How to make your skin lighter

Written by h.c. hisel
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People want to lighten their skin for many reasons. They may have uneven skin tone or dark scars. Some may just want to change their appearance. Lemon does not permanently lighten your skin, and going into the sun can be problematic, as it darkens the skin. Maintain your lighter skin with regular lemon treatments while also protecting your skin with sunscreen.

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Things you need

  • lemon juice
  • water
  • spray bottle
  • moisturiser
  • sunscreen

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    Make a lemon juice skin lightener. Combine a mixture of half lemon juice and half water and pour into a spray bottle. The water concentrates the lemon, so that it won't irritate your skin. Lemon juice is preferable to skin bleaching creams, as it won't damage your skin. Skin bleachers can cause a blotchy appearance. Lemon juice works gradually, allowing you to control the tone of your skin.

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    Mist an even coat of the lemon juice mixture on your skin. Rub the lemon into your skin and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. For quicker results, sit in the sun to promote the lemon's bleaching power, making sure you apply sunscreen first. Heat from the sun will speed the work of the lemon. After you wait the allotted time, rinse off the lemon juice. If the lemon dries your skin, follow each skin-lightening treatment with a moisturiser.

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    Repeat the lemon treatment every other day until you have reached your desired skin tone. Lemon lightens your skin gradually. Once you have achieved the desired result, maintain your lighter colour by repeating this process if you notice your skin getting darker.

  4. 4

    Wear sunscreen daily. Protecting your skin ensures that you won't tan.

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