How to lighten skin tone? 14 skin-whitening beauty tips to lighten your skin tone naturally!

Get rid of that layer of tan and get your natural skin color back with these packs and tips.

Published: March 22, 2017 4:20 PM IST

By Priya Prakashan

How to lighten skin tone? 14 skin-whitening beauty tips to lighten your skin tone naturally!

Dark, dull and pigmented skin can be caused by a lot of factors such as overexposure to the sun, pollution, poor lifestyle choices, medical condition, or even stress. Fair and flawless skin complexion is a dream many girls have and is no dearth of skin-lightening creams and lotions out there in the market. But prolonged use of chemical-based cosmetic products can damage your skin. We share with you some tips to lighten your skin tone naturally and get that flawless look. However, you need to know that you cannot go from being dark-skinned to looking fair like it is portrayed in several ads selling fairness creams. You can definitely go back to your natural skin tone which over time tends to darken due to factors like dust, pollution, etc. We list tips that will lighten your skin tone by bringing back your natural shade. (ALSO READ How to get fair skin naturally: 13 natural home remedies and face packs to get flawless and fair skin).

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1. Get enough sleep

Get enough sleep

Sounds odd? But it is rather true that less sleep can mess with your skin and face as your body needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep. You need to give enough time for your body to rest to bring out the inner glow. While you sleep your body boosts blood flow to the skin which means you wake up with a healthy glow. But if you do not get enough sleep your complexion can look dull and lifeless not mention the appearance of dark circles as well.

2. Drink enough water

Drink enough water

You must drink adequate amounts of water for hydrated and radiant skin. You should be drinking at least 8 ounces that is two liters of water in a day to keep your body hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will improve the texture and appearance of your skin by flushing out toxins. (ALSO READ How to get pink lips naturally at home: 13 effective home remedies to get back your naturally soft and pink lips).

3. Wear sunscreen even when indoors

Use protection when you step outside

You need to protect your skin from the harmful radiations of the sun when you step out from home and even when indoors as the rays can penetrate glass as well. Apply sunscreen lotion or spray generously all over your body and carry sunglasses, cap or a scarf to protect your skin from sun and pollution. (ALSO READ Natural cleansers to get rid of makeup: 8 alternative makeup removers that actually work!).

4. Moisturize your skin

Moisturize your skin

You need to moisturize your skin using a daily moisturizer or facial oil two times in a day. Moisturizing skin will help you get rid of dry and flaky skin and make your skin appear radiant. The hydration will give an instant boost to the complexion of your skin.

5. Massage your face with olive oil and honey

Massage your face with olive oil and honey

To lighten your skin tone massage your skin daily with olive oil and honey pack. Mix  2 tbsp of olive oil and a tsp of honey  and massage onto your skin for a couple of minutes. If you have oily skin also add few drops of lemon juice. Wipe this pack off with  lukewarm water. This home remedy will give you fairer complexion.

6. Facial steam

Facial steam

This deep-cleansing method will open your pores and clear all the dirt. But instead of using plain water, boil lemon peels in water and  then use the water to steam your face. Do this for a couple of minutes and then pat your face dry with a soft wet towel.The vitamin C of lemon will enhance the color of your skin.  (ALSO READ How to wash your face without soap and face wash: 11 natural face cleansers to make your skin glow naturally).

7. Use cold rose water

Use cold rose water

Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces redness of your skin. Spraying cold rose water on the face will leave yous skin refreshingly fresh and also enhance the complexion. The best thing about using this home remedy is that you can use it any time of the day.  (ALSO READ Beauty benefits of milk: 5 beauty hacks that will change your life).

7. Exfoliate your skin

Exfoliate your skin

You need to exfoliate your skin to get rid of the dead skin buildup every alternate day. Use a home made exfoliating pack by combining 2 tsp of rice powder mixed with a little bit coconut oil. Rub this mixture on your skin to get rid of tan and improve your complexion.

8.Homemade face pack

Home made face pack

Make a homemade face pack using some unsalted butter, 2 tbsp of ripe banana paste and 1 tsp of honey. Mix all the ingredients and massage it all over your face for a couple of minutes. Use a warm wash cloth to remove the pack. This pack will improve your complexion and the texture of your skin. (ALSO READ Priyanka Chopra’s beauty secrets revealed! The Quantico star shares 3 DIY beauty packs for looking flawless).

9. Use orange peel mask

Use orange peel mask

You can apply an orange peel mask to get skin brightening results. Grind fresh orange peels with cold milk and apply the paste onto your face and neck. Use this pack twice a week for lighter skin naturally.

10. Natural bleach face pack

Natural bleach face pack

To make a natural bleach face pack, bend 2 tsp of orange peel powder or lemon peel powder with a tsp of baking soda, 1 tsp of honey and 2 tsp of lemon juice. Apply this paste onto your face to remove pigmentation and also to bleach facial hair and to get glowing skin.  (ALSO READ How to use mustard oil in your beauty regimen to get radiant skin and lustrous hair).

11. Aloe vera fairness treatment

Aloe vera fairness treatment(1)

Mix 2 tsp of aloe vera gel with 1/2 tsp of turmeric and 1 tbsp of honey in a bowl and apply this onto your face and neck. Leave it for 15 minutes and then wipe it off using a cotton pad soaked in chilled milk. Wash your face with cool water post wiping off with milk. This pack will enhance your skin complexion and elasticity.

12. Cucumber fairness face pack

Cucumber fairness face pack

To lighten skin tone you can make a cucumber fairness face pack by blending peeled cucumber slices with sandalwood powder and a tbsp of lemon juice. Apply this herbal fairness face pack on your face and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash it off and pat dry for a glowing skin and a lighter skin tone.  (ALSO READ Alia Bhatt’s skincare and haircare beauty secrets that make her look effortlessly flawless!).

13.Use a natural toner on your skin twice a day

Use a natural toner on your skin twice in a day

In order to make a natural toner, you need to mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and rose water. Then soak a cotton pad in the solution and wipe your face with it, rinse after 2 minutes. This will eliminate the impurities and dead skin cells  and leave your skin soft and brighten the complexion.

14. Skin whitening egg mask

Skin whitening egg mask

Egg white works wonders on your skin! Egg has astringent properties, it can shrink your pores and tighten your skin and also lighten your skin tone. To make a skin whitening egg mask, mix 2 tsp of corn flour powder and 1 egg white, apply this on your face. Those who have acne prone skin can add lemon juice to this pack for better results.

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Published Date: March 22, 2017 4:20 PM IST