Nature may have blessed you with a darker skin tone or you may be struggling with with hyperpigmentation, a condition that shows up as freckles or age spots on your face, hands and wrists -- areas that get a lot of sun exposure. In either case, an all-natural method to lightening your skin, without resorting to harsh bleach-based chemical alternatives, is lemon juice and honey. This treatment is inexpensive, effective, readily available and non-toxic.
Scrub your damp face with an exfoliant. This removes any dead skin cells on the surface, allowing your honey and lemon juice mask to penetrate newer, softer skin beneath.
Mix the honey and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Honey offers moisturizing properties, and small levels of hydrogen peroxide. Lemon juice is a natural lightening agent that does the bulk of the work in this treatment.
Dip your fingers into the mixture. Spread the compound evenly over your face -- or concentrate only on problem areas. Allow the mixture to soak in for about 15 minutes.
Wash the compound off in the shower. This makes it much easier to remove the sticky mixture.
Repeat the process for about one month, or until you notice satisfactory changes in your skin tone.
- Add sugar to the mix to create an all-natural face scrub.
- Lemon juice also works well on hair to create natural highlights.
David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.