- Protect yourself from the sun – protect your skin by using SPF sunblock with a minimum SPF of 30.
- Exfoliate your skin a few times a week – exfoliation can really help to lighten the skin, since the process takes off dead skin cells.
2- Natural Lightening Treatments
- Make a lemon juice rinse– Lemon juice is a powerful lightener because it contains alpha-hydroxy acids that act as a natural exfoliant, taking off the surface layer of the skin to expose the lighter skin underneath.
- Potato Rub – Rub your skin with raw potato. It’s believed to have mild lightening properties because it contains a high amount of vitamin C.
- Turmeric Paste – Make a turmeric paste. Turmeric is an Indian spice that has been used to lighten skin for many centuries.
- Lemon Honey Mask – Make a lemon honey mask. When you mix natural skin lighteners with exfoliants, you can create a mask that lightens the skin by both taking off the dark top layer of cells and lightly bleaching the fresh skin underneath. Try a mask made with lemon juice, honey (a natural moisturizer that offsets lemon’s drying effects), and a teaspoon of ground oatmeal. Apply it to your face and anywhere else you want, leave it for 20 minutes, then wash it off.
- Oatmeal turmeric mask– Do an oatmeal turmeric mask. This is a good treatment to try if your skin is on the oily side, since it helps to cleanse the skin as well as lightening it. Mix 2 teaspoons of oatmeal powder, a pinch of turmeric, and a few drops of lemon juice to make a thick paste. Apply to your skin and leave it to dry. Wash off mask with water using gentle circular motions to exfoliate your skin as you go.
- Papaya mask – Make a papaya mask. Papaya fruit contains an enzyme called papain that helps exfoliate the skin, making way for new skin cells to emerge. It also contains vitamin C. Choose a green papaya to make your mask, since that’s when the papain is most concentrated. To make a papaya mask:Peel and slice the papaya, Put it in a blender and blend it into a smooth paste, Apply it to the skin you want to lighten, Leave it in place for 20 minutes, Rinse with warm water.