Try these 7 natural remedies to brighten your skin

Getting a flawless skin usually entails a lot of work that with environmental and personal factors put into consideration, is a dream far-fetched for most people. The harmful UV rays from the sun, stress, pollution and a bad diet leave people often with rough and uneven skin. Skin brightening, therefore, becomes a way to achieve an even tone of the skin.

However, there is a challenge to this. Some skin brightening products contain dangerous chemicals such as hydroquinone and mercury which can cause skin damage in the long run. Medical experts warn against such products and advise that good hydration and relaxation could help, as well as consumption of natural products such as fruits and vegetables.

We have put together 7 natural skin brighteners that can be found in your kitchen. Using these can help you achieve the perfect skin tone and leave your skin looking healthy and nourished.

DISCLAMER: This article is designed for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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Natural skin brighteners in your kitchen

1. Baking Soda
2. Honey
3. Tumeric
4. Tomato
5. Lemons
6. Oatmeal
7. Cucumber
8. Potato
9. Yoghurt
10. Papaya

How to apply natural skin brighteners for an even skin tone 

1. Lemon and Honey

Honey contains alpha-hydroxy acids and other bioactive compounds that help decrease the effects of excessive pigmentation on your skin, thereby reducing the appearance of dark spots. This is a great skin brightening remedy.

What You Need

1 teaspoon of honey
1 ripe lemon

Application:

Squeeze the juice of a ripe lemon into a bowl. Then add honey and mix well. Use a brush to apply to your face and neck. Wash off with plain water.

Repeat this two times a week for best results.

Caution: Lemon juice can cause a stinging or a burning sensation on your skin. Please do a patch test before trying this remedy.

2. Oatmeal and Honey

This healthy breakfast has double benefits; it could give you energy in the morning and magically brighten your face. Grind oatmeal powder with a food processor or blender, then add honey as much as needed. This recipe works as facial scrubs to get rid of old skin cells and reduce irritation, while at the same time honey also works as a moisturizing agent.

Caution: Not recommended for sensitive skin and those who are allergic to components that make up the honey.

3. Yogurt

Yogurt is very commonly used as a remedy to eliminate excessive pigmentation. It is rich in a bioactive compound that can effectively reduce dark spots and other signs of pigmentation

You Will Need
½ cup of fresh yogurt
1-2 teaspoons of honey

Application:

Add the honey to half a cup of yogurt. Apply to your neck and face. Rinse off after 20 minutes with water.

Do this at least two times a week to see a visible change.

4. Cucumber

Cucumber is a rich source of cucurbitacin D and 23, 24-dihydro cucurbitacin D. These compounds can reduce melanin synthesis and possibly reverse the effects of pigmentation.

You Will Need
A fresh cucumber
Freshly extracted aloe vera gel
What You Have To Do

Slice a cucumber and blend it.
Prepare a fine paste by adding some aloe vera gel to it.
Apply this paste to your face and neck.
Leave the pack on for 15-20 minutes and wash off with plain water.
How Often Should You Do This

You may do this once a week.

5. Turmeric

Curcumin is the major component of turmeric. This compound is effective in preventing the appearance of signs of aging, such as blemishes and spots (8). It also imparts a natural glow to your skin.

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
Honey
Fresh yogurt
What You Have To Do

Prepare a face pack by mixing the ingredients mentioned above.
Apply the face pack and leave it on until it dries.
Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water.
How Often Should You This

Use this face pack once a week.

6. Baking Soda

Preparation time: 5 minutes

If you see an uneven skin tone, especially a little darker in the nasal area, chances are there is dirt clogging your pores. Luckily, this baking ingredient is made of fine particles from sodium and pH balancer that are able to remove dead skin cells and even out skin complexion. The ingredients of baking soda can also prevent skin inflammation. No matter how much you need, use a ratio of 2:1 for water and baking soda.

How to do it:

Wash your face with lukewarm water to open pores
Mix one teaspoon (tsp) of baking soda with water according to the ratio
Apply on a dull skin area, e.g. in the T-zone. Let it dry for 2-3 minutes, then rinse with cold water and dry the skin.
The good news: baking soda is also beneficial to shrink the pores. Do it three times a week to get a more effective result.
Caution: It is recommended for dry skin. People with oily skin can apply the mixture of baking soda and salt (without adding water) along the T-Zone with a cotton ball to reduce oily skin and clean clogged pores.

7. Tomato

Preparation time: 1 minute

Take a ripe tomato that has been washed thoroughly. Cut it into 2 pieces, then gently massage onto face and let it dry for 15-20 minutes before you rinse with cold water. The excellent amount of vitamin C in tomato would heal acne on face

8. Potato

Potato is rich in phytochemicals, such as potassium, sulfur, and chloride (12). It can help lighten scars and acne blemishes, thereby promoting clear skin and an even skin tone.

You Will Need

2-3 tablespoons freshly extracted potato juice
Lemon juice
What You Have To Do

Mix the potato and lemon juices well.
Use a cotton pad to apply this mixture to your face and neck.
Leave it on for about 10 minutes before washing it off.
How Often Should You This

Apply this juice to your face two times a week.

Caution: Conduct a patch test on your skin before trying this remedy as it can cause an allergic reaction.

Use these tip for a few weeks to lighten, rejuvenate, and smoothen your skin.

Which of these skin brightening remedies would you try? Do let us know by leaving a comment in the box below.

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