Skin care for dark complexion

Most Indians equate beauty with a fair complexion, which is absolutely wrong. This craze for a fair complexion can be seen on television channels which feature a plethora of fairness creams ads and also in matrimonial columns which stress on the fair complexion of the bride (never mind if the groom is dark-complexioned). When we see around us, we see so many beauties with a dark or a wheatish complexion and they just look so gorgeous. A blemish free clear face with sharp features is any day better than a dry, pale and sallow skin. The quality of the skin is more important than its color.

Kajol's old photo with dusky skin

If you have a wheatish or a dusky complexion then follow this simple skin care regimen. 

* Keep your skin clean by using cleansing milk everyday. Wash your face twice a day with a gentle soap or a face wash (this home made face wash is also great) to take out the deep-seated dust and grime.

* If you have dark patches on your skin, make a thick paste of olive oil, ground gram, cold milk and a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply it on the patches and allow it to dry. Then wash. The patches will become lighter and vanish after some days if you use the paste regularly. (Also read: Help! The skin above my upper lip is dark!)

* Never try to use artificial cosmetic bleaching treatments regularly, to change the color of your skin. They can be dangerous and even ruin your skin permanently. Read My skin has become rough after bleaching, please help!

* For a healthy skin, take care of your general health. Take regular exercise or walk a few kilometers everyday.

* Drink plenty of water. At least once a month, take a mild laxative to keep your system clear. Avoid fried food and aerated drinks. Also refer to Foody tips and Weight reduction diet tips.

* If your have acne, then try not to squeeze the pimples. They may leave ugly marks. If you have an oily skin, then read through the post oily skin care for proper guidance on maintaining it.

* Use a suitable sunscreen to protect your skin during all seasons, not necessarily reserving it for the summer. Occasionally, massage a few drops of honey and almond extract on your face to give it a natural shine.

* In winter, mix a few drops of honey and lemon juice and massage gently on your face for a few minutes. Wash with lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes. It will leave your skin glowing.

Also read: Will reducing weight darken my skin? – Reader’s Query

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  2. Chandrakala3:57 PM

    If a rainbow was all one co lour it wouldn't be as beautiful. It can be hard at times, but try to love your natural skin colour and know that you add to the rainbow of the world. Makeup is only a highlight to the natural and beautiful and wonderful you.

  3. Ashok6:22 PM

    apply lemon juice mixed with honey and aloevera gel

  4. unknown9:10 AM


  5. Kundodhari8:44 AM

    Stay out of the sun... Wear sunblock a lot, and accompany that with big hats or a parasol... there are some old wives tales about rubbing in Lemon Juice... but, I haven't seen the science of that...

  6. unknown9:41 AM

    For clear, good-looking and healthy skin, eat green beans soup. Not baked beans, but the kind of green beans that are used in Chinese shaved ice desserts. That's all I can do for natural treatments. And to keep your skin clear, you can go to a skin doctor and ask if he has any blemish cream or something. There might be some side effects, but it worked for my sister. Now she has no blemishes. And once your face is clear, wash the entire thing. Buy those little pads (professional!) and just wash with water and maybe some face cream thingy.

  7. Sugeeta9:50 AM

    Skin whitening is a procedure in which the darker skin is made to look lighter. Though there are several techniques in whitening the skin, it is essentially done through the process of exfoliation i.e. getting rid of dead skin at the outermost layer of the skin and unveiling a new layer.

  8. Anonymous8:26 AM

    Papaya is good too and Vita C, baking soda, honey, oatmeal, peroxide, good ex. of skin whitening, is the orentals, they are naturally darker, and tan very easy and some have a yellow look, what ever they are doing to whiten there skin, they do it well, because some of them are even more white then white people, so people Asians share your know how, I wonder what would happen to a naturally born fair skinned person if they used your tech. of whitening skin?#

  9. Anonymous3:26 PM

    Diet plays an important role in improving the complexion and texture of the skin. Drink a glass of lemon juice daily. This contains Vitamin C, which improves the complexion. Include a glass of carrot juice or any mixed vegetable juice in your daily diet.
    Soak fenugreek (methi seeds) in a glass of water overnight. Drink the water and eat the seeds the next morning. This not only improves the complexion but also acts as a pain-reliever. Include one green leafy vegetable daily in your diet. This contains a lot of iron and micronutrients and helps to get rid of dark circles under the eyes.
    Take honey in some form. If you are plump, take a glass of honey and juice of half a lemon in water at room temperature. Alternatively, you can add honey to your toast instead of jam. Honey has Vitamin B-Complex that is essential for good skin colour. Yoghurt is a wonder food. Eat it as well as use it to massage your skin. It tones up both dry and oily skin

  10. Nivea is really good.

  11. Manik9:00 AM

    For fair complexion: Blend a few strands of saffron in a cup of raw milk and let it soak overnight. Apply on to your skin the next morning and leave it for at least an hour

  12. Anonymous9:22 AM

    It was so interesting to get to know that fair complexion could be equated with beauty! I'm a girl from the Ukraine. Me and most of our people have fair complexion. Sometimes it looks nice. But it suits not all people and they look pale, while tanned skin looks much better!Many find dark complexion more stylish & sexy! So it is!!! That's why almost all people, especially women strive for the tanned skin. in summer we roast on the beach and in colder seasons we spend a lot of time in solariums to get more preferable dusky skin!

  13. Pavitra8:09 AM

    Whitening Lotion--To one tablespoon of cucumber juice stir in a few drops of lime juice and a dash of turmeric powder. Apply on face and neck and wash off after half an hour. Makes an excellent whitener for all types of skins.

  14. Apply the mixture of sandalwood paste and rose water on your face daily.
    Make a fine paste of grind-ed almonds and rose water and apply it on neck and face. This brings glow on the face.
    Soak the raw potatoes for ten minutes in cold water. Rub these slices over face, neck and hands.

  15. Bhanu8:11 AM

    Make a mixture of grinded cucumber and mix it with coconut water and then apply on face.
    Mixture of turmeric powder and sandalwood paste should be applied daily on face
    Add milk, rose water, carrot juice and cucumber juice to the above to remove freckles. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off.

  16. Yashashwini8:20 AM

    Apply Pearl powder with curd to get a fairer complexion,This powder also helps to control acne,reduces acne scars,fine lines, pigmentation and clears the skin in a natural way.To make pearl powder select pure sea water pearls.Depending on the type of skin-different methods of application can be followed check:

  17. Anonymous1:26 PM

    which facial is suitable for dark skin (for marriage)

  18. Pearl or diamond suits it.


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