11 Best Face Packs For Skin Lightening

Even your skin tone by turning to your pantry and picking the best ingredients.

Medically Reviewed by Dr Jovana Majstorovic, MD
By Arshiya Syeda

With age, you may notice changes in your skin. Several issues like blemishes, dark spots, and pigmentations begin to appear on your skin, and it often turns dull. That is when using the best homemade face packs for skin whitening may help. Though your skin color is not a measure of your beauty, you need to combat these issues to keep your skin healthy, happy, and bright. Here, we have listed 11 face packs to help you solve skin troubles and restore your natural skin tone. Keep reading!

Best Homemade Face Packs For Skin Lightening

1. Milk Powder Face Pack For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need

  • 1 tsp Powdered Milk
  • 1-2 tsp Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 tsp Colloidal Oatmeal

Prep Time
2 minutes

Treatment Time
15 minutes

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients until they are well combined.
  2. Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  3. With clean fingers, apply the mask to your face and neck.
  4. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

Milk powder contains lactic acid which has strong bleaching properties. This face pack helps peel off the dull, dead skin cells, to expose a layer of new and healthy skin cells. The vitamin C content of orange juice also possesses skin lightening properties which will help fade dark patches and marks (1), (2).

[ Read: Simple Face Packs For Tanned Skin ]

2. Curd Face Pack For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Curd
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Juice
  • 1 tbsp Oatmeal

Prep Time
2 minutes

Treatment Time
20 minutes

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients until they are well-combined.
  2. Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  3. With clean fingers, apply the mask onto your face and neck.
  4. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
2-3 times a week.

Why This Works
Curd helps moisturize your skin while the tomato and oatmeal in this pack help exfoliate and lighten your skin. Tomato, especially, has excellent skin lightening properties which work well to remove tan and fade acne marks (3), (4).

 3. Mint Leaves For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need

  • A handful of Mint Leaves
  • Water (if needed)

Prep Time
5 minutes

Treatment Time
20 minutes

Method

  1. Grind the mint leaves to a thick paste. If the mixture is too thick, add some water and grind again.
  2. Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  3. With clean fingers, apply the mask to your face and neck.
  4. Wait for 20 minutes until the mask dries.
  5. Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
1-2 times a week.

Why This Works
Mint is a strong and refreshing astringent with purifying properties. It helps fade a tan and blemishes while evening out your skin tone (5).

4. Gram Flour (Besan) Face Pack For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Gram Flour
  • 1/4 tbsp Turmeric
  • 2 tbsp Milk

Prep Time
2 minutes

Treatment Time
20 minutes

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients until they are well-combined.
  • Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  • With clean fingers, apply the mask onto your face and neck.
  • Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

Gram flour or Besan helps lighten acne scars and pigmentation to a great extent. This helps restore your skin tone and leave your face with a luminous glow.

5. Banana Face Pack For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need

  • 1 ripe Banana
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice

Prep Time
5 minutes

Treatment Time
15 minutes

Method

  1. In a bowl, mash the banana until it is completely free of lumps.
  2. Mix all the ingredients until they are well-combined.
  3. Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  4. With clean fingers, apply the mask onto your face and neck.
  5. Leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  6. Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

This face pack is made up of three powerful ingredients which help hydrate, brighten, and lighten your skin. It helps fade dark spots, remove blemishes, and leave your skin with a glow (6), (7), (8).

[ Read: Homemade Fruit Face Packs For Glowing Skin]

6. Turmeric Face Pack For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice (or Cucumber Juice for dry skin)

Prep Time
2 minutes

Treatment Time
15 minutes

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients until they are well combined.
  • Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  • With clean fingers, apply the mask to your face and neck.
  • Leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  • Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
Every day.

Why This Works

This face pack helps get rid of pigmentation, dark spots, and blemishes to help even out your skin tone. It also controls excessive melanin production, maintaining your skin’s natural complexion. This is also an effective remedy that helps lighten your underarms (9).

7. Orange Face Pack For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Orange Peel Powder
  • 1 tbsp Fuller’s Earth
  • 1 tbsp Sandalwood Powder
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Water

Prep Time
2 minutes

Treatment Time
20 minutes

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients until they are well-combined.
  2. Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  3. With clean fingers, apply the mask to your face and neck.
  4. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
Once a week.

Why This Works

This powerful face pack is specially made for people with oily and acne-prone skin types. It helps draw out impurities from your skin while also helping even out your skin tone (10).

