There are hundreds of commercial products purporting to bleach and whiten skin but many people still prefer to prepare their own homemade skin brightening facial mask. Why are homemade remedies for brightening your complexion so popular?
The number 1 reason is – it is a very affordable method of getting rid of various skin discoloration problems. These solutions are generally easy to prepare and often use natural ingredients that are readily available. You can use household items that are readily available for you at any time.
It is also possible to choose which whitening ingredients to use in the preparation, so the strength and effect can be customized to the user’s needs. You can prepare the exact amount of facial bleaching mask that you would need for one time and therefore you never waste anything. Those with sensitive skin are advised to test out the mask on a small portion of the skin in order to check for any irritations.
Following are some skin brightening facial mask recipes you can use to get glowing skin
Blueberry Skin Brightening Facial Mask
To prepare this skin brightening facial mask, you will need 10 blueberries, 1 tomato, 1 teaspoon of apricot kernel oil and 2 drops of sweet orange essential oil
Pulverize the fruit in the blender for about ten seconds and then move to a small bowl. Add the apricot kernel and sweet orange oil and stir. Open pores by placing a very warm, wet wash cloth on the face for thirty seconds and then smear the mask over the face and neck. Leave on and relax for twenty minutes. Rinse well with cool water and moisturize.
Blueberries and tomatoes are super fruits for your skin. They are both high in vitamin C to boost collagen formation and to protect cells as an antioxidant. Blueberries are also a great source of anthocyanins to neutralize free radical damage and to slow the development of fine lines. Tomatoes supply the anti-inflammatory antioxidant lycopene to reduce redness and blotchiness. Tomatoes are also great cleansing ingredients, helping to remove excess oil and dirt.
This skin brightening facial mask is wonderful for all skin types and ideal for dull, aging skin. Try it twice a week when you notice that your complexion is blotchy or faded. It can also be used as an anti-wrinkle facial mask.
Milk Powder Skin Brightening Facial Mask
To prepare this skin brightening facial mask, you will need 1 tablespoon each of milk powder, raw organic honey (preferably manuka honey) and lemon juice. After you mix all of these ingredients together, you can apply this mask on your face and neck, leave for 15 to 20 minutes, before you wash it off.
Papaya Skin Brightening Facial Mask
To prepare this skin brightening facial mask, you will need half a cup of unripe papaya (cut into small pieces), 1 teaspoon plain yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt) and 1 teaspoon raw organic honey (preferably manuka honey)
Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin using fingers; leave on for 8 to 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.
Unripe papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells. Yogurt adds lactic acid (another alpha-hydroxy) and gives the mask a creamy texture, and honey helps skin retain moisture.
When left on, the mask should tingle slightly; if you have sensitive skin or prefer a gentler exfoliation, use ripe papaya, which has less papain. This skin brightening facial mask exfoliates and stimulates circulation in the face, resulting in a warm, rosy glow.
Pumpkin Skin Brightening Facial Mask
The most common ingredients you can see in most skin brightening products are kojic acid, hydroquinone, licorice, glycolic acid, arbutin and fruit enzymes. You can find them naturally in fruits such as pineapple, papaya, pumpkin, bearberry, blueberry, cranberry, etc.
To prepare this skin brightening facial mask, you will need 3 tablespoons each of ripe pumpkin and unripe papaya and 2 tablespoon of pineapple (all of them cut into small pieces).
You mix all of these ingredients together in a blender. You can now apply this fruity mask on your face and let it stay there for 15 to 20 minutes before you rinse off.
After you have tried any of the above recipes, you should moisturize your skin about 10 minutes after the procedure! Many bleaching ingredients (homemade or store bought) can dry your sensitive facial skin quite a bit (like lemon juice etc.).
You can either use your usual moisturizer or just include ingredients like few drops of aloe vera extract, rose water, olive oil (if your skin type is not oily already), and cucumber juice to your facial brightening mask.
Turmeric Skin Brightening Facial Mask
Also known as the golden spice of life, turmeric is a powerful skin friendly ingredient that can be applied topically for glowing skin! Surprisingly, this excellent spice which we use for cooking curries can be used as a skin brightening face mask.
To prepare this skin brightening facial mask, you will need 2 tablespoons of flour, one quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder, 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (if you have dry skin), one quarter cup of organic plain yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt) and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (if you have oily skin)
Combine the turmeric powder and flour together. Depending on if you have oily or dry skin, combine in whichever ingredients are needed to aid your skin type as listed above in ingredients list. Once you have the consistency you like for a mask, apply to your clean face and neck and leave it to sit for 20 minutes. Rinse mask off with warm water and a wash cloth that you don’t mind getting stained (turmeric powder stains).
This skin brightening facial mask can brighten your skin, leaving it radiant and glowing. Turmeric has extraordinary anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, antibacterial and anti-aging properties that make it an excellent face mask ingredient. This golden spice is very effective against acne since it contains strong antibacterial properties and it will help fade your acne scars too!
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