How to Lighten Skin Using Grandma’s Top 15 Secret Remedies


Your skin begins to darken with age and also due to other factors like too much exposure to the harsh sun, environmental pollution, the use of chemical-based skin products, poor diet, and certain medical conditions.

The market is flooded with skin-lightening creams and lotions that promise lighter skin. However, what is conveniently left out is that these products often contain harsh skin whitening agents that cause irreparable damage to the upper layers of your skin.

How to lighten skin naturally
How to lighten skin naturally

Continue reading below to find out how to lighten skin using grandma’s top 15 secret remedies with simple kitchen ingredients.

Contents

Method 1: Lemon

Lemon works as a natural bleaching agent for the skin and helps get rid of acne scars and black spots. In fact, lemon can also be used to remove sun tan and for improved skin complexion as it contains vitamin C, which promotes the growth of new skin cells. You can can read more on how to use lemon for beautiful hair and spotless skin.

Cucumber contains ascorbic acid and vitamin C and has a soothing effect on the skin, while tomato juice is particularly effective against sunburn.

Sandalwood soothes the skin, is helpful in removing blemishes and can also be used to lighten skin.

# For Regular to Oily Skin

 Things you’ll need:

lemon for regular to oily skin

  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – 1 tablespoon
  • Cucumber juice (contains ascorbic acid and vitamin C) – 1 tablespoon
  • Tomato juice (natural bleaching agent) – 1 tablespoon
  • Sandalwood powder (soothes skin) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine lemon, cucumber, and tomato juice in a bowl

Combine lemon, cucumber, and tomato juice in a bowl
Combine lemon, cucumber, and tomato juice in a bowl
  • Pour out 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of cucumber juice.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of tomato juice as well.

Step 2. Add sandalwood powder and mix

Add sandalwood powder and mix
Add sandalwood powder and mix well
  • Finally, add 1 tablespoon of fine sandalwood powder.
  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly.

Step 3. Apply on face with a brush

Apply on face with a brush
Apply on face with a brush for skin whitening
  • Dip a brush in this mixture and apply on your skin.
  • Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with warm water and then moisturize your skin.

Apply this face pack thrice a week and you will have visibly lighter skin after 3 to 4 applications.

# For Regular to Dry Skin

Things you’ll need:

lemon for regular to dry skin

  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – 2 teaspoon
  • Lavender oil (antioxidant) – 2 drops
  • Powdered milk (contains lactic acid) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine milk powder, lemon juice, and lavender oil in a bowl

Combine milk powder, lemon juice, and lavender oil in a bowl
Combine milk powder, lemon juice, and lavender oil in a bowl
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of milk powder in a small bowl.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Add 2 drops of lavender essential oil.

Step 2. Mix well and apply

Mix well and apply
Mix well and apply to lighten skin
  •  Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  • Dip a brush into the paste and apply on skin.
  • Leave it on for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Wash off with warm water and moisturize.

Apply this skin pack twice a week for positive results. Your skin will become 1 shade lighter after 4 weeks of regular application.

# For Use as an Exfoliant

Things you’ll need:

CLemon for Use as an Exfoliant

  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – 1 teaspoon
  • Brown sugar (acts as an exfoliant) – 2 tablespoons
  • Egg white (tightens skin) – 1 egg

Step 1. Extract egg whites

Extract egg whites
Extract egg whites
  • Crack an egg with a knife, but do not break the shell completely.
  • Collect the egg whites in a bowl below; ensure that the yolk stays inside the shell as shown.

Step 2. Add lemon juice and brown sugar

Add lemon juice and brown sugar
Add lemon juice and brown sugar to the egg whites
  • Add 1 teaspoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.

Step 3. Mix well and apply

Mix well and rub the scrub on your skin to gently exfoliate.
Mix well and rub the scrub on your skin to gently exfoliate
  • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Gently rub it on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes to remove dead skin cells.

Use this DIY scrub at least once a week to exfoliate your skin and reveal beautiful, glowing skin.

Note: Do not go out in the sun after applying lemon or using any other skin-lightening products; if you must, always apply sunscreen.

Method 2: Yogurt

Plain yogurt contains lactic acid that has natural bleaching properties and can be used most effectively to lighten and brighten your skin tone.

Honey repairs and moisturizes your skin, while turmeric contains antioxidants that improve skin health.

Things you’ll need:

Yogurt to lighten skin

  • Plain yogurt (contains lactic acid) – 1 teaspoon
  • Raw honey (moisturizes skin) – ½ teaspoon
  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – ½ a lemon
  • Organic turmeric (contains antioxidants) – 1 teaspoon

Step 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl

Combine yogurt, lemon juice, turmeric, and honey in a bowl.
Combine yogurt, lemon juice, turmeric, and honey in a bowl
  • Put 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt in a bowl.
  • Add ½ lemon juice.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of honey.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder.

