Come summer, and we all want to bask on the beaches, go fishing, or simply freak out with friends. But unfortunately, most of us forget to protect our skin from the harsh rays of the sun. And the result is visible within a few days! Ugly patches of tan on the body that refuse to fade with any moisturizing milk!
Top 25 Home remedies to Remove Tan:
Many use chemical bleaching to get rid of that stubborn tan. But chemical laden cosmetics can worsen your skin condition in the long run. So, today we have brought for you the top 25 remedies that are sure to help you get that nasty tan off.
1. Lemon Juice:
We often use lemon juice to remove scars on the face. But, we can also use it to reduce tan without making the skin dry. So, to do this, slice up a lemon and rub it on the tanned areas. Leave it on for a few minutes before you hit the bath.
2. Pack of Lemon Juice, Cucumber and Rose Water:
If you feel the harshness of lemon juice on your skin, then use this homemade pack. To prepare this pack, mix together a tablespoon of lemon juice, cucumber extract and rose water in a bowl. Apply this concoction to the tanned areas generously. The lemon juice will work to remove the tan, while the cucumber juice and rose water will soothe your burnt and blemished skin.
3. Turmeric and Bengal Gram Flour Pack:
If you are on the lookout for instant exfoliation and tan removal, then this pack is just the thing for you! Combine two tablespoons of Bengal gram flour with a pinch of turmeric. Add to this a tablespoon of rose water and milk. You can further increase the potency of this pack by adding a tablespoon of crushed and powdered orange peel.
Apply this pack on the cleansed areas and leave it on for a good 20 minutes. Once the pack is dry, moisten your skin with a few drops of water. Then gently remove the pack by scrubbing first in clockwise, and then anticlockwise direction, till your skin gets all the good effects of the pack. You may apply this pack every alternate day for best results.
4. Aloe-Red Lentil- Tomato Pack:
Red lentil, commonly known as Masoor dal, is not just a north Indian delicacy, but also a potent tan removal ingredient. When this wonder dal is combined with aloe and tomato extract, a powerful tan removal pack is born!
To make this wonderful skin rejuvenator, soak a whole tablespoon of masoor dal and make a rough paste of it. Add equal quantities of tomato paste and aloe extract. Apply it on your face and let it stay for half an hour before you wash it off with cold water.
5. Honey and Papaya Pack:
A few spoonfuls of papaya are all you need to ensure that your skin is bright and radiant. The enzymes in papaya have been put to use since time immemorial in skin whitening, renewal and exfoliating products. Honey makes the skin softer and supple. Together, they make an effective anti tan removal product that is also cheap!
Mash half a cup of ripe papaya with a tablespoon of honey. Blend well and apply on your face. Leave the pack on for half an hour and wash off with cold or lukewarm water for best results.
6. Buttermilk and Oat Meal Pack:
Yet another of my favorite recommendations, this is a pack that will not disappoint! Simply mix together 3 tbsp of buttermilk with 2 tbsp of oatmeal. Massage into affected areas in circular motions. The buttermilk will soothe the skin and heal the blisters while the oats will act as a natural exfoliator, revealing younger looking skin!
7. Yoghurt- Tomato Pack:
The citric properties of tomato act as natural tan remover. If you wish to reduce pigmentation and dark spots, then this pack is worth a try. The tomato extract works on spots and pigmentation. Working as a toner, it also opens up the pores on the skin and reduces oiliness naturally. Yoghurt too acts as a natural bleaching agent and helps combat sun tan naturally!
Mix together one tablespoon of each and apply the paste on your face. Let it dry for 30 minutes and cleanse with water. You may experience a slight tingling sensation, but be assured that the pack is beginning to work!
8. Yoghurt and Orange Juice to the Rescue:
After a fun filled holiday at the beach, it can be disappointing to see all those sun tan lines. Fret no more. All you need is a tablespoon of orange juice and yoghurt to send the tan back from where it came! Apply the mixture and leave it for half an hour before you rinse with water.
9. Strawberry and Milk:
This is one home remedy you are sure to love. Crush 5 strawberries with two tbsp of fresh milk cream. Apply it on your face and heavily tanned areas. Leave the pack on for 30 minutes before you rinse it off. Resist the temptation to scoop this remedy into your mouth though!
10. Lemon Juice and Potato:
Did you know that potatoes can make a great tan removal pack when combined with lemon juice? Loaded with fibers, vital vitamins and minerals, the juice of potato helps treat both blemishes and sun burn naturally.
Extract the juice of one medium sized potato, and mix together with a tablespoon of freshly extracted lemon juice. Apply this on your face like all other packs. Leave it on for half an hour before you wash it off with cold water and pat dry!
