Beauty is in the eye of the beholder … but many a time the beholder is so bombarded with voices and opinions of another people’s definition of beauty that their own voice is drowned out. Especially when it comes to the skin colour of a person. Fair is beautiful! Fair is lovely! Fair is this… fair is that…and suddenly everyone is of the opinion that being fair is being beautiful. There wouldn’t be a hundred and one fairness creams in the market if people didn’t believe that!
I am personally of the opinion that you don’t have to be fair to be lovely. However if you do feel that that being fair is very lovely I would really recommend you take a reality check before you run off and buy a thousand rupee cream filled with chemicals you know about and chemicals your don’t know about. The media goes around promising everyone faster, easier and branded methods of getting what you want. Advertising so called ‘natural’ products that come all wrapped in plastic and that can last a month at least should trigger a few question marks in your head. Why spend a thousand rupees on a lime based cream when u can get the real deal for so much cheaper.
WARNING: Those fairness products are not only bad for your skin they are also bad for your wallet. You might get over-sensitive skin and you might even get side effects from the chemicals that are used. So I might just have the thing to help you and your wallet out. Natural home remedies that are safe and healthy for your skin *tada*
The following are in no particular order of effectiveness or superiority as it can differ from person to person. The mixtures should be washed off after the specified time and patted dry.
#10 Banana and Turmeric
Take one ripe banana and mash it to get a fine paste. Add a pinch of turmeric to the paste and mix it well. Apply this banana-turmeric pack to your face and neck and relax until it gets completely dry or at least for 20 minutes. Repeat twice a week.
Take an Aloe Vera leaf, peel it and blend it to get an Aloe Vera gel and apply it to your face for at least 15 minutes. you can store the Aloe Vera gel in your fridge and apply it daily.
NOTE: some people are allergic to Aloe Vera. In case you feel any irritation please wash off immediately.
#8 The Papaya Remedy
Papaya is rich in antioxidants and is a renowned home remedy. Slice a ripe papaya and rub it on your face. Mash one small fresh ripe papaya. Add 1 to 2 tsp of milk to the pulp. Apply it all over the skin for 10-15 minutes . It also soothes your skin tanned by the Sun.
#7The magic lemon
Lemon is one of the natural skin whitening agents from natures basket. Cut a lemon into four pieces and rub it all over your skin while bathing. After two to three minutes, wash the skin and bathe with a natural soap.
Lemon also helps with getting rid or any unwanted tan no matter how high or low the intensity.
#6 Bright Glowing Skin with Egg Yolk and Honey:
To make your face look fair and bright, prepare a face pack with egg, honey and milk. Add 1 tsp. of milk to egg yolk and egg white. Now add one tsp. of honey. Mix all the ingredients together and apply it on your face. Wash it off after 15 minutes. Repeat three times in a week.
Soak almonds overnight in water and prepare a paste by grinding them in the morning. Mix rose water to the paste and apply it all over the body. It is one of the best natural home remedy for fair complexion.
One should also avoid swimming in sun, especially if the water is chlorinated. This could tan and irritate your skin.
Use sandalwood paste prepared by mixing rose water and sandalwood powder. Apply it regularly half hour before bath. Wash your face with cold and warm water alternately. After some days your skin complexion should appear fairer and bright.
#3 Potatoes and milk
Grate a potato and squeeze it to get a juice. So take 2 table spoons of potato juice and add 2 table spoons of raw milk. Massage your whole face with this mixture for at least 10-15 minutes. Let the mixture stay on your face for another 10 minutes before you wash it off.
#2Basil leaves (Tulsi)
Get some fresh basil leaves and grind them to get a textured paste. Apply the paste to your face. Wash off after 10 minutes or so and repeat this pattern thrice a week.
#1 Milk-lime-olive oil
Take 2 table spoon gram flour (besan) , 1 spoon of raw milk, 6 drops of lime juice with few drops of olive oil to make face pack to get fair skin. This home remedy is good for all skin types.
Like I said in the beginning … beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and any beholder who can’t see past the colour of your skin needs to have his eyes checked up.