In our country a fascination towards light skin tone can be observed not only within women but also within men. The drive to become fairer often leads to the use of harsh chemical based fairness creams that lighten the skin tone at the cost of its quality. Use of bleach is also another basic way that is tried often to get a fairer skin tone. These treatments give results, yes, they give results and most of the times the results are instant, but in the long run they leave the skin ruined.
The skin tone of a person depends on the amount of melanin pigment present in the skin of the person, which is mostly controlled by genetics and other environmental factors. The higher the melanin the darker the skin tone will be. So, here the objective is to reduce the melanin content of the skin. The fairness creams and bleaches do that perfectly, but in the process, they damage the skin, which in the long run can cause major skin problems like dryness, wrinkles, itchiness and many more.
So, if you are fascinated towards the fairer skin tone, opt for some natural homemade remedies that will take time to show results, but will not damage your skin even if used in the long run. These home remedies actually nourish the skin from within helping to get an even and healthy skin tone. These face packs that we will discuss in the next section of this article includes the most effective natural ingredients that have properties to reduce the melanin content of the skin naturally. They can be highly effective to ensure a clear skin complexion with regular use. However, you should not expect an over the night action from a natural fairer treatment, because natural things take time to show results. So have patience and use any of the fairness treatments mentioned below along with your regular skin care regime to get a lighter skin. Here are a few tips to start with,
- Forgetting that perfect fair skin, cleaning, scrubbing and moisturizing your skin regularly is very important. This regime keeps the factors that might trigger production of more melanin in the skin away.
- For cleaning your skin use a natural and mild cleanser and follow it with a natural scrub for 1-2 days a week.
- Moisturizing your skin regularly, at least twice a day is vital to keep it in good health.
- Also use a sunscreen with sufficient SPF along with a physical cover like a hat, scarf or umbrella every time when you are going out to the sun, this helps to reduce the need of more melanin production in the skin.
Along with the above, include any or a combination of the below mentioned treatments to whiten your skin tone considerably.
Milk and Kesar to treat dark skin
This is not exactly a face pack, but this is a treatment that has been known in India from ancient times to have better efficiency to lighten skin tone. This treatment can start to show effect within a month when used daily.
Take 2 spoons of un-boiled milk and place some strands of Kesar in it. Cover the container and let it soak for the whole night. In the morning smash the Kesar strands in the milk and apply this runny mixture to your face and neck. Leave on till it gets dry and then wash off with water.
Milk and turmeric of skin fairness
Milk and Turmeric paste has therapeutic properties and it helps in controlling the production of melanin in the skin. Taking 1 inch of raw turmeric every morning in empty stomach can also be effective to lighten skin tone.
Make a smooth paste of 2 inches of fresh turmeric and add 2 spoons of milk in it. Apply this pack all over your face and neck. Let it set till it gets dry; then with a wet hand rub it onto the skin for 3-5 minutes and finally wash off with water. Use this treatment daily.
Sandalwood with rosewater for dark skin
Sandalwood is an amazing plant with extensive therapeutic and skin friendly properties. It lightens the skin tone and also promotes problem and acne free skin. Rosewater on the other hand helps in moisturizing curing any skin dryness.
Make a sandalwood paste by rubbing the sandalwood stick on sandstone, but use rosewater instead of normal water. Let it be runny in consistency. Apply this runny packs onto your skin; within 5-10 minutes it will get dry and then apply another coat of the pack. Repeat layering for 10-15 minutes and then wash off with water.
Fuller’s earth with lemon for clear skin
This is another well-known face pack used in a clearer skin tone. Fuller’s earth being natural clay is very soothing for the skin and it helps in controlling the melanin as well. Lemon on the other hand, works as an astringent and a mild bleaching agent.
Mix 2 tablespoon of fullers earth with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and add sufficient water to make a paste of medium consistency. Apply this pack onto your face and neck. Let it set till it gets 70% dry. Finally, wash off with water.
Orange peel with milk to get white skin tone
This treatment has been found to work wonders for many people. Soak the cleaned peel of an orange in raw milk overnight. Use boiled milk if you have acne prone skin. In the morning grind the orange peels along with the milk in a mixer to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste onto your face. Let it set for 30 minutes and wash off with water. Repeat daily for best results.
