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20 Best Natural Ingredients to Brighten Skin

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

natural ingredients to whiten skin

Are you looking for natural products and ingredients to even out your skin tone? This list includes 20 natural ingredients to improve the appearance of your skin.

Due to many factors such as environment, pollution, aging, sun spots, acne, and many others, our skin becomes dull, tans, and develops uneven tones.

Luckily for us, nature has many incredible safe products to improve the skin's overall look. Please note that even though these are ingredients that will even out your skin tone and brighten your complexion only as far as your natural original skin tone, you will not be whiter as another different skin color.

If that's what you are looking for, then this won't be helpful, but before you click away, let me advise you on the dangers of chemical whitening methods.

Possible side effects

Side effects of skin-lightening creams can include:

  • Redness and swelling (skin irritation and inflammation)

  • A burning or stinging sensation

  • Itchy and flaky skin

What could go wrong

Possible risks of skin-lightening creams containing hydroquinone, corticosteroids, or mercury include:

  • Skin turning dark or too light

  • Thinning of the skin

  • Visible blood vessels in the skin

  • Scarring

  • Kidney, liver, or nerve damage

  • Abnormalities in a newborn baby (if used during pregnancy)

Information is taken from NHS, for more information on skin lightening and its dangers follow this link.

Now that you know the dangers of chemical skin whitening give it a try to natural products, your skin looks much healthier.

Home remedies for skin whitening

Although these treatments have not been scientifically endorsed, various home remedies can lighten the skin in certain areas of our body that are darker. However, since it is not known if they are 100% safe, we recommend using them with caution.

According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), even commercial over-the-counter skin-lightening products are not safe or effective. Therefore, we recommend that you visit a dermatologist if you have this skin problem.

Although there is no evidence to support the benefits of natural skin lightening, some ingredients have been used in popular ways that appear to have a beneficial effect without any harmful effects to the skin. Here are a few of them.

1 Turmeric

This spice helps inhibit excessive melanin production but has not been proven by any studies. Despite this, turmeric used topically or ingested may be beneficial to health and skin.

Above all, it can help with the treatment and prevention of facial photoaging, oral lichen planus, psoriasis, itching, acne, and other skin problems. For safe use, make a mask with the spice powder and use it regularly.

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2 Lemon Juice

One of the most prominent skin lightening products is lemon. This is because citric acid has whitening properties, but it is best to mix the juice of a lemon with natural yogurt, another whitening ingredient for optimal results.

But you must be careful not to expose your skin to the sun after rinsing it with lemon, as it could cause spots to appear. Ideally, apply it at night and repeat twice a week.

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3 Natural Yogurt

This other remedy manages to lighten the skin naturally, although there is no scientific evidence of this either. However, those who have tried it suggest that it can be quite beneficial for this purpose.

What has been done is a systematic review that points out that fermented products, such as yogurt, are beneficial to the skin, both when used topically and when ingested.

Apply it to the face and let it rest for a few minutes. It brings smoothness, and the complexion will be brighter.

4 Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple vinegar is a perfect remedy for many skin conditions. It contains acid pH, allowing you to close the pores and get smoother and brighter skin.

We can use a ball of cotton wool to soak with apple vinegar and apply it directly on the face. Leave it on for a few minutes as a mask and then wash your face with cold water.

5 Aloe Vera

Just like apple vinegar, aloe vera is a plant that is good for a lot of things. It is often used in beauty treatments to healing some problems, such as whitening the skin. Among its properties, it provides nutrition and hydration to the skin.

More benefits of Aloe Vera in this complete article + 3 DIY recipes and product recommendations.

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6 Oats

As in the previous cases, there is no evidence to help us sign that this product reduces stains. However, it can be used without problems because it is a beneficial ingredient for general health and the skin.

It is also useful for dryness problems and, to use it correctly, you only have to moisten the oats with milk and use it as a mask.

More benefits of oats in this complete article with DIY recipe and product recommendations.

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7 Avocado Oil

Avocado oil helps to remove makeup residues, provides softness and hydration, and also clarifies the skin thanks to being an excellent natural beauty remedy.

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8 Chamomile

To have skin free of dark spots and create a uniform tone, this is the best natural product.

Prepare half a cup of chamomile tea, two tablespoons of coffee, and one tablespoon of natural yogurt. Mix the ingredients and leave to work for 20 minutes and rinse. Apply twice a week.

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9 Potato

This ingredient is ideal for naturally lightening and restoring skin tone, making it look more even and radiant. It is also indicated to soften the rough and dry areas of our body.

To do this, blend two small potatoes, strain the resulting liquid and apply it to the skin, leaving it to act for 15 minutes.

10 Castor Oil

Castor oil, along with baking soda, is a must for skincare. Just apply the mixture of both ingredients massaging gently, leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse with cold water.

Perform this procedure four times a week, and you will see how it removes the spots that usually appear over time.

11 Tomato

It is one of the best home remedies for whitening and stain removal. All you need is a crushed tomato and mix it with the juice of a lemon. Then apply it to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes to rinse with warm water.

Repeat once a week and don't forget to use this mask only at night, because the lemon juice can help the appearance of spots if you expose yourself to the sun's rays.

