The market is flooded with tons of fairness creams that guarantee fair skin in a short span of time. Either they are ineffective, or they work only as long as they’re used.

Majority of fairness creams contain synthetic bleaching agents which can do more harm than good to the skin. Many a times, these bleaching agents cause hypersensitivity reactions in people with sensitive skin.

Also, a lot of creams show results only as long as they’re used. So, it is not really a good idea to shell out money on something that will have only temporary results.

Here’s a budget friendly way to lighten your skin using 100% natural and organic ingredients! Read on to find out how.


Step 1: Wash the skin and pat dry.

Step 2: Squeeze out the fresh juice of one lemon and pour it into a bowl.

Step 3: Take one pulpy tomato and chop it into small pieces. Put these pieces in a blender or mixer and make its puree. Pour this tomato puree into the bowl.

Step 4: To this, add three teaspoons of plain water and stir well to make a serum of uniform consistency. Make sure not to add excess water lest it becomes very runny.

Step 5: Take a little amount of the serum and massage it onto areas that you intend to lighten, with fingers in a circular motion for 5 minutes.

Step 6: With the help of an applicator brush or cotton ball, apply the remaining serum as a face pack.

Step 7: Let this serum sit on your skin for 30 minutes.

Step 8: Wash it off with plain water and pat dry.

Repeat this procedure once or twice a day.

Within a week or so, you would notice visibly fairer skin. It would also help you to get rid of sun tan, pigmentation and dark spots.

You may store it in refrigerator for 2-3 days. But it is better to make fresh serum each time you want to use.

How does it work?

Lemon contains citric acid and vitamin C which help to lighten skin and acts as a bleaching agent. It also contains antioxidants that promote skin lightening.

Also, because lemon is acidic owing to citric acid present in it, it gently peels away the top layer of skin thereby helping in reducing pigmentation and blemishes.

Tomato also contains vitamin C which promotes skin bleaching.


It is very affordable and cheap as compared to fairness creams available in markets.

It is 100% natural and organic.

It involves no chemicals or bleaching agents.

It is easy to make and use (DIY).

All ingredients are available at home.


People with dry skin may need to follow it up with a moisturizer because lemon and tomato might dehydrate your skin. However, this is not needed for people with oily skin.

This DIY fairness serum might not be suitable for winters when the skin is already cracking.

Therefore, the pros outweigh the cons.

So, before you think of investing in awfully expensive fairness creams that give no guaranteed or permanent results, do give this DIY fairness serum a try and save your money and also your skin from harmful chemicals.