DIY Beauty: easy homemade recipe for skin whitening

milk and lemon skin polisher

Consider whitening your skin the natural way by trying this homemade recipe using milk and lemon. It’s really easy and pretty effective if you use it often enough, but note that lemon can make your skin sensitive so you’ll need to be careful. The recipe is suitable for your face and body but do make sure you put on your sunscreen if you try this.

Ingredients and recipe
Depending on where you want to apply this, you can use half or one whole lemon mixed with equal parts of milk. I used Meji milk for this purpose. Once the milk and the lemon is mixed together, the milk will curdle because of the acidity of the lemon juice. If you do not like too much acidity, then lessen the amount of lemon juice.

No need to rinse off after polishing
After you have mixed the two ingredients in a container, soak a flat complexion sponge in the mixture until moist and massage the moist sponge into clean skin in gentle, circular motions for about for two minutes. No need to rinse off. I do this in the night before bedtime on my hands and tissue off the excess. I have also tried it on my feet because I have some small pigmentation marks there. My skin feels nice and smooth, but the smell of the milk can be overbearing. If you use this on your face, I suggest you leave the mixture on for about 10 minutes and rinse off before toweling dry and carrying on with your usual skin care routine.

milk lemon skin whitening

Benefits of using milk and lemon
Milk contains lactic acid that will exfoliate and remove dead skin cells and the protein and enzymes in milk will help to moisturize our skin. In addition, it will help to soften the skin to allow the lemon juice to better penetrate. Lemon juice is acidic and on top of also exfoliating the skin, it works as a bleaching agent to help fade uneven pigmentation.

Words of caution
I noticed that with continual usage at one stage (three to four times a week), my hands were a shade fairer and some of the smaller pigmentation spots were fading. I hesitated to use this recipe on my face as lemon is a photosensitive ingredient. So if you really want to try this on your face, I suggest doing this once or twice a week at most in the evenings and please use sunscreen during the day. If you have acne-proned skin, I would advice you against using this because milk may trigger breakouts for some people. Additionally, some people may not like this recipe as lemon can sting the skin a little. So my advice is not to try this DIY recipe if you have sensitive skin. But otherwise, this is an easy recipe for skin whitening.


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    • sesame says

      you can use half or one whole lemon mixed with equal parts of milk. No need to heat up. If you find the lemon too acidic, then reduce the amount of lemon.

  1. shaaz says

    hi there,

    been using this great mixture of powder milk and lemmon juice for the pass 3 days now and have seen results already :) yaaaah!!!
    i had some black spots on my feet and since using this mixture, they have turned light brown. i just didnt wash it off. my complexion is dark brown caribbean.

      • munet says

        Pls. Am very fair in complextion, can only lemon ad powder milk be ok for me? Can I use it for my whole body. If no pls help me with d one I can use for face to My body

        Becuase am tried of use all those they r selling I wnt to make my cream. Pls help me

  2. abby says

    hej! can i use any kind of milk? what is the best milk for skin? i want to try that milk with lemon or citrus…….

  3. Ms ei says

    Hi to all. :) ive been doing this fresh milk and lemon every other day. During nite time. And i find it working so well. So i do this as one of my routine. So no doubt try it and u will notice after u shower ur skin so smooth and glossy. :)

  4. Verna says

    Hi! I want to try this and I dont know how much milk and lemon will I put. Can you tell me how much milk and lemon you put?

  5. Barbie says

    i want to give it a try next week, please clarify—-after mixed of lemon & fresh milk,do i need to rinse water only or can i used any soap? thanks

    • Sesame says

      Just rinsing with lukewarm water is fine as long as you’ve gotten rid of all the traces of lemon and milk. You should have washed your face or body before using this polisher.

  6. Stephany says

    Hey, I really wanted to try this bit is it safe to use everyday? Or should I just stick to every other day?

    • Sesame says

      If you use on your body, you can use this daily for a period of time and then just twice weekly after that.

  7. Chloe says

    Hi!im just wondering, how long do i have to leave it on to my body? Is it like overnight or just couple of hours then i have to rinse it off? Thanks…

  8. aj says

    can i leave lemon juice on my legs over night cuz the skin there is alot thicker
    and more resistant

    • Sesame says

      Ah…better not. Lemon can be irritating and we don’t know what it can do to the skin when left too long.

  9. AJ says

    will a lightning cream with licorice extract work faster my problem is hyper pigment from ingrown hair so i have a lot of dark brown bumps/spots on my legs I WANT THOSE GONE HELP!!!!!

  10. ayshaa says

    Can I leave it over night on my skin. And I d morning before I bath for 15 minutes then bath and use my creme

  11. says

    I dont use sunscreen.. and have heard that after use lemon on skin…when we go in sunlight it makes our complexion more dark then before…is it true??

    • Sesame says

      Yes, because it’s photosensitive. That’s why it’s best to use this in the evening and in the day, use sunscreen.

  12. Isa says

    I would be using this mixture on areas that hardly get any sun like the inner thighs and under arms and neck. Would you still suggest I use sunscreen?

  13. uki says

    Pls i hve dark skin around my eyes due to some creams i used.pls can i use this lemon and milk to whitning it..

  14. says

    hey.. the milk and lemon mixture runs on skin i mean it doesnt stay. how would it stick to my face to show results?? =(
    zee last post is: 5 holy grail beauty products I buy again and again

    • Sesame says

      This is a polisher so it’s not meant to stay on. You should be exfoliating your skin using this mixture with a sponge.

  15. keurinrin says

    sounds great:D.. but can i also use powdered milk? if i use this everyday, will it make my skin really really white? thanks:3

    • Sesame says

      Yes, you can use powdered milk. And yes, it can help improve your skin tone but you need to have patience.

  16. gracelongos says

    Hi i want to ask for how many spoonof powder milk i putwith half of lemonjuice. Thank you

    • Sesame says

      You can start with one tsp and see if it mixes to a lotion-like consistency. Add as needed.

  17. sana says

    i use the mixture at night, and then washed it off. still i need to use sunblock?? actually i dont use sunblock, is there any other option

    • Sesame says

      Yes of course you do. Or you should try to avoid the sun at all cost. But UV lights do penetrate via windows, etc.

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