The most common reason for dull, tired and darker looking skin is the lack of oxygen and blood in the skin that makes it appear weary and lifeless. Some other reasons for skin darkening are:
- Excessive exposure to pollution, dust and impurities
- Exposure to UV rays of the sun that cause suntan
- Improper skin cleansing
- Diet deficient in essential nutrients
- Chronic Stress
Here are 5 natural face packs to get rid for the dark and dull skin and achieve that desired ‘fair and lovely ka jalwa’ :
Honey and Milk Face Pack
What better way of natural skin whitening than with the nourishing touch of milk and honey? Mix equal proportions of milk and honey in a glass bowl and apply on clean face, massage for 2 minutes in soft, circular motion, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off thoroughly with water. Mixing honey with pure milk is probably the best face pack for glowing skin.
Potato and Lemon Face Pack
Potato juice and pulp are an age-old home remedy for skin lightening, removing blemishes and improving skin health. The benefits of lemon as a natural bleaching agent are well known too. Peel and grate a small potato to turn it into smooth pulp, squeeze out the juice of one lemon and add it to the pulp, mix well and apply on clean face, let it stay for 20 minutes and wash off with water.
Banana and Almond Oil Face Pack
One of the easiest and most cost effective homemade face packs for lightening skin tone can be made from ripe bananas and almond oil. Mash 1 banana, well to form a smooth paste, add 1 tbs almond oil to it, mix well and apply on clean face, let it stay for 20 minutes and wash off well with water.
Orange Peel and Sandalwood Face Pack
Orange peel contains much more vitamin C compared to the pulp. Its natural bleaching properties help in removing dark patches and suntan and improve skin tone effectively. Sandalwood is one of the oldest remedies for skin problems that has been used since ancient times, and it holds and important place in Ayurvedic treatment. Mix orange peel powder and sandalwood powder in a glass bowl and add some water to it to have a thick consistency, apply it on clean face and neck, massage for 5 minutes, leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with water.
Turmeric and Gram Flour Face Pack
The health benefits of turmeric are well known. Gram flour or “besan” is also a time tested remedy for increasing skin fairness and getting rid of dark patches and suntan. Mix the turmeric paste and gram flour in a glass bowl and add 1 tablespoon of milk to it, blend well and apply on clean face, let it stay for 15 minutes and wash off well with water.