Hydroquinone, the most common ingredient in skin lightening creams has been linked to cancer and ironically ochronosis, also known as skin darkening. Yikes! Dark and dull skin (The dark patches) are in fact Hyper pigmentation, a sign of sun damage caused by an increased melanin production, which happens when the skin is trying to protect itself from over exposure to UV ray, environmental pollution, a medical condition and the only way to truly reduce dark patches is to ex-foliate regularly: Removing surface layers of damaged skin with lighten dark spots over time as new skin replaces damaged skin. And you can save yourselves time and money by using natural remedies that will effectively brighten and lighten your skin complexion.
Yoghurt, a by-product of milk, has many nutrients that are good for the skin. It also contains lactic acid that has bleaching properties. When applied externally helps to clear the skin and moisturises it.
Simply spread some fresh yoghurt onto your face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off as usual. As an alternative you can also try mixing yoghurt with a tablespoon of honey or lemon for best results.
A natural exfoliator, comes into play in this skin lightening remedies. After cleansing, slice open a lemon hold one half by the rind and rub the juicy side all over your face, being careful to avoid your eyes. The alpha-hydroxyl acids (AHAs) in the lemon encourage ex-foliation by sloughing away the outer layer of the dead skin cells, improving circulation and stimulating new cell growth. The fruit acid dissolves the old skin cells and making room for the new. Leave the juice on for five minutes or less, if the stinging is too much then rinse off. This treatment is even more effective in a steamy bathroom or sauna.
Honey helps to bleach skin while also acting as a moisturising agent. Dry skin is a common factor that contributes to uneven skin tone. Honey also has antibacterial properties that can help fade age spots and acne scars. Apply Pure honey to your face and just don’t give into the temptation to lick it all off. Leave the honey on for as much as 20 minutes the rinse off with lukewarm water. This remedy will help remove dead skin cells, making your skin appear brighter and fresher than before.
The most important ingredient in skin care is Vitamin C, which you can get in abundance form oranges. Plus, Oranges have bleaching property that can lighten your skin tone. It has been found that regular consumption of fresh orange juice can greatly improve the overall texture of your skin as well as its suppleness. Grind dried Orange peels into powder mix with Yoghurt and apply to your face and neck to get brilliant skin brightening results. You can also mix a tsp of honey to lighten pigmentation marks and to help unveil soft shining skin tone. It should be done twice a week.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera can alleviate hyper pigmentation and restore your skin’s original colour. Also the cooling effect of aloe Vera helps regenerate new cells and rebuilds damaged tissue, which is important for healthy skin. This simple remedy using aloe Vera can lighten dark spots and improve your overall skin complexion. By rubbing the inside of the plant (the gel part) on your face, you will make your skin feel brighter and refreshed.
Remember when our mothers endlessly emphasized on the benefits of tomatoes for skin? because tomatoes can actually whiten and moisturise your skin naturally. They make your skin glow and appear fairer than ever before. Consuming one raw tomato on . Apply the mask every two days once and watch the magic happen!daily basis, you can also make a mask out of freshly crushed tomatoes with yoghurt.
With regular use, these remedies can improve skin texture as well as reduce brown spots and wrinkles but only if you continue to protect your skin from the sun. Avoid Prolonged use of Chemical bases Cosmetic product. Oh, and keep a hat handy for sunny days. With a bigger brim than mine!