Sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation in the skin. Hyperpigmentation is when the skin gets areas of increased melanin, causing it to have dark spots. The dark spots make the skin look blotchy. Using natural skin whiteners made out of products normally found in homes, you can lighten your skin and reduce hyperpigmentation without the risks of chemical burns that are associated with some commercial skin whiteners.
Things You'll Need
Wash your skin twice a day with a mild soap and a washcloth. Use the washcloth to rub the soap in the skin and to rinse the soap off the skin. The washcloth mildly exfoliates the skin to encourage the shedding of dead cells.
Apply a skin-brightening tomato and lime juice mask to the skin every morning before you wash. To make the brightening mask, blend 1 tomato and the juice of 1 lime in a blender. Apply a thin layer of the brightening mask to the skin and leave on for 15 minutes. The extra amount of brightening mask can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. After 15 minutes, rinse the skin with cold water. Wash skin with a mild soap and a washcloth. The tomato and lime whiten the skin and give it a bright appearance. The lime juice may cause a stinging sensation on the skin; this is normal. With regular use, skin becomes accustomed to the lime juice, and the stinging sensation lessens.
Apply a moisturizing honey and lemon juice mask before bed every night, before you wash your skin. To make the mask, mix 1 tsp. of honey with 1 tsp. of lemon juice. Apply the mask to the skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rinse the mask off with warm water. Wash skin with a mild soap and a washcloth. The honey moisturizes the skin, and the lemon whitens the skin. The lemon may cause a stinging sensation on the skin while the mask is on; this is normal. With regular use, skin becomes accustomed to the lemon juice and the stinging sensation lessens.
Apply organic aloe vera gel to the skin twice a day (morning and night), after washing. Aloe vera gel is a moisturizer that heals skin irritation and lightens the skin.
Exfoliate your skin once a week with sugar and olive oil. Mix 1 tbsp. of olive oil with 1 tbsp. of white granulated table sugar to make a paste. Use your fingers to gently rub the paste into the skin with a circular motion. Be careful around the eye area to avoid getting the paste into the eyes. The exfoliant removes dead cells off the surface layer of the skin, exposing new, fresh skin and encouraging the growth of new skin.
Wear a sunscreen that contains the active ingredient micronized zinc oxide. Micronized zinc oxide forms a transparent physical barrier, preventing damaging UV rays from entering the skin. Wearing sunscreen helps prevent future hyperpigmentation.
References and ResourcesAubrey Organics: Pure Aloe Vera
Devita: Daily Solar Protective Moisturizer 30