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12 Orange Peel

Put the orange peel to dry in the sun. When they are dry, chop them up and make a powder. Add milk to form a lotion and apply it to the area to be whitened. Let it dry and rinse with plenty of warm water. Do this every day.

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13 Egg Whites

Take the whites of two eggs and add fresh lemon juice. Beat until creamy and apply at night. Before going out the next day, wash this mixture well because the sun's lemon stains the skin.

14 Parsley

Do not use this solution under sun exposure. Chop a sprig of parsley into small pieces. Put it in a deep dish and pour boiling water over it.

Let it rest for half an hour. Apply the water as a lotion two or three times a day. This remedy also serves to remove pimples and blackheads.

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15 Cucumber

Cucumber is one of the most effective solutions for getting rid of dark spots on the knees and elbows due to its whitening properties. It removes dead skin cells and keeps the skin hydrated. The vitamins A and C that are present in them maintain the tissues young and fresh.

Gently rub thick slices of cucumber on elbows and knees for 15 minutes. Leave on for another 5 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

You can also mix equal amounts of cucumber juice and lemon juice. Apply this mixture to your knees, elbows, and armpits as well. Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse. Repeat this process every day.

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16 Aloe Vera + Milk

Aloe vera contains substances that help moisturize the skin and improve its tone. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. The combination of this ingredient with milk is a simple and effective way to lighten your tissues naturally.

Mix equal amounts of milk and aloe vera, and apply that mixture to your skin. Leave it overnight and the next morning wash with plenty of water.

Alternatively, you can extract the gel from the aloe vera and apply it to your knees and elbows. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

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17 Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is composed of essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which help repair dark and damaged skin.

After each shower, apply the coconut oil to the affected areas. Gently massage for 2-3 minutes until the skin completely absorbs the product.

You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and gently massage your knees and elbows with that mixture.

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18 Honey

Honey acts as a natural moisturizer. In combination with lemon, it can do wonders for your skin.

Mix 2 tablespoons of honey, the juice of half a lemon, and one teaspoon of baking soda. Apply this mixture to the affected areas. Let stand for 20-30 minutes and rinse.

You can also mix the honey with milk and aloe vera. Apply this mixture to your skin, leave it on for 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water.

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19 Sugar + Olive Oil

A homemade scrub made with sugar and olive oil will nourish, moisturize, and remove dead skin cells.

Combine equal amounts of sugar and olive oil to make a smooth mixture. Apply to knees and elbows, and massage in with circular motions for approximately 5 minutes. Repeat this procedure weekly.

Use this scrub to cleanse your face. Just make sure you don't rub too much, as it can damage your face.

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20 Onion

Onion juice is rich in vitamin C and sulfur; these two ingredients help skin look healthier while it can help disinfect wounds, reduce wrinkles, acne marks, or blemishes and remove dandruff.

Peel and wash an onion thoroughly and pass it through the blender, with that juice you soak it with a cotton ball and pass it over the spots, let it act between 5 and 10 minutes, then clean the area with cold water.

Steps to follow to lighten the skin

Before applying any of these treatments to lighten the skin naturally, the skin must be clean and free of residues. This way, it will absorb better the nutrients of the products we use.

Then, use one of the natural remedies I mentioned to lighten your skin. You can also put a few drops of milk on an absorbent pad and apply it to the areas you want to whiten. Let it work all night and rinse in the morning with plenty of cold water.

If you also want your skin to be flawless and free of impurities, try the rice water. This food contains starch, which, used traditionally, can enhance the white color. To do this, boil a handful of rice in two cups of water and bring to a boil. Let it cool, moisten a cotton disk with this liquid, pass it through the desired area, and then rinse with cold water.

Tips to avoid skin blemishes

Lightening the skin is not the best option, and home remedies can be ineffective, as can over-the-counter remedies. Therefore, the best way to combat skin spots is to prevent them. Here are some tips for doing so successfully:

At the end of the day, before going to bed, it is advisable to clean the face to remove makeup, dirt, and dust accumulated during the day and to promote cell renewal.

Drink plenty of water; it helps to have and keep the skin more hydrated.

Don't touch or pop pimples; this can leave marks forever and infect the rest of the face.

Eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits, fish, meat, legumes, cereals, and nuts will provide the body with the minerals, nutrients, and vitamins it needs and make the skin look healthier.

  • The sun's rays can cause lesions on the skin, leave it drier, create wrinkles, so use a cream or protector that provides sunscreen to the skin to mitigate these sun's adverse effects, which accelerates aging. Use a protection factor of 30 or higher.

Avoid tobacco, stress, and polluted environments. They are harmful to the skin and our health.

Avoid touching your face with your hands. It can cause bacteria or residues to be dispersed on the skin and cause the skin to become irritated or inflamed. If you have to touch it with your hands for any reason, apply a cream, treatment, wash them well before doing so. The same is true for objects, such as a telephone handset, which accumulate bacteria and residue.

The American Academy of Dermatology advises that after cleaning the face at night, apply a lotion that contains benzoyl peroxide or retinol; this helps to repair tissues.

Keep your hair clean; this prevents dirt or oil from coming into contact with the face and clogging the skin's pores.

If you have any concerns about acne, blemishes, skin problems, consult a dermatologist. This professional can help you by giving you advice and the right treatment for your problem.

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