Our aspiration is not for fairer skin, but for a complexion that is flawless. Here are simple ways to achieve it.
Uneven skin tone or discolouration is due to disturbed production of melanin (the pigment that gives skin its colour. Several internal and external factors are responsible for this imbalance. While a doctor’s prescription is a must, some treatments at home can help.
Almond, cream and lemon paste
Almonds and fresh cream are good moisturisers solving the problem of dryness, which can be a cause of pigmentation. Lemon is good for skin lightening. Take 5 almonds, some fresh cream and few drops of lemon juice and blend them into a paste. Apply this paste on affected areas, leave for about 15 minutes and wash off with water. Repeat this every day for best results. Tip: Avoid if you are allergic to nuts.
Potatoes can help in lightening the skin tone. Grate potato and take out the juice. Dab it on the discolouration and wash off after 30 minutes with warm water.
Papaya acts as an exfoliator due to presence of papain enzyme in it. This enzyme removes dead skin cells renewing new ones. Grate a raw papaya and take out its juice and apply on the pigmentation. Wash off after 15-20 minutes. Repeat this for a month to see positive effects.
Lemon and cucumber paste
Lemon lightens the skin tone and cucumber lends moisture and a cooling effect to the skin. Blend cucumber into paste add some lemon juice and apply the paste on the area concerned. Wash off after 20 minutes.
Tomato, oatmeal and yoghurt paste
Take 1 tomato crush it and squeeze out its juice. Add two teaspoons of oatmeal and ½ teaspoon yoghurt and mix. Apply the paste on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes or till it dries. Wash off with lukewarm water. You can repeat this every day.
Turmeric and lemon paste
Turmeric has anti-bacterial properties and lemon is natural bleach. Take one teaspoon turmeric powder and one teaspoon lemon juice mix both and apply on pigmentation, leave it for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water.
Banana and guava paste
Banana is an excellent exfoliator for lightening skin pigments. Guava treats skin darkening caused due excess exposure to sun. Blend the two fruits to form a paste. Apply it on your face and leave it for 15 minutes before washing off.