Milk with fenugreek and mustard seeds for lighter skin
This treatment is often used before special occasions to get a lighter and more even skin tone. This face pack is believed to nourish the skin while lightening and brightening it.
Soak 1 spoon of mustard seeds and 1 spoon of fenugreek seeds in 2 tablespoons of milk overnight. In the morning you will find that the seeds have absorbed most of the milk. Now dry it under the sun and finally crash it in a grinder after adding a spoon of milk cream (malai) to it. If you have very oily skin, use milk instead of the cream. Apply this pack onto your face and neck. Leave on for 10 minutes and then start rubbing your skin slowly with it. Continue rubbing for another 5minutes and finally wash off with water.
Milk, lemon and cucumber to get naturally glowing skin
Take half of a cucumber and grate it. Squeeze out the juice and mix it with 1 tablespoon of milk. Now add a few drops of lemon to this mixture. You will see that the milk will change form. Apply this mixture onto your face and neck. Let it set till it gets dry naturally and wash off with water. This pack can give you a clear skin tone within 2 weeks. Use daily for quick results.
Papaya and honey face pack for skin whitening
Papaya and honey both are known for their natural bleaching properties. Due to the presence of vitamins they also hydrate the skin and replenish the lost moisture.
Take 2 small cubes of ripe papaya. Smash them and mix with 2 spoons of honey. Apply this pack to your skin and let it set for 15 minutes. Once it is on the drier side, wet your hands in the water and start rubbing the pack on the skin for 2 minutes. Finally, wash off with plenty of water.
Sour curd with tomato to get white skin
Sour curd is known for its moisturizing and natural bleaching properties and Tomato can lighten the skin tone due to its high vitamin and lycopene content.
Mix 1 tablespoon of sour curd with 1/2 of a grated tomato. Opt for sour curd made at home and use a fresh tomato. Apply this pack, leave for 20 minutes and wash off with water. Repeat daily.
Green coconut water for fair skin
This is one of the easiest tips that you can use with any of the above face packs and it can make the effects of the fairness treatments more pronounced and quick. Simply splash the water of a green coconut onto your face 3-4 times a day. Let it soak in and wash with water only when it gets dry and sticky.
Potato pulp and lemon face pack for skin whitening
Potato juice and pulp are the best natural home remedy and are effective to act as a bleaching agent. This helps for skin lightening and removes skin blemishes that help to improve skin health. This helps to nourish your skin and is the best homemade remedy for facial for oily skin. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C that helps to nourish the skin. This is most effective natural home remedy to remove pigmentation and dark spots. This also helps to improve the skin tone and can lighten the dark circles around eyes. Lemon acts as a natural bleaching agent that helps to clean the skin and removes dead skin cells. This helps to get rid of suntan effectively. Potato in combination with lemon is the best fairness and tan removal face pack. Peel a potato and grate it to get a smooth pulp. Squeeze out fresh lemon juice and add it into pulp. Mix them well and apply it on your face. This helps to clean face and leave it for about 20 minutes. Rinse it off with water.
Yogurt and oats face pack for skin lightening
Yogurt and oats are the best, most effective home remedies for suntan removal. This face pack helps to remove age spots and pigmentation. Thus, the oatmeal face pack is best for health which is extremely beneficial for exfoliating the Skin. This also helps to remove dead cells and impurities that improve the fairness of the skin. Thus, the natural and unflavored yogurt or sour curd contains high levels of lactic acid. It has an alpha hydroxyl acid that helps in moisturizing and exfoliates the skin. This helps to give smooth and glowing skin. This helps to prevent the breakout of acne and pimples and acts as a mild bleaching agent the helps to correct the skin discoloration and age spots. Take 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of oats. Whisk out the yogurt in a small bowl and add oats to it. Mix them well and apply it on your face and neck. Massage it on the skin. Leave it for about 5 minutes on arms, neck and face. Leave for 20 minutes and wash it off with water.
While following a skin lightening treatment always remember that every skin does not respond the same way to a treatment. So, you might need to try a few to find the one treatment that goes best for your skin type. Also have realistic expectations from the fairness treatments.