Most of us are not blessed with a perfect skin which has no dark spots or patches. In fact, the pollution, lifestyle and wrong selection of products can make the skin dull. The term ‘skin whitening’ does not mean to make skin fairer or lighter than its original complexion. It refers to treating the uneven skin tone and to get back your original skin complexion. Here are 8 home remedies for skin whitening to treat uneven skin tone. These home remedies not only lighten the skin but also improves the skin texture. Word of caution before getting into the article, always use a sunscreen when using skin whitening or lightening ingredients. Now, let’s get into it.
1. Raw honey, tomato juice and gram flour facial cleanser:
The gram flour helps in removing the dullness of skin. The enzymes in tomato juice help in skin lightening while raw honey moisturizes the skin and provides an antibacterial effect.
How to use: Take 1 or 2 tablespoons of gram flour and a teaspoon of raw honey. Add enough amount of tomato juice to make a smooth paste. To use, apply the cleanser over the face and work in the same way you do with regular facial cleanser. Wash it off with lukewarm to normal water. For better results, use the cleanser at least once a day.
2. Hibiscus toner:
AHAs present in hibiscus help in improving the skin complexion and texture. Vitamin C helps in lightening the skin tone while vitamin E moisturizes the skin and improves its complexion.
How to use: Brew a strong cup of hibiscus tea and let it cool. Add a quarter spoon of vitamin C powder and a few drops of vitamin E oil to it. Pour the mixture into a dark-colored spritz bottle and keep it refrigerated. To use, spray over the face and you are ready to go. Do not forget to shake the bottle well before use. Always wear a sunscreen when using products with vitamin C.
3. Saffron and rosemary toner:
Saffron helps in reviving the dull skin and makes it look brighter and lighter while rosemary hydrates and tones up the skin. The combination of saffron and rosemary fights the signs of aging as well. The use of essential oil in the toner refreshes the skin.
How to use: Take a half cup of chopped rosemary herb and pour a cup of warm water over it. Cover the dish and let the water cool. Later, add a few saffron strands to it and leave the mixture overnight. Next morning, strain the water infused with rosemary and saffron. Add a few drops of lemongrass or lavender essential oil to it and mix well. Pour the mixture into a spritz bottle and keep it refrigerated. Shake well before use.
4. Strawberry and almond scrub:
The enzymes and acids present in the strawberry help in removing dead skin cells and make the skin brighter. On the other hand, nutrients present in almond help in skin whitening and moisturizing while brown sugar exfoliates the skin.
How to use: Soak 4-5 almonds overnight and make their paste the next morning. Mash 4-5 strawberries and add a half cup of roughly grounded brown or white sugar to it. Add the almond paste as well and mix it. Apply the scrub over cleansed skin in circular motion. Rinse off with normal water.
5. Licorice, lemon juice, and raw milk face mask:
Licorice can be found in many products meant for the pigmented skin as it inhibits the production of melanin. Vitamin C in lemon juice helps in skin whitening while raw milk has lactic acid that helps in getting rid of tan and makes the skin even-toned.
How to use: Take a tablespoon full of licorice powder and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Add enough amount of raw milk to make a smooth paste. Apply the face pack over cleansed skin and leave it for 20 minutes. Later rinse it off with normal water.
6. Oatmeal, papaya, and rose water exfoliating face pack:
Oatmeal and papaya work as wonderful exfoliators to remove the dead skin cells. The combination provides you with brighter skin and an even-toned complexion. Not to mention rose water hydrates the skin very well.
How to use: Take a tablespoon full of oatmeal flour and add a tablespoon of mashed papaya. Pour rose water over it to make a smooth paste. Apply the face pack over cleansed skin and leave for 20 minutes. Later rinse it off with lukewarm to normal water.
7. Orange peel, sandalwood powder, and yogurt face pack:
Orange peel is a rich source of vitamin C that helps in skin whitening and brightening. On the other hand, sandalwood improves the skin complexion and moisturizes it perfectly. Yogurt has lactic acid that helps in making the skin tone even.
How to use: Take two tablespoons of orange peel powder and a teaspoon of sandalwood powder. Add a tablespoon of yogurt and mix well to make a smooth paste. Apply the face pack over cleansed skin and leave for 25-30 minutes. Later, wash it off with normal water.
8. Rice flour, turmeric, and green tea face pack:
Rice flour helps in skin whitening and brightening. Not to mention, it refines the pores and makes skin softer as well. Turmeric provides a glow to the skin and enhances the complexion while green tea provides antioxidants to it.
How to use: Take two tablespoons of rice flour and a pinch or two of turmeric powder. Add strongly brewed green tea to make a smooth paste. Apply the face pack over the cleansed skin and leave for 20 minutes. Later, wash it off with normal water.
Source: Victoria’s Glamour