In India, every woman craves for fair complexion. That may be the reason that cosmetic industries is coming up with expensive fairness and skin lightening creams and face wash gels every other day. Most of these products may work to some extent but they contain chemicals that can damage your skin over time. Shahnaz Husain, a reputed beauty and wellness expert in India and abroad, has given us some useful tips for using natural ingredients to achieve fair and glowing skin and has come up with amazing homemade face recipes.
Here Are Some Of The Remedies She Has Suggested For Getting Fair Complexion Using Natural Ingredients:
1. Lemon and Cucumber Juice
As we know, lemon has the ability to remove hidden impurities, she suggests to mix lemon juice, cucumber juice and milk to make a face pack by adding them in 2:2:1 ratio. You can apply this pack on your face for 3 to 4 days a week. Apply by dabbing a cotton ball and leave on your skin for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
2. Gram Flour / Fuller’s Earth
To those having oily skin, Shahnaz Hussain suggests using homemade natural face wash and cleansers because harsh cleansers can rob the moisture off facial skin and make the skin secrete more oil than it has lost. She advices to use fuller’s earth (Multani mitti), gram flour or sandalwood powder as a face wash. These ingredients will help to control oil secretion and help your skin look radiant. These face washes will work better than any commercial face washes available in the market. As oily skin is more prone to shed dead cells and get clogged easily, she suggests scrubbing not more than 2-3 times a week. You can use blotting paper to wipe oil from skin rest of the days. Here is one recipe for you. This pack can be used to clean the entire body not only face. To make your whole body and face fair and glowing, make a pack using gram flour, pinch of turmeric powder and curd. Use this pack while bathing instead of soap.
3. Rice Scrub
Rice is a staple food in Indian kitchen. Mix 2 tbsp. rice powder with2 tbsp. curd or use rose water to make a paste. Apply on your skin and run gently in circular motion. Wait till it dries and wash off to get clean clear face, free of blackheads and whiteheads.
4. Almond And Honey Mask
For whitening and brightening your skin use Shahnaz Hussain‘s natural whitening face pack. Make a face pack using yogurt, honey and grounded almonds. Application of this pack 2-3 times a week will surely make your complexion fair and radiant.
5. Margosa Rinse
Neem (margosa) has been used for centuries as an anti-bacterial agent to treat blemishes, pimples etc. This face pack is ideal for women with acne-prone skin. Boil few neem leaves in a pan. Strain the water and allow it to cool. For getting gorgeous looking skin, first apply Sandalwood face pack all over your face. Leave it on your skin for 10-15 minutes and then wash off with neem water.
6. Orange Peel
You can prepare orange peel powder by drying them fully in the sun and grinding them to powder. To make this fairness face pack add some raw milk to orange peel, apply on your skin and wait till it dries. Wash off with lukewarm water. Regular use for 10-15 days will bring significant change in your complexion.
7. Eggs And Honey
A mixture of egg and honey can remove sun tan and provide fairer skin. Mix together an egg white, 1 tbsp. honey and 1 tbsp. lemon juice. Apply thoroughly on your face. Wait for 15 minutes to let it set. Wash off with cool water.
8. Sesame Seed For Sun Tan
This is yet another good remedy to remove sun tan and brighten up your complexion. Grind 1-2 tbsp of sesame seeds to form a paste. Add some water. Pass it through a sieve and apply this whitish liquid on your tanned facial skin. Wash off after 10 minutes.
9. Yogurt And Turmeric
This simple face pack will also help to remove tan and all the impurities from your skin and help you achieve a brighter, healthier and glowing complexion. All you have to do is in 2tbsp. yoghurt add a pinch of turmeric. Mix thoroughly so that no lump is left. Apply all over your face and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with cool water. This sample pack can be used every day to achieve the fairness you desire.
Try these homemade masks and see what works best for you.