Who does not love a long beach holiday? Lazing around on the beach a cute drink in hand and walking around in those shorts seems like the perfect idea of a happy and carefree vacation. But once you are back from holiday and reality sets in, those tan lines and uneven skin tone become a little too obvious and a little too much to deal with, right?

Even though skin tanning is an issue that can be a slightly stubborn and difficult issue to deal with, it is not impossible. With the right skincare products, natural ingredients, some DIY face packs and just a little patience, it is indeed possible to get your skin tone back to its normal self.

Read on to find out how to remove your tan quickly and effectively using easily available ingredients from your kitchen.

Areas that are prone to tan very easily

Tanning usually occurs due to UVA rays of the sun and majorly affects the areas that aren’t covered or don’t have a layer of sunscreen on. Tanning is nothing but the skin’s defense against greater sun damage.


How to remove tan naturally

How to remove tan naturally

Indian kitchens are full of ingredients that work incredibly well to solve a host of skin issues, and tanning is one of them. Commonly used ingredients like turmeric, lemon, honey, potato, saffron and sugar help to do everything from gently exfoliate to instantly brighten your skin, and therefore work really well to remove tan.

Below are seven simple yet effective home remedies that will definitely provide you with the solution you need to better understand how to remove your tan.


1. Lemon + honey

Lemon + honey

Step 01: Start by taking some freshly squeezed lemon juice in a mixing bowl.

Step 02: Add about a tablespoon of honey to it and mix both the ingredients well.

Step 03: Apply this mixture to the affected areas on your face and body and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes.

Step 04: Wash it off with cold water and a gentle, non-foaming face wash or body wash.

Step 05: Follow it up with a lightweight moisturiser.

Why this works

This lemon and honey tan removal face pack is an excellent choice for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin. Lemon juice is filled to the brim with natural bleaching properties and helps to slough away all the tan in just a few days. Additionally, the abundance of natural vitamin C helps brighten the skin and gives it a beautiful glow. Honey acts as a natural moisturiser and helps heal and repair the skin.


2. Sandalwood + turmeric

Sandalwood + turmeric

Step 01: In a mixing bowl, take about two tablespoons of sandalwood powder.

Step 02: Add a bit of rose water to it, in order to form a thin paste, make sure that the consistency is not runny and can be easily applied using a brush.

Step 03: Apply this paste all over your face and neck area, or any other area that is heavily tanned.

Step 04: Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes and wash it off with a mild cleanser.

Step 05: Follow it up with a moisturiser and repeat this process at least twice a week for the best results.

Why this works -

Sandalwood is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine that has been used to treat a lot of skin ailments, thanks to its excellent soothing and calming properties. This is why using sandalwood face masks works to eliminate tan as well as reduce the effects of sun damage. Adding rose water to this mixture further helps to soothe skin soreness and hydrate your skin.


3. Saffron + milk

Saffron + milk

Step 01: Take about two tablespoons of cold milk in a mixing bowl and add a few strands of saffron to it. You can replace the milk with fresh cream if you have very dry skin.

Step 02: Allow this mixture to rest for about 30 minutes and then apply it all over your face and neck area.

Step 03: Wash this off after 15 minutes using a gentle cleanser.

Why this works -

Saffron (Kesar) is a traditional spice that is common in a lot of Indian kitchens. It is also an ingredient with medicinal properties that make your skin glow. Additionally, using saffron in your skincare routine also works to improve skin texture, reduce pigmentation, acne scars and dark circles, while also getting rid of skin tan quite easily.


4. Oatmeal + buttermilk

Oatmeal + buttermilk

Step 01: Fill a bowl with water and soak about two teaspoons of oatmeal for five to seven minutes.

Step 02: Drain the excess water and add a tablespoon of fresh buttermilk to this mixture. Mix both the ingredients well.

Step 03: You could even add a bit of honey to this mixture if you have very dry skin.

Step 04: Apply this paste of oatmeal and buttermilk all over your face and neck area and allow it to rest for about 20 minutes

Step 05: Wash it off with water and a mild cleanser. As usual, apply some moisturiser to help seal in the goodness.

Why this works

One of the main benefits of using oatmeal to remove tan is its natural exfoliating properties. Even though it is extremely gentle on the skin, it helps remove tan quite effectively by sloughing away the dead and damaged skin cells on the surface of the skin. Buttermilk is also a great addition to oatmeal, thanks to the lactic acid present in it, which helps to even out skin tone and thereby removes tan


5. Potato juice

Potato juice

Step 01: Thoroughly grate a raw potato and squeeze it to extract the juice.

Step 02: Apply this juice all over your face and neck area.

Step 03: Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with water.

Step 04: Follow this up with a lightweight moisturiser.

Why this works

Potato juice is an excellent remedy to brighten skin tone and reduce pigmentation. The bleaching properties of potato juice help to reduce skin tanning and help your skin regain its natural tone and texture with regular use.


6. Coconut milk

Coconut milk

Step 01: Start by squeezing out fresh coconut milk in a bowl. You can even use store-bought ones if you want.

Step 02: Soak a clean cotton pad in coconut milk and dab it all over the affect area.

Step 03: Leave it on your face until it is completely dry.

Step 04: Rinse your face with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water.

Why this works -

Along with all the other benefits of coconut milk, it is also a rich source of vitamin C and a host of other mild acids. This works to brighten the skin and reduce discolouration. Additionally, the moisturising properties of coconut milk help to nourish the skin, reduce skin damage and effectively eliminate tan in just a few uses.


7. Multani mitti + lemon + rose water

Multani mitti + lemon + rose water

Step 01: Start by taking about two tablespoons of multani mitti in a mixing bowl.

Step 02: Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and mix well.

Step 03: Next, add a tablespoon of rose water and mix all the ingredients together until it forms a smooth paste.

Step 04: Apply this mixture to the affected area and allow it to rest until it is completely dry.

Step 05: Rinse it off using a mild cleanser and water. Follow it up with your favourite moisturiser.

Why this works -

Multani mitti is known for its incredible skin soothing and calming properties, which is why it works to soothe sunburn. Vitamin C in lemon works to brighten skin and reduce sun damage. The addition of rose water to this mixture works to calm, hydrate and nourish skin to help restore it to its a healthy state.


Frequently asked questions about how to remove tan

Frequently asked questions about how to remove tan

Q. Is sun tan permanent?

A. No, this is a complete myth and suntan can never be permanent. This is because the skin has natural exfoliating properties that shed the top layer of the skin and bring it back to its natural skin tone over time.

Q. Why is my tan not going away?

A. Even though suntan is not permanent, years of unprotected sun exposure can end up permanently damaging your skin cells, leading to hyperpigmentation, making the tanning a lot more stubborn and permanent-looking.

Q. Does yogurt remove tan?

A. Yes, curds or yogurt is an excellent natural remedy that is found in most kitchens and helps remove sun tan to a large extent. The lactic acid in curds helps to lighten spots and brighten skin. It also works to repair damage and give your skin a lovely, healthy glow. Simply make a mixture of curds and honey and apply it to your face. Wash it off after 30 minutes. Repeat this a few times a week to see results.