Foods That Lighten Your Skin Naturally

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The best foods that lighten your skin

You know what I like best about food? It doesn’t just nourish your body; it influences a whole host of other body issues.

I love that simply by eating the right foods, I can chomp my way to a slimmer, healthier, brighter or lighter self. It’s all in what you eat! And puhleaseee, you know this girls lurvvvsss to get her eat on!

Since I’ve been on a bit of a skin lightening fix lately, I decided to dig a little deeper and find a few of the tastiest foods that lighten your skin.

Get ready to get hungry!

The Best Foods That Lighten Your Skin


When I think sulfur, I immediately get the phantom stench of rotten eggs up my nose. Alas, this mineral is more than foul-scented, it is incredibly effective at evening out skin tone and discoloration; or for aesthetic purposes, lightening.

This common mineral helps protect your skin against harmful substances like nasty free radicals which can discolor your skin. Studies have found that the higher your sulfur levels, the fairer and more transparent the skin.

Transparency may not be what you’re going for, but if you want to lighten your skin tone a little, add some of these sulfur-rich foods to your diet:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Egg yolks
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Red Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Legumes

Fun Fact – Sulfur can also help reduce acne inflammation and future outbreaks!

Vitamin C

If you’ve been reading our satisfyingly sassy skin lightening newsletters and posts, you probably aren’t surprised to see Vitamin C make this list. Vitamin C rich foods are quite beneficially in achieving lighter-toned skin.

Found primarily in fruits and vegetables, this antioxidant vitamin neutralizes free radicals and seriously detoxifies your system. Since vitamin C is water-soluble, it works from the inside-out, as well as it works from the outside-in!

By eating a few more vitamin C-rich fruits and veggies, you will increase collagen production, repair damaged skin (like acne scars and sun spots) and have visibly brighter skin.

Here’s a few items you could try adding to your grocery list:

  • Red and Green Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Guavas
  • Bell Peppers
  • Dark Leafy Greens (think kale or mustard greens)
  • Papayas
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries


Gluta-what-the-heck? Bet you’ve never heard of this before; I certainly had not.

Turns out, this mouthful of an antioxidant plays an important role in detoxifying your body. If you haven’t started seeing the pattern, foods that detoxify help lighten your skin tone.

Glutathione helps rid your body of fat-soluble toxins like pesticides and reduce oxidative damage. If you’re looking to add a few g-rich foods to your diet, try these. The rawer, the better:

  • Asparagus
  • Walnuts
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Red Meat
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit

Vitamin E

Like Vitamin C, this one also made last week’s list. Foods rich in vitamin E help keep your body moisturized and repair skin damage. Lighten up by adding these foods to your plate:

  • Wheatgrass
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Pine Nuts
  • Dried Apricots
  • Cooked Spinach
  • Cooked Taro Root

By incorporating these foods into your daily diet you can start to gradually lighten your skin, from the inside-out.

However, if gradual ain’t really your thang and you want a more immediate solution, check out Meladerm. It’s a gentle skin lightening treatment that won’t ravage your skin. Win!

How would you best incorporate these foods that lighten your skin into your diet? Share your skin-lightening recipes in the comment section below.

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9 comments… add one

  • Delroy Shirley October 15, 2013 3:50 pm

    If I want to apply sulfuric cleanser or sulfur directly on my face,
    what should I use.

  • Hey Delroy,

    That’s an insanely intense treatment to apply all over your face and we definitely wouldn’t suggest it. If you are determined to use it, try using it as a spot treatment only.

    Alternatively you could look into Meladerm –> http://besskincare.com/does-meladerm-work

    Hope that helps

  • hi

    tanks for the infro

    im also trying to get fairer skin

    right now im eating parsley,lemon,kale,spinach, in a smoothie

    im eating all the other foods in sulfur such as eggs n fish n onions

    i just wanted to know how many garlics should i eat in a smoothie and how many onions

    and how long will it take to see the full results of my skin colour?

  • Consistently adding a clove or two of garlic each day and a few tablespoons of onion should be sufficient. Everyone’s body processes foods a little differently so I couldn’t say for sure how long it would take to see results. Chances are, it will be about 2-3 months before you start to notice much of a difference. Consistency is key!

  • hi again

    happy new year by the way

    thank you for the comment…. ill carry on with the juicying

    i just wanted to ask you something about some of the foods im eating.

    people have said on the internet that eating alot of carrots,sweet potatoes and foods high in beta carotene can make your skin tan….is this true? as i do eat carrots once a day as well as spinach.

    theyve also said that pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds that are high in copper can encourage the melanin to form. its sounds ridiculous. but i wanted to ask you?

    what do you think about that?

  • There have definitely been studies that show beta carotenes help tan your skin naturally. It sounds crazy, but there’s a lot of truth in the “you are what you eat” statement. Foods can really influence a lot of things with your skin. Keep it up and you’ll likely start seeing the difference!

  • hi this is christie again

    i wanted to know,can i eat steamed onions as raw onions are horrible and i cant handle that.

  • what’s up with getting fair.. I love my brown skin

  • Hey I’m with you! I think skin of all shades is gorgeous, but I guess some prefer to lighten it. C’est la vie!


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