Instead of reaching for harmful, harsh fairness creams, it’s time to rifle through your pantry and concoct your very own skin brightening potions that will reveal your natural lustre. Essentially skin darkening is caused by over exposure to sunlight and the over-production of the pigment melanin in skin. The home remedies below help remove surface dullness and reduce melanin production.
The best tried and tested home remedies for fairer skin.
Milk and Honey
If this divine combination was considered food for the gods, its good enough for your face. The perfect mix for dry skin, since honey adds a wallop of moisture. You can substitute milk with malai (fresh cream). Mix together one tablespoon each of milk and honey and apply on clean face. Rub into skin with gentle circular motions. Leave to dry and rinse off with tepid water after 15 minutes. The lactic acid in milk will slough off surface dead cells to reveal fairer skin. Repeat daily for best results.
Besan and Rose Water
Mix together two tablespoon each of besan (gram flour) and rose water to make a thick paste. Apply all over your face and rub into skin in a gentle circular motion. Leave to dry and rinse off with warm water after 15 minutes. Besan is an excellent exfoliator and unclogs pores. Rose water has astringent properties and dissolves dirt and grime from pores, toning skin. The perfect DIY fairness mask for oily skin. Use this once week for best results.
Home Made Fruit Pack
Mash together a piece of ripe banana, papaya and mix with two teaspoons of cream. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the mix and apply all over face for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Banana and papaya contain powerful antioxidants and enzymes that slough off dead cells and moisturize skin while lemon juice is a natural skin whitener. Repeat this once week for best results.
Turmeric, Lemon Juice and Yoghurt
The perfect fairness at-home remedy for oily skins. Mix together one teaspoon of turmeric powder, two teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of yoghurt. Apply all over face for 15 minutes. Apply a little water on your face and gently massage into skin before rinsing with cool water. Turmeric contains natural antiseptic and skin brightening properties while lime juice and yoghurt contain skin lighteners, Vitamin C and Lactic Acid respectively. Do this twice a week for best results.
Sandalwood Powder, Cucumber and Rose Water
Mix together one tablespoon each of sandalwood powder, grated cucumber and rose water. Apply on your face and leave to dry for 15 minutes a paste. Sandalwood powder lightens age spots, blemishes, and pigmentation. This is an excellent cooling face pack and works wonders on oily, sensitive skins as well. Repeat twice a week.
Potato, Honey And Rose Water
Grate a small raw potato and mix with one teaspoon of honey and a few drops of rose water. Apply all over face and neck and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing off with cool water. Potato contains natural bleaching agents that lighten skin and fades dark spots caused by sun exposure. You can safely use this potato pack on alternate days.
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