We all want bright, healthy, and glowing skin. Well, who doesn’t!

And we also want effective results with minimal expense. Your skin care specialist or beautician might shun such a possibility, but wait, what if it is really possible?

We have come up with nine amazing homemade skin lightening remedies that can give you the skin you wanted, and also save your money.

Sounds great? Then keep reading!

The Skin Lightening Remedies

  1. Dried Orange Peels And Yogurt
  2. Tomato, Yogurt, And Oatmeal Mask
  3. Papaya And Honey Pack
  4. Milk, Lemon Juice, And Honey Mask
  5. Gram Flour And Rosewater
  6. Glowy Pumpkin Mask
  7. Citrus Mask
  8. Blueberry Brightening Peel
  9. Gram Flour And Curd Mask

1. Dried Orange Peels And Yogurt

Orange Peels And Yogurt

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What You Need

  • A few dry orange peels
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh and unflavored yogurt

What You Need To Do

  1. Grind the orange peels till they turn into powder.
  2. Mix one tablespoon of this powder with the yogurt till you get a smooth paste.
  3. Apply the paste to your skin (after cleansing it) and keep it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.

When You Need To Do This

You can do this regularly before going to bed.

Why This Works

Orange is a commonly used household ingredient that can whiten the skin (1). It is also rich in vitamin C that acts as a good depigmenting agent (2).

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2. Tomato, Yogurt, And Oatmeal Mask

What You Need

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

What You Need To Do

  1. Cut the tomato in half. Take a teaspoon 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.

When You Need To Do This

Regularly before going to bed in the night.

Why This Works

Lycopene in tomatoes (that gives the fruit their characteristic red color) has photoprotective properties that can protect the skin from aging and other age-related issues (3). Due to the abundance of antioxidants, tomatoes are one of those foods that can make your skin glow (4). In a Germanic study, the lycopene in tomatoes was also found to protect the skin from cancer (5).

Oatmeal acts as a gentle exfoliant and improves skin health (6).

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3. Papaya And Honey Pack

What You Need

  • ½ cup of ripe and fresh papaya pieces
  • 1 teaspoon of 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.

When You Need To Do This

Every night before sleeping.

Why This Works

Fresh papaya is known to have the ability to dissolve dead cells, which gives one glowing skin (7). Honey has antibacterial properties that can protect the skin (8).

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4. Milk, Lemon Juice, And Honey Mask

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon each of milk and lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

What You Need To Do

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

When You Need To Do This

Do this every night before going to bed.

Why This Works

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 (a pigment responsible for skin tanning) (9).

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5. Gram Flour And Rosewater

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of gram flour
  • A few teaspoons of rosewater

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the ingredients till you get a smooth paste.
  2. Rub the mask all over your face and let it stay on for about 30 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water.

When You Need To Do This

You can do this thrice a week before going to bed.

Why This Works

Gram flour has been found to possess antimicrobial properties that can protect the skin from infection. Rosewater can revitalize and moisturize the skin, and give it a refreshed look (10).

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6. Glowy Pumpkin Mask

Glowy Pumpkin Mask

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What You Need

  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon each of honey and milk

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix two teaspoons of this pumpkin puree with the honey and milk till you get a uniform paste.
  2. For the pumpkin puree, first cut a pumpkin into several pieces. Later, boil them and put them in an immersion blender.
  3. Apply this paste to your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.

When You Need To Do This

You can try this before going to bed in the night.

Why This Works

Pumpkin is a powerhouse of antioxidants and exfoliating acids. It consists of beta-carotene, and vitamins A and C, all of which help in lightening and brightening the skin (11).

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7. Citrus Mask

What You Need

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon each of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of sour cream (should not be fat-free)

What You Need To Do

  1. Beat the egg white in a bowl till it is fluffy.
  2. Take the sour cream in another bowl and mix the juices of grapefruit and lemon together with it.
  3. Now add this mixture to the egg white and mix thoroughly.
  4. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse your face with warm water.

When You Need To Do This

Thrice a week, before going to bed in the night.

Why This Works

The proteins found in egg white are found to have antibacterial properties (12). These can help protect the skin from external infections.

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8. Blueberry Brightening Peel

Blueberry Brightening Peel

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What You Need

  • A handful of fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup of plain yogurt

What You Need To Do

  1. Crush the blueberries and blend the paste with the yogurt.
  2. Mix well and apply the mask to your face.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then, wash off with warm water.

