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The skin on most people's faces is often darker than the skin on their bodies. Some people don't mind; others hate it. If you belong to the latter group, there are many ways to naturally lighten your skin. Some people who lighten just want a fairer complexion, while others want to even out their complexion. Whatever you want, avoid lighteners with harmful ingredients--such as hydroquinone--since there are many safe and natural alternatives.
Steer clear of lighteners made from ingredients like steroids, hydroquinone and mercury. Such chemicals can disfigure skin, especially skin of color. Excessive use of hydroquinone, for example, leads to a disfiguring skin condition known as ochronosis. Ochronosis not only causes rough, alligator-like skin, but it can also cause skin darkening.
Use skin lighteners made from safe ingredients, such as vitamin C, licorice extract, kojic acid or arbutin. Such ingredients come from foods and have not been linked to skin disorders. When selecting a skin lightener, think "au naturale."
Lighten your skin with lemons, which are one of the most popular natural lighteners; they are also cheap. Halve a fresh lemon, then rub it over the area you wish to lighten. Wash it off afterward, so you won't smell like lemonade.
Exfoliate your skin on a regular basis. Removing the skin's outermost layer reveals brighter skin. By sloughing off the outer layer, your skin lightener can further penetrate the skin and work more effectively.
Avoid the sun. Just a few minutes of sun exposure is enough to tan the skin. If you do go outside, wear sunscreen with a high SPF as well as a hat. Choose a large brim hat, like the ones that were popular during your grandparents' day.