The market is nowadays awash with skin bleaching products, but of course many of them either don’t work, or else they end up doing more harm than good. Some are simply too mild, while others contain harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals, and if you’re anything like me, you won’t want chemicals anywhere near your skin, and most certainly not on your face.
These days, there are several factors which can lead to dark patches and/or spots on a person’s skin. They can be caused by longterm use of chemical based skin care products, just as they can be caused by pollutants, contaminants, or from spending too much time in the sun. Interestingly enough, spending too much time in the sun is the most cause, hence the reason why they’re commonly called sun spots.
Contrary to what skin care manufacturers might tell you, skin bleaching products that are designed to be applied directly to individual spots won’t ever give you the sort of results you’re hoping for. Instead, such products make the appearance of spots even worse, because while they might lighten the dark spots, they also end up bleaching the skin which surrounds the spots, thereby making the spots look even bigger. There are however a number of all-natural skin lightening creams which work by gradually blending the different skin tones, and these are the only type I would recommend.
Whether or not you decide to use a commercially available product, you can lighten skin tone gradually and safely by using one or other homemade recipes. Below are three such recipes, and the nice thing about these is the fact that they also benefit your skin in other ways too.
1. Strawberry Magic Mask
Take a cup of chopped strawberries and blend together with a cup of sliced cucumber and a cup of chopped apricots. Mix in a blender to form a nice stiff paste, which you can then apply to your face in the evenings after you’ve had your bath or shower. Leave on for at least 30 minutes and then rinse with warm water. This is a particularly good bleaching mask for those who have dry or sensitive skin, and if done regularly, it can also help to reduced fine lines. Freshly prepared paste can be stored in the refrigerator, which means you can prepare larger quantities if you wish.
2. Lemon and Sour Cream Mask
Combine two heaped table spoons of sour cream or unflavored natural yogurt with one spoon of lemon juice and two spoons of olive oil. Lemon juice is quite a potent bleaching agent, so in some rare cases, this recipe may not be suitable, especially if one already has exceptionally dry skin. With that said, it’s a fantastic recipe since the sour cream (or yogurt) and olive oil will leave your skin soft, supple, and wonderfully nourished.
3. Age-Old Oatmeal Mask
For this skin bleaching mask you will need two heaped spoons of sour cream or plain yogurt, two spoons of good quality oatmeal, and one or two spoons of red win. Mix the ingredients together to form a nice paste and then apply liberally. Ideally, the mask should be used regularly – no less than once each week. The nice thing about this mask is that it serves a dual purpose, in that it not only bleaches your skin, but it also exfoliates the skin.
The three recipes discussed above work exceptional well, but of course their effectiveness can be further enhanced if they are used alongside a good all-natural skin lightening cream. All these masks, while essentially designed for use on the face, can be used on any area of the body, where they should likewise be left on for about half an hour each time.