Calamansi or Citrfortunella microcarpa, is a citrus fruit closely related to the Mandarin orange and Sweet orange. This fruit tree is a native plant species of the Philippines, and is used in various ways. Calamansi has a very distinct alkalinizing effect on the human body, with alkaline properties present in the peel and juices of the fruit. The fruit can be used for whitening the skin, as well as a bleaching agent on mild stains of white garments. This fruit is widely distributed across the island nation of the Philippines, and can easily be grown across the globe in areas of temperate climates. Many soaps are made with calamansi as an active ingredient for whitening and toning skin, however, the raw fruit can be used just as well for the same process.
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Things you need
- Calamansi fruit
- Soft towel
Place two or three pieces of calamansi fruit into a blender and blend on purée. Ensure that the fruit has been completely blended.
Remove the fruit from the blender and place it onto a soft towel and fold it over. Pat the towel until the juices from the calamansi have saturated the towel. You can apply the puréed fruit directly to the skin, but to avoid a mess, using a saturated towel is best.
Rub the saturated towel onto the dark areas of your skin, typically the knees, elbows and armpits, but can also be used to whiten the face.
Repeat the process once a day for a full week. You should notice your skin becoming much whiter and clearer after a week of application.
Tips and warnings
- You can use the puréed peel of the calamansi fruit as a mild exfoliate for the skin, or as an exfoliating scrub.
- Avoid eye contact with the calamansi juice, as it will cause irritation.
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