- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Skin Whitening Home Remedies: 3 Powerful Recipes Worth A Try
Why Use Skin-Whitening Home Remedies?
Many women—and men—desire whiter and smoother skin.
Nowadays, a lot of cosmetics offer promises and claim that they can whiten skin effectively and efficiently.
However, the use of commercial cosmetics to whiten skin can be very risky. Reports show that certain products available in the market contain ingredients such as hydroquinone or mercury, which are harmful to the skin.
For these reasons, we should return to nature. Did you know that many ingredients you can find in the kitchen can also be used as skin-whitening agents? According to research, these household ingredients are effective at whitening skin. This Hub will walk you through how to make a few, simply and quickly.
3 Recipes for Skin-Whitening Home Remedies
In this Hub, I want to share a few recipes of skin-whitening home remedies. With these recipes, you will not have to worry about harmful ingredients since you know what ingredients you used to make your homemade skin-whitening products.
Potatoes are one of the natural ingredients you can use to whiten skin. Commonly, people use potatoes to make bleaching facial masks. Useful enzymes in potatoes called catecholase function to remove black spots on the face and make it brighter.
A potato mask should be fresh when applied, so each time you use a potato mask, you’ll need to prepare it directly beforehand. Don't worry—it doesn't take too much time. But keep in mind, potato masks cannot be stored, even in the refrigerator.
Face-Whitening Potato Mask Ingredients
- 1/2 potato
- 1 Tbsp milk
- 1 Tbsp rice flour
Grate half of a potato, and then put it in a small bowl. Add one tablespoon each of fresh milk and rice flour. Still until well-blended—it will form a thick paste.
Your skin whitening agent is ready to use!
Evenly and thoroughly apply the mask to your face, then let it dry for about 20 minutes. To remove the mask, use a cloth that has been soaked in cold water or warm water.
Alternative practitioners suggest applying a potato mask every day or as often as necessary. After a month of regular application, you will see the results.
Lemons are widely used as skin-whitening and skin-lightening agents, both in beauty salons and by medical practitioners. It’s no wonder, because lemon juice whitens the skin by exfoliating dead skin cells.
The vitamin C that lemons contain can help to whiten and smooth the skin. In addition, this vitamin functions as an antioxidant. That’s why almost all references recommend the use of lemon juice in skin-whitening home remedies.
There are two ways to whiten skin naturally with lemons. The first is by consuming lemon. Your body will absorb the vitamin C. The second way is by rubbing lemon juice on the face and other body parts on a regular basis, preferably every other day (every day may dry the skin).
One method of applying lemon juice directly is by mixing one part lemon with one part water, pouring it into a spray bottle, and spraying it on your skin. You can also use the following recipe.
Face-Whitening Lemon Honey Face Mask Ingredients
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp Sandalwood powder (optional)
Squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl. Mix in the honey, and stir until the mixture forms a smooth consistency. If you have sandalwood powder, stir it in--this will turn the mixture into more of a paste, making it easier to apply. Sandalwood also has antimicrobial tendencies, helping to eliminate blackheads and further lighten skin. Pull back your hair, and apply mixture to face, avoiding eyes. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes; alternatively, you may sleep with it on. To remove, use warm water. It's often convenient to apply the face mask prior to taking a shower.
For the Lemon Honey Face Mask, as with the direct application method, apply every other day. It will take time, but the antimicrobial properties and citric acid of the lemons will lighten your skin. Have patience, and results will begin to become apparent within three to four weeks.
Almonds have many benefits, one of which is as a skin-whitening and smoothing agent. It’s no surprise since almonds are rich in vitamin E, which helps maintain skin moisture.
One way you can use almonds to lighten skin is by mixing almond oil with olive oil. Heat the mixture, then apply before bed. Make sure that your skin is clean before applying.
Another way is that you can make your homemade skin-whitening agent. Crush 50 grams of peeled almonds, and then add three tablespoons of non-fat milk. Stir until well-blended to form a thick paste. Add two dropperfuls of rose essential oil, and then stir well. Apply this mixture to the face or other areas on the body.
Face-Whitening Almond Lotion
- 1/3 c or 50 g almonds
- 3 Tbsp non-fat milk
- 2 dropperfuls rose essential oil (optional)
Soak the almonds in water overnight. In the morning, pour the water out, and place almonds in blender. Add the rose essential oil (if using) and milk to the blender. Pulse the blender on high to crush the almonds and mix them with the liquids, forming a paste. Apply this mixture to the face or other parts of the body 15-20 for minutes before removing with warm water. If you are using almond lotion on your body as well as your face, I would recommend timing your application 15-20 minutes before taking a shower.
Other References You Should Read
- Skin Lightening Products
WebMD looks at the risks and benefits of skin lightening products.