Skin Lightening Remedies For Skin

Skin lightening remedies are useful for restoring an even tone to blotchy, discolored skin. They can also reduce the appearance of freckles. You can try some natural remedies for fading tans.


Borex is a skin-lightening favorite from the nineteenth century. Mix ¼ cup borax with /12 cup granulated sugar in a glass jar. Cover and let stand for 48 hours. Once each day, stir the mixture and rub a spoonful on your discolored skin.

“Glycerinated Lotion of Borax” was used as daily wash to render the skin equisitely soft and white. Mix 1 teaspoon powdered borax with 2 tablespoon glycerin and ¾ cup rose water.


Lemon juice can be used in a variety of ways. Mix equal amount of glycerin and lemon juice, it can be sponged on to remove a tan.

When mixed to a paste with salt or sugar and allowed to remain on the skin for half an hour once each day, lemon juice may lighten brown splotches caused by the sun.


Milk, in its many guises, is a time-tested skin lightener. Mix 3 tablespoon milk and 1 teaspoon lime juice, it can be sponged on to remove a tan.

Yogurt, plain or blended with an equal amount of buttermilk, can be used as night cream to ameliorate a fading tan.


Botanicals have a well-established reputation for skin lightening. Aloe vera gel. Smooth over sun-darkened freckles or brown spots at least twice a day. Watercress. Place a freshly washed bunch of watercress in 2 cups cold water. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and store in the refrigerator. Each morning and evening, sponge the chilled liquid over your fading tan, allow it to dry, then rinse with water.


Mash the apricot fruit and pat it on your face. For a more complex, blend with /12 teaspoon lemon juice with the pureed fruit before applying to skin.

Rinse a bunch of green grapes, squeeze out the juice. Rub the juice over tanned areas, allow it to dry, then rinse off.


Mash ripe tomatoes and apply the pulp to your fading tan. Let dry before removing with water. POTATO WATER is an old German cure for fading tans and summer freckles. Simply sponge on the water in which the potatoes have been cooked. Get.


How To Identify Your Skin Type

Wash your face with a neutral (not made for a particular skin type) soap or cleanser (such as Neutrogena for normal skin). Rinse with water. Pat try with a towel just enough to absorb moisture do not rub. Wait one hour, and then blot your entire face with one ply (or layer) of a large facial tissue. Press lightly all over your face and leave for about one minute. Then remove the paper carefully and examine it near a window or a light.

What do you see?

• If you see oil throughout the tissue, you most likely have oily skin.
• If you see oil only in the T‐zone (across forehead, down nose and chin), you most likely have combination skin.
• If you see very little oil throughout, you most likely have normal skin.
• If you see no sign of oil at all, you most likely have dry skin.
• If your skin feels irritated or slightly itchy, you most likely have sensitive skin.

You’ll need to perform this test several times a year‐during spring, summer and winter‐because your skin changes with the seasons.

Tips For Using Facial Masks

Choose a time to use face mask when you know you are not going to be disturbed and can relax. Wash all the ingredients before use and discard any that are damaged. An electric blender or liquidizer will make the mixing easier.

Always test the face mask, especially if you have a sensitive skin. Apply a little bit behind your ear, wait for at least 30 minutes and rinse off. If there is no irritation in the next 24 hours, then apply the mask on your face.

First clean you face and neck with gentle cleanser. Massage in circular movements over the face and neck. Leave on for 1-2 minutes to dissolve grime and old make-up. Then gently wipe off with cotton swabs. Rinse off with warm water.


Steam your face gently (2-5 minutes over a bowl of hot water).

This technique open the pores so that mask can penetrate deeply.

Apply the facial masks with clean fingertips or a soft fresh. Fruit or egg mask often have a very liquid consistency. It may easier to apply a second layer after a few minutes, once the first layer has dried a little.

Try not to talk, laugh or even move any facial muscle until it is time to gently remove the mask.

Facial masks should be left on for 15-20 minutes so they can dry. Remove the mask slowly and carefully. Work from the forehead downwards, making sure that none of the material removed comes into contact with eyes, and avoids dragging the skin. Light fruit mask can be removed simply with cotton balls. With clay mask, you need to rinse the face with warm water, and then cold water.

