Dark spots and skin pigmentation are often the result of sun exposure and aging. It is very important that you protect your skin with a good sunscreen. However, if the signs of neglect are already visible, do some damage control by using these tried and tested home remedies. These work well in lightening scars as well.
Grate a potato, squeeze out the juice and apply on the affected area and leave for 30 minutes. Do this every day for a month and you will notice an appreciable difference.
Make a thick paste of turmeric (haldi ) with a little milk or malai and add about a teaspoon of besan. Apply it like a mask over the dark areas and let it dry. Wash it off with a little warm water while massaging your face gently. Repeat daily.
Horseradish is a more pungent form of mooli, called sahjan in Hindi. Grate some finely, mix with some sour curd (another lightening agent) and apply to your face and leave for 30 minutes. Repeat this every day.
Lemon juice is a strong bleaching agent but it should not be used by those with sensitive skin. Rub the undiluted juice of a lemon on your face with the tips of your fingers, leave on for 15 minutes and wash off.
The papain enzyme that is very effective in lightening scars and dark spots is found in high concentrations in the peel of payaya. Make a paste by blending the peel with dahi, besan, rosewater, multani mitti, honey and turmeric. Apply on the face like a mask and leave for 30 minutes.