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People tend to look upon the sun in a friendly way. It is what gives us warmth and life. It is associated with good times and cheer. Yet the sun can affect your skin in a distinctly unfriendly fashion. Ask anyone who has stretched out under the fiery rays on a beach in search of the perfect tan and got burnt instead; or someone whose face is a mass of freckles. None of them could be very happy with what the sun has done to their skin. Here are some practical ways of coping with the effects of the sun. 


If your skin has a light smattering of freckles, pat some lime juice or buttermilk onto the freckles and then leave it on till it dries. Radish is also useful in combating freckles. A combination of four tablespoons of grated radish and a few drops of vinegar makes a good bleaching paste. You can also boil grated horseradish in milk to make a mild bleach. Fresh green beans boiled and then mashed can be applied as a poultice. Rum is also helpful, but the idea is not to drink it, but to mix two ounces of lemon juice to one ounce of rum and then apply this mixture to your freckles. 

If you need to use something stronger for those stubborn freckles, a stronger bleach can be prepared by boiling an ounce of horseradish in half a litre of butttermilk for about an hour. Strain the solution and then apply on your freckles. Another strong bleaching agent can be concocted by mixing sixty grains of borax powder with five ounces of lemon juice. Apply this paste at bedtime. 

A good tip to keep in mind is that any fruit or vegetable that contains Vitamin C can be used to bleach freckles. 


Excessive exposure to the sun's rays makes the pigment in the skin come up to the surface in order to protect the skin from burning. This is the reason your skin becomes darker.  

The phrase cool as a cucumber is not completely baseless. Cucumbers are very useful in soothing sunburns. Peel and grate a cucumber. Then take out the juice and mix it with half a teaspoon of glycerine and half a teaspoon of rose water. Pat this solution onto your skin and experience the cooling effect. You can also soak some pieces of cucumber in a cup of milk for a few hours and then apply the milk on your sunburn. A mixture made of equal parts of lime water and linseed oil is also a good alternative. Cod-liver oil, potato juice and even a solution of ordinary tea can have a cooling effect. A homemade face mask constituting one egg-white mixed with a little honey and witch hazel is also very effective in dealing with sunburn. 

Darkened skin 

For some people a fair skin is of utmost importance. Here are a few simple home bleaching ideas. Mostly all the sunburn remedies also have a bleaching effect. However, they are more suitable for oily skins as they also have a drying effect. So if you are going to use these remedies, remember to follow them up with some nourishing cream if you have dry skin.  

Those with dry skin who would prefer not to use the above remedies, could try soaking one slice of lemon in one cup of milk. Then strain the milk and apply it on your face. This serves as a mild bleaching agent and does not dry the skin as much. You could also substitute a pinch of bicarbonate of soda for the lemon. 

Grapes are gentler on the skin than lemon juice. What you need to do is to wash a bunch of grapes thoroughly. Then sprinkle them with alum powder and salt. Next, wrap them in aluminium foil or brown paper and bake for 20 minutes in an oven. Finally, squeeze out the juice and wash your face with it.  

