Lemon juice is a common folk remedy for lightening skin quickly and cheaply. Some people, however, have a severe chemical reaction when their skin is exposed to lemon juice and sunlight. This painful condition is called phytophotodermatitis, and care should be taken to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and/or UV rays when using lemon juice as a lightening agent. If you’re careful about how long you leave the lemon juice on your skin, and in what conditions you apply it, you should find lemon juice a pretty effective skin lightener.
Using Lemon to Lighten Skin
Rub it on. Rub a lemon rind over your skin. It helps cleanse the skin and slowly lightening it over time.
Use a lemon wash, exfoliant, or mask for your face. Make your own facial wash from equal parts of water and lemon juice, honey and aloe. Splash it onto your face in the morning the same way you’d use water to wash your face, then rinse.
- For a skin-lightening mask, mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon tomato juice, 1 tablespoon cucumber juice, and 1 tablespoon sandalwood paste into a paste. Apply to skin and let sit 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and moisturize.
- For a skin-lightening mask for dry skin, mix 1 tablespoon powdered milk, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 2 drops of essential oil. Apply to skin and let sit for 20-25 minutes. Rinse with warm water and moisturize.
- For a lemon exfoliant, mix together 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 egg white, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Massage exfoliant into skin using gentle circular motions. Gently scrub or let rest for 10-15 minutes, rinse with warm water, and moisturize.
Cut lemon slices, run them under water for a few seconds, and squeeze their juice into a cotton ball. Apply to your face, rinse after 10 to 30 minutes.
Lemon lotion. Make your own lotion out of two parts lemon juice, three parts glycerin and one part light rum. Thoroughly combine all ingredients with a spoon or wooden spoon. Apply to your skin and rub closely.