I thought I should share on these 3 natural, homemade tan-removing facial masks that really work!
OK, first you need to know the following about these masks before you continue reading:
1. You need patience with natural remedies. If you are patient, you will see results in a week.
2. You need to be ready to make a fresh batch of the tomato-and-lime mask every 2 days.
3. For severe pigmentation, these masks may not be "strong" enough to take care of the issue.
So here are the deets on the three facial masks that I use every now and then, particularly when I have been out in the sun and see that I have darkened a shade-I burn really easily so I tend to darken pretty quickly!
This mask is my absolute favourite. Tomato has exfoliating properties and lime has lightening properties. The lime could be switched for lemon. This mask stings a bit, though in a minute or two the sting subsides. All you need are half a tomato and the juice from half a lime to last you two days. Just keep it in the fridge after using it. I usually wash my face and apply it on my face. It dries pretty quickly and I sometimes apply it a second time. I leave it on for an hour and then rinse it off.
Some people add cornflour to make it into a thick paste so that the mask stays on. However I just feel the cornflour would make it a little less effective and I don't use it.
My only con about this mask is that you have to blend the tomato in a blender with a few drops of water, compared to the other masks that require very little preparation.
This is my second favourite. The honey has to be the natural kind though. One tablespoon and the juice from half a lemon is enough for the face. Leave it on for an hour and then rinse off.
For this mask, you can use oil, your night cream, lime/lemon juice instead of water. You only need to add a few drops of water to make the turmeric into a paste and then rub it on for an hour before washing off with soap.
The general issue everyone has with turmeric is that it stains like mad. You have to make sure you don't get orange stains everywhere!
What homemade masks have you tried?
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