The legs are one part of the body often covered. They don’t get much visibility to the sun, so when they do they can end up blotchy and inflamed. And then there are issues with irritation from clothing and other products used daily.
With the summer just around the corner, you’ll want to pull your legs out. It’s time to get them on theshow, but you need them to look bright and pretty. Everyone may know you’ve hidden your legs all winter, but that doesn’t mean you want your legs to look that way.
So, it’s time for skin whitening creams.
The problem with the store-bought options is that they’re full of toxins. They end up making your legs look worse. While there are some natural products available, the best thing to do would be to make your own.
It won’t take long to create your skin whitening creams for prettier legs. Here are 12 options to create right now.
Use Milk Powder with Almond Oil, Honey, and Lemon
The first option to make involves some almond oil, milk powder, honey, and lemon juice. The four ingredients combined will help to nourish and brighten your legs instantly. You will also increase your chances of getting a beautiful tan during the summer months.
I know that lemon juice can be irritating to some with sensitive skin. By mixing it with honey and almond oil, you will dilute some of it. However, your legs may be more sensitive to the sun. Don’t forget to put some sunscreen on before you leave the house.
If you’re allergic to almond oil, use coconut or jojoba oil instead. Both offer some similar benefits.
The oil will get into your legs and moisturize. It’s the carrier for the protein-filled milk powder, which helps to boost collagen production and get rid of some blemishes within the legs. You’ll find that stretch marks on your thighs don’t form as much when the collagen production is supported.
Lemon juice and honey are full of vitamin C. They help to support your skin cells, fighting off oxidative stress and bacteria growth. The lemon juice is full of citric acid, too, which helps to brighten your skin.
You only need to apply the cream for 15 minutes and then wash it off.
Make an Oatmeal, Tomato Juice, and Yogurt Cream
When your skin is full of dark spots from tanning, you’ll want to find ways to minimize them. Dark spots are a sign of sun damage and aging. To brighten them up you want to create cream from yogurt and tomato juice.
The yogurt adds the protein and dairy your collagen needs, while the tomato juice has the brightening acids to get rid of the darker patches. The tomato juice is also full of vitamin C to help reverse some of the cell damage from the sun. Tomato juice isn’t as strong as lemon juice so that it won’t be as irritating to sensitive skin.
Meanwhile, the oatmeal is detoxifying. It will help to draw out the toxins in your skin that can do some cell damage. On top of that, it’s exfoliating. When you get rid of the dead skin cells on the top layers and bring out the newer ones, you’ll have instantly brighter skin.
Leave this cream on for 20 minutes and then rinse off before leaving the house. Don’t forget the sunscreen to avoid further dark spots forming.
Mix Milk, Rice Flour, and Potato
We’ve already looked at how milk powder is good for the skin. You can also get the benefits of fresh milk. In fact, this is somewhat better as the liquid is seeping straight into the skin.
Add some rice flour for an exfoliant, while using some potato for the brightening agent. Potatoes have malic acid which is good for the skin and helps to lighten without doing extra damage in the sun.
You’ll want to create a thick paste with the three ingredients. Apply them like a mask across your legs and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and a soft cloth to get rid of all elements of the rice flour paste.
Mix Lime Juice and Turmeric Together
When you want to get rid of hyper pigmentation and dark spots because of sun damage, you want to turn to lime juice and turmeric. I know it seems weird using an orange spice for brightening the skin, but it is a lightening agent. In fact, it’s so good for lightening that it’s used for natural teeth whitening all the time!
The lime juice works like the lemon juice. It’s full of citric acid to bleach the skin naturally. The vitamin C will help to support and protect the skin cells from the sun damage. You’ll find signs of aging slow down, and you can even break down some of the fat cells that cause cellulite in the thighs.
Mix them together to create a paste and then spread your legs. Rinse off after about 10 minutes and then add some sunscreen before you go outside. Like the lemon juice, the lime juice will make your legs more susceptible to some sun damage without the sunscreen.
Keep It Simple with Lemon Juice and Rosewater
There’s no need to mix a lot of ingredients together. If you want to keep it super simple, stick with just some lemon juice and rosewater. You’ll need about equal amounts of both.
