Back in ancient times, Cleopatra did not have hydroquinone as her skin lightening remedy. According to history, she bathed in milk and honey and was beautiful beyond words. And she was not laced with chemicals.
Many times we spent exorbitant amounts of money in order to look beautiful. And many times, the ingredients that can be used to beautify ourselves are actually in our PANTRY! And they are safe, cheap and convenient. (The skin whitening that I'm writing about is the face and neck. I think that it is a waste of time to 'whiten' your intimate parts!)
Milk is a popular skin lightening ingredient. It contains high levels of lactic acid. Lactic acid is capable of lightening and can brighten up the tone skin complexion because it reduces melanin. That being said, skin lightening is a process which takes time. So if you decide that you want to be as fair as Nicole Kidman by tomorrow morning, you will be sorely disappointed.
Skin lightening can be achieved in a minimum of 3 weeks. And that is entirely up to how consistent you are in applying your home-made remedy.
The alpha-hydroxy acids in lemon juice is capable of lightening and brightening up the skin. Lemon juice also has mild exfoliative effects. Fresh lemon juice is capable of peeling the skin's top layer off and remove/lighten an age spot!
Lemons also contain antioxidants in the form of herperidin, coumarin and erioticin. It is also antibacterial and has antiviral properties. Lemons also naturally contain alpha-hydroxy acid substances. Many commercial skin care products use synthetic made alpha-cydroxy acids.
Papayas contain papain, which is a natural enzyme that promotes skin renewal and cell turnover. It helps in exfoliating the skin to reveal newer cells. It also has restorative properties that help soften the skin.
Potatoes contain bleaching agents!
Almonds too contain whitening properties. Almond oil can remove superficial blemishes. It also can do away with the wrinkles.
Drinking adequate amounts of water everyday contributes to healthy and glowing skin. Who needs that 100 dollar bleach when you have healthy, natural ingredients?
NOTE: Do experiment with care as your skin might be sensitive and might break out in an allergic reaction.