Since ancient times, women have been looking for effective skin lightening recipes in order to achieve a flawless complexion. White, perfect skin has been the symbol of beauty, youth and elegance in every society:

European women protected their beautiful white face and hands from the sun using gloves and sun umbrellas. The upper class women took pride in their light skin. In Japan, geisha's were renowned for their white face. They used skin lightening powder in order to achieve bright, white complexions.

Nowadays, a perfect skin remains one of the most valuable assets of a woman, and women of all ages are doing their best to learn how to lighten skin and reduce imperfections.

While make-up remains a solution for some women who would like to hide their darker spots, most women aim at achieving natural evenness with the help of creams and homemade recipes. Unfortunately, there are few brands on the market that offer skin lightening effects without severe long term side effects, so women must learn how to lighten skin with homemade recipes.

Actually, most homemade lighteners can prove to be much more efficient and considerably cheaper than some cosmetic products.

If you do not know how to lighten skin naturally, here are 5 skin lightening recipes you could try. You will realize that most of the beneficial ingredients they are made from are already in your kitchen.

Before using these products, remember the importance of preventing skin darkening. Protect yourself from the sun, use the right sunscreen, and do not overuse these homemade mixtures.

5 Skin Lightening Recipes to Try at Home

1.Lemon juice, cucumber and turmeric recipe

Lemon juice has great bleaching effects, so you should definitely try a lemon juice recipe first.

Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and cucumber juice. For the first try, half a cucumber and half a lemon would do. Add a little turmeric powder. Mix the ingredients well, and then apply this mask on your face. Leave it on for about half an hour, and then rinse with warm water. Use this treatment once every few days, for best results.

Lemon is one of the most popular and powerful skin bleachers. Its skin lightening properties will help you get rid of dark spots, discoloration, and acne scars. However, because lemon juice is an acid, you should not overuse this treatment. Do not use this mask if you have injuries, cuts or other skin lesions.

Also, make sure the mixture does not come in contact with your eyes.

Cucumber has cooling effects, and it has the same amount of hydrogen as your skin. Therefore, it will soothe your skin and act as a toner.
Turmeric has been widely used in India as a remedy against pigmentation and acne. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects will help you achieve a flawless skin.

2.Sandalwood, lemon juice, cucumber juice and tomato juice recipe

This is another skin lightening recipe that includes lemon and cucumber juice.

Mix equal amounts of lemon, cucumber and tomato juice and add some sandalwood powder. Apply this paste on the skin and let it dry. After 15 minutes, rinse with warm water. Use this recipe for a few weeks, and you will see impressive results.

This recipe uses two new ingredients: tomato juice and sandalwood.

In case you didn’t know, tomatoes are not only delicious vegetables for salads - they also have great skin benefits. Tomatoes have high amounts of vitamins, like vitamin A, B, C and E that are necessary for a healthy looking skin. It also has anti-aging effects, and fights against free radicals. Tomato masks can black skin spots, and clean your skin effectively.

Sandalwood can fight infections and has softening and calming effects on the skin. It can reduce acne, black spots, skin rashes and burns.

3.Almond, egg white and lemon recipe

Almonds are also beneficial ingredients for the skin.

Let some almonds soak in water overnight. In the morning, peel them and add a little bit of lemon juice and some egg white. Mix the almonds, egg and lemon juice in order to create a paste. Apply the mixture on your skin, and rinse with warm water after 15 minutes.

Almonds have skin lightening properties, because they contain high amounts of vitamin E, one of the most important skin nutrients and antioxidants. It also contains omega 3 acids and fiber, and it has smoothing and softening effects on the skin.

Egg whites contain proteins, minerals and vitamins, like the B complex vitamins. Egg whites also act as an astringent that will help your skin become firmer and tighter.

4.Honey, lemon, milk, and almond oil recipe

Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with equal amounts of honey and milk powder. Add half a tablespoon of almond oil and mix all the ingredients together. Apply this mask on your face for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

The healthy nutrients milk contains can reduce acne and maintain your skin young, thanks to the antioxidant and anti-aging properties they have. Milk contains high amounts of calcium and B vitamins that promote skin health and contribute to skin lightening.

Honey is another helpful skin lightening ingredient. It has anti-microbial properties, it can treat sun burns and skin irritations. Honey has anti-aging, soothing and glowing effects on the skin.

5.Banana, orange juice, honey and green gram powder recipe

Banana and oranges are two other fruits with skin lightening properties.

Mash one banana until you turn it into a paste. Add two tablespoons of orange juice and a few drops of honey. Mix everything with 5 tablespoons of green gram powder. Apply this mask for 10 minutes every day.

Bananas contain valuable nutrients that contribute to reducing skin inflammation and acne. It has high amounts of antioxidants and potassium that will make your skin whiter and smoother.

Oranges have skin lightening effects thanks to their high amount of vitamin C that can reduce dark spots and contribute to achieving a toned, even skin.

Green gram is a great skin cleanser that removes dirt and oil from your skin, making it look clean and healthy.

Give these homemade skin lightening recipes a try before you take the risk of using bleaching creams that contain harmful active ingredients!

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