Lemon juice is one of the best lightening agents. It works on the skin and hair, and you can leave it on if you want. I’d suggest you rinse it off before going out in the sun because it can make you more at risk of damage.
If you do have sensitive skin, you’ll want to use more rosewater than lemon juice. This helps to dilute the acid further. If you have acne or scars, diluted lemon juice can be applied directly to them to help clean out the bacteria and minimize the scarring.
Use a cotton ball for direct, clean application of the diluted lemon juice on your skin. Use it before you go to sleep. At night, the skin will go through a recovery cycle, so the lightening and tone enhancement acts quickly and more efficiently. You’ll boost the blood circulation and open the pores for clearer skin, as well as brighter.
Make a Mask with Honey and Papaya
It’s time to get tropical. Papaya is a powerful lightening agent thanks to its natural alpha hydroxy acids. The acids help to support the collagen production and reduce the number of acne-causing bacteria growing in the pores. You’ll get rid of impurities, meaning your skin looks brighter and free from all acne.
And of course, the honey is antibacterial, which offers further acne clearing benefits. It’s full of vitamin C, too. You’ll get cell regeneration benefits, which means brighter and healthier skin.
You only need half a cup of fresh papaya and a teaspoon of honey to make this work. Just create a paste and use it as a mask across your legs. You can leave it there for 20 minutes, before rinsing off with some warm water. Make sure you finish with some cold water to close the pores and use moisturizing cream and sunscreen to protect your legs.
Thisis best done on a night. The papaya can lead to some sun sensitivity if used straight away.
This is perfect for both oily and normal skin. Do watch out as some people are allergic to papaya. It’s the papain in it that creates some irritation and reactions. If you are allergic, you’ll need to replace the papaya.
Pop Some Orange Peels in Yogurt
What about an exfoliating paste with yogurt and orange peels? You want dried orange peels. Just pop them out in the sun for a couple of days and let nature take its course. You can also use a dehydrator or the grill if the sun isn’t out.
Orange is full of citric acid, which helps to bleach the skin. It has a lower concentration than lemons, meaningless sun sensitivity after use. It can also be less irritating to sensitive skin compared to lemons. Vitamin C in the orange will help to support cell growth and repair pigmentation issues from sun damage and aging.
Meanwhile, the yogurt helps to support the collagen growth. It’s full of natural proteins that will improve the look of skin tissue and encourage the growth of healthy skin cells, making your legs look brighter.
When together the orange peels work as an exfoliating ingredient. The dead skin cells are removed, so the healthier, brighter ones shine through at the top.
Leave the paste on your legs for about 15 minutes, allowing the skin to soak in all the natural ingredients. You can then rinse off with some warm water and add moisturizing cream or coconut oil to help hydrate and brighten the legs.
It’s perfect for all skin types. The yogurt is hydrating, supporting the health of the dry skin.
Add Some Gram Flour to Rosewater
Another simple option involves rosewater again. I didn’t touch on the benefits of this with the lemon juice, but rosewater is used to moisturize the skin. It revitalizes the cells, making them brighter and healthier. Of course, well-hydrated skin is also more flexible, reducing the signs of aging and skin damage!
As for the gram flour, it has antimicrobial properties. In other words, it will protect the skin from infections and help to brighten and support the skin health.
If you want, you can use yogurt instead of rosewater. This will help to add the probiotics to kill off bad bacteria and reduce acne.
You only need two tablespoons of flour and two teaspoons of water. Mix them together to create a paste and apply directly to your skin. It will help to balance the natural oils in the oily skin but moisturize and support more oil production in the dry skin!
Leave for about 30 minutes and then rinse with warm water. You can use warm rosewater if you’d like. It only needs to be used two or three times a week.
Make a Sandalwood Powder
It’s time to create your sandalwood. You’ll use some almond powder and milk for this, but it’s the sandalwood that helps the most. This herb is full of brightening properties. It gets into the skin to block the tyrosinase activity, which means your melanin production is reduced. Melanin is somewhat useful as it helps to prevent the skin from sun damage, but it can also prevent vitamin D from absorbing into the skin and makes the skin darker and duller.
