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Home Remedies For Lighter Skin

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
Home Remedies For Lighter Skin

The skin in certain areas of our body such as underarms, knees or elbows are more prone to acquiring a dark tone as time goes by, which is usually triggered by ageing, some hair removal methods, excessive solar exposition or lack of hydration. If you want your skin to look clear, beautiful and with one only tone during 365 days a year, we are about to show you some natural products that can help whiten it and keep it at its best. Take a note of the best home remedies for lighter skin.

You'll need:

  • A lemon
  • A papaya
  • Yoghurt
  • Whey
  • Oatmeal.
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Steps to follow:


There are several home remedies you can use for lighter skin and stop certain areas of your body from darkening as they will not look very flattering. But, before applying any kind of product or lotion, we advise you to wash the area with lukewarm water and pH neutral soap so that the skin is prepared appropriately. It's also advisable to exfoliate to get rid of dead cells and get your skin to absorb all the nutrients that it needs.

You can exfoliate with a commercial lotion or some basic ingredients you have at home such as salt, sugar, coffee or oats. Take a look at our articles How to exfoliate your face and how to make a coffee scrub for your face and body.

Home Remedies For Lighter Skin - Step 1

The first treatment we suggest to lighten your skin is one made with lemon juice.The citric acid in lemon juice lightens the skin and is a natural antioxidant as it has a high content of vitamin C and promotes melanin production.

The most effective way of using this ingredient is to squeeze a lemon, mix with half the amount of water and use a clean cotton swab to spread the juice of a fresh lemon onto the skin at night or just before bedtime. Avoid going out in the sun after applying lemon juice, since sunlight can damage your skin. If you experience dry skin, apply a moisturizer immediately after.

We know that papaya is another useful ingredient for skin. Papain, a natural enzyme found in papaya, exfoliates the skin helping to accelerate its renewal process, resulting in smoother skin and a more even tone. Make a mask with papaya and apply it directly to the skin. Leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes and rinse. Apply a moisturiser.

Home Remedies For Lighter Skin - Step 2

Milk is another of the best home products to lighten skin and get an even skin tone that looks more beautiful. This is thanks to the lactic acids it contains, which favor the destruction of the external layer of the dermis, renewing and whitening it. You can apply milk on your skin with a cotton swab and leave it on during night time, as you would do with lemon, or add it to your bath and enjoy relaxing bathing time for 25 to 30 minutes.

Home Remedies For Lighter Skin - Step 3

Natural yoghurt has similar properties to those of milk, and thus can also be a great ally to whiten your skin naturally. How to use it? It's very simple, we advise you to mix 5 spoonfuls of yogurt with one spoonful of ground oats, which will make your skin soft and even. Apply the mask on your skin with your fingers (remember to wash your hands beforehand) or with the help of a brush and leave it to stand for 20 minutes before removing it.

For people with very oily skin, gram flour is very useful as it contains several nutrients that can help remove any excess oil as well as lighten your skin. To make a gram flour mask you should mix 1/4 water to the amount of flour and stir until you get a thick paste. Apply the mask until it is dry and wash off with water. Apply moisturizer straight away.

Home Remedies For Lighter Skin - Step 4

Apart from the yogurt face mask, another technique that gives good results for lighter skin tone and to unify the tone of your skin is to make an egg, oat flour and lemon mask. Moreover, egg is one of the foods that favors skin elasticity and leaves your skin silky to the touch.

You only need to mix an egg with a spoonful of oat flour and the juice of half a lemon. Then, apply the mask on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes.

Home Remedies For Lighter Skin - Step 5

Rice water is a good alternative to lighten skin and will also help your skin free from impurities and will also brighten your face. In a saucepan, pour 3 glasses of water and a handful of white rice and boil it on low heat. When it starts to boil, remove from heat, sieve and get the rice water to whiten the area Apply the water with a cotton swab and leave to stand all night.


Apply sunscreen whenever exposed to sunlight. The most common cause of de-coloration or darkening of skin is the sun. Without adequate protection you will soon see results which are not pleasant for the skin. We recommend using a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and if you want more protection, this will only be better. Apply sunscreen throughout the day for maximum protection.


If you're worried about a certain area of your body (underarms, elbows, knees, etc.) where you have a darker area, we invite you to discover these effective home remedies:

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  • Use sunscreen with a high SPF, it is the most important step for clearer skin.
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Anne keetui
very interesting , can these home remedys work for a 76 year old lady?
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