Step 2. Mix well and apply

Mix well and apply for skin whitening
Mix well and apply for skin whitening
  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Apply on skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.

You can use this skin-moisturizing mask every alternate day for supple and glowing skin.

Method 3: Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel contains healthy doses of vitamin E and boosts the production of collagen and elastin in your skin, thereby improving skin health and stretchability.

Aloe vera also helps reduce hyperpigmentation, and when combined with lemon juice, it helps lighten tanned skin for a lighter complexion. Aloe vera gel has cooling properties that make it particularly effective for getting rid of sunburn.

Things you’ll need:

Aloe vera to lighten skin

  • Aloe vera gel (soothes and lightens skin) – 2 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Add aloe vera gel and lemon juice into a mixing bowl

Add aloe vera gel and lemon juice into a mixing bowl
Add aloe vera gel and lemon juice into a mixing bowl
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel into a small mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Step 2. Mix well and use it to lighten skin

Mix well and apply it to lighten skin
Mix well and apply it to lighten skin
  • Mix properly and apply on skin.
  • Keep it on for 10 to 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

Repeat application every alternate day for lighter and brighter skin within a week itself.

Method 4: Gram Flour

Gram flour absorbs all the extra oil and serum from your skin leaving it well-balanced and light; it is especially recommended for removing suntan.

It also removes dirt, toxins, and dead skin cells, leaving your skin radiant.

When mixed with lemon juice, honey, and milk cream, which have skin lightening, toning, and moisturizing properties, gram flour forms a wondrous skin pack for dry skin, which leaves your skin several shades lighter and brighter.

Things you’ll need:

Gram flour to lighten skin

  • Gram flour (absorbs oil and cleanses skin) – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – ½ teaspoon
  • Raw honey (moisturizes skin) – ½ teaspoon
  • Milk cream (moisturizes and lightens skin) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
Combine gram flour, raw honey, lemon juice, and milk cream in a bowl
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of gram flour in a bowl.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of
  • Add 1 tablespoon of milk cream.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of lemon juice.

Step 2. Mix well and apply on skin

Mix well and apply on skin
Mix well and apply on skin for a brightening effect
  • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly to form a smooth paste.
  • Dip a brush in this paste and apply on your face.
  • Leave it on till it dries completely or for around 20 minutes.
  • Wash off with cool water and gently pat dry your skin with a towel.

Do this 2 to 3 times a week for fairer face and skin.

Method 5: Turmeric

This yellow spice contains curcumin, which most effectively lowers melanin production in your skin, thereby reducing hyperpigmentation and sun damage.

Things you’ll need:

Turmeric to lighten skin

  • Organic turmeric (lightens skin) – ½ teaspoon
  • Ground oat flour (acts as a gentle exfoliant) – 3 tablespoons
  • Manuka honey (contains hydrogen peroxide which bleaches skin) – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – 1 teaspoon

Step 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Combine ground oat flour, turmeric, Manuka honey, and lemon juice in a bowl
  • Pour 3 tablespoons of ground oat flour in a small bowl.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of organic turmeric.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of Manuka honey.

Step 2. Mix all the ingredients together

Mix all the ingredients together to make turmeric skin mask
Mix all the ingredients together and use it to lighten sun-damaged and darkened skin
  • Use a plastic spatula and mix all the ingredients together.
  • Keep on mixing till you get a smooth paste with even consistency.
  • Apply on skin and keep it on for 20 minutes.

Use this skin mask every 3 days to lighten sunburnt and damaged skin.

Method 6: Honey

Honey has natural bleaching and skin-moisturizing properties that make it a two-in-one bargain for use on skin. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help fade old acne scars and dark spots. Honey is a highly beneficial, natural ingredient that can be used in  a variety of ways for glowing skin and gorgeous hair.

Things you’ll need:

Honey to lighten skin

  • Raw honey (heals and moisturizes skin) – 1 teaspoon
  • Milk powder (contains lactic acid) – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – 1 teaspoon
  • Almond oil (moisturizes and lightens skin) – ½ teaspoon

Step 1. Add all ingredients to one bowl

Add all ingredients to one bowl
Add raw honey, lemon juice, milk powder, and almond oil in a bowl
  • Pour 1 teaspoon of raw honey in a bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of almond oil.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of powdered milk as well.

Step 2. Blend all ingredients together for application on skin

Blend all ingredients together for application on skin
Blend all ingredients together and apply to get fairer skin
  • Use a cosmetic spatula to blend all the ingredients together.
  • Apply on the skin with a brush.
  • Keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off with cold water.

Use this pack 3 to 4 times a week for well-moisturized and fairer skin.

