How To Lighten Skin

How To Lighten Skin Tone – Skin Lightening Treatment and Tips

If you are concerned about your uneven tone complexion or pigmentation spots on your face, you have come to the right place. In this article you will find tips about how to lighten skin naturally.

How to lighten skin

How to lighten skin

By following our skin lightening tips you can get even tone skin complexion with lighter and brighter skin. We will tell you about skin lightening tips that can actually make a difference.

Natural Skin Lightening Tips: There are many day to day use items available in your kitchen that you can use to brighten and enlighten your skin, such as lemons, buttermilk, egg whites and dried herbs. These you can use to lighten skin naturally and remove a tan while brightening your skin.

1. Limit exposing your skin to direct sunlight: Apply sunscreen with 20 SPF + to protect your skin from sun’s ultra violet rays. You can also use moisturizers and other beauty products containing 20 SPF +. This will lighten your skin over time. But be careful you need Vitamin D also and Sunlight is an excellent source of Vitamin D. So balance out your exposure to sunlight.

2. Does Lemon Juice Lighten Skin ? – Yes, you can use Lemon Juice to lighten skin. It is packed with citric and ascorbic acid which are excellent source of Vitamin C. Both these two have skin lightening properties also.

How to lighten skin with lemon:

(a) Cut a lemon into two halves and buff it gently onto your face and neck. Rinse your face after 10 -15 minutes. Do it regularly and see your skin lightening up day by day.

(b) Mix small quantity of lemon juice with a bit of yogurt. Apply it once a day. It works as good mild bleach.

(c) Mix equal parts of lemon juice and egg whites. Heat the mixture in a small pan over low heat till the mixture thickens. Cool it in a small jar and keep it in your refrigerator. Apply this mixture onto your face and neck and keep it for 15 – 20 minutes and then rinse off and see your skin brightening day by day. This also works well to remove a sun tan.

(d) Another way is to mix one tsp. of lemon juice with the one tsp. of honey which has soothing properties to get an effective skin lightening solution. Gently massage and leave on your skin for 15 – 20 minutes, and then wash of.

Caution: While using lemon juice, avoid the eyes. If the lemon juice mixture is too irritating, add the other combination ingredient to dilute lemon juice

3. Does Milk Lighten Skin ? – Yes, you can lighten skin with Milk. When you apply it topically, the lactic acid in milk works to gradually diminish the skin pigmentation leading to brighten complexion.

How to lighten skin with Milk:

(i) Soak one slice of lemon in 1/2 cup of whole milk for about 15 minutes. Rub the milk onto your skin and leave it overnight. Wash your skin thoroughly in the morning.

(ii) Pour any milk into a bowl. Preferably use goat’s or cow’s milk. Even better is buttermilk, as it has extra benefit to make your skin supple and smooth.

Steps:

(a) Soak a soft cloth in the milk.   Make it sure to wring out the milk, so that the wash cloth is not dripping.

(b) Buff the milk onto your face and neck with the above wash cloth. Keep refreshing the washcloth with the milk when it dries out. Rinse it of after 15-20 minutes or better is to apply at night and leave it onto your skin overnight. You will start noticing that your skin is lightening up after few weeks.

Better way is to soak one slice of lemon into the bowl of milk and use it after 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Chamomile Flowers: Add three teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers into one cup of boiling water and let it soaked for 10 minutes. Strain the herbs from the solution. Add one tbsp. each of rose water and honey. Apply this onto your skin and rinse it of after 15-20 minutes. Any excess solution left can be kept in your refrigerator.

5. Lemon-Turmeric Cream: An effective way to lighten the skin is to use lemon-turmeric cream in treating dark patches on the body, such as on the inner thighs, elbows and knees and other areas and leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes and then rinse off with water. Both the ingredients, lemon and turmeric have bleaching properties to lighten your skin.

Caution: Turmeric tends to stain. So apply with gloves. Also avoid staining your clothes. To remove the turmeric stains from your skin, use wet ground sugar to exfoliate gently the affected area, and then rinse it off.

6. Gram Flour / Chickpea Flour and turmeric powder with Olive Oil:  Blend the finely grounded grams flour or chickpea flour (also known as besan) and a generous pinch of turmeric powder with olive oil.  Apply this paste onto your skin and rinse off after 15-20 minutes.