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Name: kavita
City:   florida
Comments:   where can i find alum powder
Name: Thivia
City:   VA
Comments:   what is borax powder and where can i get one and where can i get glycerine.
Name: dheepa
City:   Ohio
Comments:   Is there a really effective and simple treatment to get fair skin I want to know about it.
Name: Elizabeth
City:   Sacramento
Comments:   I have scars on my face from acne. Is there any way I can get rid of them
Name: emily
City:   ocoee
Comments:   is there anyway to get rid of all the freckles on my face
Name: JonaRae Banks
City:   Enterprise
Comments:   How do you know this stuff actually works
Name: mayal
City:   lahore
Comments:   previously i had a fair complexion.but now a days its seems to darkene plz help me if any one konows how to get a fair color
Name: heather
City:   chandler
Comments:   is all this safe for your skin
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   I had a very fair skin but now it has become dark brown due to unknown reasons how can I get back the fair skin
Name: Meagan
City:   Harlem, Ga
Comments:   hay!! will straight out lemon juice work to get read of freckles ive always heard it!
Comments:   Is it true that Alum powder is good for women.
Name: waleeyah
City:   Trinidad W.I
Comments:   What is borax powder where can i get it
Name: steff
City:   fort collins, co
Comments:   borax is sodium borate, and can be found in the laundry detergent section of grocery stores, since it's normally used as a laundry "booster". the brand "20 mule team" is the most well known.
Name: malaa
City:   Male'
Comments:   what kind of milk is best for fairness face packs?
Name: santa
City:   york
Comments:   hi im 17 and have spread freckles on my face HELP!
Name: Pamela
City:   Edmonton
Comments:   Are you people not aware that borax is a chemical And you are looking to purchase some What is wrong with our society
Name: Maria
City:   Sacramento
Comments:   I have scars on my knees, they have darkened alot, I think because of the sun. How do I get rid of the darkenedness
Name: anithasatheesan
City:   cochin
Comments:   i am a 15 yrs old girl. i have many pimple marks on my face and also pimple. tell me any home made remedy for this. another problem was, i had sports day last weak. after that i am looking black. any remedy for this also.
Name: Avian
City:   trinidad
Comments:   i have pimple scar in my face help .
Comments:   i am 19 have soft skin and have pimple mark on my face black mark . please help
Name: kavitha
City:   San Jose
Comments:   For normal darken skin what is better homemade bleaching.
Name: deepti
City:   delhi
Comments:   hi, i am 16yrs old gal.tell me best sunscreen lotion or cream for my skin was fair in childhood but now it darkens with dark circles.please tell me something good
Name: deepti
City:   delhi
Comments:   hi, i am 16yrs old gal.tell me best sunscreen lotion or cream for my skin was fair in childhood but now it darkens with dark circles.please tell me something good
Name: ...
City:   ...
Comments:   i am very sorry for alll u freckled faced ppl but i'm so happy ive never had freckles in my life. to add to that, i have beatiful streaked "nautrally" blonde hair(never in my life have i used a product in my hair) i am also very tall and thin and youngg (14 yrs old) but my suggestion to all of u is just love how u r and try not to waste ur life tryin to be better than u already r. u r who u r and there's really nothing to do bout it eccept liv life normally. but if ur that concerned bout ur looks and beaty..then i would suggest talking to a docter or dermadologist or even applying some lemon juice(but get the proper instruction of how to apply it FIRST)!! Well g0od luck evryone and hope u all find a solution for ur concerns!!!
Name: Laila
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   deepti you can try Lotus herbals sun block. they have a very good and high quality range. works excellent for me.
Name: Maria
City:   Trinidad
Comments:   My back has a sort of discoloured look (parts are fairer than the other)& I have stretch marks on my gluttes. What home remedies or products could I use without being very costly
Name: S.SUMA
Comments:   Hello,i have darker skin on my hands,foot and pls let me know how to improve the complexion in these parts.I have oily skin and prone to pimples with holes on my face,pls give remedy to reduce my holes.waiting for ur reply.
Name: Sheena
City:   Singapore
Comments:   To maintain a fair skin, the essentials are: 1)Whitening night cream 2)A good sunblock lotion more than SPF 15 for day 3)Masks for intensive treatment 4)Avoid sun as possible e.g. walk under the shelter, bring an umbrella... To reduce freckles Apply lightening series skincare, do not use heavy scrub which will actually makes your skin thinner and sun will penetrate your skin easily resulting more damages such as pigmentation, wrinkles and skin darking. SPF 15 during the day Apply at least SPF 15 during the day even the weather is raining and appeared to be not sunny because when there is brightless, UVA and UVB will be existed and resulting in skin damage. Healthy lifestyles Leading a healthy lifestyle, the body will build up a strong immune system and hence skin will be stronger. My advise is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Hope my comments help.
