How to Lighten Your Skin Naturally

Having radiant, fresh looking and spot free skin is a big preoccupation for many men and women across the globe. With so many misleading advertisements and shady as well as expensive whitening products on the market today, it is imperative that people become aware of the most effective techniques for whitening the skin naturally if that's your choice to heal and take care of your skin.

As in many health concerns, prevention should be our main focus here as well, because it's much harder to correct a skin related issue or problem after it occurs. If your skin discoloration or sun spots are directly related to the exposure to sun without a protective cream, although  in today's post we are attempting to investigate the ways to lighten or whiten the skin using natural ingredients, we would like to remind you that you should never expose your bare skin to sun more than 5 minutes daily. And that 5 minutes are allowed to get the vitamin D your body needs, and does not include your facial skin by any means.

Natural or Commercial Skin Whitening Products?

When it comes to how to lighten your skin, in addition to recognized pharmaceuticals, you should be aware of more natural remedies that work just as well as commercial whiteners. The choice of which to use is completely up to you.​

However, if you have an existing skin condition, such as psoriasis, it is best to consult with your dermatologist before starting any skin whitening regimen. This way, you will not inadvertently make your skin’s general condition worse by using products that are contraindicative of the current state of your skin.

Below are some important considerations to put you on the right track before we even get to more elaborated skin whitening tips:

The first thing that you should take into consideration when examining your skin’s general hue is your weight. This may come as a surprise to many people, but weight actually has a huge impact on the appearance of a person’s skin.

Generally speaking, people who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of developing dark patches of skin, especially around the neck, on the elbows, etc. Doctors recommend weight loss to control the darkening of the skin in certain areas of the body.

Regular, natural exfoliation is a must if you want to sustainably whiten your skin. You see, the skin just beneath the surface is almost always lighter, cleaner and free of outside impacts, like a baby skin if you will; so if you gently exfoliate your skin, it is going to be lighter because new and fresh skin will be revealed.

You can try gentle exfoliating agent like papaya soap (if you like all-natural) or you can stick to your tried and tested brand. Just make sure that the exfoliating agent you are using is gentle on the skin – if it isn’t, your skin is going to age faster than you’d like.

Light skin will not be attractive if your skin is plugged with oil and dirt. Regular soap is often not enough to remove built-up oil on the skin. In order to get really good results when you wash your face and neck, it's recommended to use cleansers that have active ingredients, such as glycolic acid and tea tree oil.

These active ingredients are considered the super stars of skin renewal because they get the job done without harming the skin. Of course, things are best done in moderation, so avoid overdoing cleansers as well. And do not apply these ingredients directly to your skin. Use products that contain them or mix them with other oils.

The same applies to skin care products such as pore minimizers; they should be only used a few times a week tops, and never every day.

Essentially what you want to do is to free your skin from residues and make it as refreshed and pure as possible. In other words, prepare to healthy and breathing canvas, so that anything you apply on it will give better results.

Regular skin renewal and normal cellular turnover are both dependent on your chosen lifestyle and diet. If you want your skin to look good, you have to be healthy on the inside, too. Both vegetables and fruits are excellent for keeping the skin clear of blemishes. Believe it or not, eating a salad with a variety of vegetables can be one of the best things you can do when you are whitening your skin.

Many professional and dietitians agree that sugar has many effects on the skin. It not only causes changes in your skin color, but it also ages your skin prematurely. Sticking to a more natural diet rich in fibers has many health benefits and it will help your skin to stay younger and radiant.

Expert Skin Whitening Tips for Everyone

Do you want to whiten your skin without exposing your body to harsh chemicals and snake oil remedies? If you said yes, then this is probably one of the best things you will read today because below we’re going to reveal some tips on whitening your skin that professional shared with us. You might be surprised at how easy skin whitening can be, and how effectively you can accomplish it in the comfort of your home. Let’s start!