Natural Face Masks

The purpose of a face masks is to improve outlook of the face and skin. Face masks will make your skin very glowing and rejuvenate. We are providing some face masks for standard Skin, oily skin and dry skin.

Dry skin face masks:

1 egg yolk, 2 tsp. almond oil, 1 ripe banana. Come together everything in a bowl, make a thick paste. Apply this to face. Leave on for 20 minutes, and then wash with water.

Combine banana, egg white and curd. Concern this facial mask to your face, hands and legs. It will give soft smooth skin.

Take one tablespoon of cornflakes with almond oil or milk and grind into a past. Apply this past to face. Wash off after 15 minutes.

Mix 1 tsp. of butter and 1 tsp of water. Concern over the dry parts of skin. Leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

Mash half of an avocado and smooth over the face. Leave for 10 minutes and then lightly remove with moist cloth.

Oily Skin Face Masks:

One-teaspoon honey, one tablespoon fuller’s Earth (multani mitti) and one-tablespoon rose water. Combine together and apply on the face. Wash of after 15 minutes. Apply once a week but if your skin is too oily use twice a week.

Use beaten egg white and mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice. Apply this mask on the face, and then wash off warm water.

Combine one tsp tomato pulp and two-tablespoon potato flour. Concern this past on the face. Leave on 15 minutes and then remove gently with warm water.


Normal Skin face masks:

Use a beaten egg white and mixed with 2tsp almond oil. Smooth over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on 15 minutes, and then remove gently with water.

Blend 1egg white 2 tsp vegetables oil and 1 tsp apple juice. Smooth over the face, and then wash off after 15 minutes.

Mash raw papaya and smooth over the face and throat. Leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and then splash face with cool water.

Five Steps For Perfect Skin

This treatment takes about 45 minutes and, for best results, should be done at least once or twice a month. This one is simple, inexpensive treatment, you can be assured of healthier, glowing skin within two or three months.

Step1: Cleansing

Good cleansing removes the impurities, bacteria and dead cells that accumulate on the surface of the epidermis as well as any residue from makeup, while leaving as much of the lubricating natural oil (or sebum) as possible. A cleanser should therefore be gentle and natural. Use a non-lathering cleansing. Massage in circular movements over the face and neck. Leave on for 1-2 minutes to dissolve grime and old make-up. Then gently wipe off with cotton swabs. Rinse off with warm water. Once in a while, or on a more regular basis for those with oily skin, a clay or fruit or oat-based cleansing mask used for a deeper cleansing action.

Step 2: Herbal facial steam

One traditional and very simple way to deep clean the skin is to steam your face for a few minutes. Steaming removes dirt and pollution very efficiently from the skin, but it removes important natural oils as well. So, although the technique brings excellent results on an oily skin or anyone suffering from acne, most skin types must bear in mind that in the long term it has a drying effect. Steaming should therefore be used very occasionally on a dry or aging skin (once in a month is the maximum) and never for more than 2-3 minutes. On a oily skin, it can be done once a week, and for 5-8 minutes. For a combination skin, 2-3 minutes once a week is recommended maximum.

A normal skin will benefit form an occasional steaming (every two weeks) as long as the exposure to steam is not prolonged (5 minutes maximum). It is not recommended for extremely sensitive skins.

Select a herbal facial steam that’s best for your skin type.

Bring the dry herbs (lavender, chamomile, lemon grass, rosemary, etc.) to a boil in a large pot of water. Remove from heat source; steam for 5 minutes. A facial steam is the best possible way for deep pore cleansing, and each of the herbs used in rich in nutrients that nourish and tone the skin. Immediately after your facial steam, rinse your face with cold water.

Step 3: Facials

Facials are excellent for stimulating circulation to the skin. It brings fresh blood to the skin. They promote deep pore cleansing and help heal blemishes and acne. Facials also help tone and firm the skin. They are several kinds of facials available. You can try some homemade facial masks (clay mask, honey mask, egg mask, oats mask, fruits and vegetables mask, etc) to get a beautiful skin.

