The craze for skin lightening with the hundreds of creams and cosmetics being marketed to specifically lighten the skin, are testimony to the fact that the greater percentage of women in our country dream of acquiring a fairer skin tone.

 Home remedies for skin lightening

Avoid lightening the skin tone using harsh, chemical-loaded cosmetics which are expensive at the same time. Try out these cost-effective easy homemade skin lightening remedies which will brighten and whiten the skin and impart it with a natural glow. These home made whitening creams will also boost hydration and glow, thereby offering you gorgeous looking skin. This is a perfect solution on how to get lighter skin tone.

Homemade Remedies For Skin Lightening:

Here are some simple face packs for skin lightening treatment at home.

1. Dried Orange Peels and Yogurt:

Our very first choice of the homemade tips for skin lightening!

Orange peels can be dried at home by placing them under the sun. Dry those till all the moisture is gone and the peels turn crisp.

How to:

Grind dried orange peels into powder form and mix 1 tbsp of it with 1 tbsp fresh and unflavored yogurt to make a paste.
This mixture should be applied and allowed to stay on cleansed skin for 15-20 minutes and then rinsed off.

This mask is effective in lightening skin blemishes and spots as well.
It also helps to remove blackheads when massaged on the affected areas in circular motion.

2. Tomato, Yogurt and Oatmeal Mask for Bright Skin:

This is a very effective home remedy for skin lightening treatment.

 oatmeal for skin benefits

Ingredients: Tomato, Yogurt and Oatmeal

 yogurt and oatmeal mask

How to:

 tomato paste skin lightening

Add 1 tsp each of yoghurt and tomato juice to a teaspoon of oatmeal.
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 tomato and lemon for skin whitening

Apply on your cleansed skin and leave for 15-20 minutes, followed by rinsing with cold water.

Yogurt has mild bleaching effects; it helps to keep away blemishes and leaves the skin moisturized and supple. Oatmeal acts as a natural and gentle exfoliant for the skin and tomato juice lightens skin naturally in addition to being a good astringent. While rinsing off the mask, you can rub it gently so that the oatmeal can remove the dead skin cells. This mask is also effective in removing sun tan.

3. Milk, Lemon Juice and Honey:

 honey benefits for skin care

Ingredients: Milk, Lemon Juice and Honey

How to:

 skin lightening with honey

 skin lightening home made remedies

Use 1 tsp each of milk/milk powder, honey and lemon juice and mix together well.
 skin lightening with honey and lemon

This face mask should be applied all over cleansed skin and left for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off. It also makes your skin really soft.

4. Potato Facial Mask:


Potato slice, pulp or juice
How to:

Use potato slices or paste as a mask or even the juice on the tanned areas of skin  of potato can be applied atleast twice on to skin.
After 15-20 minutes, wash off with plain water.

5. Lemon Juice Facial Mask:


Lemon juice
 Lemon Juice Facial

How to:

Use freshly squeezed lemon juice on the affected spot areas or whole skin, and hands also.
Leave it on for 15 -20 mins
Do not forget to wash them off with cold water preferably or running cold tap water (chilled not required).

Remember lemon makes your skin more photosensitive , i.e sensitive to sun rays, since it’s a natural bleach. So do not go out into sun immediately after using it. Do wait for at least 5-8 hours before stepping out. And when you do step out make sure you use an umbrella and a good quality sunscreen at least 20 mins before to ensure effective protection against UVA and UVB rays.

6. Lemon or Orange Rind Facial Mask for Skin Whitening:

Lemon and orange are citrus fruits which are well known for their acidic properties which works well when our aim is to lightening our skin.


Lemon or orange rind
Raw milk
 Lemon or Orange Rind
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How to:

Take lemon zest or lemon rind ( the outer skin grated), or orange zest, dry them out in the sun (do not microwave) and then grind them to a powdered form.
Keep in dry air tight container
Use it mixed with raw milk and use as pack on affected areas.
Wash off with warm water .
Immediately use a cool toner.

Have fun trying out these tips.