15 Homemade Skin Lightening (Whitening) Remedies And Treatments

How To Lighten Skin?

Let us now see how simple concoctions that you can brew up at home can work wonders in lightening your skin.

Masks For Skin Lightening

  1. Papaya And Honey Pack
  2. Dried Orange Peels And Yogurt
  3. Tomato, Yogurt, And Oatmeal Mask
  4. Milk, Lemon Juice, And Honey Mask
  5. Gram Flour And Rosewater (Or Yogurt)
  6. Sandalwood Powder
  7. Pumpkin Mask
  8. Citrus Mask
  9. Potato Juice
  10. Rice Flour And Milk Face Pack
  11. Blueberry Skin Brightening Mask

Scrubs For Skin Lightening

  1. Aloe Vera And Rice Flour Scrub
  2. Baking Soda Scrub

Massage For Skin Lightening

  1. Milk For Skin Whitening
  2. Essential Oils For Skin Lightening

Masks For Skin Lightening

1. Papaya And Honey Mask

What You Need
  • ½ cup fresh papaya pieces
  • 1 teaspoon 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.
5. Rinse again with cold water and pat your skin dry.

How Often You Need To Do This

Every night before sleeping.

Best Suited For

Oily skin, normal skin

Caution

Papain can cause allergic reactions in some people. Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to papaya and its products.

2. Dried Orange Peels And Yogurt

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Orange is a commonly found fruit in most households, and it works really well in whitening the skin . It is also rich in vitamin C that acts as a good depigmenting agent.

  • A few orange peels
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored yogurt
What You Have To Do

1. Dry the orange peels in the sun for two to three days.
2. Once they become almost crisp, grind them till they turn into powder.
3. Mix one tablespoon of this powder with the yogurt till you get a smooth paste.
4. Apply the paste to your skin (after cleansing it) and keep it on for about 15-20 minutes.
5. Rinse with warm water.

How Often You Need To Do This

You can do this every alternate day before going to bed.

Best Suited For

All skin types

3. Tomato, Yogurt, And Oatmeal Mask

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

Oatmeal acts as a gentle exfoliant and improves skin health

What You Need
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt (fresh and unflavored)
  • 1 teaspoon oatmeal
What You Have To Do

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

How Often You Need To Do This

Preferably two to three times in a week.

Best Suited For

Oily skin, normal skin, combination skin

 

4. Milk, Lemon Juice, And Honey Mask

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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, the pigment responsible for skin tanning .

What You Need
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do

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

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this every alternate night before going to bed.

Best Suited For

All skin types

Caution

If you feel any burning sensation because of the acidity of the lemon juice, take the mask off immediately and rub an ice cube on the area.

5. Gram Flour And Rose Water (Or Yogurt)

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 .

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

What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour
  • 2-3 teaspoons rose water or yogurt
What You Need To Do

1. Mix the ingredients till you get a smooth paste. Use rose water for normal and oily skin and yogurt for dry skin.
2. Apply the mask all over your face and let it stay on for about 20-30 minutes.
3. Rinse with warm water.

How Often You Need To Do This

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

Best Suited For

All skin types

Caution

Make sure you use yogurt instead of rose water if you have dry skin, else this mask will make your skin drier.

6. Sandalwood Powder

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