7. Does Vitamin C lighten Skin ? – Yes Vitamin C lightens Skin: Vitamin C is an excellent anti-oxidant and has been shown in many studies that it helps in lightening the skin. Lemon juice is an excellent source of Vitamin C and you can make homemade skin lighteners with Lemon Juice, as mentioned above.

Caution:

If you are using skin whitening creams, don’t leave them on your skin for too long. Their chemical ingredients can damage / irritate your skin. Follow the directions printed on the label.

Follow above tips about how to lighten skin naturally and get even tone complexion with lighter and brighter skin.

Useful Related Articles:

Getting Rid Of Dark Lips – Home Remedies

Lighten Your Dark Lips Naturally

Get Rid Of Dark Elbows And Knees

Getting Rid Of Blemishes From Your Face.

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    • Chandni says

      @ Monica

      Try the above skin lightening remedies and treatments. You will definitely see the positive results.

    • Chandni says

      No, you should not. Follow following tips to lighten skin with lemon:

      (a) Cut a lemon into two halves and buff it gently onto your face and neck. Rinse your face after 10 -15 minutes. Do it regularly and see your skin lightening up day by day.

      (b) Mix small quantity of lemon juice with a bit of yogurt. Apply it once a day. It works as good mild bleach.

      (c) Mix equal parts of lemon juice and egg whites. Heat the mixture in a small pan over low heat till the mixture thickens (turns semi solid). Cool it in a small jar and keep it in your refrigerator. Apply this mixture onto your face and neck and keep it for 15 – 20 minutes and then rinse off and see your skin brightening day by day. This also works well to remove a sun tan.

      (d) Another way is to mix one tsp. of lemon juice with the one tsp. of honey which has soothing properties to get an effective skin lightening solution. Gently massage and leave on your skin for 15 – 20 minutes, and then wash of.

      Caution: While using lemon juice, avoid the eyes. If the lemon juice mixture is too irritating, add the other combination ingredient to dilute lemon juice

      • Joy Silva Domino says

        Hello there!
        You said lemon and egg white and pre heat? The egg will hardened like boiled egg? How long to heat those 2 ingredients . Thanks

        • Chandni says

          @ Joy Silva:

          Mix these two ingredients and heat them in a small frying pan on low head until the mixture turns semi-solid.

  1. faith says

    I made a mixture of lemon, honey and milk. I then stored the remaining in an old but clean tooth paste tube n refrigerated it. I want to know if the mixture will still be good if stored this way and for how long?

    • Chandni says

      We recommend that you make it in a small quantity that can be used at one time only, as the lemon juice mixed with milk does not have a shelf life.

  2. rachel says

    Hi im rachel from the philippines i just want to know if i can use “calamansi” (smaller version of lemons) as an alternative. In here, lemons are quite rare and costly while calamansi are cheaper and abundant. Thanks!

    • Chandni says

      Hi Rachel: Yes you can use calamansi as an alternative to lemons.

      Calamansi helps in exfoliating and lightening our skin. Cut the calamansi in half and squeeze its juice in a small bowl. Massage your skin for about 5-10 minutes then wash it off.

  3. Serwaa says

    I have just combined lemon juice, cucumber juice, carrot juice and honey hoping to achieve a better results.

  4. Kindness says

    I made a mixture of lemon, honey and powdered milk, can i leave it overnight after applying it?

    • Chandni says

      @Kindness

      Lemon juice is a bit acidic. So if you leave it on your face overnight it may irritate your skin. Better way is to wash your face with lukewarm water to open up your face skin pores, so that when you apply the mixture it penetrates deeper. Apply the mixture, let it dry, sit on your face for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water..

    • Chandni says

      @Shreya

      Yes, you can do that. They are great natural ingredients to lighten your skin and make it healthy.

  5. Hannah says

    I want to get really light. My whole body is brown and I want to be atleast 3 or 4 shades lighter in one month. What are really effective remedies that can whiten my brown skin?

    • Chandni says

      Avoid going out in sunlight for extended periods. If you must, then use sun cream and follow other tips given in the article. Also don’t worry too much about color of your skin that you are borne with. Always remember, beauty is inside you!

