Natural Skin Lightening Methods – For Those That Feel The Need
By Space Coast Daily // July 30, 2020
There’s a lot to be said for feeling happy in your own skin. Sadly, many of us are not. While people in Europe and America are rushing to solariums to get that perfect all-over tan, people in Asia and other parts of the world are desperately seeking ways to make their skin appear whiter.
It’s not just a geographical issue though. Pick any country you want, and you will probably find people who are trying to lighten their skin.
In this article, I’m going to look at the reasons why people want to lighten their skin and some of the things that can help them lighten skin naturally. I’m also going to reveal some of the risks.
Who Wants to Lighten Their Skin?
Women are generally more interested in whitening their skin than men are. Many black women bleach their skin and some of the ones who do admit they began doing it because it’s what the people around them were doing while they were growing up. After that, the practice became a regular habit.
In the Philippines and many other Asian countries, skin lightening isn’t only a habit, it’s deeply ingrained into the culture. Having whiter-looking skin is seen as something that can improve career prospects and help people to get ahead in life in many ways.
Vanity isn’t the issue. Light skin is seen as suggesting a higher social standing. Women from higher classes do not have to work outdoors in the sun all day so their skin is naturally paler.
Some people who are not worried about the overall appearance of their skin, have concerns about specific areas. For instance, people who have birthmarks or skin blemishes often use skin whitening products to spot treat the areas they are uncomfortable about.
Skin Lightening: A Look at the Dangers
Although there are natural skin whitening compounds in oranges, licorice, and several other plants, lots of the skin whitening products available in many Asian and African countries contain mercury and/or chemicals that can endanger the health.
The sad thing is, many women who use such products know there are risks but still throw caution to the wind.
In certain areas of the world, skin-bleaching treatments are not regulated. Some products have been known to cause blood poisoning and have been linked to cancer. Others, like hydroquinone, can damage the liver.
The governments in some countries, including Japan, Ghana, and Rwanda, have banned skin bleaching products but many people in these countries continue to find ways to get hold of these products.
Things You Can Do to Safely Lighten Your Skin
There are many things you can do to make your skin look paler and whiter without spending much money or putting your health on the line.
Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Olive Oil And Honey Massage
Massaging a mixture of olive oil and honey into your skin can be very effective for lightening your complexion.
The mixture needs to contain more olive oil than honey. I find two tablespoons of oil, mixed with one teaspoon of honey, works best.
Gently massage the mixture into your skin, using a circular motion. Keep massaging the skin for two minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Use a Homemade Bleaching Face Pack
It’s possible to make a very good skin-bleaching face pack out of citrus fruit and honey.
Mix two teaspoons of lemon juice with one teaspoon of honey. Then add two teaspoons of powdered lemon peel. If you prefer, you can use powdered orange peel instead.
Apply the paste to the area of skin you wish to bleach, wait 10-15 minutes to let it go to work, and then rinse the skin with lukewarm water.
Use a Cucumber Face Pack
Cucumber contains compounds that can be very good for lightening the skin. You can harness their ability in a face pack that combines peeled cucumber slices with lemon juice and sandalwood powder.
Take a 4-inch section of cucumber, peel it, and then reduce it to a liquid by blending it with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Pour the liquid into a suitable container and mix in enough sandalwood powder to form a light paste.
Put the paste on the area of skin you wish to whiten, wait 15 minutes, and then rinse the skin with lukewarm water.
Lighten the Skin with an Egg Face Mask
The good thing about an egg face mask is, apart from whitening the skin, it also helps close large pores.
You only use the egg white to make the face mask. The yolk can be discarded.
One egg should be enough for each treatment. Mix the white of the egg with two tablespoons of corn flour and apply the mixture to the skin. After 15 minutes, wash the mixture off and gently pat the skin dry.
How to Tackle Blemishes
Dark marks, birthmarks, and other skin discolorations are also an issue for some people, and they are desperate to make them go away.
Here are a couple of things you can do to try and make them fade naturally.
Use Rose Water
Rosewater is good for fading red patches of skin and enhancing the complexion. The best way to apply it is via a spray.
Use Orange Peel Paste
Orange peel paste is very good for lightening dark patches of skin. It’s probably best to use the skin of satsumas or a similarly easy to peel type of orange.
Place the peels in a blender and blend with a little cold milk to make the paste. Apply the paste to the face and neck, leave it for 10 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
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