If you are experiencing some facial darkening which can be due to heredity, hyperpigmentation, skin disorders or sun damage, you can create masks of your own at home with the use of natural fruits. These fruit masks can help you lighten the tone of your skin. Some fruits have some components that can help lighten the skin and reduce brown spots and freckles too. However, it is required that these at-home skin lightening treatments must be used regularly to maintain a lighter appearance. It is also important that the application must be followed with the use of a high-quality moisturizer in order to rehydrate skin because if not, the skin may dry out and crack due to over-exfoliation. Let us take note then of the fruits that lighten skin.
Fruit #1: Bilberries
Bilberries belong to the blueberry family and is said to contain tannins. This substance has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which are useful in treating hyperpigmentation. Blend 4 to 8 ounces of fresh bilberries using a blender. After crushing them, apply the bilberry mash onto your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water.
If fresh bilberries are not available in your area, you can order a high-quality bilberry extract from an online herbal retailer or from your local health food store. Apply 1-2 tsp. of bilberry extract on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off using warm water. Perform the procedure at least 2 to 3 times a week to achieve desired result.
Fruit #2: Lemons
According to SkinCareNews.com, lemons have Vitamin C and citric acid components and both substances are good skin lightening constituents. Squeeze the juice of fresh lemons and use at least ½ tsp. of it to apply onto your face with the use of a cotton ball or a wash cloth. Let it stay for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water then pat dry. If dark spots appear on your face like age spots, cover them with lemon slices for about 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse face with the use of warm water and pat dry. Perform the procedure 2 to 3 times a week.
Fruit #3: Papaya
The papain component of papaya is an enzyme that is capable of removing dead skin and according to Dermaxine Bio-Cellular Skin Care Products helps lessens facial freckles and brown spots. Papaya is popularly used in many skin lightening products and it can even be used at home and achieve the same result. First remove the papaya peel before cutting it into halves. Remove seeds if there are any and the cut it into small chunks then put it into the blender and crush it to low for about 20 to 30 seconds. Apply the papaya pulp onto your face and leave it for 15 to20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Repeat the procedure for 2 to 3 times a week for best result.
You can also blend ½ cup each of pineapple, pumpkin and papaya to make a paste like consistency. Mix the paste to one packet of unflavored gelatin and heat it until the gelatin dissolves. Let the mixture cool down until it is comfortable to touch. Apply it on to your entire face and allow to sit for 20 minutes before peeling the mask off.
These three fruits may be your natural remedies to lighten skin. You may start buying them to experience results although it is sad to note that you have to wait a while to see obvious outcomes.