The Indian markets are flooded with products that claim to make you look fairer in so-and-so number of days. But guess what, – spoiler alert! – most skin care products can only manage to lighten your skin tone a bit but that doesn’t change the natural colour of your skin. So, for one, the brands and marketers are simply fooling you; and for seconds, I really don’t understand why Indians are so obsessed with getting fairer skin! Maybe the commercials are to be blamed. Anyway, there are some of us who are naturally fair or wheatish, but due to reasons like sun-exposure, too much sweating, hormonal imbalance, or hyper-pigmentation, our skin tends to become darker in some places. This is the reason why sometimes we have dark arms and elbows, knees and feet, neck, back, etc as compared to the rest of the body. I know, I know, the uneven skin tone looks a tad too ugly, but not to worry! There’s nothing a good old home remedy can’t tackle. Here are some home remedies to get rid of dark elbows, neck and knees, and almost any other part of your body that’s darker than the rest!
Sugar-coffee scrub: Coffee is known to cure cellulite and dark patches effectively. And sugar acts as a natural scrub. Mix one tablespoon of sugar and coffee powder each with two tablespoons of olive oil and gently massage the dark areas of your body with this scrub daily. You’ll notice a difference in two weeks!
Tomato-honey mask: Squash a tomato using a fork and add a teaspoon of honey to it. Apply this mixture to your affected areas and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash off with cool or lukewarm water. The acidic tomato juice will loosen the dead skin cells and the honey will moisturize your skin at the same time. Tomato is also a great tan remover!
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Gram flour: Make a smooth paste with 2-3 tablespoons of gram flour in either milk or rose water. Massage your body with this paste before every shower. You’ll immediately notice a difference in your skin right from the first use!
Lemon-honey: Everybody knows that lemon is a natural bleaching agent. This amazing little fruit is also packed with vitamin C which makes the skin soft and supple. Trust lemon and honey to lighten your dark arms, elbows and knee within minutes! Here’s what you need to do: mix the juice of one lemon in a teaspoon of honey and apply to the affected areas. Wash off with warm water after 30 minutes.
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Potato peel: Potato peels contain most of the starch that this vegetable is known for. Simply rub a potato peel on your darkened neck or feet every night before bed time and notice the results yourself.
So what are you waiting for! Go, try these remedies and see the transformation within a month. So long!