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Many fruits have been shown to whiten skin when eaten or applied directly to the skin. Chemicals in the fruit act by repairing skin damage, encouraging the growth of new skin cells and inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment that darkens skin. Instead of spending money on expensive lotions and creams, try using the following fruits to help whiten your skin.

(1)  Whitening Skin with Antioxidants from Citrus or Papaya

 Drink citrus juice. Drinking a citrus juice like orange juice may help to inhibit UV induced pigmentation.

Use citrus to make a mask. Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, which promotes collagen production (necessary for the creation of new skin cells), is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown to inhibit skin darkening due to UV exposure.

  • Lemons tend to work best, but any citrus fruit will work, including oranges, limes, and grapefruit. You can obtain similar results from papaya.
 Squeeze the juice from the fruit and dilute with water. You can apply the diluted juice directly to your face, or combine with honey to make a mask. Honey both thickens the juice to make a mask possible and has its own health benefits: it is an antimicrobial, moisturizes the skin and prevents wrinkles.

Consider using the entire fruit. The peel and fleshy parts of citrus fruit contain compounds that help to whiten the skin. For even better results, consider adding them in one of two ways:

  • Dry the peel, grind it up, and add it to your mask. Consider mixing with yoghurt to produce a soothing mask.
  • Chop the entire fruit into pieces and process it, skin and all, in a fruit processor. Use the resulting paste as the base for your mask
  • .Use the seeds and skin if using papaya. While the flesh of the fruit is beneficial, the peels and seeds are the most potent part of papaya.
    • Consider processing the papaya fruit along with the skin to produce a mask. For even better results, mix with lemon juice.
    • You can purchase papaya seed extract and use it with honey to make a mask, or combine it with the processed fruit.
    • Make your own papaya seed extract by crushing papaya seeds and placing them in water for two weeks. Shake daily. Filter and use the water in your mask.

  • Do not go outside while wearing the mask. The juice in citrus fruits can react with UV light to cause photodermatitis, a painful condition resulting in a rash, blisters or scaly skin.
  • Do not go outside while wearing the mask. The juice in citrus fruits can react with UV light to cause photodermatitis, a painful condition resulting in a rash, blisters or scaly skin.
  • Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

    (2) Whitening Skin with Fruits that Inhibit Melanin Production

  • Make a mask with pomegranate fruit. Blend half a pomegranate, 2 teaspoons of almond oil, and ½ a tablespoon of honey to make a pomegranate mask. Pomegranate fruit contains punicalagins – compounds that have been shown to directly inhibit melanin production.
  • Use pineapple to make a mask. Blend four slice of pineapple in a food processor along with a half a tablespoon of honey. Pineapple fruit contains compounds that act as tyrosinase inhibitors, thereby whitening skin

    (3) Whiten Skin Using Fruit Extracts

  • Make Indian gooseberry oil and apply it with moisturizer or as a mask.Gooseberry fruit extract contains powerful antioxidants that help to repair damaged skin, as well as phenols that inhibit tyrosinase activity to lighten skin.You can purchase gooseberry oil or make your own.
    • To make your own, grate the gooseberries and squeeze out the juice from the gratings. Add coconut oil to the juice in a 1 part juice to 2 part coconut oil ratio. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Skim off and store the resulting oil.
    • Add the oil to honey and yoghurt to create a mask, or add it to another fruit mask.
    • Alternately, you can dilute the oil with moisturizer and apply that once a day


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