When You Need To Do this

During the night before going to bed.

Why This Works

Blueberries have excellent immunity-boosting properties that can help your skin glow (13).

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9. Gram Flour And Curd Mask

What You Need

1 tablespoon of gram flour
1 tablespoon of curd

What You Need To Do

1. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl.
2. Apply the paste on your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
3. Rinse your face with warm water.

When You Need To Do This

In the night before going to bed.

Why This Works

Yogurt has been found to improve the brightness of skin (14). The probiotic bacteria in yogurt have also been found to keep your skin healthy and make it glow (15).

You can gain a lot much by just utilizing the simple ingredients lying in and around your kitchen. And that includes getting healthy, glowing skin too!

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/simrin/ Simrin

    hey thats really simple!!.. i will do try this out thanks Oindrila

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

      Thanks a lot! :) Do try out

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/gargisinha/ GARGI SINHA

    really easy tips……..lovely

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

      Thanks a lot friend :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/satarupadatta/ satarupa datta

    really easy tips …….thanks

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

      Thanks a lot :) Do try

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/pujamalhotra/ puja malhotra

    nice tips..:)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

      Thank you :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/swathyranjan/ Swathy Ranjan

    will try

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

      Do try :)

  • sanju

    hey, i will try this its really easy but it really works or not???

  • ajay patel

    I will try

  • 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!

    • ragini

      right dud

  • TRBrainbow

    I was this pale white but due to sun exposure now I’m this Pale yellow color

  • 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….

    • 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

      • Shadow

        No need for nasty comments! Either comment nicely or rack off!

  • Steven Lee

    People want to whiten their skin for many reasons. Usually it is a way to reduce or remove scars, dark spots or discolorations. Others just want a brighter and more even skin tone or want to remove a tan. Skin whiteners are also called skin bleachers and skin lighteners. The skin can repair itself, but sometimes home remedies are needed to get the skin looking its best. Natural and inexpensive treatments are available to help whiten areas of the skin.

    Read more:

    http://naturalcare.bodyxbeauty.com/homemade-natural-skin-whitening-remedies/

  • natalia halsey

    i feel the same way …

  • saina hydara

    Having a light skin tone does not make you look better than somebody with a dark skin tone

  • 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

  • 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?

  • Grammar Nazi

    Nice article, but “you’re the only one*”!

  • http://www.dermology.us/ Terrie Dawson

    Everyone needs beautiful and glowing skin and you’ve explained easy and practical tips for glowing skin thanks for sharing.

  • david

    Thanks You Helped Me. I’m a guy shy to ask others but you helped me.
    Love from INDIA.

  • 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.

  • alma

    you may try lemon juice,1 sliced apple,and sour cream….this make’s your face so soft and smooth.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Alma, thanks for sharing your tip with us :-)

  • 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!:)

  • 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.

  • ROSE

    Hi every one,I hav been trying so many things in last 8 years to get that even tone and that pinkish look. Tried many home remedies. They are good but short lived. Have to be regular and takes so much time. my doctor suggested me to take a nutritional combination of glutathione with vit c and ala etc. He prescribed PINODIN- G cap with a sunscreen of SPF 50. The outcome has been simply great . And its simple

  • Amanda

    I thought everyone was trying to be more tan! I am glad to see people appreciating fair skin! That is not to say tan skin is not just as beautiful though!

  • hiza

    very useful

  • Anonymous

    Are these for only the face or they can be used all over the body?

  • Anonymous

    Realy amazing.i must try

  • pachaa

    Every one can realisr their dream

  • Shilpa Shetty

    Thank u for the tips,.. I will be definitely trying these,.. I have a query regarding the “Milk, Lemon Juice and Honey” mask. Can this mask be applied on any type of skin ? Or is it only for specific skin types?

  • Anonymous

    Ya i tried works great

  • lakshmi

    how to papaya powder for dry skin?

  • Janice Francis

    My skin was naturally fair, but from 3 years its getting darker. i have already tried out many( not all. but yes many) remedies mentioned above which showed no result. So, please tell me is there any remedy which is “really and most” effective. I have dry skin but sebum excretion is much. Please help me, I will be really thankful to you.

