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5 Best Homemade Face Masks to Lighten Skin and Fade Dark Spots

Neha has been writing beauty articles for many years. She is passionate about skincare and natural remedies.

Your efforts with natural remedies can improve your complexion, fade skin pigmentation, spots making it flawless and glowing. Here are five best homemade skin lightening face masks that are potential enough to make a difference in your natural skin tone and give you a glowing skin.

I have oily skin and I use lemon juice for all skin problems. Not only lemon will clear dark spots and pimple marks but also give bleaching effect to your facial hair,

Dark spots reducing Natural Ingredients






Orange peel

1. Lemon, Rose water and Glycerin


  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin or Honey

Lemon is the main ingredient of this marks lightening face pack. Like all the citrus fruit, lemon is also helpful in getting lighter skin complexion.

Mix all the three ingredients in a bowl and store it in a air tight container. Apply this lotion daily on your face for 20 minutes to get clean and clear skin. Rose water will make your skin fresh and dirt free. Glycerin or honey will hydrate your skin and heal the wounds you get from bleeding pimples.

Your skin will itch a little bit after applying lemon on face. But the moment you feel that your complexion is getting lighter day by day and pimples marks and spots are no more, then you will start loving this lemon juice itchiness just like I do!

Your skin after 30 days

Consistently application of this simple lotion can give you desired results. Lemon has strong bleaching effects and will naturally bleach your facial skin hair. You will get brighter, spot free after daily application of this face mask. The best part is that you do not have to make it daily, just make it once a week and store it in a cool place.

2. Gelatin Lemon Instant Glow Pack


  • 2 tablespoon unflavored gelatin powder
  • 2 tablespoon hot milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Few drops of honey

Take unflavored gelatin in a glass bowl and add hot milk to it. Stir it till the gelatin gets dissolved. Add one teaspoon of lemon juice, few drops of honey and mix it properly. Your face mask is ready. After applying a thin layer of gelatin pack wait for 25 minutes. Remove the facial layer pulling upward.

Gelatin face mask can give you instant glow by removing facial hair and impurities deeply clogged in pores. It is a skin lightening as well as anti aging remedy. I have used hot milk to make the gelatin melt. You can also meltdown gelatin using a double boiler process.

You skin after one application

You will get instant glow effect after very first use. You have to use this mask once a week. Gelatin makes cleansing mask. It is a super homemade face mask to get rid of unwanted facial hair and get rid of all the impurities and dirt, which can not be easily washed away with normal face wash.

Orange peels are best for fair skin

Orange peels are best for fair skin

3. Orange peel powder Skin Whitening face mask


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2 tablespoon orange peel

4 tablespoon Curd

1 teaspoon Honey

How to make Orange peel powder

Preserve orange peels of 9 to 10 oranges and let them dry in shade. I always use shade dried peels as I found them more beneficial over sun dried orange peels. It will take 4 to 5 days to dry them naturally. Blend them in a blender with out water to make fine powder for face masks. You can save this powder in an air tight container.

Orange peel is full of vitamin C, calcium and phytonutrients. It is very effective in treating a number of skin conditions. To make a orange peel mask for skin whitening purpose you have to mix all the ingredients and make face mask to apply on your face. You can also apply it on your elbows, back and neck as this is also a good natural scrub that will clear dead skin cells easily and remove darkness from neck.

Your Skin after 30 days

You have to apply this skin lightening face mask on each alternate day for 30 days. Beside making your dark spots lighter, it will cure blemishes, remove blackheads, dead cells and also treat many dry skin problems. This skin bleaching mask has to be applied till it get dry. Splash your face with water. Now, making circular movements remove pack. A brighter skin is waiting, just make a try!

4. Potato Natural Bleaching Mask

Potato makes an effective natural skin lightening mask as it contains an enzyme called catecholase. It will brighten your skin naturally after few applications.

Potato has that natural skin brightening agent that bleaches skin imperfections to give you a flawless look.


  • 1 tablespoon potato juice
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon gram flour (besan in Hindi)

Peel a medium size potato. Grate it and squeeze the juice. Now, take one tablespoon of potato juice or as per your requirement. Add turmeric powder to this fresh potato juice. If you find this face mask difficult to be applied then you can add a tbsp of gram flour to it. Smear on your face, neck and wash off after it gets dry. If you are applying this face mask to remove dark circles then do not include gram flour.

Your Skin after a month

Consistency in applying face mask is must to achieve lighter skin tone. You can apply this potato juice daily or on alternate days. After a month you will feel a change in your skin. Your dark circles will go away. You will have a brighter skin with no more marks. Your skin appearance will improve in all aspects.

Almond gives skin lightening effect

Almond gives skin lightening effect

5. Almond milk face Masks


  • 1 tablespoon almond powder
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Make fine powder of 8 to 10 almonds in a blender. Add milk and honey into it. If you have oily skin, then also add few drops of lemon juice. Mix it well. Apply this lightening pack evenly on your face excluding skin under eye. Let it on skin till it gets dry. Now, wet your fingers and start gently scrubbing your facial skin in round movements. Do this for few minutes and rinse your face with lukewarm water.

You will get:

A more radiant and glowing skin with whitening effect. Almonds are very good for natural skin lightening. Being rich in vitamin E, almonds nourish your skin and almond face mask will protect from any type of sun damage. This mask will remove dead cells and scrubbing will get you rid of blackheads. You have to apply thrice a week for a month to get best results.

Regular use of any remedy make it more effective. If you follow any of the above natural skin masks regularly for fading any facial marks or pigmentation, you will surely get a lighter skin. Homemade skin masks can very effectively give you clear complexion without harming it either way.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Neha Sadana


Pailinn Pan on September 27, 2017:

Lemon is way too acidic for your face. Your skin's natural pH is 5.5 and lemon is around 2!! That tingly feeling is not good...If you wanted to help with increasing your skin turnover rate you are much better off looking at products that include AHA, an exfoliant which helps break down the glue that holds dead skin cells together!

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