To lighten skin using turmeric, combine 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice to form a thick paste, advises skinVERSE. Spread the paste evenly over the area you wish to lighten, and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
Asian cultures have used turmeric for millennia for flavoring and dyeing purposes, notes SkinTots.com. This all-natural home remedy takes longer to show results than chemical-based skin bleaches; however, applied daily, turmeric can permanently lighten skin in two to three months.
In addition to helping to lighten skin, turmeric can also help skin remain healthy and young looking, SkinTots.com explains. The herb is rich in antioxidants and can prevent against aging, wrinkles, stretch marks and blemishes caused by acne and eczema.
Turmeric is a powerful natural dye and can permanently stain clothes, plastics and fingers, warns SkinTots. To lessen the risk of staining blankets and sheets, apply the turmeric lightening paste in the morning after awakening. Washing the yellow tinge out of fingernails may be impossible; the stain is likely to remain until the nails grow out fully. Because of this, it is best to wear gloves when preparing and applying this cream. Turmeric is safe to ingest, but avoid contact with the eyes.