      • alfred says

        that was a very good comment there i like your thought of being natural.my skin on the hands face and feet are darker than all my body so i just tried lemon juice .and the results were so amazing in only three days of applying of coarse i dont want to turn white , but i was very impressed. i now have an affair with lemon as a cool friend thank for the posts.

  6. Alexis says

    Hi I’m Alexis , I’m dark brown and I want to get lighter how long will it take and does it work on African Americans /black?

    • Chandni says

      Hi Alexis,

      Depending upon your skin’s present skin tone, it can take a couple of months. But in a month time your skin tone should start improving.

      However, one should not worry too much about color of your skin that you are borne with. Always remember, beauty is inside you!

  7. Yvette says

    I have really bad skin pigmentation what’s the best way to lighten it. I see you have different remedies to choose from.

  8. Daniella says

    I would like to ask about lemon juice for face. how long and how many times I should apply. I have a normal Asian skin but a bit whiter and have small pigmentation and would like to rid of it.

    what about for body whitening. Is any solution for that.

    Thank you very much for your help

    best regards
    Daniella

    • Chandni says

      Hi Daniella:

      (i) Regarding lemon juice for face, you can apply following two home remedies once a day, in rotation – alternatively:

      (a) Cut a lemon into two halves and rub it gently onto your face and neck. Rinse your face after 10 -15 minutes. Do it regularly and see your skin lightening up day by day.

      (b) Mix small quantity of lemon juice with a bit of yogurt. Apply it once a day. It works as good mild bleach.

      (ii) Regarding getting rid of your pigmentation, read and follow this article – http://naturalbeautytips.co/how-to-get-rid-of-hyperpigmentation-effectively/

      (iii) For body whitening, apply following natural home remedy:

      To lighten your body skin skin, apply home made lemon-turmeric cream in treating dark patches on the body, such as on the inner thighs, elbows and knees and other areas and leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes and then rinse off with water. Both the natural ingredients, lemon and turmeric have bleaching properties to lighten your skin.

      Regards………

  9. Ak says

    My feet are very much tanned with footwear marks.does lemon help in cleaning foot skin also?n how to apply?

    • Chandni says

      Hi AK,

      Apply this skin lightening home remedy:

      Apply and rub home made lemon-turmeric cream in treating dark patches on the body, including your feet for 10 – 15 minutes and then rinse off with water. Both the ingredients, lemon and turmeric have bleaching properties to lighten your skin.

      Also here is an article for foot care tips: http://naturalbeautytips.co/foot-care-tips/

  10. says

    hi…i want to try milk+ oatmeal+ calamansi on my face can i do the routine everyday before bedtime? Can i still use my pond’s daycream if i started my milk+ oatmeal+ calamansi. routine? or shld i stop using pond’s while in this routine? thank you so much

  11. angel says

    Can i use milk + calamansi everyday on my skin specially on my elbows, knees and underarms?

    How about oatmeal + milk + calamansi on my face? Can i use it everyday?

    Thank you

    • Chandni says

      @ Angel:

      (i) Milk contains lactic acid, which works to brighten skin tone and Calamansi contains citric and ascorbic acid – that are excellent source of Vitamin C. Both Milk and Calamansi have skin lightening properties also. So you can use Milk + Calamansi everyday on your skin specially the elbows, knees and underarms.

      (ii) You can use Oatmeal + Milk + Calamansi on your face, as this combination will work as an exfoliant and also work to lighten your skin.

      You can also read this useful article giving recipes for five natural homemade oatmeal face masks – http://naturalbeautytips.co/homemade-oatmeal-face-mask-recipes/

    • Chandni says

      @Joy:

      Turmeric is a bright yellow aromatic powder obtained from the rhizome of a plant of the ginger family. It is used for flavouring and coloring in Asian cookery and has numerous beauty benefits. It is being used for making many homemade beauty and skin care products since ancient times. You can easily obtain it from Indian grocery stores.

  12. Joy says

    Pls I want to know if I can use lemon juice, egg white, dry or liquid milk, to birghting up my skin? I am brown in complex and I want to be lightening in complexion, and don’t know how to get turmeric . Pls help me I want to be lightening in complexion thank u.

