Skin discoloration, often caused by long-term exposure to the sun’s harsh rays or hormonal imbalances during or after a pregnancy, is a cause of embarrassment for many people. This discoloration, known as hyperpigmentation, results in dark patches or a splotchy surface on the skin. Fortunately, there are steps you can take at home by creating your own skin bleaching recipes to gradually lighten the dark areas.
Things You'll Need
- Mint leaves
- Orange peel
- Mulberry leaf extract
- Facial cream
Make a lemon and mint infusion by bringing two cups of water to boil in a heavy saucepan and adding a handful of fresh mint leaves. Remove the mixture from the heat and cover it, allowing it to cool to room temperature.
Strain the mixture when cool and add the juice of one whole lemon. Apply this natural skin bleach liberally to your face and body. Saturate a clean washcloth in the mixture, squeezing out the excess. Place the washcloth over your face when lying down for 20 minutes. Save the leftover mixture in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Make a soothing honey, lemon and milk skin-lightening conditioner by combining the juice of one lemon with one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of powdered milk. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds and stir to dissolve the powdered milk. When cool, apply liberally to your face and neck, leaving it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Save the peels from oranges and scrub them under hot water to remove any pesticide residue. Allow them to dry in small pieces on a sunny windowsill. When they are completely dry, pulverize them with a mortar and pestle. Combine this powder with a few drops of milk to make a paste and apply to your face. Leave the mixture on your skin for up to one hour before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Make your own skin bleaching night cream by adding three drops of mulberry leaf extract to one-quarter cup of inexpensive facial cream. Choose a water-based cold cream by making sure water is one of the first few ingredients on the label. Stir the mixture thoroughly and store in a dark glass jar. Use as you would any night cream.
Tips & Warnings
- Exfoliate before using natural skin bleaching recipes. By removing the dead skin cells, you improve the effect of the recipes.
- Avoid solutions, such as hydrogen peroxide, that contain hydroquinone. In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that skin-bleaching products containing hydroquinone might increase the risk of skin cancer. See Resources to learn more.
- Use a full-spectrum sunscreen before going into the sun to not darken your skin further.
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