Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Every one desire to have a fair complexion. The causes for a dark skin or complexion could be many like Heredity,Hyperpigmentation,harmful UV rays of the sun,melanin.Melanin is a pigment that gives the skin its colour.Melanin protects the skin from the harsh rays of the sun. When the skin is exposed to the sun, the production of melanin increases.As melanin is a dark pigment, the skin surface acquires a dark colour. More the melanin darker the skin. When there is an excessive secretion of melanin and if care is not taken it leads to darkening of the skin in patches.Vitamin B3 and milk proteins are effective agents for melanin control.

There are many home remedies for improving complexion or
to get a lighter complexion.
  • Mix 1 tsp of milk powder, 1 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of lemon juice, and ½ tsp of almond oil. Apply on face and wash off after 10-15 minutes.
  • Mix 1 tsp of baking powder with 1 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of hydrogen peroxide.apply on face for five minutes.
  • Mix oatmeal with curd and tomato juice and apply on the face. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. It helps remove the tan and lightens the skin.
  • Soak 4 almonds overnight. Grind into a fine paste using milk. Apply on face and neck and leave it overnight. Wash with cold water in the morning. Do this daily for 15 days, followed by twice a week.
  • Mix equal parts of orange juice ,lemon juice and honey and apply for 20 minutes.
  • A tbsp of gram flour mixed with 2 tsp of raw milk and 2-3 drops of lime juice works well for lightening dark skin. Apply this mixture and leave it for 15 minutes before washing off. Repeat for 4 weeks and follow up with once a week.
  • Apply grated white radish or its juice for fairer complexion.
  • Make a paste of honey, milk, yogurt, and ground sesame seeds in equal proportions and apply on face and whole body.
  • Mix honey with equal amount of almond oil. Apply on the face every night.
  • Make a scrub of sandalwood powder mixed with almond powder or almond oil and milk. Massage gently on the darker areas like neck, around lips, below eyes, etc.
  • Make a paste by mixing a pinch of cinnamon powder to ½ teaspoon honey. Apply on the face every night.
  • Make a paste by mixing papaya, honey, milk, and milk powder. Apply on face and leave for a few minutes and wash, your face will look fairer.
  • Grate the skin of a Papaya and mix half cup of fuller's earth/besan. Take 2 Vitamin A capsules and mix into a paste. Apply on the face; keep for 20 minutes. When dry, pat with water or milk and rinse off. You can use these scrubs and masks at least once a week.
  • Crush 1 tsp. of almonds and add 1 tsp of oatmeal. Mix this with 2 tablespoons of honey or milk. Gently rub this granular paste in a circular motion on your face for a few minutes.
  • Mix Sesame oil, Olive oil, Almond oil in the ratio 4:1:1 respectively. Apply this on the face and neck. Use mild bathing soap and rinse this with lukewarm water.It is an effective to get rid of sun tanning.
  • A mixture of lime juice, gram flour (besan) and curd applied on the skin regularly will help you in getting rid of sun tan.
Try some of these home remedies for improving complexion. However, they must be done regularly and best results are obtained if they are inculcated as a part of daily routine.