article may be of your interest. Knowing how to lighten your skin is important, and many people are especially interested in knowing how to lighten skin naturally.
We have already seen the factors that can cause hyperpigmentation and all the treatments you can find. Now, we are going to take a look at how to lighten skin naturally at home. I have found plenty of natural remedies, some more effective than others. They are not miraculous and the secret is no other than to apply them regularly and for a long period of time. These home remedies will not work if you apply them one week and then you stop.
Another thing you need to consider is your particular skin condition: What type of skin do you have? Do you have a sensitive skin with propensity to allergies or irritations? Is your hyperpigmentation problem severe?
For severe hyperpigmentation problems it is always wise to visit a dermatologist first. They are the experts and they will give you the best solution for you.
How To Lighten Skin Using Home Remedies
These remedies are inexpensive and easy to make. However, you must keep in mind that in order to be effective you need to apply them regularly as part of your daily routine. Also follow these recommendations:
- Start by using any of the following natural remedies in just a small area of your skin and see how your skin reacts to it. If you pass the test then apply it over a larger area.
- Always clean and dry your skin before applying the treatment.
- Avoid the eye’s area and lips.
- Apply the paste or the mask, let it dry and rinse it with water.
- Wait at least ten minutes after the treatment before applying your make-up and/or the sunblock.
- Always use sunblock. Buy a moisturizer with SPF of at least 15. Use it every morning after cleaning your skin. Sunblock will prevent the skin from getting darker and block harmful UV rays that can cause cancer and premature aging.
- It goes without saying that these remedies are for topical use only. Do not eat them, they are not that delicious anyway.
Let´s take a look at the most common home remedies that people are using to lighten their skin.
One way to lighten your skin is by using lemon juice. The procedure is simple: cut a lemon in half and rub it over the area you want to lighten.
Lemon is a natural fruit acid that will exfoliate the skin removing the layers that have discoloration.
You must repeat the process twice a week for several months.
If you want to avoid the burning sensation when applying the lemon juice directly on your face, you can mix it with water. Let the lemon juice stay on for about fifteen to twenty minutes and then rinse it off.
Lemon juice will lighten your skin only a few shades. Never expose your skin to the sun after using lemon juice. It is photosynthetic in nature and will make your problem worst.
There is another home remedy that uses lemon juice as a main ingredient and combines it with honey.
You will have to prepare a paste using the following ingredients: lemon juice, honey, almond oil and milk powder. About the quantity to use of each ingredient: you can start by using 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of milk powder and ½ teaspoon of almond oil. These are general proportions, try it like this and then make the necessary adjustments.
You can use lime juice in the same way than lemon. You can also mix two or three drops of lime juice with grated tomato, apply it on the skin and keep it there about 20 minutes. After three weeks you can start to see some results.
Papaya soap used regularly helps to lighten and soften the skin. This soap contains, among other things, water, glycerin and papaya extract. Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that makes skin lighter. It works similarly to lemon juice, the papain exfoliates the skin, getting rid of the layers that have discoloration. As a result of the exfoliation your skin can become very dry. Always use a moisturizer after applying the papaya soap. It will keep your skin hydrated and without losing elasticity.
Skin lightening using papaya soap only remains while using the soap. If you stop using it your skin will darken again.
Using a cotton ball apply buttermilk over the area you want to treat. Wait fifteen minutes and then rinse it.
Buttermilk lightens the skin because it contains lactic acid. The effect it has on the skin is similar to lemon juice, it exfoliates the skin. This removes the affected areas making the skin lighter.
Take some fresh mint leaves and grind them using a mortar and pestle. Apply the paste over the area you want to lighten and leave it there for around twenty minutes. Rinse with cold water. If you do this twice a day you can see results in two weeks.
Mint improves the texture of your skin making it soft and smooth.
Another simple way to lighten your skin. Take a potato, grate it and spread the paste over your skin. When grating the potato don’t strain it because you need all the juices. These juices are the ones containing the bleaching agent that will help to lighten your skin. Let the paste dry and then rinse it off.
Take two or more oranges and peel them. Sundry the peels and when they are fully dried, grind them to make a powder. Adding some milk to the powder you will make a paste. Apply the paste over your skin and leave it there around 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
For this remedy you will need: sandalwood powder, lemon juice, tomato juice and cucumber juice. Make a paste mixing all these ingredients and apply it over the area you need to treat. Leave it until it dries and then rinse.
Oatmeal, tomato juice and curd
Mix all the ingredients to form a paste, apply it over the area you want to lighten, keep it there for about 15 minutes and then rinse.
All these home remedies are easy to prepare and they work for mild discoloration problems. They are cheaper than a commercial skin bleaching cream. However, it can be a pain having to prepare the mixtures every day.
Personally, I prefer to use a commercial skin bleaching cream. I just have to buy it and keep it at hand. It is always ready to use and makes my life easier. I also like the consistency they provide (always the same) which for me it is important because I know I will always get the same results. If you are like me don’t forget to check my recommendations for choosing the best cream to bleach your skin. These creams work, they are save (only contain natural ingredients), with no side effects and they have been tested.