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Apply These Natural Foods On Your Face For Skin Lightening And Be Glamorous

During hot periods, our skins become dark because of tanning, pigmentation and freckles mainly due to overexposure to Utraviolet (UV) rays. The harmful rays of the sunlight damages the melanin cells of the skin making it to become darker. Other causes of skin darkening includes some skin injuries, hormonal changes, skin problems, Addison disease and chemotherapy or use of certain drugs.

Skin lightening greatly improves the appearance of our skin as it helps in eliminating blemishes such as birthmarks, dark patches and uneven skin tone caused by overexposure to sunlight, diseases, skin problems and the side effects caused by the use of certain drugs.

Comestics and sunscreens help in protecting our skins from harmful UV rays from the sun and in skin lightening. However, some some comestic products contain harmful chemicals such as hydroquinone which is considered to be a pontential carcinogen and its use is banned in some countries.

Some comestic products are not only expensive but also contains harmful chemicals that can lead to skin cancer, itching, flaky skin or even permanent scarring. However, individuals can use these safe, inexpensive, and readily available natural foods for skin treatment and lightening purposes. These includes carrots, pawpaw, tomatoes, eggs and honey. They are natural bleaching agents and when applied properly can deliver the desired results.

A tomato, an egg, carrots, lemons and a pawpaw


Carrots are rich in antioxidants called carotenoids, vitamins A and C, and potassium that provides numerous health benefits to the skin.

They can be used for exfoliation; 'the process of removal of the oldest dead skin cells from the outermost skin surface', promoting a uniform and radiant complexion.

Carrots contain a natural antiseptic that kills germs and promotes the regeneration of an healthy skin. vitamin A helps in cleansing clogged pores in the face while vitamin C helps in moisturizing the skin.

The vitamin A and C contained in carrots also helps in production of collagen, a vital protein that promotes skin elasticity as it aids in leaving the skin glowing and flawless. Its richness in vitamins and antioxidants (beta - carotene) helps in whitening the skin by removing dirt and accumulated dead cells.

Carrots can be used together with other foods such as pawpaw, egg yolk and honey to remove blemishes and cleanse the skin.

How to apply: Smash the carrots, alternatively you can obtain juice from them using a blender, mix with honey and egg yolk, apply as a facemask and rinse with warm water after 15 minutes.


A ripe harvested pawpaw

Pawpaw contain papain enzyme, an important ingredient found in many beauty and haircare products. It is used to exfoliate and cleanse the skin making it glow. The papain enzyme helps in removal of dead skin cells to get rid of clogged pores. Pawpaw also contains natural bleaching properties that helps in skin lightening.

How to apply: Smash the pawpaw and mix it with lemon, apply the mixture as a facemask and wash with cold water after 30 minutes.


Tomatoes are rich in potassium, vitamin C and lycopene; an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body.

They help in treating skin problems related to ageing and sun damage. The high contents of lycopene that they contain helps in protecting the skin from harmful effects of sun rays. Tamatoes can also be used as a bleaching agent as they help in lightening the skin, clearing dark spots as well as working as a natural astrigent that helps in shrinking large pores and tightening the skin making it look young and glowing.

Tomatoes can also be used as a scrab to exfoliate the skin when mixed with other ingredients such as sugar.

How to apply: Cut or smash a tomato, apply it on your skin and wash it with warm water after 15 minutes.

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