Whitening one’s skin with natural whiteners is becoming the new trend preferred by many women because, unlike chemical whiteners, it doesn’t cause severe side effects.
Using natural whiteners and limiting sun exposure are simple ways to make your skin brighter. You can naturally whiten your skin at home with these 3 easy methods:
3 easy methods for skin whitening at home
Method 1: Use natural skin whiteners
1. Lemon juice:
For thousands of years, lemon juice has long been praised as a natural skin whitener. The acids in lemon juice work to exfoliate dead skin cells or lighten darkened skin cells. However, pure lemon juice may irritate your skin, so you should dilute it with some water before using. After that, dip your bath sponge in this solution and spread it evenly on your skin. Gently massage your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then, wash off with warm water.
You should only use this natural whitening method with lemon juice 2-3 times/week because overusing may cause skin irritation. After each use, remember to apply a moisturizer as the acids in lemon juice may dry out your skin.
As a natural skin whitener, lemon juice doesn’t brighten your skin immediately. You will notice positive changes after 3-4 weeks of use at the recommended frequency.
Although lemon juice is considered the most effective natural skin whitener, you should be careful every time you apply it (or orange/mandarin juice) to your face. The active ingredients in these juices may react and cause skin inflammation when exposed to sunlight. If you use lemon, orange, or mandarin juice to whiten your skin, it’s best to wash it off thoroughly before going out of your house.
2. Bathing in a solution of milk and lemon juice
For a natural and gentle skin whitening therapy, you may try starting with warm water. Then, pour a cup of milk and lemon juice in your bathtub. Stir this mixture of water - milk - lemon juice well and soak your body in there, relaxing for 20 - 30 minutes. Finally, shower with clean water.
The advantage of this natural skin whitening method is that you get to make use of the moisturizing enzyme in milk, while still getting the most out of the whitening acids in lemon juice. As a result, your skin gets whitened and moisturized at the same time. Use this skin whitening method once a week and enjoy your result after a month.
3. Make a yogurt - honey mask Like milk, yogurt contains enzymes that that has skin moisturizing properties. Meanwhile, honey is antibacterial. When combined, these 2 ingredients become the perfect masking combo for your facial skin. To make this mask, mix well one part yogurt with one part honey. Then, apply the mixture to your face and body and relax for 15 minutes. Finally, wash off with clean water.
Remember to use sugar-free yogurt to maximize the natural skin whitening effect. If you’re not fond of honey, you may switch to avocado or aloe vera. These are great at moisturizing your skin as well.
Method 2: Know what your skin should avoid
1. Never use bleach or dangerous chemicals on your skin.
Products with ammonia or household bleach will cause severe and long-term damage to your skin. Once your skin has been harmed, it’s hard to recover. Thus, you should never use these chemicals to whiten your skin.
2. Don’t abuse cosmetic products:
Whatever skin tone you have, it’s beautiful. It’s reasonable to want to whiten your skin naturally, but remember to use a safe method such as lemon juice. If you’re born with tanned skin, it’s best to embrace it and learn how to help your natural beauty shine through instead of finding ways to completely change the natural state of your skin.
As you can see, many women of color around the world are confident with their skin and achieve impressive awards in various fields. Moreover, many women are trying to darken their skin tone. They are willing to pay huge money just so they can lie on tanning beds, eager to accept the risk of skin cancer just so they can have that brown skin.
Before trying to get beautiful skin, the most important thing you should do is keeping your skin healthy. This has a huge impact on your overall health. Therefore, your skin deserves lots of love and attention. Remember that a healthy diet with high water intake, exfoliation, and sufficient moisturization will help your skin stay bright and radiant.
Method 3: Change your habits for glowy skin
Excessive buildups of dead skin cells make your skin look dull. If you want to see the result of your natural whitening method sooner, don’t forget to exfoliate frequently. A common way to exfoliate is using a mixture of sugar and salt after soaking your skin in the bathtub or shower. Gently massage this sugar and salt mixture in circular motions on your skin then wash it off with clean water.
Use a milder mixture to exfoliate your face. You can mix ground oatmeals or almonds with honey or yogurt. Use this twice per week for 1 month for optimal results.
Using a soft-bristled brush to gently remove dead skin cells is also a great way to whiten your skin naturally. Go for a brush made from natural fibers and lightly brush over your body before soaking in a bathtub or showering.
This is the next step after exfoliation. To have radiant skin, you should apply a moisturizer every day after bathing. Keep in mind that the best moisturizer is one without alcohol because alcohol may make your skin become even drier.
Coconut oil is another great moisturizer that can help your skin look glowy and youthful. Apply coconut oil to your arms, legs, and other body parts after bathing. Remember to wait for around 10 minutes for it to be absorbed before putting clothes on. Besides, olive oil and almond oil also have the same moisturizing property.
3. Limit sun exposure:
This habit is particularly difficult with the weather conditions in Vietnam. Nevertheless, frequent sun exposure causes your skin to darken quickly. To keep your skin from tanning, you should:
- Use a sunscreen with a high SPF. It’s best to get SPF 30 or higher because anything lower than that still allows sunlight to darken your skin. You should use a sunscreen all day even if you only stay indoors.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat when being in the sun: This will help protect the skin on your face, neck, and shoulders.
- Wear long-sleeve shirts and trousers: In the summer, you should prioritize breathable fabrics to avoid overheating.
- Don’t completely cut off sun exposure. Your body needs sunlight to produce vitamin D, which is vital for bone health and the function of other organs in your body.
Hopefully, the information above can help you on your quest to naturally whiten your skin. We wish you soon get your desired results.