9 Easy Homemade Skin Lightening Remedies

Have you asked yourself ever how to lighten skin tone. Do you think your the only one?

The craze for skin lightening with the hundreds of creams and cosmetics being marketed to specifically lighten the skin, are testimony to the fact that the greater percentage of women in our country dream of acquiring a fairer skin tone.

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Avoid lightening the skin tone using harsh, chemical-loaded cosmetics which are expensive at the same time. Try out these cost-effective easy homemade skin lightening remedies which will brighten and whiten the skin and impart it with a natural glow. These home made whitening creams will also boost hydration and glow, thereby offering you gorgeous looking skin. This is a perfect solution on how to get lighter skin tone.

Homemade Remedies For Skin Lightening:

Here are 3 simple face packs for skin lightening treatment at home.

1. Dried Orange Peels and Yogurt:

Our very first choice of the homemade tips for skin lightening!

Orange peels can be dried at home by placing them under the sun. Dry those till all the moisture is gone and the peels turn crisp.

How to:

  • Grind dried orange peels into powder form and mix 1 tbsp of it with 1 tbsp fresh and unflavored yogurt to make a paste.
  • This mixture should be applied and allowed to stay on cleansed skin for 15-20 minutes and then rinsed off.

Benefits:

  • It also helps to remove blackheads when massaged on the affected areas in circular motion.

[ Read: Best Skin Lightening Creams ]

2. Tomato, Yogurt and Oatmeal Mask for Bright Skin:

This is a very effective home remedy for skin lightening treatment.

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Ingredients: Tomato, Yogurt and Oatmeal

yogurt and oatmeal mask

How to:

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  • Add 1 tsp each of yoghurt and tomato juice to a teaspoon of oatmeal.

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tomato and lemon for skin whitening

  • Apply on your cleansed skin and leave for 15-20 minutes, followed by rinsing with cold water.

Benefits:

Yogurt has mild bleaching effects; it helps to keep away blemishes and leaves the skin moisturized and supple. Oatmeal acts as a natural and gentle exfoliant for the skin and tomato juice lightens skin naturally in addition to being a good astringent. While rinsing off the mask, you can rub it gently so that the oatmeal can remove the dead skin cells. This mask is also effective in removing sun tan.

3. Milk, Lemon Juice and Honey:

honey benefits for skin care

Ingredients: Milk, Lemon Juice and Honey

How to:

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  • Use 1 tsp each of milk/milk powder, honey and lemon juice and mix together well.

skin lightening with honey and lemon

  • This face mask should be applied all over cleansed skin and left for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off. It also makes your skin really soft.

[ Read: Simple Remedies For Fair Skin ]

4. Potato Facial Mask:

Ingredients:

  • Potato slice, pulp or juice

How to:

  • Use potato slices or paste as a mask or even the juice on the tanned areas of skin  of potato can be applied atleast twice on to skin.
  • After 15-20 minutes, wash off with plain water.

5. Lemon Juice Facial Mask:

Ingredients:

  • Lemon juice

Lemon Juice Facial

How to:

  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice on the affected spot areas or whole skin, and hands also.
  • Leave it on for 15 -20 mins
  • Do not forget to wash them off with cold water preferably or running cold tap water (chilled not required).

Tip:

Remember lemon makes your skin more photosensitive , i.e sensitive to sun rays, since it’s a natural bleach. So do not go out into sun immediately after using it. Do wait for at least 5-8 hours before stepping out. And when you do step out make sure you use an umbrella and a good quality sunscreen at least 20 mins before to ensure effective protection against UVA and UVB rays.

6. Lemon or Orange Rind Facial Mask for Skin Whitening:

Lemon and orange are citrus fruits which are well known for their acidic properties which works well when our aim is to lightening our skin.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon or orange rind
  • Raw milk

Lemon or Orange Rind

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How to:

  • Take lemon zest or lemon rind ( the outer skin grated), or orange zest, dry them out in the sun (do not microwave) and then grind them to a powdered form.
  • Keep in dry air tight container
  • Use it mixed with raw milk and use as pack on affected areas.
  • Wash off with warm water .
  • Immediately use a cool toner.

7. Tomato Juice Facial Mask for Skin Whitening:

Ingredients:

  • Tomato juice

And if you’re one of those people who just can’t deal with tomatoes, then this can be followed even with cucumber, potatoes and lemon!

How to:

  • Apply tomato juice on to skin with a cotton ball
  • Leave on till it dries
  • Wash off

8. Turmeric Facial Mask for Skin Whitening:

This is one of the oldest and most trusted tips for skin whitening. So much so that it is also a part of our wedding ceremonies!