Buttermilk

buttermilk

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FYI

Ever wondered why buttermilk is great for growing kids? It’s packed with nutrients and natural fats, which is perfect for children who are still growing in height and building lots of new muscle tissue through the years. But did you know that buttermilk is not only good for the growing bones and muscles – it is also excellent for whitening the skin!

You can apply buttermilk on your face, hands, or even soak your feet in it. Lactic acid, a compound that naturally occurs in goat’s milk and cow’s milk is naturally present in buttermilk and regular milk, and it has the capacity to lighten and soften the skin.

This is the main reason why many manufacturers use milk in skin care products – because it acts directly on the skin and produces glowing results.

Lactic acid is capable of lightening the pigmentation of the skin with continued use. Take note that milk-based whitening solutions (even those that are sold commercially) are not capable of instant whitening.

They cannot replace a cosmetic “cover-up” to produce immediate but temporary results. You can use milk or commercial milk-based whiteners if you want to whiten your skin gradually over time with permanent results.

Jojoba Oil and Licorice Extract

licorice extract for skin whitening

One of those miraculous natural oils jojoba oil has been used for centuries to renew and rejuvenate tired skin. Licorice extract, on the other hand, has natural pigment-inhibiting compounds that reduce the production of melanin once it is applied topically. Many skin care professionals report that when you combine these two effective skin remedies, you will get naturally lighter skin in about 2-3 weeks.

To create your own mix at home, you will need 1 teaspoon of licorice extract for every 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil. Feel free to increase the volume of jojoba oil to dilute the licorice extract further. As always, it’s best to test the new mixture by dapping a small quantity on your arm and leaving it there for a few hours. If redness or irritation occurs, do not apply it on your face, as you could be allergic to one or both ingredients.

This allergy test should be a standard practice when you are trying out both natural and commercial skin whitening remedies. Don’t just slather stuff on your face without testing it on the skin of your arm first!

You can get 1 ounce of Licorice Root Extract on Amazon for under $10 and it will last you several months...

Raw Papaya Extract

raw papaya

If you are not very keen on using oils on your skin regularly and leaving them on for half an hour or so, you may want to try alternative plant extracts to whiten your skin.

A good option in this situation is to use raw papaya extract and freshly squeezed lemon juice. You will need three or four raw papayas (the biggest ones you can find) and two big lemons. Slice the raw papayas and place them in a food processor to separate the pulp and the juice.

You can also use a commercial juicer to obtain the juice of both the lemons and raw papayas. Combine the two juices and apply the resulting concoction to parts of your skin that you wish to lighten. Use cotton balls to gently apply the whitening solution to your skin.

And if you think that juicing is a bit of hassle, you can give this new product a try: Papaya Powder Face Mask.
It sells around $20 on Amazon and it's free 2-day delivery for Prime members.

Almond Oil

Freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice is commonly used to lighten skin and exfoliate darker surface skin. However, did you know that you can make your main ingredient (lime/lemon juice) twice as effective if you use almond oil in the mix?

Almond oil is distilled from fresh almond nuts and is highly praised in the dermatological circles because it is capable of conveying active ingredients (as the carrier oil) while cleaning the skin itself. Almond oil targets dead skin cells and makes it easier for other ingredients in the mix to remove the dead skin cells.

Almond oil

Additionally, almond oil is a natural emollient that softens the skin while keeping pores open. Unclogged pores are very important when you are trying to whiten your skin, as your skin will have a tougher time absorbing whitening agents if your pores are closed with dirt and sebum.

Almond oil is also naturally rich in beneficial compounds that directly nourish the skin. This type of oil is also classified as non-comedogenic meaning it will not instigate the formation of white head and black heads.

Last But Not Least...

What’s in your salad that can help clarify skin... Yes that's right – cucumbers and tomatoes can help big time! Tomato juice is naturally rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are absorbed readily by the skin. Cucumbers relax and cool the skin, and also draw away impurities from our pores. If you want a simple, relaxing mask at the end of the day, sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumbers are the way to go.

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