The milk and almond powder add extra nutrients to cleanse the skin. The healthier cells shine through, so your legs look better than ever before.
Just apply a tablespoon of both sandalwood and almond powder and enough milk to create a smooth pasty-like cream. Apply to your legs and leave for 20 minutes, before rinsing with warm water. Your legs may feel a little dry after this, so do apply some moisturizing cream.
Some people can have a sensitivity to sandalwood. Make sure you test it on your skin if you’ve never used it before. Your forearm or behind the knee are usually the best places to test for a reaction. If you have no reaction from it after 24 hours, you’re good to use the cream!
Use Pumpkin for a Brightening Mask
How about pumpkin? No, I don’t want you to carve one. I want you to use pumpkin in a mask on your legs.
Pumpkins are one of the healthiest fall vegetables out there. They’re full of acids and antioxidants that instantly help to support the health of your skin. You’ll get plenty of vitamins A and C to support the health of the cells, reducing the signs of aging like dark spots. Pumpkins are also hydrating to support the elasticity of the skin while brightening the skin through the exfoliating acids.
This mask also uses milk and honey, which we’ve already established are excellent for the skin health and brightness.
Just had two teaspoons of pumpkin puree to half a teaspoon of both milk and honey. You can use a pumpkin and chop it into pieces and boil before blending to create your puree, or you can buy a can of it. It’s up to you, but I recommend making it all from scratch to avoid any potentially added ingredients.
Apply for 20 minutes before you go to bed and rinse with some warm water. It’s a mild formula, so suitable for the face as well as the legs.
If you want to skip the milk, use aloe vera gel instead.This is hydrating and full of other health benefits for the skin!
Create a Scent-Filled Citrus Mask
I’ve already looked at the lemon juice, orange juice, and tomato juice for brightening the skin, but there’s another popular acidic fruit I’ve overlooked: grapefruit. This works just like the others, brightening the skin by naturally bleaching it. You can also tighten the pores with it. Like lemon juice, there is some issue with sensitivity to the acid.
This mask includes some egg whites. They’re full of protein and antibacterial properties to kill off the acne-causing bacteria. They also tighten the skin, so the pores look and feel smaller.
You’ll need one egg white with a teaspoon of both grapefruit and lemon juice and two teaspoons of sour cream. Avoid the fat-free versions of sour cream, as you want the protein benefits.
Mix the sour cream and fruit juices together, while beating the egg whites in a separate bowl until fluffy. Combine the two together and mix thoroughly before applying to your legs. You can leave for around 15 minutes and will feel the egg whites working on the skin.
As always, just rinse with some warm water and then moisturize. This isn’t great for dry skin, as the egg whites can be drying. It is excellent for oily skin, though. If you do want to try it with dry skin, use plenty of moisturizing cream or coconut oil afterward!
One-Ingredient Lightening Cream
Who said cream had to be full of ingredients? It’s time to keep it extremely simple for our last one: potato juice.
Potatoes are full of antioxidants that help to repair signs of aging. They also help to remove the dead cells without scrubbing or damage to the upper layers of the skin. You’re left with naturally bright and healthier skin.
All you need is one potato cut into small pieces. Rub them on your legs, not letting an inch of your legs go without being touched by the potato juices. Allow the potato juices to soak right into the pores, killing off the bacteria and support the skin health.
Rinse with warm water, and you’re ready to go. You want to do these three times a week for the best results.
This isn’t the best option for those with dry skin, as potato juices are drying. You’ll want to make sure you use a good moisturizing cream or some coconut oil to put the moisture back in.
Brighten Your Skin in Time for the Summer
The natural creams above are highly effective and efficient. They don’t take long at all to get to work. Many of them will show signs of brightening within a week if you use them as mentioned above.
Watch out for damage to your skin. The best time to use these brightening agents is for a night before you go to bed. This will protect your skin from sun sensitivity after use. You’ll also give your skin chance to get to work during its natural recycling period as you sleep.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients, you can substitute with something similar. Some of the best substitutions involve milk, yogurt, sour cream, rosewater, and tomato juice. You’ll get the same healthy, brightening benefits without all the irritating side effects from sensitive skin!