How to Get Lighter Skin Without Bleaching

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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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Wash the compound off in the shower. This makes it much easier to remove the sticky mixture.

Step 5

Repeat the process for about one month, or until you notice satisfactory changes in your skin tone.