Step 4: Tonic astringents

When the facial is completely dry, rinse off with warm water. Be gentle to your skin while rinsing of the facial material. Use soft, circular motions. Massage your skin; do not scrub it. Immediately after rinsing the facial, apply an astringent preparation to tone and close the pores.

Step 5: Moisturiser

Dot the skin with moisturizer and gently massage it in smooth circular movements. Try to do this slowly as it allows you to massage the skin and relax yourself. Apply vitamin E oil or, a small amount of eye cream around the eyes and gently pat it in with your finger. The tapping action helps relieve puffy eyelids and also stimulates the acupressure points around the eyes.



Lose 10 Years: The Bangs

Bangs aren’t only trendy; it’s very helpful for mature women because it conceals forehead lines. It also comes in different varieties ranging from short to long, side-swept to full frontal-brunt; or you can also do it in between. But like the principle we established with the cut and the color, it is equally essential that the right cut of bangs is paired with the shape of the face. Below are some rules of the thumb in capturing the perfect match to the contour of your face.

• Diamond shaped faces need bangs that can disguise the face as oval shaped (which can wear any hair cut and bangs). Go for a brow hugging bangs that softly drape the forehead. You can enhance the illusion of oval shape look by styling your hair with long or graduated layers that caress sides of the face.

Hugging Bangs
• Heart shaped faces have lot of options. It can go perfectly with side swept feathered or texturized bang style. Women in this face shape can also opt for full bangs (long or short) cut straight across the face. There are two things to consider though in hacking the best bangs for this shape: do you want to minimize the wideness of the face or do you want to balance the prominent chin?
Side-swept or Texturized Bangs

• Oval shaped faces can go with any hair cut, so this kind of frame can pull off any style of bangs.

• Round shaped faces need bangs that minimize round cheeks. For this type, you should go for long softly layered or feathered bangs that hug the cheeks areas. I’m actually in this category so I’m now wearing feathered bangs – and my friends are loving it. Feathered Bangs Softly Layered Bangs

• Square/Rectangular shaped faces need bangs that can soften square facial contour. Side swept bangs can successfully do this because it gently curve or taper inwards towards the jaw. Generally, side swept bangs helps in softening the angles of the face.

• Triangular shaped faces also need bangs that can make an illusion of an oval face shape. To have this look, you will need wider bangs that are feathered, wispy or texturized. This style of bangs tend to cover wide forehead and gives a better proportion with a wide chin. A word of caution – bangs do not go well with chemically damaged hair. Bangs also do not work with hairs that are too oily. Hair type is another consideration – do you have curly hair or straight hair? Additionally, like hair color, wearing bangs translates to maintenance. You’ll need to use products, styling tools and keep them trimmed up. You should think about this before wearing some bangs because if not, then perhaps, bangs is not for you. (hold it though because the journey to looking younger does not end when you don’t have bangs) There maybe times (in fact a lot of times) that you don’t have time anymore to go to the salon and have that killer bangs. I for one represent this kind of populace and upon realization; I learned cutting my own bangs. It takes practice to do this but once you got the hang of it, you’ll simply nail it most of the time. Let me share how I do it. 1. Wash your hair together with the bangs. Be sure you use shampoo that you normally apply to your hair. If you use rinse-out conditioning products, be aware that it can make your bangs too slippery making it more difficult to trim.