  • Anonymous

    We all need those facials that can be made at home.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/richag/ Richa

      That’s so true! Check out our skin care section @ http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/skin/

      Do try out these cost-effective easy homemade remedies which will brighten and whiten the skin and impart it with a natural glow.

  • Angel

    wow, thanks! I will be trying this out:) hopefully it will lighten these little acne scars!:)

  • Angel

    Hun that is entirely not true haha

  • Angel Sullivan

    Had it in just a few days I’ve
    been using DermalMD Skin Lighting Serum for a couple of years and my daughters wedding
    is coming up and my spots we’re coming back and I gave mine to a friend
    to try and i wanted to look better in the photos so I ordered it I can
    already see a difference.

  • Elizabeth Yale

    Turmeric and yoghurt keeps your skin fresh and silky. I was also told that red wine helps to purify blood and brings a natural glow to the skin….washing your hear with bear softens your hair…..There are thousands of natural ways to take care of your skin. I read a lot of health and beauty tips from beauty magazines like Beauty Rebel, ELLE, etc…. i read a lot of magazines which gives out such lovely tips. Thanks to the digital technology that i read all my fav magazines digitally on my smartphone.

  • Dukemama

    Am I the only one who thinks the glowing, bronze-colored side of the woman’s face above is MUCH prettier than the drab pink side? Well, I actually asked my children and they all thought the woman’s natural color was so much more beautiful. Your complexions are already beautiful, please do not feel you need to lighten them to be more similar to the pink tones of white people. I think they look beautiful pink and shouldn’t harm their skin with tanning and I think all shades of people are beautiful just like they are! Remember, they are often tanning to get browner like us! I understanding wanting your skin to look bright, clear and even, which is why I came here to lighten acne scars, but to want your face to be “whiter” is not a good goal for anyone, unless you were born that way.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Cynthia, thanks for sharing your wonderful, easy and simple remedy with us…hope our readers try out this remedy too !!

  • Bridget Odums

    Need something for dark ring around my neck….I’ve tried ambi fade cream and bleaching cream!!!! Please help me….folks think I don’t clean my neck and its very embarrassing

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Bridget, some of the causes of dark skin around the neck are diabetes, hereditary, obesity, polycystic ovary, exposure to sun, poor personal hygiene etc. The condition can be treated to a certain level by the right cleansing, scrubbing and moisturizing using natural methods. Reducing the weight of the person also helps if the darkness is caused by overweight or obesity. Some of the home remedies for dark neck are:
      1. Cucumber – Apply grated cucumber or cucumber juice on the dark neck. Gently scrub the neck for a few minutes. Wash it off after 15 minutes.
      2. Almonds – Make a paste of powdered almond and milk powder with honey. Apply this paste on the sides and back of the neck, where the skin is dark. Leave the mixture on the skin for 30 minutes and wash off with water. For more tips and remedies, check the article given below:
      http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/dark-neck-home-remedies/
      http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/beauty-tips-for-neck/

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Logan, hives is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps on the skin that appear suddenly, either as a result of the body’s reaction to certain allergens, or for unknown reasons. It is a advisable to consult a doctor. While you’re waiting for hives and swelling to disappear, here are some tips: Apply cool compresses or wet cloths to the affected areas. Try to work and sleep in a cool room. Wear loose-fitting lightweight clothes.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Rani, may be the product did not suit your skin and hence left black spots on your skin. Black spots take some time to disappear… so follow any remedy regularly for a couple of weeks to see the difference.
    1. Lemon juice – Put some fresh lemon juice on a cotton ball and rub it directly on the affected skin area. Allow it to dry and then wash it off with plain water. Continue applying this dark spot removal home remedy for at least two weeks to get the desired result. If you have delicate or sensitive skin, you can dilute the lemon juice with plain water, rosewater, or honey.
    2. Oats – apply an oatmeal mask on your face and neck to remove dead skin and black spots. Grind half a cup of rolled oats. Add three to four tablespoons of lemon juice to make a paste. Scrub it on your skin and wash it off with warm water when it dries. Follow this treatment once or twice a week.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Ridhi, yes you can apply lemon juice to your skin but always remember to apply it in the evening or before going to bed. You can also apply during the day time but never step out in the sun after its application as it can lead to skin reaction leading to form spots. Wash your face thoroughly and apply a light moisturizer.

  • NAEEM MUKHTA

    Very nice method of Natural skin whitening.