How to Make a Complexion Lighter

by Contributing Writer ; Updated September 28, 2017

There may be a number of different reasons why a person may wish to lighten her complexion. She may wish to do this because of her culture or religious beliefs. She may wish to do this because her skin tone is not even. She may even wish to lighten her complexion because she has tanned in some spots and not in others. Luckily, there are some methods in which you can accomplish this without damaging the skin.

Items you will need

  • Warm water
  • Soap
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Cucumber juice
  • Blender or chopper
  • Lemon juice
  • Body scrub lotion
  • Loofah sponge
  • Yogurt
  • Orange juice
  • Honey
Step 1

Begin by washing the skin several times each day. Use your normal everyday soap. Soap naturally lightens the skin over time. If you are washing an area more than twice a day, you should consider applying a gentle moisturizing lotion to the area to keep it from becoming dry.

Step 2

Apply cucumber juice to your face at night. You can use a blender or a chopper to drain the juice from the cucumber. Apply to the areas you wish to lighten with a brush; a clean brush used for applying face powder would work. Leave on your face overnight and wash off in the morning. Repeat the process until you achieve the desire result.

Step 3

Apply lemon juice to the area you want to lighten. The best time to do this is after washing the area. Rub the juice into the skin, then rinse off. Apply a scrubbing lotion to the area and gently rub it into the skin. Now take a loofah sponge and gently rub over the area of the skin in circular motions. The loofah will remove the top layer of skin. This is the dead layer and the layer that is the darkest. Rinse the area with warm water.

Step 4

Combine a mixture of equal parts yogurt and orange juice. Place the mixture on your face. Allow it to stay on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Repeat process until you achieve the desire effect.

Step 5

Combine equal parts of honey and lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to stay on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Repeat process until you achieve the desire effect.


  • To keep your complexion lighter, stay out of the sun as much as you can especially during the sun's peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and shield your skin when you must be outside.


  • Never apply cleaning products that contain bleach to your skin. This could cause a harm, including burning and scarring.

Photo Credits

  • photographer: barunpatro