2. Detangle bangs to remove knots. Defrizzing products will help if your hair is frizzy.

3. It is still a debate whether you should trim your bangs wet or dry. I prefer the latter.

4. The next step is to blow dry your bangs.Make sure it’s straight.

For curly or way hairs, you can utilize aiding tools like boar’s head paddle or natural round brush. It will straighten your bangs.
5. Separate your bangs and clip the rest of the hair . What I normally do is to keep the rest wet to keep it out of the way of the bangs area. It is actually up to you if you would blow dry all of your hair or keep the non-bangs portion wet. What’s important is it is away from the area you’ll trim.
6. Ensure that you are in front of a mirror with good lighting condition. Otherwise, you will not have a good view of what you’ll trim.
7. Gather your bangs and divide it into three equal sections. Clip the two ends away from themiddle part.
8. Grab the middle section of the bangs between the middle and the index finger of your dominant hand. This will form a smooth even line. Make it a point that you do not stretch your bangs or you will not be able to accurately gauge the length of the trim.
9. At 45 degree angle, hold your trimming scissor . This will prevent crooked slicing when chopping straight across. Start very slowly and move from right to left. Sniff off tiny pieces of the bangs. Once done, check the length. If still not the desired length repeat the same action but now starting from left. Until the length you want is achieved, continue moving the scissors back and forth.
10. Avoid lifting your eyebrows or crossing your legs while you trim because this may distort the length you want for your bangs. Always take your time. It’s better to trim too little than too much.
11. When the desired length is achieved in the middle section, unclip the right portion of the bangs. Cut the side section in the same manner as the middle section, using it as the point of reference. Do the same procedure to the left side bangs.
12. After all sections have been trimmed, study the bangs from edge to edge. Make any adjustments to each section, starting from the middle, if necessary.

I suggest that you do this in a peaceful and quiet place because concentration is very important when you snip your bangs. Remember to turn you cell phone off or lock the room where you’re trimming your bangs to avoid any interruption. Also do away from talking when you trim your bangs. Little portions of cut hair can fly to your mouth that can interrupt you as well.

If you’ll cut your hair inside the toilet, use a wastebasket or any container that can catch your hair . Hairs that go down the drain can pose household problems eventually. When snipping close to eyes, be very careful so that hair won’t fall or touch the eyes. If this happens, immediately rinse it with cool water . Finally, you can cover your shoulder with towel or old shirt to catch the hair. No matter how careful you are, little hairs can fly around and that is untidy. Invest in a good pair of scissors if you really plan to do this in a regular basis. Rusty or dull scissors can damage the ends of your bangs which can cause them to split, rip or tear . Also make sure that the scissors will fit your fingers well. Even if I’ve somehow already mastered trimming my bangs on my own, I would still make it a point to have it recalibrate once or twice a year by my professional hair dresser . I recommend this to you as well.

Discussing the aspects one should consider when it comes to our hair, then we can say you need not sport that most stylish or the trendiest hair cut in town. The keywords for your crowning glory are: skin tone and frame of the face. Just get it right and you’ll hack it. Add more love by putting some bangs and there – you’re golden.

Now that we’re done prepping up the hair, let’s go to another very important aspect of the face – the eyes

The Cut And Style

One of the techniques I’ve learned to looking younger is through hair style. I chose the use of layers that added more life to my hair and my whole look. When heavy hair falls close to face, it generates shade that can make our skin look faded and lifeless. Layers shows off our skin and allow a bouncy, flirty movement, emancipating youthful activeness and aura. I also made my hair shorter. Shorter hair can be very flattering especially if tailored-fit to the frame of the face.

It gives this rejuvenating youthful facade as it adds body to the hair and enhances cheekbones. I would like to caution though that having shorter hair isn’t exactly applicable to look younger – the most essential factor to consider is having the style of the cut complementing the frame of the face. In assuring that this is attained, always take into account your nose, cheekbones and jaw line – which of them is your best feature? The real trick is enhancing your best asset while hiding your flaws I know what you’re thinking. You want to know what’s the cut that matches that pretty face of yours. Again, thank goodness for technology. Websites are nowadays readily available to help you test and see the best hair style and cut for your face shape – the Online Face Shape Wizard is just one of them. Now to give you a feel on the best cut and style that will give you a youthful radiance, here are some tips for you. Diamond Face: Narrow forehead, small pointy chin, and wide cheeks.

Haircut & Style: To create a balance shape look for styles that are narrow at the cheekbones and wider at the forehead. Add a little more fullness at the crown if required.

Heart face: Wide, short forehead, and small pointy chin.

Haircut & Style: Suited styles are like layered bob with extra volume and outward flicks at chin level. Asymmetric cuts are also flattering heart-shaped faces.

Oval face: High forehead and narrow, slightly rounded chin.

Haircut & Style: This is the most balanced face shape and almost perfect for any type of hair style.

Rectangle face: Long face with high forehead and long jaw and chin. Also known as long face shape.

Haircut & Style: Suited styles are like chin or shoulder-length cuts with a fringe that can disguises the long forehead.

