This article explains how to make and use simple household products, mainly food items, to create a natural skin whitening cream. It will not work as effectively as a product that uses stronger chemicals, but you may get some results in making your skin lighter, using these simple homemade remedies.
Here are a few recipes for homemade skin whitening treatments that will have some effect in bleaching your skin slightly to a lighter color, or evening out your skin tone.
Most of these include the main active ingredient of vitamin C, and this is well known to have some skin lightening qualities, even if the effect is mild, and you may need to use these treatments for quite a while to see any real results.
For the first recipe, you mix together the juice of half a lemon, and half a cucumber, or a whole one of both of those if you want to apply the lotion to your whole body. You then add a pinch of turmeric, and appy liberally to the face, or the area that you want to lighten. The most effective part of this treatment is the lemon juice, but the other ingredients do have some mild effects as well.
The next recipe uses equal parts of honey and almond paste. If you can't find almond paste in a shop, you just soak the almonds in water overnight, peel them the next day, and crush them up into a paste, and apply to your skin after mixing. I'm not sure how effective that recipe is, as it doesn't contain much vitamin C.
Another recipe which is claimed to work is two tablespoons of flour, half a tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of tomato juice, and a tablespoon of cucumber juice. What seems to recurr in these recipes is the lemon juice, or lime or pineapple juice, the cucumber, and other acidic fruits.
One more recipe, and in this one, you mix together ground dried orange peel, and enough milk to make a paste. As I said before, the only chemical in these skin whitening remedies that is known to work to some degree is the lemon and lime juice, as it contains a high percentage of vitamin C.
Chemical Skin Whitening Remedies
While some of these home remedies may work, the most effective method of whitening your skin is by using a skin bleaching cream made by a trusted company that specializes in exactly that thing.
If you are going to use a chemical product that contains active ingredients such as arbutin, then you need to do a bit of research on how these chemicals work, and how they might work on your skin.
The results each person has will be different, as everyone has a different shade of skin, and the directions for use will be different for someone who has naturally dark skin, compared to how a person with naturally white skin should use the cream.
You can talk to a doctor, but most doctors do not specialize in this particular thing, and they can only prescribe you a cream that is very potent, and which has side effects like thinning of the skin, when used for long periods of time.
Michael Jackson used a cream like that, containing hydroquinone, to bleach his skin white, but he probably used it for longer than the recommended amount of time, and had certain side effects from prolonged use.
Arbutin is much less potent than hydroquinone, and does not require a prescription, although you still need to take care to use it in the right way, and apply it in a way that it produces the best looking results, as you don't want your skin to look uneven.
So long as you look for expert advice, and know which products to use, and how to use them, you should have no problem in whitening your skin in a safe and effective way using chemicals, or you can try the lemon juice, and the other home remedies, and see how they work for you.