    • Chandni says

      @Joy:

      Lemon and Milk have skin lightening properties. You can use them to lighten your skin complexion. Easy and better way is to soak slices of lemon into a bowl of milk for 10 minutes and use them to massage gently onto your skin in circular motions for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.

  13. Joy says

    Thank a lot I have been try lemon and egg for 2 days now, and it very very great, I am become light now, but I will still try d lemon and milk to know what u are talking about, but what I don’t is, if I can use dry milk or liquid milk, I really appreciate u guys for all dis. God bless u and increase u guys. But can I use suger too? Becos egg and lemon is really working, I don’t know if I can add all of them together and on my skin? Thank u so much. Pls I need ur reply soon.

    • Chandni says

      @Joy,

      (i) As lemon and egg are working on your skin, you can continue with this natural skin lightening remedy.

      (ii) In case you want to apply milk, use raw un-boiled milk.

      (iii) You can mix a pinch of sugar as well. Its an excellent exfoliant.

  14. chelsea says

    i already have really porcelain skin. however, i just got back from vacation and i got a small tan on my face. i am going to try these methods to see if my skin will go back to being porcelain. how long do you think it will take for me? i only need to lighten up a shade or two.

    • Chandni says

      @anna:

      (i) You can mix either yogurt or milk with honey and lime. Apply this mixture on your face as a mask and rinse it off with water after 20-30 minutes. You can also rub it gently onto your skin.

      (ii) Regarding use of milk, you don’t need to take bath with milk. Use milk on your skin as advised in the article above under para heading – “How to lighten skin with Milk”

  15. Neha says

    my skin is sensitive, so i cannot use lemon without it causing pimples.
    if i use these remedies without lemon, will they stilll be affective?

  16. keerthi says

    Hi…i have a un even skin tone.and i have pimple marks on my cheeks whch are pinksh in colour and i have darkness around my mouth..plz help me..

  17. Simran says

    Hi, I’m using this turmeric treatment now almost for 1,5 month to treat my hyperpigmentation but i still didn’t see any results. How long will it take when i will see my hyperpigmentation lighten? And i use everyday a creme that contains spf 15.

    • Chandni says

      Hi Kate,

      If it’s a freshly squeezed lemon juice, you can use it the following day if it’s stored properly. You should place it in the fridge immediately in a storage container with a tight lid.

  18. kusum says

    I have pimples on my face and i have tried every natural /homemade product and medicines and it got spreaded on whole body ,i want permanent solution.

    • Chandni says

      @ash:

      (i) Although, you can use milk alone but to make it more effective apply the home remedies, which use milk as an ingredient, given above to lighten your skin.

      For your acne treatment, please visit this site: http://acnetreatmentshq.com/ Here you will find many home remedies to treat your acne. If they don’t cure or if they are acute, then consider consulting a dermatologist to find out the root cause for your acne and proper treatment.

    • Chandni says

      @Akweley:

      Lemon juice lose most of its beneficial properties when heated. You should not heat whole milk and lemon juice before applying onto your face or skin.

  19. Chandni says

    @Akweley:

    Yes, you can use lemon juice alone or in combination with yogurt or milk on your skin. For oily skin, you can use low fat milk or yogurt. Read above article about how to apply them for lightening your skin.

  20. Angie says

    Hi is vitamin C skin corrector cream whitening? Cause I have used it for two months now but still I c no whitening results I’m starting to doubt it and wanna try something else, like turmeric maybe it may do the trick.

  21. Angie says

    Hi. I’ve been using vitamin C skin corrector cream for two months now which they claim its whitening but still I haven’t seen the whitening results. I’m even thinking of changing to something else.

    • Chandni says

      @Angie,

      Try the natural remedies, given in above article, to lighten / brighten your skin. They are free from chemicals and so will not harm yourskin.

    • Chandni says

      @Sonia:

      Both lemon and turmeric have bleaching properties, so they work to lighten your skin. Take care while applying this home remedy, as the turmeric can stain your skin. To remove the stains, use sugar scrub.

  22. says

    But lemon is an acid and a kind of bleaching so how can 1 use it daily to lighten the skin tone? And except lemon what are the other things one can use to lighten their skin tone?

