We have a stereo-typically image of what we define as beautiful, and one of the main factor in our definition of beauty is being fair.
Though this mindset is slowly changing yet this change is extremely slow and women, who want to fall in this society defined term of beauty, try any number of things to be fair. Indians have a genetic makeup which makes gives our skin tone a darker hue, and it does depend from person to person with a lot factors contributing to it. With such stifling prejudice, it affects the self confidence of women across generations and unfortunately it continues even in the 21st century.
And then there is the harsh effect of the sun, which gives us a permanent tan.
To become fair, many women resort to fairness cream, which are extremely harmful, as they constitute of chemicals, which can lead to various skin related problems. Then there are laser treatments and various other methods.
So, if you really want to toe the line set by society and are not happy in your skin then, I would suggest that instead of resorting to harmful treatments, try these natural methods. These will help you get fair and glowing skin without any side effects.
- Wash your face each time you come back home and even if you are at home, wash your face 3 to 4 times a day. It will help your skin breathe and keep the pores unclogged.
- Remember to remove your make up before sleeping, no matter how fatigued you are.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water as it keeps you healthy which is seen as spotless and glowing skin.
- Eat leafy vegetables and seasonal fruit. Try and avoid fried and spicy items as much as possible.
- Use natural ingredients like rose water to remove make up.
Instant fairness tips:
Milk and banana
Make a paste of one ripe banana and 2 tablespoons of milk and apply it regularly for a week and see your skin turn few shades lighter..
Banana face pack for instant glow
Make a paste of ripe banana with 1 teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey. Apply it on your face and let it rest for 15 minutes and then wash it using a soft towel dipped in lukewarm water. Do not scrub your face but gently pat dry.
A banana face pack works almost instantaneously for getting fairer skin, since it is a rich source of vitamin A, B and E and many other nutrients, which help in combating skin damage and also protect you from the harmful effects of the sun rays.
This kitchen ingredient woks wonder for your skin lightening as it acts as a gentle exfoliant and it also helps breakage of acne and maintain the pH balance of your skin.
Take 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with a tablespoon of water and apply it on your face. Leave it for 5 minutes and then gently wash it off.
Do it 2 to 3 times a week.
Besan or gram is a traditional method for getting fairer skin. Our grand mothers have forever sung praises of the benefits of besan in beauty regime. And let’s be honest they sure do know the best.
Scientifically, it has been proved that it helps control the oiliness of your skin which allows toxins and grime to get stuck and leads to clogged and unhealthy skin. It is also a gentle exfoliant.
Make a face pack using 1 tablespoon of besan, 2 tablespoon of milk and 2 tablespoon of rosewater; you can additionally add few drops of honey as it will help keep your skin soft, since besan has a drying tendency.
Keep it for 15 minutes and then wash it off using cold water, in gentle circular motion.
You can do it 4 to 5 times a week.
We usually throw away the water with which we wash the raw rice but it actually has a lot of benefits. Use that water to wash your face and watch your skin be blemish free.
Take one lemon and mix it with some rose water and apply it on your face and wash it off with cold water.
Cucumber and lemon juice
Grate a cucumber and squeeze the juice, you can store it in the fridge. Make a concoction of 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice, half a lemon and a tablespoon of rose water. Leave it for 15 minutes and then wash it with normal water.
Be careful while using lemon juice. Do not let it get into your eyes also do not apply it if there is any cut or knick on your face as it can cause irritation. Also do not use lemon juice if you have sensitive skin.
Milk is an extremely important ingredient to enhance your beauty. It has been used since the days of Cleopatra.
Make a paste of milk and honey and apply it on your face and let it rest for 15 minutes before washing it off using water, in circular motion.
You can apply it every day.
Tomatoes help fight pigmentation and tanning; it also helps remove dead cells, giving you that radiant glow.
You can just cut a tomato and apply it on your face and arm.
It’s the easiest method of skin lightening and the most trusted too.
Fuller’s earth or multani mitti
Multani mitti is full of minerals like lime, alumina and oxides of iron, which helps get you a fairer skin. It is also an important ingredient that helps to fight acne. The main reason for acne being oily skin which leads to clogged skin and a breeding ground for bacterial infection, and multani mitti or Fuller’s earth is the cure for all this.
Make a face pack by making a paste of fuller’s earth, neem leaves add some camphor and laung or cloves. You can store this pack but it has tendency to go dry, so on the next application; mix it with little rose water.
Let it sit on your face until it dries out but it should not be more than 15 minutes, otherwise you might develop fine lines, as it has a drying tendency.
You can apply it every day before taking a bath.
Papaya and honey face mask
Make a face pack using 2 table spoon of milk, quarter of ripe papaya, 1 tablespoon of honey, make a fine paste of it and apply it to your face. This works wonder for those with oily skin.
For this it would be best if you can use whole turmeric pods as it is full of natural oxidants, you can grind it in a mixer grinder. Turmeric helps in bringing out a glow to your skin that is why in Indian weddings brides are applied a paste of haldi.
Mix 1 teaspoon turmeric powder with freshly squeezed lemon juice you can also alternately mix turmeric powder with milk.
Apply egg white on your face, not only will it help in skin lightening but will also help fight ageing. Egg adds elasticity to your skin.
Yoghurt is a very good ingredient for your skin, make a face pack using yoghurt and a few drops of honey. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off gently.s
Sandalwood is an ayurvedic ingredient with infinite benefits, no wonder it is the chosen by the gods. You can use fresh sandalwood paste and apply it on your face or now sandalwood powders are also available.
Orange is a citrus product and contains acidity that helps in getting you the much in demand fairer complexion.
But this face pack will be available to you mostly during winters.
Take the orange peels and dry it in the sun and then crush it in a grinder into fine powder.
Store it in a cool and dry place.
Make a pack using 1 tablespoon of orange peel powder, a teaspoon of honey, 2 tablespoon of milk, it would be better if you have the cream floating on top of the milk. Add a pinch of turmeric and little bit of rose water.
Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off in a circular motion.
Mix powdered oats with milk or yoghurt or rose water and apply it on your face every day. Oatmeal is a good scrubing agent and helps remove dead skin cells and impurities.
Potato is rich in starch content, take a potato and squeeze its juice and apply it on your skin. The potato peel is also a good ingredient to be used for getting fairer skin.
Most of our kitchen ingredients can be used to help you get that vibrant look. But what is the most important thing to remember is that you remain healthy. Lead a healthy lifestyle and incorporate foods rich in Omega 3, vitamins and probiotics. This helps in keeping your gut clean which leads to a happy and healthy skin.
Always remember to wear sunscreen with high SPF content as the sun rays are very harsh and can lead to tanning and skin darkening. Cover your face using scarves and use umbrella whenever you are stepping out.
Most importantly, you should carry yourself with poise and grace and full of confidence. You should not let society set standards of your beauty, because each individual is beautiful in their iwn unique way. If you can embrace your own hue then the world does not stand against you.
If you feel beautiful then that will be reflected in the eyes of others.
Remember this famous quote by the Hollywood starlet Audrey Hepburn,
“True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.”