I am an advocate for women being comfortable in their skin, whether fair or brown or black! However, this does not take away the fact that over 80% of Nigerian women and even some women in other parts of the world crave fairer skin. The unfortunate truth is everyone wants to be fair, even the fair ones want to be white! Ironically too, the white ones go for a tan to get "darker". Its a crazy world we live in.
Most times I get asked the same question over and over again. Both by fair and dark skinned people alike, "How do I get my skin to look lighter?"I am always at cross roads, as my answer will continually be that fair and dark skins are beautiful equally and that both skins can glow and radiate beauty and health only if you care for it!
And because of the continuous mails and questions i get on how to lighten up naturally, today's post shows you how to get a fairer look, without worrying about side effects. Simple home remedies can be made and used to achieve a fairer skin naturally without the dark/discoloured knuckles, knees and feet.
Include Loofah in every Bath...
Exfoliation is the main thing in any skin lightening regime. The loofah (sponge) is a good exfoliating tool. By scrubbing off dead skin cells, the skin's pores become unclogged. a clean skin easily absorbs nutrients of cleansers, toners, masks and moisturisers.
Simply squeeze your body wash into your loofah, wet the loofah and use in circular motions. Use loofah daily and know when its time to change your sponge!
Natural Skin Lightener.
Do you usually throw your orange peels away? Bad move for fair skin lovers! lol. Simply collect the peels of oranges, dry them in the sun till crisp. Then grind them into a fine powder and store in an air-tight container.
This orange peel powder makes an excellent base for your skin lightening recipe. This home made powder can lighten your skin in a most natural and glowing way. Lets learn how:
For Oily Skin: Mix 1 teaspoon of orange peel powder with rosewater. Apply to face, leave on for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. You may feel a tingling sensation but this totally normal because of the citric contents.
For Dry Skin: Citric fruits are acidic in nature. Therefore, for dry skin, add honey to your orange peel powder to make a thick paste. OR add yoghurt +1 teaspoon of olive oil to the orange peel powder. The yoghurt and olive oil is for moisturising, while the peel powder does the lightening.
Extras: Masques For Double Glow.
Using a masque in a natural skin lightening process retains natural moisture, provides nutrition and adds glow to your skin.
Make your own masques using Almonds and Pawpaws.
For Oily skins, blend paw paw and apply puree on your face. Paw paw is another natural skin lightener that gives a glow
For dry skin, soak almonds (high in Vitamin E) in milk, blend and apply to skin.
I still stand by my thoughts on bleaching creams: THROW THEM IN THE BIN!