Monday, 23 June 2014


The colour of our skin is determined by a dark pigment called ‘Melanin’ that is found in our skin, hair and the Iris of our eyes. Each person’s skin colour varies in shade from pale to dark depending on the amount of melanin their bodies produce.

Depending on your geographical location, your body produces the required amount of melanin to protect the skin from being damaged by the sun.

And the good news for darker women is that the more melanin your body has, the fewer wrinkles you are likely to have as you get older compared to a person with paler skin. They are also less likely to get skin cancer. This however does not take away from the fact that darker women too must protect their skin when they go out in the sun.

But as the saying goes, ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’.  If you’ve got light skin, you may want it a shade darker and vice versa. Most times it’s safer to just let things be. However there may be situations where we have dark patches of skin that we’re not comfortable with. If this is the case and you feel you must lighten your skin, do it the safe way…..chemical free.

This is a quick recipe for a Skin Lightening Face Mask, which with regular use (say once or twice a week), may help lighten skin with dark patches.

Wash your face before using this mask.

For this recipe you’ll need:

·         1 Lime

·         1 medium sized Tomato

·         A teaspoon or less of flour

Chop up a medium sized tomato and pop into the blender. Squeeze the juice of one lime and add to the blender. Mix this together. Pour out into a little bowl and thicken with a bit of flour. Rub this in circular motion all over the face or area to be lightened. Leave on for about 20minutes and then rinse off with cold water. Moisturise your skin as normal.

If you’ve got really sensitive skin, don’t leave on for too long as the lime may sting a bit.  Always be careful not to go out in the sun after using a citrus based skin treatment as the acid in citrus fruits will make your skin photosensitive(sensitive to the sun) and could cause sunburn.

Enjoy this; don’t expect overnight results and bit of patience would come in handy!