Many men and women, especially in the Asian and African countries are known to search for remedies that help improve skin color from black to white. Women in the age range of 25 to 50 are especially concerned about tanning, melasma or pregnancy mask and sun damage that renders the skin dark and pigmented. The best way to prevent skin darkening is to avoid the sun and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. The rich antioxidant content of citrusy fruits is beneficial for skin whitening and also gives you a glowing, smooth and blemish free complexion. Here are some other skin whitening home remedies that can work in as less as 10 days.
1. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains natural anti-oxidants that can lighten and brighten skin tone in 3 days. Apply organic , raw, unpasteurized ACV to the darkened areas several times a day. This remedy can also lighten age spots, fade acne marks and give you a smooth, acne-free and glowing complexion overnight. Also drink apple cider vinegar daily with water or juice to fight free radical damage that causes melasma and skin darkening.
2. Lemon juice
Lemon juice is a popular skin whitening and brightening remedy. You can apply it as is to the skin or mix it with equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and apply it post cleansing. Wash off after 20 minutes. Repeat this remedy daily. Just make sure you apply a good sunscreen product to protect the skin when outdoors because lemon juice can make your skin prone to sun burns.
3. Onion juice
Onion juice is a powerful natural remedy to whiten and lighten skin. Squeeze onion juice from grated red onion and apply it to the dark patches on the skin. You can also mix the juice with equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and apply it to the melasma patches. Repeat application several times a week. Wash off after 20 minutes.
4. Potato juice face masque for skin whitening
Mix up potato juice with some Vitamin E oil and raw, organic apple cider vinegar. Apply the mixture to your face, back or arms where you want whiter skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Repeat this masque application weekly to see results.
5. Overnight baking soda skin whitening treatment
Looking for an easy way to whiten skin overnight? Simply head over to your pantry, mix up some baking soda with a little water and apply it all over the skin. Leave it overnight on the skin. Wash off the next morning. Repeat this several times a week to improve skin complexion and glow. This remedy also works on acne marks, blemishes and age spots.
6. Apricot oil
The polyunsaturated fatty acids in apricot oil nourish the skin. It is also rich in Vitamins A and C both of which are known to improve skin complexion and are also beneficial for mature or sensitive skin. Regular use of cold pressed apricot kernel oil is an effective home remedy for skin whitening in 3-5 days. You can also mix it with Rosehip oil and carrot seed oil. Use pure products from top manufacturers only.
7. Oregano oil
This antifungal oil is known to whiten skin tone naturally. Apply some on the skin to lighten and fade scars, marks and blemishes. You must mix oregano oil with some carrier oil like olive or coconut oil before use. This is important to avoid allergic reaction.
8. Take beta carotene
Taking beta carotene (25K IU per day) internally is one of the most effective ‘fast skin whitening tips’. This powerful antioxidant fights blemishes and inflammation to give you a glowing, youthful complexion. Additionally, you can take other vitamins and minerals for skin whitening like selenium, zinc, B complex and folic acid. You must also take cod liver or fish oil supplements for healthy, glowing complexion.
9. Flaxseed oil
Regular application of flaxseed oil can also help you whiten the skin quickly. Flaxseed oil is rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids which is beneficial for a healthy skin. Also take this oil internally.
Turmeric is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and also has skin whitening properties. Apply a paste of turmeric in milk or rose water and apply it to the melasma or dark patches. Wash off after 20 minutes. This remedy is very popular in the East, especially in India, where women mix turmeric with gram flour/chickpea flour and apply it as a face pack.
11. Herbal supplements to whiten skin naturally
There are many herbal extracts and supplements that can help you fight blemishes and melasma naturally in a few days. Take milk thistle and Grapefruit seed extract (1000 mg) daily. You can also continue using apple cider vinegar as a toner. Do this diligently for a week to see results. (Note: sometimes, GSE or grapefruit seed extract is available in form of tincture. If that is the case, take 5-10 drops mixed with a glass of water three times a day).
12. Hydrogen peroxide
Apply 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide to the melasma spots and dark patches. Do this for 3 days to whiten the skin tone.
13. Cilantro juice
Drink cilantro juice mixed with other green veggies like kale and spinach. Also add aloe vera gel, and wheatgrass to this juice. This will work as a cleanse and detoxify your liver. You can also apply crushed cilantro juice to the melasma spots to fade them and whiten skin overnight.
14. Glycolic acid peels
AHA and glycolic acid peels (15%) can lighten and whiten skin tone. These kits are available in drugstores. Use them as directed. Make sure you use sunscreen with SPF 40++ afterwards.
15. Skin whitening creams
Skin whitening creams can give you whiter skin in a week. Look for products with kojic acid, hydroquinone or retinol. Use these diligently to see results.
Try these 15 home remedies to whiten skin naturally. Also opt for dietary changes – eliminate wheat and junk food from the diet and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day. Doing so regularly will give you a glowing complexion.