How to Lighten Skin Using Simple Home Remedies?

Face Mask for Skin Lightening

With the current lifestyle in the polluted environment, a desire to have flawless skin is remaining a dream. Factors like pollution, sun’s UV rays, stress and improper diet contribute to an imbalanced skin tone. In addition to them, people are using cosmetic products containing harmful chemicals and additives to attain a healthy and glowing skin, which only further damages the skin.

A recent study of Society of Dermatology Skincare Specialists (SDSS) shows that about 80 per cent of women do not know which the right products for their skin are. It is not surprising given the number of options available in the market. But the sad part is that women are still unsatisfied with their skin even after using the cosmetic products available.

The best solution now is to use natural ingredients which are safe to use. The benefits of using natural products are plenty including skin brightening and lightening, reducing marks and blemishes. Here is how you can use natural ingredients for skin lightening.


You can use masks, scrubs and massage the skin with certain natural ingredients to lighten your skin tone.

Masks for Skin Lightening

Papaya and Honey Mask:

Papaya has excellent skin beneficial properties. It contains enzymes called papain and alpha hydroxyl acids which have the ability to remove dead cells and other impurities from the skin, leading to glowing skin. Honey has anti-bacterial property and protects the skin.

Easy Home Remedies for Skin Whitening


  • Fresh Papaya pieces: ½ cup
  • Honey: 1 teaspoon

How to make a mask:

  • Mash the papaya pieces until you get a smooth paste.
  • Add honey to it and mix thoroughly.
  • Apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Then wash your face with warm water first and rinse with cold water.

This mask is best suited for oily to normal skin. You can apply this mask every night before sleeping. You need to make sure that you are not allergic to papaya and its products before using this mask.

Dried Orange peels and Yogurt Mask:

Orange is rich in vitamin C and has skin whitening properties and acts as skin de-pigmenting agent.

Orange Peel with Yogurt


  • Orange peels: a few
  • Yogurt (unflavoured): 1 tablespoon

How to make the mask:

  • Take dried orange peels which are dried for 2-3 days.
  • Grind the dried peels till they turn into powder.
  • Add a tablespoon of yogurt to this powder and make a smooth paste.
  • Wash your face first and then apply the mixture to your face.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

This mask is suited for all types of skin and can be applied every alternate day before going to bed.

Tomato, Oatmeal and Yogurt Mask:

Tomato is a rich source of anti-oxidants that helps in making skin glow, and Lycopene in tomatoes has photoprotective properties that can protect the skin from aging. Oatmeal acts as a gentle exfoliant.

Skin Whitening Face Mask


  • Tomato: 1
  • Yogurt (fresh and unflavoured): 1 teaspoon
  • Oatmeal: 1 teaspoon

How to make the mask:

  • Take a teaspoon of tomato juice and add oatmeal and yogurt to it.
  • Mix the ingredients well and cleanse your skin.
  • Apply this mask and leave for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse the skin with warm water.

This mask is best suited for oily, normal and combination skin. This mask can be used twice or thrice a week.

Honey, Milk and Lemon Juice Mask:

Lemon has skin lightening properties because of the vitamin C present in it. Lemon juice has the ability to reduce melanin production thereby lightening the skin tone.

Lemon with Honey and Milk for face mask


  • Milk: 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon Juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Honey: 1 tablespoon

How to make the mask:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Cleanse your face and apply the mixture to it.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

This mask is suited for all types of skin and can be used every alternate day. Because of the acidic nature of lemon juice, you can feel a burning sensation. Then immediately peel off the mask and rub the burned area with an ice cube.

Gram Flour and Rose Water mask:

Gram flour has anti-microbial properties and protects the skin from infections. Rose water helps in revitalising and moisturising the skin and gives it a fresh look.

Gram flour with rose water for skin whitening


  • Gram flour: 2 tablespoons
  • Rose water: 2-3 teaspoons

How to make the mask:

  • Mix the ingredients and make it into a smooth paste.
  • Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Use yogurt instead of rose water if you have dry skin.

This mask is suitable for all types of skin and can be used thrice a week before going to bed.

Sandalwood Powder and Almond Powder and Milk Mask:

 Sandalwood has skin lightening and brightening properties. It controls the activity of tyrosinase thereby reducing the production of melanin in the body. Almond powder has essential nutrients for the skin and helps in cleansing the skin making the skin look healthier and lighter after a few applications.

Face mask with sandalwood almond powder


  • Sandalwood powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Almond powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Milk

How to make the mask:

  • Mix Sandalwood powder and almond powder with enough quantity of milk to make a smooth paste.
  • Apply this mixture to a cleansed skin and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • If you feel any dryness after washing off the mask, moisturize your skin.

This mask is well suited for all skin types and can be applied thrice a week. Be cautious while using sandalwood for the first time. Do a patch test on your forearm and if no irritation develops for 24 hours, you can use sandalwood powder.

Use these natural ingredients available at home and make it possible to have bright and lightened skin.

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