Method 7: Orange

Orange juice is rich in vitamin C, which promotes cell repair and growth, and at the same time, it also has natural bleaching properties that help get rid of tanned or darkened skin.

Things you’ll need:

Orange to lighten skin

  • Orange juice (contains citric acid) – 4 tablespoons
  • Fuller’s earth (natural absorbent and cleanser) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Add Fuller’s earth to orange juice and mix

Add Fuller’s earth to orange juice and mix
Add Fuller’s earth to orange juice and mix.
  • Pour 4 tablespoons of fresh orange juice in a small bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of Fuller’s earth and blend together to form a smooth paste.

Step 2. Apply on skin

Apply on skin
Apply on skin to remove suntan and lighten your complexion
  • Scoop up some of the paste with your finger and apply on skin.
  • Let it dry for 15 minutes and then wash off with cold water.

Do this 2 to 3 times a week to remove dark, tanned skin, and lighten your skin complexion.

Method 8: Tomato

This bright red fruit is found in every household kitchen. Tomato juice or puree acts as a natural bleaching agent and is a particularly effective remedy to get rid of suntan.

Mix it with grated cucumber, as its cooling properties help soothe and brighten the skin.

Things you’ll need:

Tomato to lighten skin

  • Tomato pulp (natural bleaching agent) – 1 small tomato
  • Grated cucumber (contains ascorbic acid and vitamin C) – ½ cucumber

Step 1. Combine the two ingredients

Combine the two ingredients
Combine mashed tomato and grated cucumber in a bowl
  • Take 1 small mashed tomato in a mixing bowl.
  • Add ½ bowl of grated cucumber.

Step 2. Blend and apply

Blend and apply the tomato pack to lighten skin
Blend and apply regularly to lighten skin
  • Blend and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Scoop up with your fingers and apply on skin.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash your face with water.

Apply this natural mix once every 3 days for lighter and clearer skin.

Method 9: Oatmeal

Oatmeal powder is wonderful for fading age spots, getting rid of suntan, pigmentation, and dead skin cells for soft and shining skin. You can also use oatmeal to make a fine scrub for your hands, to keep them soft and glowing.

Things you’ll need:

Oatmeal to lighten skin

  • Oatmeal (gentle exfoliant) – 1 teaspoon
  • Baking soda (absorbs oil)  – 1 teaspoon
  • Orange peel powder (lightens skin) – 1 teaspoon
  • Yogurt (contains lactic acid) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Add all ingredients together

Add all ingredients together to make oatmeal scrub
Take oatmeal powder, orange peel powder, yogurt and baking soda in a bowl
  • Take 1 teaspoon of fine oatmeal powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of orange peel powder.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt as well.

Step 2. Mix well to form a thick paste

Mix well to form a thick paste
Mix well to form a thick paste and use it to scrub off dead skin cells
  • Mix all the ingredients together using a spoon spatula to form a thick oatmeal mask.
  • Use fingers to apply a thin coating on darkened skin.
  • Massage it over your skin in a circular motion for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Wash off with cold water and gently dry your skin with a dry towel.

Use this oatmeal mask to gently scrub off dead skin cells and impurities to reveal the lighter skin underneath.

You can apply this mask 2 to 3 times a week for healthier, brighter skin. You will see your skin color enhanced by a shade after 3 to 6 weeks of continuous application.

Method 10: Rice Flour

The regular application of rice flour on your skin can help protect the skin from harmful effects of the sun. Rice flour helps remove sunburn and enhances cell growth for skin repair. It has traditionally been used across Asia in beauty and makeup regimes of women for many generations.

Things you’ll need:

Rice flour to lighten skin

  • Rice flour (heals and repairs skin) – 2 tablespoons
  • Cold milk (contains lactic acid) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Take rice flour and cold milk in a bowl

Take rice flour and cold milk in a bowl
Take rice flour and cold milk in a bowl
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of rice flour in a small bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of cold milk.

Step 2. Mix well to form a smooth white paste and then apply on skin

Mix well to form a smooth white paste and then apply on skin
Mix well to form a smooth white paste and then apply on skin for a brightening effect
  • Mix the two together to form a smooth white paste.
  • Use a brush to apply this paste on your skin.
  • Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  • You can also use water or plain yogurt instead of cold milk.

Apply this rice-milk skin mask 2 to 3 times a week for whiter skin.

Method 11: Milk

Milk contains lactic acid that acts as a natural bleaching agent. Legends have it that Cleopatra bathed in milk to maintain her youth and beauty.

Adding lemon juice to milk enhances its skin bleaching properties, leaving behind incredibly lighter and softer skin.