Ingredients:

  • Turmeric
  • Besan
  • Sandalwood
  • Raw milk

FYI all the ingredients are well known for their skin brightening properties! After all Queen Cleopatra did bathe raw milk and rose petals and no one can ever say she isn’t one of the most beautiful to ever walk earth!

[ Read: Top Skin Lightening Creams ]

Turmeric Facial Mask

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How to:

  • Make a pack of turmeric powder with about 1 teaspoon, besan or gram four,
  • Use a little raw milk to make paste
  • Add chandan or sandal wood powder about 2 tbsp to this mixture.
  • Use on face moistened i.e. do not let it dry out completely, whenever u feel it stretching, use a little milk or water and massage again and leave on.
  • Total time should not exceed like 20 minutes or so.
  • Wash off with plain water.

9. Raw Papaya Facial Mask for Skin Whitening:

Ingredients:

  • Raw Papaya paste or fresh juice

How to:

As paste:

  • Papaya paste can be applied on to the face
  • Leave on for about 15 minutes or so
  • And wash off

As juice:

  • Grate the papaya and squeeze the juice from it
  • Apply with cotton ball.
  • Keep for about 20 minutes
  • Then wash off

Caution:

  • Use a freshly squeezed lemon and not frozen juice.
  • Lemon juice can make your skin photosensitive; hence wearing sunscreen everyday is a must when you use this remedy.
  • Lemon juice may not suit sensitive skin or if you are allergic to lemon.
  • These natural skin lightening home remedies can be used daily or every alternate day.

Finally!

Many of us may not be born with a fair complexion. But does that mean we are not beautiful? Absolutely not, in my opinion. Several renowned models and celebrities who are not endowed with a fair complexion are beautiful simply because they take good care of their skin and diet, and possess healthy, glowing skin. Hence we need to understand that clear and healthy skin (be it dusky) is more important than just having a fair skin tone. Try to follow these homemade remedies for skin lightening in your skin care routine.

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31 thoughts on “9 Easy Homemade Skin Lightening Remedies

  1. devyani

    i loved your “last words”
    the fad of becoming “gora” has destroyed the confidence of many girls.
    please love what you already got :)
    take care!

  2. Tanzina

    Hi,
    I used an expired sunscream, after that I can felt that something was happening in my face & neck…within 3 minutes I washed off my face but in the min time my whole face & neck burnt…it’s been 4 months now…my face & neck is totally black..I am using Shablem & Shafair plus for last 1 week. Can u pls tell me how can I get my previous skin colour back and pls tell me if any other product I need to use….thanks in advance..I will be grateful to u….

    1. gandanghindimoinakala

      it simple combine sulfuric acid plus sodium hydroxide apply entirely to your face to fell off totally your face… then try to undergo plastic surgery to look like princess fiona

  3. lyd

    i struggle with skin discoloration and used so many diffrent kinds of product i’m desperate to learn sure fire ways homemade ways to fix HELP IF YOU CAN PLZ

  4. Nidhi

    i have been struggling with skin discoloration since long time now. I am fed up using different products in market. Now i desperately need some sure home remedies to fix my problem. Can you please suggest me with good one?

  5. MamaWack

    I’m going to try the honey, lemon juice and milk mixture because I actually have them in kitchen lol. I have melasma on my upper lip for some months now I was hoping it would disappear but it hasn’t, it looks like I have a mustache although I have no facial hair there. It’s irritating and I really hope this mixture works.

  6. Lynda

    The only way that works and does not damage your skin is to wear a 50+ Sun Protection Cream – every single day of the year. You cannot ‘bleach’ skin and all of these home remedies are ways of exfoliating your skin to slough off the top layer that daylight has darkened to reveal the paler skin underneath. So AVOID ALL DAYLIGHT ON YOUR SKIN and it won’t go darker in the first place. Good luck!:)

  7. Lynda

    The product that doctors recommend for patients with sun-damaged skin is pure vitamin A cream. It is cheap to buy in pharmacies, e.g. I use a brand in Spain called Retirides, which costs 14 euros per tube. It is an exfoliator which also adds moisture deep in the layers of your skin and you may have seen it advertised as Retinol in expensive skin creams. Just buy the pure Retin-A or pure Retinol vitamin A cream (any brand) and forget expensive ‘age defying’ creams that only contain a very low percent of the active Retinol/vitamin A in them. I’m a dermatology nurse.