  23. Chandni says

    @Tanya:

    Yes, lemon juice is acidic. To brighten your skin, you need to use it regularly 2-3 times a week. There are many ways & combinations of lemon juice with other natural ingredients (given above), which you can apply to brighten / lighten / whiten your skin. Besides lemon juice there are also given above some of the best home natural remedies for brightening the skin.

    • Chandni says

      @ Melanie:

      Apply this Turmeric, Lemon Juice and Olive Oil mask on your face / skin and leave in for 20-25 minutes. Use 2-3 times a week. As turmeric can stain, so apply with gloves. Avoid staining your clothes. If the turmeric leaves stains on your skin, use wet ground sugar to gently exfoliate the stained area, rinse it off and moisturize afterwards – if needed.

  24. sophia says

    Ave been using. Coffee nd white egg for ma face mask just to enlighten ma face bt stil I see no result instead d oil in ma face is now increasing more….nd I got a bicyle accident.on ma leg for more than 4 years d injury has gone bt there is a black scar nd it so embarassing pls tell me wat to do use to clear d black scar on ma leg. Thanks

  25. Chandni says

    @Sophia:

    Try above home remedies regularly for lightening your face skin and you will see positive results.

    For getting rid of black scar on your leg you may try above remedies. Better would be to consult a doctor as well………..

  26. lulu says

    Hello there..thanx you for the quick tips and answers to our questions…

    I used some bleaching creams years back and now my skin is uneven…i m darker on the cheek bones and eyes area…can the tumeric and lemon mixture work to lighten those areas to match my skin tone?or what would you recommend?

    Thank you in advance

    • Chandni says

      @ lulu:

      (i) You will many useful home remedies to even your skin tone here: http://naturalbeautytips.co/how-to-even-skin-tone-on-face/

      (ii) Turmeric when combined with lemon juice makes a potent antioxidiant paste that results in a gorgeous, even and youthful complexion.

      Turmeric And Lemon Juice Facial Mask:

      1 tablespoon of gram flour (or chickpea, garbanzo bean or besan flour and can be found at an Indian grocery store)
      1 teaspoon turmeric (can be found at an Indian grocery store or on amazon.com )
      A few drops of lemon juice (add more if your skin is oily/acne-prone)
      Milk
      Mix together the flour and turmeric until they are throughly mixed. Add the lemon juice to the mix. Slowly add milk until a creamy paste is formed. Apply the paste to your clean face and neck. Let the mask sits there for 15-20 minutes, until your skin feels tight. Wash the mask off with warm water and a washcloth. (Tip – as yellow pigment of the turmeric can stain your clothes, so dedicate a washcloth for your turmeric mask.) Splash your face and neck with cold water before patting dry. Apply a light moisturizer.

  27. Sheetal says

    Last night saw your tips and rubbed lemon for few minutes… Shocked with the result in just one application, happy that i hv got my skin tone back.. Going to try lemon milk gram flour….. Thank you for being on google n helping us out …sending you angels on your way…. Bling

  28. May says

    Hi, I use milk to cleanse my face and then I usually use cucumber juice after that to add to the cleansing. Is that good or is it bad to use both together, one after the other? I love the way the milk cleanses my face and the cucumber juice also, can’t chose. Thanks 😀

    • Chandni says

      @ Ruwanthi:

      Lime is highly acidic and contains specific ingredients to help lighten skin. Moreover, lime can be likened to lemon and is an equally acidic counterpart. Lime and lemon have citric acid that can help skin become lighter in a matter of weeks to a matter of months.

  29. hasan says

    I born with white skin.but my age is 17 my face,hands and neeks is something black.can i use this tips and is it helpfull for me?can i get fair skin back.

  30. hasan says

    if i use all this remedies have i use sunscreem when going to outside.if i dont use sunscreem otherwise my skin black agin.

    • Chandni says

      @ hasan:

      Without protection, the sun will cause your skin to darken, because oxidation of melanin near the skin surface is activated by UV rays, rendering the skin appear tan.

      To avoid sunburn and skin darkening, you need to use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen that guards against both UVA and UVB rays. Without proper shield, your skin could darken, burn or develop age spots and wrinkles prematurely.

  31. priya says

    can i use the above tips in my stomach because thats the only region dark in my body.how i solve this problem in a month?

