Raise your hand if you have ever gone out into the sun without sunscreen on. *raises her hand*
Now raise your hand if you have ever gotten a sunburn thanks to your lack of sunscreen. *raises both her hands*
Alright, now how many of you ladies have gotten sun spots thanks to your unprotected sun exposure? *waving both her hands in the air like she just don’t care*
It’s a pretty common thing for those of us who made it a habit to go out into the sun unprotected to now have a few of those annoying sun spots.
And while some of us try to not think about it or just accept them, there are women who would rather lighten those annoying spots and get it over with.
The only problem is some lightening creams can cost a pretty penny, some can ravage your skin, and some may just flat out not work.
There are natural solutions however, for those of you who would rather not risk it.
So what are these lightening solutions you ask? Well read on, my fellow skincare sistahs, as I school you on how to lighten your skin naturally.
And the best part? You don’t have to go any further than your kitchen.
The Power Of Lemon
Ohhhh yes girl, it’s not just for DIY cleaning products anymore. In fact, lemon is one of the best natural lightening and bleaching agents that doesn’t damage your skin, and is full of the natural antioxidant, vitamin C.
What’s even better is it can be used a couple of different ways. Now peep this.
Squeeze the juice out of 4 or 5 lemons and mix equal parts of lemon juice and water into a clean, dry spray bottle. Shake well and spray all over your body or onto the specific parts you wish to lighten.
Let your lemon juice sit on your skin for up to 20 minutes, less than that if you have sensitive skin, and then rinse off with water.
If you aren’t really looking for a full body treatment, but instead would just like to lighten some spots on your face then maybe a face cleanse would be a better fit.
To create a lightening face cleanse combine equal parts water, fresh lemon juice, honey, and aloe and use it the way you would use any facial cleanser in the morning.
Wash your face with it, rubbing it into your skin in a circular motion, let it sink in for a few minutes, and then rinse your face, moisturize and go about your day.
Spot Treat It
If there are specific spots on your face or your body that you want to lighten, but don’t require a lot of treatment, try spot treating them with straight up lemon juice.
Just grab a lemon, slice it in half, run it under water for a few seconds, then squeeze the lemon juice onto a cotton ball and apply it directly to the spot you want to lighten. Let it sit for up to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water.
While all of these treatments help to lighten your skin, maybe you’re the type of gal who prefers to get her face mask on and relax while letting it do all the work for you. And you know what, I don’t blame ya!
There’s nothing better than applying a good face mask, tying your hair up, maxin’ and relaxin’, and possibly even watching a little trashy tv.
To make this mask combine 1 tablespoon of plain organic yogurt with 4-5 drops of fresh lemon juice, and 1 drop of rose/lavender/or jasmine flower oil. Cover it and let it sit for about 2 minutes so all the ingredients settle together.
Then just simply slather your face and neck with your mask, sit back and let it soak in for up to 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Remember to not use any soap, just fresh water, as you don’t want to irritate your skin.
If you use this mask every other day it should help to dramatically lighten your skin.
Just remember that no matter what lemon treatment you are using, once you have rinsed it off your face, or body, you shouldn’t go outside right after as the lemon and the sun combined could burn your skin.
If you do have to go outside, try to wait at least 20 minutes for your skin to settle and then lather up with a lot of sunscreen.
However, if DIY’ing just ain’t yo thang and you would rather fast-track your results then hop on over here and check out our list of the best skin lightening creams on the market today.
If you ain’t sure where to start in terms of a quality solution, then we recommend taking a look at our Meladerm review.
And finally, I have said it before and I’ll say it again, if you really want to prevent your skin from darkening any further then lather and slather sunscreen on each and every day girlfriend!
That way you are protected against the sun’s harmful rays.
Now it’s action jackson time! Are you one of the hundreds of women who want to know how to lighten your skin naturally?
Have you tried any of the treatments listed above or have you ever bought a lightening cream that worked for you?
Share your thoughts, experiences, and even questions in the comment section below. Or if you have your own recipe on how to lighten your skin naturally then please, share it in the comment section below.