Summers are upon us. And all us hard working ladies tend to get tanned despite our best efforts to protect ourselves from the sun. Got the best, highest SPF sunscreen on, covered ourselves well, didn’t overstay in the sun too – and still returned home with dull, burned skin.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the tanned look is one to rock. But if you happen to not like your skin like that and wish to lighten it, here are some easy DIY Skin Lightening Face Masks with minimal ingredients which are sure to get you there.
Lemon Sandalwood Mask
1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp tomato juice, 1 tsp sandalwood powder. Apply and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash off.
Lemon is the absolute magic ingredient and works for literally everything. I’m yet to find the body problem which can’t be solved with lemon. And the best part is – it gives instant results.
So in this mixture, lemon is the active ingredient. Tomato juice, while is amazing for our skin, takes a lot longer to make a difference when used alone. So here it acts as a cooling agent to the acidic lemon along with its own goodness. And sandalwood obviously is a known skin wonder. Make sure to get 100% pure sandalwood.
Honey Yogurt Mask
1 and 1/2 tsp honey, 1 tsp yogurt. Mix well, form a paste. Apply and let it rest for 15 minutes and wash.
Honey is such a rich ingredient and is already used in a ton of other beauty recipes. It will lighten the skin as its antibacterial properties clear the skin of all impurities while healing it and retaining its moisture. Also, it cures acne amazingly well. So that’s an added advantage right there.
Yogurt balances out the hot efficacy of honey. But be careful as it is a pretty sticky mixture and is sure to stain clothes.
Turmeric Milk Mask
1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp milk. Mix, apply and leave it overnight.
Turmeric has been our skin lightening secret since the ancient times. Even today, it is our grandmas first choice in such prospects.
So just mix some turmeric with milk and let it work its way to enhancing your skin. Make sure to put an old towel/cloth underneath you while sleeping, otherwise it will stain your clothes. And it stains pretty bad.
Very important to not use soap the morning after. Because the chemicals present in the soaps react with the turmeric and darken the skin there. Use besan to wash off excess turmeric.
10 – 15 mint leaves, rose water. Beat/Mash mint leaves and forms a paste by adding a few drops of rose water. You can use normal water in lieu of rose water. Apply and wash after it dries off.
Herbs can only do good to our skin. Mint leaves not only heal your skin and rid it of the tan, it also leaves you feeling the most refreshed. Do this routine in the mornings to feel energized for the rest of the day.
1 potato, 1/2 tsp honey. Mash the potato and add honey. Apply and wash off after 15 minutes. (Great for dry skin)
Potato is known for its bleaching properties, akin to lemon. It works efficiently to lighten dark spots and making the skin fairer.
Even though a full-fledged mask with the goodness of other ingredients works best. But if you are running short on time, you can just rub a slice of potato on your face and let its juice dry and wash it. This method may be a bit slower, but it still works.
1/2 banana, 1 tsp honey, 2 tsp milk cream. Mash the banana, add honey and milk cream. Apply and clean it with a cloth after 15 minutes then wash with water.
Banana and milk cream both are very beneficial for lightening skin. And honey will bind the mixture together. Be careful about the heaviness of this particular face mask and make sure you don’t stain your clothes.
Fuller’s Earth Mask
1 tsp fuller’s earth, 1/2 tsp olive oil, rose water. Make a paste and apply. Leave for 20 minutes and wash. Use nonmetal bowl and spoon and avoid the eye area completely.
Fuller’s Earth, also called Multani Mitti, has always been a staple in our beauty recipes. It is natural and organic and has genuine bleaching properties. Not just fair skin, it will give you glowing skin. Olive oil helps in both skin lightening as well as removing dark spots.
All these recipes can be applied to all your body – whichever your affected area is, even underarms.Use them 3-4 times a week for best results.
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