Name: Roze
City:   quebec
Comments:   heyy wut does it mean to strainn the milkkkk does it mean thatt after u put one slice of lemon in with the one cup of milkk u strain the milk using the strainer and after that u put the lemon on ur darkend skin because after u strain the milk thats all that is leftt the lemaonn:S
Name: heather
City:   ny
Comments:   Roze means that after u let the lemon soak in the milk for a while, strain it so all that remains is the lemon (which u can dispose of) and apply the milk (that will have a bit of lemon juice in it) on your face
Name: jaswinder
City:   malaysia
Comments:   hi for pigmentation use rice water its rea effective n also if get sun burn its so so good.just wash rice n keep the furst wter n wash ur face n body n see after a week u will be happy.mail me at
Name: sara
City:   Richmond
Comments:   I'm dark skin and my face have light spots as days go by more spots seem to appear.What can I do to cure this problem?
Name: Rupam
City:   kolkata
Comments:   I need skin whitening solution. Can I solve my problems taking whitening pills Which whitening pills are available in Kolkata Please Suggest the ways to get internally lightened skin.
Name: Nabilah
City:   toronto
Comments:   i would like to lighten my complexion with homemade products or otherwise if you could suggest another solution.i also have pimples on my face and how can i eliminate them naturally
Name: nandu
City:   kuwait
Comments:   what is alum powder ,where do i get,does it lighten the skin colour
Name: esther wambui
City:   Nairobi
Comments:   do fair has a bleaching effect
Name: claire
City:   boston
Comments:   I visit many skin lightening forums, and i came across this one. there's no one on it really, so i'm guessing it's new? Fair Empress
Name: jitu
City:   delhi
Comments:   i am a 23years my face there some pimple marks .what kinds of remedy i will took where from not only remove these marks but also a fairness face.please reply
Name: shamal
City:   mumbai
Comments:   I'm quite skin is very oily.I've red spots on my skin.Because of this though my skin is too fair it's not looking too clear.please suggest me a way to make my skin to glow and make clear.
Name: shamal
City:   mumbai
Comments:   I'm quite skin is very oily.I've red spots on my skin.Because of this though my skin is too fair it's not looking too clear.please suggest me a way to make my skin to glow and make clear.
Name: sheik
City:   mumbai
Comments:   sir, i would to have skin whitening pills can u suggest me the plsce where i can buy it or can i order them in ur centre and the cost of the pills.
Name: imran
City:   chicago
Comments:   Hi i had pimpels on my face before many years now a got alot holes in my face because of those pimpels please tell me how can i get my clean face like before thanks
Name: Crissy
City:   Gaithersburg
Comments:   What is wrong with your freckles, people They are cute!! I always wished I had freckles - they are so adorable! Be happy with what you have!
Name: nazia
City:   mumbai
Comments:   hi i've a lot of pigmentation on my face& my skin is dry& sensitive as u have suggested 2 use cucumber for pigmentation but i am very much allerged 2 it plz give me some other tips 4 such kind of pigmentation
Name: The Girl
City:   srl
Comments:   I am fair from birth but i've got tanned because of the sun. My body is fair except for my hands, face and legs. (the places which are not usually opened are fair)I cant wear sleveless because half of my hand is fair and the other half is dark. Can you please tell me a natural of getting the skin i had. Or a way to get fair. Pls?
Name: aaaashish
City:   mumbai
Comments:   for getting good skin drink lot of water , think positive , avoid stress ,do yoga , and apply ur morning spit on ur face till it dries and then wash thoroughly ur face with water u will get ur skin glowed with no pimples.
Name: ijdtcloyocgl
City:   ghk
Comments:   u can use toothpaste(colgate) but it can make ur face relli dried out like mine is rite now coz i used it but it works. i also heard urine (wee) works 2. n honey.
Name: people
City:   human
Comments:   okay i have a huge list 2 get rid of pimples!! u can use spit on piple leave 10 mins then rinse, lemon 10 drops then rinse, egg yolk-10 mins, urine-20 mins, honey-20 mins, salt in water-15 mins, crushed aspirin wif water leave ova nite, and mustard-5 mins and also vinegar 15 mins. a few tips 2 get rid of them are: wash hair regularly, drink 8 glasses off water,get 8 hours of sleep,keep hair off face at niteneva touch scrathch or pick pimples,exersise evry day,minimise stress levels and dun get sunburnt!! hope i helped all u ..cya
Name: kimi
City:   houston
Comments:   hi i was born with pretty fair skin, but now, over the years it is medium dark. i know people say to put lemon and something like a cucumber on ur face regularly to get my light skin back, but how long does it take to get all they way back to near-white skin color do u need to keep doing the lemon and cucumber thing even after its back to fair, or will it stay fair(not including sun factor) thanks!

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