Things you’ll need:

Milk to lighten skin

  • Milk (contains lactic acid) – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – 1 teaspoon

Step 1. Combine milk and lemon juice in a bowl

Combine milk and lemon juice in a bowl
Combine milk and lemon juice in a bowl
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of milk in a small bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

 Step 2. Mix well and apply

Mix well and apply-lemon and milk
Mix well and apply to both lighten and brighten up your skin
  • Mix the two ingredients together to form a smooth paste.
  • Dip a cotton ball into the mix and apply on skin.
  • Leave it on till it stiffens i.e., 10 to 15 minutes.

You can apply this super skin whitening blend every 2 to 3 days and see positive changes in your skin after a month of continuous application.

Method 12: Potato

Potatoes are not just useful for making French fries.

Applying raw potato juice on your skin helps lighten blemishes, dark spots, and get rid of hyperpigmentation.

The combined bleaching properties of potato and lemon create a powerful natural mix to lighten skin.

Things you’ll need:

Potato juice to lighten skin

  • Potato juice (lightens skin) – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice (natural bleaching agent) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine potato and lemon juice in a bowl

Combine potato and lemon juice in a bowl
Combine potato and lemon juice in a bowl
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of potato juice in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Step 2. Blend and apply on skin

Blend and apply on skin-potato and lemon juice
Blend and apply regularly for visibly fairer skin
  • Mix well.
  • Dip a cotton ball into this juice blend and apply it on the skin.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse off with water.

Apply this every alternate day at night (to avoid going out into sunlight immediately afterwards) and see visibly fairer skin after 4 to 5 weeks of use.

Method 13: Earth Clay and Sandalwood

Earth clay and sandalwood act as natural cleaners; they also absorb excess oil and keep your acne under check.

With regular application, earth clay, sandalwood, and rose water contribute toward lightening scars and improving the overall quality of your skin.

Things you’ll need:

Earth Clay and sandalwood to lighten skin

  • Earth clay (natural absorbent and cleanser) – 3 tablespoons
  • Sandalwood powder (natural absorbent and cleanser) – 1 tablespoon
  • Rose water (soothes and lightens skin) – as required

Step 1. Add earth clay, sandalwood, and rose water in a bowl

Add earth clay, sandalwood, and rose water in a bowl
Add earth clay, sandalwood, and rose water in a bowl
  • Pour 3 tablespoons of earth clay in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder.
  • Add rosewater as required to form a smooth paste.

Step 2. Blend all ingredients together

Mix and apply the prepared clay mask for skin lightening
Mix and apply the prepared clay mask for skin lightening
  • Mix the ingredients together to form a smooth, creamy paste.
  • Apply on skin and let it dry.
  • Wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes with cool water and gently pat dry your skin.

Apply this skin mask 2 to 3 times a week; you will see a visible lightening of skin after 4 to 6 weeks of regular application.

Method 14: Baking Soda

Baking soda exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, and this property makes it a highly effective remedy for getting softer and whiter skin within an even skin tone.

Additionally, it also has skin cleansing properties that help in absorbing oil consequently, preventing outbreaks of acne.

Things you’ll need:

Baking Soda to lighten skin

  • Baking soda (natural exfoliating agent) – 2 teaspoons
  • Coconut oil (heals skin) – 1 teaspoon
  • Warm water – as required

Step 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl

Combine all ingredients in a bowl to make your skin light.
Combine baking soda, coconut oil, and baking soda in a bowl
  • Pour 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a small bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.
  • Add some warm water as required.

Step 2. Mix everything up

Mix everything up
Mix everything up and apply for skin whitening
  • Stir all the ingredients together to form a smooth, runny paste.
  • Scoop up and apply on the skin; leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a towel.

Apply this skin mask twice a week for skin whitening. You will see visible results in 2 to 4 weeks.

Method 15: Papaya

Papaya contains high doses of a natural enzyme called papain, which removes dead skin cells and can also be used to treat acne.

Papaya pulp or puree can also be applied on the skin to treat dark spots, and with continuous use, it can give you much clearer and brighter skin.

Things you’ll need:

Papaya to lighten skin

  • Papaya puree (contains papain) – ¼ cup
  • Raw honey (moisturizes skin) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Add papaya pulp and honey in a bowl

Add papaya pulp and honey in a bowl
Take papaya pulp and honey in a bowl
  • Take ¼ cup of papaya puree in a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of honey.

Step 2. Mix well and apply on face

Mix well and apply on face
Mix well and apply on face for visibly whiter skin
  • Mix the papaya puree and honey.
  • Apply it on your face and leave it for 25 minutes.
  • Wash it off with cold water and gently pat dry with a soft towel.

You can apply this papaya pack on your skin between 2 to 3 times a week; you will have visibly whiter skin after  a month of consistent application.

Tips

  • Cover up while going out in the afternoon.
  • Always do a patch test before applying any ingredients on your skin.

 

 


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