Round face: Wide, short forehead, full jaw and chin.

Haircut & Style: The round shape normally makes the cheeks appear wider . Most short hair cuts works well for round face as long as there is some height at the crown area and little fullness above the ears to slim down the round face. Soft cuts with sophisticated layers coming forward onto the face look stylish and is an ideal hair style for round face shape. Soft curls will also flatter the frame of a round face. For straight hair asymmetric cuts can also be an option.

Square face: A wide, short forehead and square jaw.

Haircut & Style: Square edges should be soften by breaking the symmetry.

Graduated layers with some volume at crown and soft curls looks stylish on this type of face shape.

Triangular face: Narrow at the temples, slightly wider at the cheeks and widest at the jaw line.

Haircut & Style: Most short hair cuts works for this type of face. Avoid styles with volume at the top. Also do take note that hair becomes thinner as we mature and so we have to take some steps to revive the life and volume. I’ve achieved this by using volumizing shampoo to my hair . I’ve read that lightweight conditioner should be paired with it but you have to make sure it is only applied to the ends and not to the crown. At times, conditioning the hair up to the crown translates to limpness, which is not very attractive. To add more volume, blow-dry the hair. You’ll have a better effect if you rub a small amount of mousse to the roots. Even if you’re older, the classic upside-down move can still make things happen: so go ahead, flip your head and shake hair with fingertips up to the roots.

Perk Up The Face

Almost all the time, it is our face that gets noticed first in each interaction with every blinking human being. As a first stop in my quest on keeping myself look younger, I made sure that I took good care of my face – from hair down to neck.

A. Keep Your Crowning Glory Aglow
Styling the hair will make huge difference on your look and consequently to your age. Below are some points I have considered, and now to pass on to you, on how I’vemade myself look younger through my crowning glory.

The Color
Some women look stunning on gray hair, but I personally prefer playing with colors. This is one of the steps I took – washing out my increasing gray hair and giving my crowning glory a lighter hair color. Say, Jane Fonda, Diana Keaton, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Hillary Clinton and Barbara Walters. They look fabulous and most of all, younger in their light-colored hair don’t they?
But how will I know the right hair color for me and my skin tone?
That’s the same question that popped in my head. Thank goodness for technology. There are now available websites that allow women to upload their pictures and try out different hair colors. for one does this. Simply upload your latest picture and you can test a variety of shades for you. I did this and ended up with a glamorous hair that best complemented my complexion I also learned that it won’t hurt to play with shades. However, it is still very essential to consider one’s skin tone. The standard I believe is going with up or down two shades – and nothing more than that. Once I used five shades and it made me looked washed out since it didn’t match my skin tone. But to be clearer about this, here are some tips:

I would characterize skin tone as “warm” and “cool.” You’d know your color is warm if you have golden, olive or dark skin and brown or dark eyes. Most Latinas, Asians and African Americans are considered having “warm” skin.

If you are in this category, get golden shades like caramel and bronze in a darker shade than your skin. But never settle for black hair as this will wash you out. If you opt for a golden shade then make sure it isn’t too light because your hair might turn orange.

“Cool” colored women are those who have fair skin and blue or green eyes. And if you are in this category, avoid gold, auburn or copper . It will only highlight your skin rudiness. Ash blonde and cool browns work best.

I’ve observed however that there are some exceptions as some women can pull off a dark, black hair (errr …Demi Moore). If this is the case, then I suggest that you should keep it shiny and well-maintained by using conditioner to your hair. A long, black and shiny hair presents vitality and youthfulness.

The wisdom behind lightening hair is that dark hair is likely to give emphasis to the lines of the face by throwing darkness into it. Light colored hair brings a certain young-looking radiance because it tends to brighten face and light up the skin tone. As women also mature, the natural order of things make us lose pigment and pairing it with dark brown or dark black hair is an unlikely complement to our aging skin pigment. However, do make sure that the hair doesn’t become too light because this can make you look trashy. As I pointed out earlier, the most crucial aspect is having the hair color going harmoniously with your complexion. The next question is: how can we lighten our hair?

