We Indians are obsessed with fair skin. We might not accept it but most of us are not happy with our complexion and we want to lighten our skin tone.
Many factors decide our skin color like melanin production within the skin cells. Melanin is a chemical produced in the body to protect our skin from the Sun’s UV rays. Many other elements like genetic factors, sun exposure, or any imbalance in our body also decide our skin color.
In this article, I will talk about different measures that will guide you on how to get fair skin permanently, ranging from lifestyle change to DIY face packs.
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- 5 Lifestyle Hacks to Get Fair Skin Permanently
- 5 DIY Face Packs to Get Fair Skin Fast
- 5 Easy to Follow Skincare Routine
- What Not To Use To Get Fair Skin
- Final Thoughts
5 Lifestyle Hacks to Get Fair Skin Permanently
#1. Regular exfoliation and moisturization
Everyday pollution, dust, and makeup clog the pores and make our skin dull. All these factors start covering our actual fair skin tone. To reveal your hidden fair skin you should exfoliate regularly followed by moisturization to make your skin healthy and clean hence making it look fairer and glowing.
You should follow CETM routine regularly
- Cleansing: Wash your face properly, apply a good quality cleanser to your skin and massage in circular motion. Rinse your face with cold water.
- Exfoliation: Use a gel based scrub to exfoliate your skin to remove all the dirt and oil from your skin.
- Toning: You can use alcohol based astringent or herbal skin tonics to tone your skin.
- Moisturization – You should use the right moisturizer for your skin after the process of exfoliation to prevent stretchy feel.
#2. Massage with Essential Oils
Research has shown Massaging your face lightly with essential oils help improve blood circulation in your facial muscles leading to a glowing looking skin. Your skin will look fairer with better blood circulation as a right massage can release tension and relax facial muscles.
You can use Lavender Oil, Lemongrass oil, and Tea Tree Oil, these oils hydrate your skin making it look glowing and clean.
- Lavender oil helps clear away bacteria to give an acne free complexion.
- A light massage with Lemongrass oil helps neutralize the free radical present in your skin because of its antioxidant properties.
- Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation.
#3. Have Healthy Diet
Our skin reflects what we eat. A healthy diet is a key to getting good skin, for glowing skin you should have a healthy diet. Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet as they contain antioxidants that help protect skin from cellular damage due to free radicals.
You will feel your skin has become clear and glowing hence making it look fairer as the antioxidants will help repair your skin. The carotenoids present in fruits and vegetables will give you a pink glow on your face.
You can include Almonds, Peanuts, Spinach, and SunFlower Seeds as they are rich in Vitamin E, an essential vitamin for glowing skin along with antioxidants.
Also, avoid oily food, fried food, processed food, packaged food, junk food as oily food can cause acne and too much salty food can dehydrate your skin making it look dull. Changing your food habit will make a huge difference and will start reflecting on your skin.
#4. Catch a Good Night Sleep
The repairing and recovering process of our skin happens at night, hence it is very important to get adequate sleep. This will facilitate the cell regeneration process and will make your skin look fresh.
Taking inadequate sleep late at night will make your skin look dull and you will develop dark circles under your eyes. Sleep and great skin both go hand in hand, a good night’s sleep helps restore your skin’s glow making it look fairer.
Our skin undergoes repair during sleep so you should get at least 8 hours of sleep to help your skin rejuvenate and look fresh and healthy.
#5. Drink Plenty of Water
Dermatologists suggest that you should have at least 8 glasses of water in a day. Water will help your body detox by flushing out all the toxins, keeping your body hydrated. You can get clear and glowing skin by taking an adequate amount of water. This will improve your skin color as well.
5 DIY Face Packs to Get Fair Skin Fast
For our skin and health, our kitchen is a magical treasure chest having unlimited stock of ingredients to tackle sun-tan, pigmentation, skin darkening, and skin aging. You can use different items from your kitchen to make DIY masks, creams, and peels to make your skin fairer without any side effects.
Some of the tried and tested face packs for getting a lighter and brighter skin tone are mentioned below. You can try any of the following
#1. Orange Peel and Turmeric Face Pack
- Orange Peel Powder
Mix 1 tablespoon of orange peel powder, one teaspoon of honey, and a pinch of turmeric powder together. Apply this paste on your face and leave this mask on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
How it Works
Orange peel has numerous benefits like orange peel protects skin from free radical damage and brightens your skin. In addition Honey, acts as antibacterial and reduces acne on your skin making it look clearer.
On the other hand, Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that makes your skin glowing and lustrous.
