With brands competing for market share and trying to make a fool of consumers with fake promises promised by the fairness creams out there, it is best to stick to few old strategies to achieve better results.

Lemon Water: All these cosmetics promise a lighter skin tone but in the end its nothing but bleaching powder. Try lime water instead. Besides benefiting the skin, water and lime juice reduces ageing, blackheads and  wrinkles. Lemon acts as a natural bleach as it contains vitamin C and the acidity present in the lemon, helps in whitening the skin.

Potato: Place a potato slice on your face and massage it gently. This will remove red marks, blemishes and lighten your skin tone.

Tea: A US research points out that drinking tea can lower peroxides (cause of  skin burn and roughness), and make your skin better cause it is a strong antioxidant.

Dark chocolate: Help you skin in a tastier way by just consuming a couple of squares of dark chocolate that will improve skin texture and UV resistance. Cocoa polyphenols and flavonoids in chocolate are superb antioxidants that help in skin whitening.

Fruits and vegetables containing high vitamin C: If you want to maintain a healthy and bright complexion eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as kiwifruit, strawberries, cherries, tomatoes etc.

Red and Yellow Fruits: These foods are rich in phytochemicals and carotene, which aids in anti-oxidation, thereby perking up the skin’s resistance power.

Soybean: Soybean is the best natural food for anti-ageing owing to the presence of isoflavone that acts as a phytoestrogen that fights ageing..  Antioxidants present in it help in retaining the lusture of the skin. Try soybean products like tofu or soybean milk for whiter skin

Oat Meal and Tomato Face Pack: We all know that oatmeal is a great exfoliant and tomato is known for its moisturising properties. So to lighten your skin, just mix them together and apply it all over your face. Keep it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off.

Bananas are rich in vitamin A, B and E and are a great anti-ageing food. A fresh mashed banana facial can do wonders for your skin.

Milk: It is not only a rich source of calcium but milk is a great home remedy for s whitening. Milk will moisturize your skin and the lactic acids will have an exfoliating effect on the skin

Beetroot : Beetroot purges our bodies of toxins. It contains potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, fibre and vitamins A, B, and C, which will help lighten your complexion.