  32. penny says

    I am white, would this make my skin very white….like victorian era white, or would it not be noticeable because i started as white?

  33. Stacey Quinn says

    I love how DermalMD Skin Lighting Serum easily starts fading your skin to even out the tone. It isn’t too greasy or too dry and leaves my skin feeling wonderful. It also has a fine fragrance that isn’t too heavy. I’d definitely keep buying this to have because its one of the best products I’ve found.

  34. alex says

    i use lemo juce 2 weeks.I show some good result.my pimple spot are going.but my skin not properly lighten.what can i do.Can i use it for more time.

    • Chandni says

      @alex:

      Yes, apply the above remedies consistently to brighten your skin. You need to have patience,,,,,,,,,

  35. hasan says

    I use lemo juce for 2 weeks.I show some good result.my pimple spot are going.but my skin not properly lighten.what can i do.Can i use it for more time.

  36. Vidya surajbali says

    What about the rest of my body? Wouldn’t it be weird that my face and neck is lighter than my other body parts

    • Chandni says

      @Vidya:

      The parts of the body that are exposed to envirionment and sun are generally darker than the areas covered. So they need to be lightened. Moreover if you are concerned about your other areas, you can apply these remedies on those other parts as well……….

  37. Yoo chae yeon says

    Hello, i had white skin 4-5 years ago and was in swimming straight now i have medium brown skin is it possible to turn back to my white skin? Please help i am using a lihyening soap for a while but it is fmvery harsh and i barely seeing results

    • Chandni says

      @Yoo Chae Yeon:

      Yes, you can get back your original skin color. Use above remedie regularly to restore your original skin color

  38. Sonia says

    Hi is it ok to steam my face then apply lemon after, and is it ok to use 2 different products on my face like Lemon lite SPF15 and Pond’s perfect colour complex? Please help

  39. julie says

    can i mix black soap with lime honey milk and egg white and use for bathing? wil it ligthen my skin? JULIE from Nigeria

    • Chandni says

      @ julie:

      You can do that. However, we recommend to apply above given natural remedies as well to get quicker results…….

    • Chandni says

      @ Angel:

      Mix water with sugar and scrub your face or other turmeric stained skin area with it. This is an effective way to remove turmeric-stains from your skin.

      And bonus point is – guess what? : Sugar and water mix is a wonderful exfoliator. Your skin pores will be super clean after scrubbing your face with it!

    • Chandni says

      @ Ace:

      If you are born with brown skin, you can lighten your skin gradually only. Lemon is one of the best natural ingredient to lighten skin. But if you don’t want to use lemon, apply above given remedies that don’t use lemon.

      Have patience, and use above remedies regularly………….

      Your skin will start getting lightened in a few weeks………

        • Chandni says

          @Ace:

          Calamansi is high in vitamin C, and its juice can be a good vitamin source. It can be used for skin whitening. After several applications, as an exfoliant, it helps to whiten the skin.

          You can use the old-fashion way of using calamansi though. Just rub it on your skin or problem areas once or twice a day and your skin will actually lighten. Of course scrubbing while taking a bath and moisturizing after shower is also important to make the skin glow. Calamansi removes dead skin cells from your skin when you exfoliate and you make it glow when you apply moisturizer every day.

  40. caxantra says

    Hi,

    I have been using ground almond and milk to get a smooth skin recently. It has been working so far.
    And I also have been using a paste of turmeric powder, sandal powder and green bean powder mixture for years as a face scrub and wash (tips from my indian mum). It gives me a fresh face and helps in exfoliating. After reading this article… i added lime juice to turmeric paste. I apply both paste at different time. Now, as my schedule is getting really busy, I wonder whether can I mix all these ingredients one shot to make ONE paste and apply? (i.e; turmeric powder, sandal powder, green bean powder, lime juice, milk and ground almond) And does lime has the same effect in skin lightening as lemon? Thank you!. Great tips…

    Regards,
    Caxantra

    • Chandni says

      @caxantra:

      Thanks for sharing your beauty tips.

      (i) Yes, you can mix all these ingradients in one go and apply. Instead of milk, you can use milk powder.

      (ii) You can use lime or lemon. Both will give you good results.

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