Sure. Salons are just there in every corner . But roots can grow immediately and going to the salon frequently (especially if you’re a busy woman) can become a hassle eventually. Hence, I’ve found out ways to lighten hair the natural way just to maintain its color . Aside from this, I spend nothing and I don’t have to expose my hair to chemicals most of the time. Just a disclaimer though, I first asked a professional to touch my hair and only resort to this natural process to maintain it and keep myself from going to the salon frequently. All I’m saying is, ask first a hair expert before you start lightening/altering your virgin hair.

A Do-it-yourself Guide To Pulling Off A Hip And Younger You!

I can still recall getting thrilled with my birthdays. I remember when I hit 13 and I officially became a teenager . I just can’t wait to grow up and explore new experiences. I remember when I became 18 and officially joined adulthood, and I can’t wait to explore opportunities in store for me. I remember when I celebrated my 20’s and entered the workforce and got married, got lovely kids. And then I hit my late 30’s, and then I realized that together with my birthdays are now wrinkles, lines and little gray hairs growing with my age. Then suddenly, my birthdays have become as less exciting as before. It’s a totally different scenario when you start realizing you’re not getting any younger. Then I said: Nat, you’ve got to do something about this.

I am writing this book to share with women in the same situation on how I have successfully concealed my age. I am now 37 years old, and every now and then, I receive compliments that I look younger .

This is a surge in self-esteem for me, that despite of being a mother of two, a thriving career and lots of other stuff that need my attention, I am able to take good care of myself; and at the same time, a priceless reward for my effort to look after my well-being. It’s even more pleasing when I need not have to spend thousand bucks from my pocket just to look younger . I am just your average woman, who gets broke every once in a while, you know.

Yes. Age is a force to reckon with. Why can’t we just freeze time and stop aging isn’t it? But perhaps, we will never have the power to stop the hands of time in this lifetime, or even in another. But let us not worry because always, there are surefire, affordable ways to cheat your age. But of course, as our title implies, within the limits of being age appropriate and still being respectable. We don’t want to be tagged as “goat dressed as a lamb” right? Now, let’s begin the journey to being a younger looking goddess in her 30s, 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s shall we?

How To Lighten Dark Hair

Lemon juice is not the best solution for dark shade hair because it will leave nasty orange streaks. In this case, try henna powder instead available in health stores. Mix the henna powder with a light herb (like chamomile) and mix this with a boiling water to make a thick paste. As the solution cools down, apply it to your wet hair through comb.

Put a plastic bag over your hair, and let it sit between 30 minutes and 2 hours. The darker the hair the longer it should be dyed with henna. Remove the bag and rinse your hair . If you don’t want to wait for 2 hours, then you can opt to dry your hair under the sun. As a point of pre-caution though, henna can be a bit strong so you can try it to small section of your hair first to see how samples of how it might come about. What I use meanwhile for my brown hair is cinnamon. Damped your hair moderately and apply a small amount of conditioner to make the cinnamon stick. Mix a small amount of conditioner to the cinnamon to make a thick paste. Evenly apply it to the hair by using a brush. Make sure that the brush is wet and has nice teeth to get the cinnamon gliding smoothly to hair strands. You can also opt to rub the paste all over the hair .

After applying the cinnamon, gather the hair in a loose bun and hold it together with a pony tail. For best results, leave the mixture overnight (6-8 hours). Use a saran wrap to cover the hair. It is also advised to put a plastic bag all over the head for full protection. Rinse the hair the following day. For curly hair, use shampoo in rinsing. If you are entirely not confident about yourself getting these instructions perfectly done, then again, I recommend you go to hair experts in the salons. There will be more work to do if you didn’t get the hair shade you desire, and we don’t want any of those sorts to happen. Like in my own experience, I had a professional to handle my hair color at the beginning.

I would also like to point out that maintenance is entwined with colored hair . You have to recolor your hair in a particular number of months or even weeks (depending in your hair color) as roots will grow. Covering a grey hair for instance with a permanent color will have you having it re-colored every 6 weeks. My roots become evident after 1 month. It’s just a good thing that I’ve learned the trick of the cinnamon that I don’t have to go to the salon every time my roots start bugging me.