4 Try a lightening paste. For more concentrated benefits, try making a thick paste using natural ingredients that help lighten the skin. Spread a paste on your freshly washed face, leave it in place for 15 minutes, then rinse it away with warm water. Here are two recipes for natural lightening pastes:
- Gram flour paste. Pour ¼ cup of gram flour into a bowl. Add enough lemon juice or milk to make a thick paste.
- Turmeric paste. Pour 1 tablespoon (14.8 ml) of turmeric into a bowl. Add enough lemon juice or milk to make a thick paste.
Knowing What to Avoid
1 Never use bleach or other dangerous chemicals on your skin. There are a few dangerous myths going around regarding using bleach, ammonia, and other household cleaning products on your skin to try to lighten it. These chemicals are extremely harmful to skin, and they can do long-term damage. Damaged skin actually looks darker, so using these chemicals will end up doing the opposite of what you want. Avoid them.
2 Don’t buy into false beauty standards. No matter what your skin color might be, it’s beautiful just the way it is. It’s fine to use safe items like lemon juice to lighten your skin a little, but don’t seek to completely change your skin color from its natural state. Instead of trying to have a different skin color, accept yourself for who you are. If you were born with dark skin, embrace your beauty, and don’t let anyone tell you to change.
- Many women across the world hold themselves to beauty standards that prize light skin over darker skin. Many other women go to great lengths to get darker skin, paying for tanning beds and risking skin cancer to get a few shades darker. Doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it?
- When it comes to having beautiful skin, the most important thing you can do is keep your skin healthy. It’s your body’s largest organ, and it deserves a high level of care. Eat well, stay hydrated, and exfoliate and moisturize your skin to keep it looking vibrant and healthy.
Changing Habits for Brighter Skin
1 Exfoliate your skin. The buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin can make the skin appear a little dull. To brighten your skin, it’s important to exfoliate regularly. One excellent way to exfoliate the skin is to use a body scrub composed of sugar or salt. In the bath or shower, wet your skin and rub the scrub in a gentle circular motion over your entire body. In this way you can “polish” your skin until it has a healthy gleam.
- To exfoliate your face, use a gentler facial scrub. Ground up oatmeal or almonds have good exfoliating properties that won’t damage your fragile facial skin.
- Using a dry brush to brush the dead skin cells from your body is another good exfoliating method Find a brush made from natural fibers, and brush your body before you get into the bath or shower.
2 Keep it moisturized. Keeping your skin moisturized will prevent dead skin cells from building up and sloughing off so quickly. For brighter skin, use a daily moisturizer after you get out of the bath or shower. Choose a creamy moisturizer that doesn’t contain alcohol, since alcohol can actually dry out your skin.