Some people are born with fairer complexions and others aren’t but thankfully due to advances in the fields of technology and skin care, we can change our skin tones to a certain extent even after we grow up.
Even though people are sometimes born with fair skin, their complexion darkens over a period of time due to exposure to the sun and aging.
One cannot be expected to stay indoors all day in an attempt to avoid natural skin darkening due to exposure to the harsh sun rays.
There are several ways to get fair skin. But before trying every one of them it is necessary to ask yourself why you’d like fair skin…is it because you feel it would make you look better? Or feel better?
The obsession with having fairer skin tones is widely felt across developing nations and young girls in those countries try very hard to use any lotion, soap, beauty product that is locally available to look fairer. The point is, accepting your natural skin tone is probably the best way to increase your level of confidence. The way you are, the way you think and more importantly a factor like WHO you are should never be based on the color of your skin.
The color of your skin, of anyone’s skin is a natural part of their physical being and leaving it untouched and unaffected by products that could in the long run harm the skin’s texture is the ideal way ahead…
But, if you are looking for fair skin because of other non cosmetic reasons then the few tips listed below can help you get fair skin naturally:
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Use a home made face pack
You can make use of your usual cooking ingredients to get fairer skin. All you need to do is make a face pack out of lemon juice, honey and turmeric powder. Mix it all together and once it turns into a paste, apply it on your face and neck. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and repeat the procedure once every week. You will automatically notice that your skin will turn lighter because the pack will help remove the accumulation of dirt and grime from your pores.
The tomato technique
Another popular and natural way to fair skin is the tomato technique. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to lighten your skin tone. All you’d need is a tomato…chop it up and then mix it up with some water. Once it becomes mush apply it to your skin and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes.
Use those almonds
Almonds are known to help in skin care. If you make your own face paste with the help of ground almonds, some honey and water, the mixture when applied will soothe your complexion whilst moisturizing it and it will help to lighten your skin tone. You should ideally leave the paste on your skin for about 10-15 minutes.
The potato paste
Potatoes act as natural bleaching agents thus turning the skin lighter and softer in a matter of days. All you need to do is boil and then mash some potatoes, mix it with a little water and apply it to your face. Leave it on for a couple of minutes and repeat the process every few days.
The orange-milk mix
Oranges are a natural source of vitamin C and are also a natural skin bleaching agents. If you sun dry an orange and then turn it into a powder (by grinding it) and mixing it with some milk you will get a sweet smelling paste which can be used on the skin to lighten it. It is a very common and safe way to bleach the skin and has no side effects what so over. The special glow you get on your skin will make it all worth it.
Papaya face pack
Papaya is one fruit that contributes effectively to skin lightening even if used on its on. Chop a few pieces and apply the fruit mash on your skin. Leave it on for a couple of minutes and repeat the process everyday for about a week. You will be sure to notice the difference in a matter of days.
Cream and Coconut Milk
If you use cream of milk mixed with coconut milk on your skin daily before your shower, it will help to lighten the skin tone and improve the texture. The milk helps to moisturize the skin thus leaving it softer and smoother than before.
Besides these natural methods there are several ready made products too that help people lighten their skin tone, these off the shelf products are especially meant for those who don’t get time to make their own home made pastes and packs due to hectic schedules.
Use a skin whitening moisturizer
Well known beauty and skin care brands have in the recent past introduced a variety of effective and naturally sources skin whitening creams and lotions. These lotions help a great deal in lightening the color of one’s skin. You could buy a couple of them, make things exciting by picking different colors and creams with unusual fragrances. Apply them on your body at least twice in the day and you are bound to notice a difference in a couple of weeks.
Invest in a skin whitening face and body scrub
Just like skin care brands have a variety of skin lightening creams on offer, they may also have a variety of skin whitening face scrubs. Face scrubs are a tad different than a normal face wash, they are made with granules of other ingredients, sometimes fruit extracts etc to help you exfoliate your skin after the day’s accumulation of grime and dirt. A skin whitening scrub will help lighten the skin texture in addition to all that. Choose a reputed brand and if you are uncertain about which one is good, ask a skin care professional to help you out. A scrub ideally shouldn’t be used more than 2-3 times a week because the granules may damage the texture with too much use. But if you are in a hurry to get fairer skin, pick a scrub that has specifically been made for DAILY USE.
Make use of skin whitening face and body packs
Face and body packs are available in the market and each brand has a variety of packs to choose from to suit different purposes. Some packs are made to help people relax, some to tone the skin and some others to lighten the skin or get rid of sun tan. Explore the variety of skin whitening face and body packs on offer and invest in a few. It’s easy to use; all you really need is time. Apply the pack to your face and body at least once a week and you will notice the difference in a few weeks after regular weekly use.
Apply lots of anti-sun tan lotion before going out
Even you are to go out for just a few minutes in the day or if you feel that you will be protected from the sun by the hood of you car, you should still use anti-skin tan lotions. Experts say that even 5 minutes of exposure to the sun rays can result in skin darkening by a certain percentage. So if you are going to be outdoors due to work all day and even if your work requires that you sit in an office cubicle all day, you should still wear a lot of anti-skin lotion. Apply it just before you step out for the day. There are a variety of branded anti-skin tan lotions on offer. You need to pick up one that will offer you the highest protection from the sun. Check the lotion’s SPF (Sun Protection Factor) level before buying it, choose one with a higher SPF for better protection.
Protect yourself from the sun with external devices
Not only does prolonged exposure harm the skin by darkening it, it also causes dehydration in the body. One way of staying or becoming fair is by protecting yourself from the sun with the help of external devices. A simple umbrella works wonders. Use one over you every time you are out in the sun. Not only will this protect the skin, it will also keep you shaded from the sun rays. Alternately shield yourself from the harmful rays of the sun with a fancy scarf. In many places, women (and men) too tie a scarf or large handkerchief around their head to protect their skin when the weather is too hot.