A natural soother, sandalwood paste is what you need if you have returned from a trek with a bad sun tan. Simply apply the sandalwood paste daily before bedtime. You can either wash it off once it becomes dry or leave it on overnight for best results.
12. Coconut Water and Sandalwood Pack:
Loaded with medicinal properties, sandalwood makes a cheap yet effective tan removal product when combined with the goodness of coconut water. Mix a tbsp of sandalwood powder with coconut water. You can add a few drops of almond extract too. Together they will not just rejuvenate and cleanse your skin, but also soothe your sunburns and remove tan naturally.
13. Honey and Pineapple:
Also known as the king of tropical fruits, pineapple is loved for its tangy yet fresh flavor. Its extract can help remove the dead cells from the heavily tanned areas. Also loaded with Vitamin C, the pineapple extract will reduce the aging of the skin. When mixed with honey, the efficacy of this fruit is quadrupled.
Mix the pineapple pulp with a tablespoon of honey. Liberally apply the mix on your face to remove the sun tan.
14. Milk and Turmeric:
In a glass bowl, combine a pinch of turmeric powder and milk. Apply this solution on your face and let it dry. You can safely repeat this process daily until the tan is all gone! You will be pleasantly surprised at the softness of your skin.
15. Cabbage Leaves:
Do not make faces at this remedy! Yes, these green leaves can work miracles when it comes to sun tan! Next time your tan does not fade off, place a few cold cabbage leaves on the affected areas. Repeat as often as you need.
16. Vicks Vapor Rub:
As much as you may be tempted to scoff at us for suggesting this remedy, trust us when we say it works! Several people have benefitted from applying vicks vapor rub on sun burnt areas.
17. Green Gourd:
Yet another veggie remedy, this one too has helped many in combating bad cases of sun tan. Massage the affected areas with the juice of green gourd 3 to 4 times a day. Though you may smell like your refrigerator, but you will be soon get rid of the tan for sure!
18. Plain Yoghurt:
Gently apply curd all over the sun burn affected areas before a shower. You can also apply some honey after leaving the yoghurt on for a while. The yoghurt acts as a powerful anti tanning agent while honey will leave your skin soft!
19. Ice Cubes:
If your sun burns are severe, you may also rub in some ice cubes to reduce the burning and itchiness that often accompanies a bad case of sun tan. Alternatively, simply soak in a bath of cold water to alleviate the symptoms of sunburn.
20. Aloe with Multani Mitti:
Fuller’s earth, often referred as multani mitti colloquially, is all you need for a complete skin care. It cools and soothes acne to sun burns in a matter of a few days, and yes, it does not leave a hole in your pocket either!
21. Wheat Flour:
If improving your skin tone along with fighting sun tan sounds like a bargain to you, then it is time you try wheat flour as your new skin care regimen. Make a thick paste of water and 2 tbsp of wheat flour. Apply it as a thick layer on your face. Leave it on for fifteen minutes. You will be amazed at the results- fairer, softer and brighter looking skin.
22. Fresh Cream and Saffron:
Pregnant women in the hope to get a fair baby often ingest saffron or Kesar. An age old ingredient to treat the skin, Kesar, when mixed with fresh cream, can remove even the last blotches of sun tan in the most natural way.
Blend a few strands of high quality saffron with milk cream and apply the paste on your skin. Leave it on overnight. Not only does it help beat sun tan, but also fights acne and pimple. Now that is two birds with one stone, isn’t it?
23. Lemon Juice and Cornmeal:
Cornmeal face packs are the talk of the town today, and why not! A natural exfoliator, cornmeal can make even the dullest skins look fresh and radiant. It does away with dead skin and removes excessive oil from, leaving behind skin that you will simply love!
Massage the cornmeal and lemon juice mixture into your skin in circular motions. Leave this scrub on for about 20 minutes before you cleanse your skin with cold water to treat sun tan.
24. Gram Flour:
This is yet another natural exfoliator that gently removes dead skin, revealing younger and brighter looking skin naturally. Make a paste of whole green gram dal after soaking it for a few hours. Apply this paste thrice a week to rid yourself of sun tan.
When used by itself, almond too can not just relieve you from the side effects of a sun tan like burning and sensation, but it can also fight sun tan and make your skin healthier from within
These are but a few of the many ingredients from your kitchen rack or refrigerator that make excellent tan removal concoctions. Try them to believe them. But remember, prevention is better than cure! If you are spending some time under the sun, do not forget to slather some sunscreen on your skin to prevent skin damage and sun tan!
Do you know of any other way of removing sun tan? Share your tips with us.