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10 Best Natural Homemade Skin Whiteners


I am an Asian girl in my early twenties and would love to have flawless fair skin complexion just like those beautiful Korean actresses. But I don't have the money to spend on expensive skin whitening products so I am just wondering what can I put on my face to make my skin lighter and smooth. I have some freckles and acne spots on my face, and my friend said lemon is really good to bleach skin naturally. I would like to know how to use lemon to whiten skin and what else is safe to use as natural skin whitener to get fairer complexion. Thanks! – Lauretta, Manilla.


Hi Lauretta,

I totally agree with you; Korean celebrities have enviable baby soft luminous skin and they look amazingly gorgeous all the time.

Aside from good genes, eating a rich antioxidant diet, staying out of the sun, using sunscreen, and BB creams (best kept beauty secret), most Korean girls also follow a "5 step skin care routine".

What do I mean by their "5 step skin care routine"? The Koreans (like the Japanese) double cleanse, massage and use a face mask at least 1-2 times weekly, apply toner, essence or serum, and then moisturizer. There you have it – beautiful flawless young-looking skin, no matter what age.

Lemon juice is a very popular natural skin whitening ingredient, and has long been used to fade freckles, age spots, acne scars as well as to lighten and brighten skin complexion.

Why lemon juice works as a natural skin bleach? Lemons contain citric acid, which has exfoliating properties to gently slough off the skin’s top layer (dead skin cells), thereby removing existing pigmentation spots, and excess oil and dirt.

Vitamin C plays important role in keeping your skin snow white and unblemished, and lemons have copious amounts of it. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) not only inhibits melanin production but also proven to increase collagen synthesis. In addition to that, Vit C regenerates Vitamin E which helps improve skin elasticity. If you smoke, you will need more Vit C than the recommended amount as smoking leeches Vitamin C from your body.


How to Use Lemon Juice to Whiten Skin?

Cut a lemon into halves, and squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl. With a cotton ball, apply the undiluted lemon juice to areas where you have freckles and acne spots. You can apply lemon juice several times a day.

Can you use bottled lemon juice to lighten skin? I recommend using only fresh lemons. Canned or bottled ones may contain preservatives, artificial colorings, and artificial fragrance, all of which are bad for your skin.

Another thing that I have to warn you is, lemon can make your skin photosensitive so avoid going under the sun if you are going to use homemade skin whitening treatments that contains lemon juice. My suggestion is to apply the face mask in the evening or at night.

Lemon juice is not for everyone. People with sensitive skin may experience stinging, burning, redness or itching. If this happens to you, discontinue use immediately.  

Most home remedies for skin whitening are effective but remember, you will not get lighter skin in just a few days. Skin lightening is a gradual process that can take months or even years, and natural home treatments work best when used with skin lightening agents such as hydroquinone and kojic acid, and topical exfoliants like AHAs alpha hydroxy acids (mandelic acid or glycolic acid).



Natural Skin Whitening (Lightening) Home Remedies for Body and Face

There are many natural ingredients you can use from your kitchen to lighten skin tone and brighten up dull-looking skin. To name a few good examples – turmeric powder, mint, almonds, buttermilk, milk, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, dandelion sap, parsley juice, orange juice, potatoes, and even tofu are great for natural skin whitening at home.


1. To whiten and hydrate dry skin, apply a mixture of equal parts of lemon juice and manuka honey on your face and all over your body. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and rinse off thoroughly.


2. Dab a mixture of equal amounts of lemon and cucumber juice on your face and entire body for 15 minutes and wash off completely.


3. Lightly scrub your face with cucumber slices, and then apply cucumber juice. Leave it on overnight and rinse off in the morning. Your skin will look instantly brighter and a few shades fairer.


4. Evenly spread unflavored plain yogurt over your face to get lighter and softer skin.


5. Apply grated white radish or its juice for brighter, fairer skin complexion.


6. Take 1 tablespoon oatmeal and combine with plain yogurt and a bit of tomato juice. Apply the paste on your face and then wash off with cold water after 15 minutes. This home remedy brightens up skin and makes it velvety smooth to touch.


7. Mix a few drops of lime juice with 1 grated tomato. Apply mixture on your face including your neck. Wait for 15 minutes before washing with cold water to allow a thoroughly clean and radiant complexion.


8. Combine 1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder with plain yogurt. Spread onto your face, neck and arms. Let it sit on your skin for 30 minutes and then wash with cold water.


9. Add a small amount of turmeric powder to 1 tablespoon lemon juice to make a paste. Apply this simple homemade skin whitener on face and leave for 5-10 minutes.


10. Mix together papaya, honey, milk, and milk powder. Apply the paste on your face and body. After 10 minutes, wash off to reveal lighter and brighter-looking healthy skin.



By Tiffany Moore


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