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.

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.


  • This mask is effective in lightening skin blemishes and spots as well.
  • It also helps to remove blackheads when massaged on the affected areas in circular motion.

[ Read: Homemade Face Packs For Dry Skin ]

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

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

oatmeal for skin benefits


  • Tomato.
  • Yogurt.
  • Oatmeal.

yogurt and oatmeal mask

How to:

tomato paste skin lightening

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

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  • homemade skin lightening 2

tomato and lemon for skin whitening

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


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.

[ Read: Homemade Night Creams To Get Beautiful Skin ]

3. Milk, Lemon Juice and Honey:

honey benefits for skin care


  • Milk.
  • Lemon Juice.
  • Honey.

How to:

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skin lightening home made remedies

  • 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:


  • 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:


  • 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).


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.


  • Lemon or orange rind
  • Raw milk
Lemon or Orange Rind

Image: Shutterstock

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:


  • 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!


  • 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 : Homemade Scrubs For Oily Skin ]

Turmeric Facial Mask

Image: Shutterstock

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:


  • 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

[ Read: Dark Neck Remedies ]


  • 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.


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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  • 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

    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.

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  • 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/ 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.


    Very nice method of Natural skin whitening.