#2. Fuller’s Earth Face Pack
- Fuller’s Earth
- Rose Water
Mix fuller’s earth with a pinch of turmeric and rose water, make a thick paste, and apply it all over your face and neck. Let it dry and then wash it off with cold water. Apply a good moisturizing cream after that to make your skin glow.
Caution: You should not talk or laugh or smile when you have this face pack on your face or it might result in fine lines on your face.
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How it Works
Fuller’s earth (Multani Mitti) absorbs excess oil from your skin and acts as a skin cleanser. It improves skin tone and complexion by removing impurities and tightening pores.
Rose water makes skin clear as it has anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce redness and puffiness. The antioxidant properties of turmeric help revive your skin and bring out the natural glow.
#3. Banana and Honey Face Pack
- Lemon Juice
Mix a teaspoon of honey, lemon juice, and mashed banana to get a smooth mixture. Apply the banana mixture on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water.
How it Works
Honey contains natural enzymes that help remove dead cells from your skin making it look clear and radiant. Lemon juice contains citric acid that helps in lightening your skin and reducing dark spots. Banana helps remove excess sebum and hence makes skin hydrated and youthful.
#4. Lentil and Rice Face Pack
- Red lentil
- Raw Milk
Thoroughly clean lentils and rice but do not wash them. Grind both of them separately to fine powder, mix the powder. You should avoid grinding both rice and lentils together as rice takes less time to grind to a fine powder. Take one spoon from the mixture, add some raw milk to form a paste for 5 mins and then apply it all over your face and neck. Leave the pack on your face for a good 20 mins, rinse it thoroughly with fresh cold water. Apply any moisturizer after that. Do keep in mind that the powder should be fine otherwise it might elevate your rashes problem.
How it works
Red Lentils are a natural cleanser and they are a great face bleaching agent which helps in lightening scars and dark skin patches. Rice helps in maintaining elasticity and reduces signs of aging.
Raw milk acts as a toner for your skin and helps clear complexion along with healing acne all thanks to lactic acid present in raw milk.
#5. Papaya and Honey Face Pack
- Ripened Papaya
- Milk and Milk Powder
Mix a small amount of mashed ripened papaya with a dash of honey, one small spoon of milk powder, and milk to make a paste. Apply this paste to get fair skin.
How it works
The papain enzyme present in Papaya helps in exfoliating skin to remove dead skin cells along with lightning skin tone.
The Lactic acid, Vitamin A,D,E, and K present in milk hydrates your skin to give it a healthy glow. Honey has antibacterial properties that help clear your skin and make it radiant and glowing.
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5 Easy to Follow Skincare Routine
When you are not able to make these packs then you may go for these easy to follow steps to keep your skincare routine going
- Take Aloe vera gel on your palm, and apply it to your face. Rinse it after some time to reveal a fairer skin tone. You should not go out in the sun when you have Aloe Vera on your face.
- Mix a little amount of saffron with olive oil and apply it all over your face and neck. This concoction will make skin fair as saffron is considered to be a great agent for skin lightening and olive oil will moisturize your skin. Avoid this mix if you have oily skin.
- Mix the pulp of one tomato with a dash of lemon to make a face pack; apply it all over your face and neck. Wash it after 20 with cold water. You can use this pack daily to get the desired results.
- Cut a lemon in two halves and rub it on your face. This will help you get fair and clear skin instantly. But one thing is that it might cause a tingling effect on your face.
- Grate a potato and take its juice, apply the juice all over your face with a cotton ball. Allow it to sit on your face, rinse with cold water after 10 minutes.
All these are tried and tested DIY face packs to get fair skin fast. You can try any of these and get fair, clear, and glowing skin. Do not use soap immediately after rinsing any of these face packs.
What Not To Use To Get Fair Skin
#1. Hydrogen Peroxide
Some recommend using Hydrogen peroxide to get fair skin but hydrogen peroxide can damage your own skin cells. It damages fibroblasts that are responsible of generating new tissue
Many skin care DIY hacks suggest using vinegar as toner for your skin but it is not recommended to use it on your skin. Vinegar may lose water with time and become concentrated and may burn your skin.
#3. Baking Soda
The modern skincare hacks show using baking soda on your skin for lightening skin tone but it is not a good practise as it may irritate your skin and may lead to breakout with burning sensation.
You can change your lifestyle and use these natural ways to get fair skin fast.
If you have oily skin then you may try Fuller’s earth’s face pack to get the desired result as fuller’s earth is known to reduce oil secretion by our skin leading to a clean and clear skin.
If you have dry skin then you should try Honey Lemon and Banana packs on your face as honey and banana both are known for providing right amount of hydration to your skin.