Having fair and flawless skin is a common aspiration for those who want to keep up with beauty standards. Dark skin is not just innate, but can also be acquired from too much exposure from the sun, environmental factors such as pollution and poor lifestyle choices like eating an unbalanced diet or smoking.
The pigment called melanin is responsible for the color of one's skin. When the skin cells produce more melanin, a person's complexion gets darker. The cosmetic industry is arranged with products that promise to lighten one's skin tone. Some of these products have strong chemicals that, when used aggressively, damage the skin.
It's good to know that there are simple, cost-friendly and effective skin whitening solutions. These natural remedies are easy to find and prepare at home.
1. Citrus Fruits
Oranges and lemons are rich sources of Vitamin C, which can make the skin healthy, smooth and supple. Citrus fruits also contain natural acids that are effective bleaching agents that exfoliate dark and dead skin cells.
Mix one part lemon juice and one part water and dab the solution to a piece of cotton. Spread it on your skin and let it stand for about 15 minutes. Leaving it on for much longer may cause some irritation. Rinse the solution off and apply the moisturizer. Doing this regimen for at least twice a week will lead to noticeable results after a few months.
Another alternative is a concoction of two tablespoons of orange juice and a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply this daily on your face, neck and other parts of the body you'd like to whiten. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes and do not forget to moisturize after.
The celebrated and beautiful Cleopatra, is widely known to bathe in milk. This beauty secret relies on the lactic acid present in milk, which dissolves the proteins holding dead skin cells together.
In a tub of warm water, pour in one cup of full-fat milk. When drawing a milk bath, you can drop essential oils to make it more soothing. You can also add lemon juice or honey into the mixture for better whitening effect.
Other milk products like yogurt also contain enzymes that remove dead skin cells. You can make a nourishing mask by mixing together equal parts of honey and unflavored yogurt. Spread the mask on your face and body for at least 15 minutes before rinsing. In lieu of honey, you can also use aloe or avocado.
Regularly applying mashed papaya onto the skin will gradually lighten its tone. Papain, an enzyme found in the papaya fruit, actively breaks down certain proteins. That's why papaya is good for digesting meat and exfoliating dead skin cells.
Several whitening soaps have papaya as the main ingredient because of its guaranteed effect. Other than whitening, papaya extracts also contribute in making scars fade faster, and lighten dark spots and freckles.