Stylecraze Says
Individuals with sensitive skin should practice caution when using lemon juice as it may cause skin irritation. If you experience any side effects, stop using it immediately.

[ Read: Face Masks For Glowing Skin ]

8. Rice Flour Face Pack For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Rice Flour
  • 1/2 tbsp Gram Flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Curd
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric

Prep Time
2 minutes

Treatment Time
10 minutes

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients until they are well-combined.
  2. Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  3. With clean fingers, apply the mask onto your face and neck.
  4. Leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  5. Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
1-2 times a week.

Why This Works
Rice flour is an effective skin-lightening ingredient. It not only helps clear an uneven skin tone, but it also boosts skin health with its rich content of vitamin C and para-aminobenzoic acid (11).

[ Read: Almond Face Pack Homemade ]

9. Potato Face Pack For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need
1 Medium Sized Potato

Prep Time
5 minutes

Treatment Time
20 minutes

Method

  1. Wash and peel your potato and then proceed to cut it into half-inch slices.
  2. Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  3. Use the potato slices to gently massage your cleansed face for a couple of minutes.
  4. Leave the juice from the potato on for about 15 minutes.
  5. Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
1-2 times a week.

Why This Works
Potatoes are a rich source of the catecholase enzyme which helps fade blemishes, acne scars, and dark spots. It also contains essential vitamins and minerals which facilitate healthy skin cell formation and reinforce the efficiency of the skin barrier. Its mild bleaching properties help control the production of melanin, lightening your skin.

10. Saffron Face Pack For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need

  • 2-3 strand of Saffron
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • Cotton Pad

Prep Time
3 hours

Treatment Time
20-30 minutes

Method

  1. In about a tablespoon of milk, soak 2-3 strands of saffron for 3 hours.
  2. Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  3. Using a cotton pad, dab the saffron-infused milk onto your face and neck.
  4. Leave the milk on for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
Every day.

Why This Works
Saffron has long been used for its skin-lightening properties. It helps fade blemishes and even out your skin tone. Saffron can also be taken internally to improve skin health (12).

[ Read: Almond Oil For Skin ]

11. Turmeric And Tomato Face Pack For Skin Lightening

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You Will Need

  • 1 Tomato
  • 2 tbsp Turmeric
  • Prep Time
  • 5 minutes
  • Treatment Time
  • 20 minutes

Method

  1. Blend the tomato until you get a smooth paste.
  2. To the tomato puree, add 2 tablespoons of turmeric and mix well.
  3. Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry.
  4. With clean fingers, apply the mask onto your face and neck.
  5. Leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  6. Wash off with cool water.

How Often?
Twice a week.

Why This Works

Tomato is a go-to de-tanning ingredient which helps exfoliate and lighten your skin. It possesses mild bleaching properties which help restore your skin tone with regular use (4), (9).

Stylecraze Says
Avoid applying homemade face packs to burns and wounds. Those with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis should consult a doctor before doing so.

Infographic: Minimalist Face Packs For Lightened Skin

Amongst the various face packs you can make to brighten your skin tone, some are incredibly convenient to create and need no more than 2 to 3 ingredients. Check out the infographic below to find the best face packs which you can make with just a handful of easily available ingredients.

minimalist face packs for lightened skin [infographic]

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

With aging, the healthy of the skin is also affected. Blemishes, dark spots, dryness, and pigmentation may make it look dull. Here is where you can rely on face packs for skin lightening. These face packs slowly reduce the appearance of blemishes and add a glow to your skin. These packs can be made with milk powder, yogurt, mint leaves, gram flour, bananas, turmeric, orange, rice flour, and potatoes. You can apply these face packs once or twice a week for the best results. Include these homemade face packs in your skin care regimen to reap their wonderful benefits!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which face pack is best for skin brightening?

All the face pack recipes discussed above are good for skin brightening. However, understand your skin type, allergies, and issues before using them. If you do not see any visible changes after using it for more than 3 months, consult a dermtologist to understand the reason behind your dull skin.

Which homemade ingredient is best for skin brightening?

Ingredients like turmeric, lemon, curd, and gram flour are some commonly used remedies for skin brightening. They help exfoliate dead skin cells to minimize uneven skin tone. Always do a patch test before applying it to the face.

Sources

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  2. Topical Vitamin C and the Skin: Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Applications
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  9. Curcumin Inhibits Melanogenesis in Human Melanocytes
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