When I was a teen, everyone wanted pin-straight hair and a dark tan. Things are different today.
Now, many teens and women aim for a light, glowing complexion free of dullness and hyperpigmentation. Others want lighter skin in order to minimize the appearance of scars, freckles, and other skin issues.
Below, we discuss a variety of methods to help you achieve lighter skin, including homemade beauty tips for face whitening and oily skin fairness tips.
Beauty tips for fairness and skin glow
Beauty products & treatments
You can find skin whitening creams almost anywhere. Up to 60% of these products are full of chemicals, so make sure to do your research and read the labels before you buy.
Best products to lighten skin:
1. Origins Never a Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Face Polisher w/ Fruit Extracts ($29)
This product is great for people with lackluster, sensitive skin. Consistent use will leave your skin looking fresher and brighter than before.
2. Obagi Nu-Derm Clear ($99)
This one is great for people with melasma spots. With consistent use, most people will notice skin that looks clearer, smoother, younger, and brighter.
Some users said they loved the look of their skin so much that they no loner needed to wear foundation.
3. Rephase D-White ($60)
Rephase is great for people who want to minimize the appearance of age spots.
This product also prevents future age spots from forming with tyrosinase, an enzyme that helps control the body’s production of melanin.
Rephase is designed for all skin types, including sensitive skin. According to clinical trials, 100% of users noticed a reduction in hyperpigmentation after two months of daily use.
4. Clean & Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Face Scrub ($8)
Rated as the #1 skin whitening product for 2017 by TotalBeauty.com, this product effectively brightens complexion and wakes you up with a fresh lemon scent.
Best products to lighten scars:
1. Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum ($165)
This powerful serum utilizes ferulic acid, L-ascorbic acid, alpha tocopherol, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C to lighten acne scars and brown spots.
- Protects against environmental damage
- Minimizes wrinkles
- Makes skin firmer and brighter
2. Skin Medica Scar Recovery Gel ($44)
This product utilizes trademarked ingredient “Centelline,” which contains a variety of plant extracts that promote cell turnover and strengthen the skin.
Dermatologists recommend Aquaphor if you want a cheap alternative.
Best beauty treatment for skin lightening:
I chose this treatment as the best for skin lightening because that’s exactly what happened to me when I started doing it.
I used the at-home microdermabrasion tool by PMD Beauty, but this treatment is widely available in spas.
You can think of microdermabrasion as the gentle sanding away of the top layer of skin. This reveals the smoother, younger, and lighter skin beneath.
Benefits of microdermabrasion include:
- Minimizes age spots, blemishes, wrinkles, and pigmentation issues
- Removes tan; lightens skin tone
- Lightens marks
- Fades scars
Skin beauty tips for quick fairness
Home remedies are always a great choice when it comes to skincare. Most (if not all) of the ingredients below are cheap, and you probably have a lot of them in your kitchen already.
Home remedies are far more affordable than beauty treatments and drugstore products. They are also the perfect option for people who want to avoid potentially harmful chemicals.
Note: The following home remedies will brighten your complexion, minimize hyperpigmentation, and bring out your natural skin tone. They will not bleach your skin.
Aloe Vera: a simple solution
Everyone knows aloe vera gel can help soothe sunburns, but did you know it is also a natural remedy for hyperpigmentation?
Apply a thick layer of pure aloe vera gel on your face and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with soap and cool water for a refreshed appearance.
Repeat once per day for 2-3 weeks and you will notice a smoother, brighter complexion.
Combine 3 teaspoons of ground turmeric with equal amounts rose water and lime juice.
Apply the mixture to your skin and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Follow treatment with moisturizer. Repeat once per day and you should start to notice results within one week.
Sugar and oatmeal exfoliating scrub
This method is sort of like a toned-down microdermabrasion treatment.
Combine a handful of oatmeal, 3 tablespoons raw sugar, and a dash of lemon juice; stir until you get a scrub-like substance. Make sure it isn’t runny; the treatment will only work is the mixture is coarse.
To use, simply wash your face and neck with the mixture while you take a shower. Rinse with cool water.
Repeat this treatment up to twice per week for best results.
Lemon: nature’s best bleaching agent
Have you ever used lemon juice to add highlights to your hair in the summer? The same principle holds for skin lightening. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub the lemon on your face (use circular motions).
Relax for 30 minutes while the lemon juice soaks into your skin. Rinse using cool water.
Repeat this treatment once per day; follow up with a moisturizer to prevent drying.
Home skin lightening treatments for people with oily skin
Having oily skin can make skincare difficult. Below, we share some skin whitening treatments that work great for people who struggle with oily skin.
Milk and orange peel
First, peel an orange and allow the skin to dry. Powder the orange peel.
Combine the powder with milk and a few drops of honey. Apply mixture directly to skin. Rinse with cool water after 20 minutes.
Saltwater face scrub
Salt is one of the best natural cleansers for people with oily skin for two reasons:
- It absorbs oil
- It has antiseptic properties that help prevent future breakouts
To make this scrub, simply dissolve half a teaspoon of sea salt in 8 oz. of warm water. Rinse your face with the saltwater and follow up with an oil-free moisturizer.
The products and home remedies discussed above will give you fast results, but the only way to achieve “instant” fairness is to use a lighter shade of makeup.
Just like wrinkles and other skin conditions, pigmentation problems won’t disappear overnight. The best thing you can do is to stick to your skincare routine and chose the best products for your skin.
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