Who doesn’t like fruit? They’re delicious, affordable, and good for your health. They contain vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial substances that can help you keep an ideal weight, flush out toxins and improve the tone of your skin. Fruits can also give your skin and hair that healthy glow. As a matter of fact, there are fruits that can be used as natural skin whitening ingredients that are safer to use compared to store-bought skin lightening products.
With the emergence of news about harmful contents of whitening products like bleach, hydroquinone and other chemicals, people resort to natural ingredients. One of these natural ingredients is fruits. More and more people are going back to basics and being more watchful about their health and the environment. People are also getting more inclined to using natural and organic ingredients thus the popularity of home remedies or do-it-yourself skin care.
The abundance of natural ingredients like fruits and its undeniable affordability appeal to the masses. Just like in the past, people nowadays are using their own kitchen to concoct their very own skin potions. When it comes to skin whitening, there are three known fruits that can do just that.
First is papaya. The papaya tree is known to have come from Central and South America. Through the years, other regions, especially the ones that enjoy tropical weather like the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia also started growing these fruit bearing trees. When still unripe, papayas have green skin and light green flesh. When ripe, papayas exude a yellow color on the outside and a bright orange color on the inside. You can use this as a refreshing natural face mask.
Papayas are known for “papain,” which is a natural whitening enzyme, making it a popular ingredient in skin whitening soap and lotion production. Papain whitens the skin through exfoliation. Exfoliation encourages the production and emergence of new skin cells thus giving the skin a healthy and bright glow. Fast cell renewal also helps fade dark spots and gives the skin an even tone. It may take a while before any difference can be seen since papain cannot stop melanin production.
The next top skin lightening fruit is bilberry. Commonly grown in Western Asia as well as in America’s Rocky Mountains, the bilberry plant is a close relative of blueberries. This will tell you that bilberries are also rich in antioxidants which are helpful in hunting vicious unpaired elements that make the skin old and cells damaged. Its dark hue come from its high antioxidant content known as “anthocyanoside.”
Anthocyanosides have the ability to reduce melanin production thus brightening skin discolorations while keeping the skin smooth and young looking. Bilberries also act as an astringent that makes the skin peel thus removing dead skin cells. This is attributed to its lactic acid and high tannin content. Bilberries are usually mashed or blended to be used as a facial mask. If fresh ones are not in season, its extracts usually sold in health food stores or online health shops can be used.
Last but not the least is lemons. Probably one of the oldest and most known natural remedy for dark skin, lemons are rich in Vitamin C and natural bleach which are effective ingredients for skin whitening. Acid in lemons are also good exfoliants that can make your skin peel off unwanted dead cells and lighten hyper-pigmentation. Its natural bleaching properties can also lighten skin hairs thus preventing freckles from forming.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice used as an astringent is generally safe and effective but should still be used with care especially for individuals who have sensitive skin. It won’t clog the pores but it can be irritating and can leave the skin red and dry if not used sparingly. Probably the best time to use it is at night wherein there is no sunlight. The acid in lemons can make the skin more sensitive to UV rays.
Lemon juice can be applied to the skin directly with a cotton ball to be left on the skin for ten minutes and washed off with tepid water. It can also be mixed with some almond or olive oil just to neutralize its acidity. Lemon slices can also be used as a spot treatment for dark spots. Make sure to apply sunscreen after using lemon on your skin.