Oh, how we love the summers. The idea of going out on a beach holiday seems like the ideal thing to do in the summers. But another thing that summer brings along with it is tanning. It can be super annoying as you don’t want those ugly tan lines to show through your breezy summer outfits.
Sun tan is the result of excessive exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun which increases the melanin content of the skin making it darker in colour. While a little bit of sun exposure is important for deriving Vitamin D, getting suntanned does not look quite so attractive. Excessive exposure to the sun can also lead to sunburns which leave painful red spots on the body.
But don’t worry as removing suntan isn’t very difficult. Simply turn to your kitchen and you’d have access to a plethora of options to quickly and effectively reduce tanning. We have put together the best home remedies to remove tan that will surely help you get rid of that nasty tan...
- Turmeric and gram flour
- Honey and papaya
- Yogurt and tomato
- Strawberries and milk
- Potato and lemon Juice
The acids present in the lemon juice act as skin lightening agents. It works really well in brightening and lightening the skin. The citric acid in lemon has natural bleaching properties that help in removing tan and revealing fresh and glowing skin.
BB Pro Tip: Slice a lemon into half and rub it gently on the tanned region. Leave it on for a minutes and wash it off with cold water.
Turmeric and gram flour
Turmeric and gram flour pack is an easy, quick yet absolutely safe way to remove tan. This amazing pack also has exfoliating properties that help remove dead skin cells to reveal fresh and glowing skin. The coarseness of the Bengal gram flour will remove the dead skin cells and impurities from your skin. Turmeric aids in evening out your skin tone and removing tan.
BB Pro Tip: Mix 2 tablespoons of gram flour, a pinch of turmeric, a tablespoon each of milk and rose water together in a mixing bowl. Apply this pack on the cleansed affected areas and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Once dry, moisten your skin with a few drops of water. Then, gently remove the pack by scrubbing first in the clockwise and then the anticlockwise direction.
Honey and papaya
Papayas are chock full of enzymes that are super effective when it comes to skin whitening, skin renewal and exfoliation. Papayas are your gateway to light and radiant skin. Honey has amazing moisturising properties and makes your skin soft and supple.
BB Pro Tip: Mash ½ cup ripe papaya and mix it with 1 tablespoon honey. Apply this mixture to the tanned area, leave it on for 30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
Yogurt and tomato
The large quantities of citric acid in tomato act as a natural tan remover. It is an effective remedy against pigmentation and dark spots. It also works as a toner and opens up the pores on the skin and reduces oiliness naturally. Yogurt moisturises and soothes the skin.
BB Pro Tip: Mix 1 tablespoon plain yogurt with 1 tablespoon tomato pulp. Apply it to the affected area, let dry and wash it off with cold water.
Strawberries and milk
This is one remedy that you are definitely going to love and we are sure you’re going to have to resist the urge to eat some. Strawberries are natural exfoliators that help to remove dead skin cells and lighten tan, while milk helps moisturise and nourish the skin.
BB Pro Tip: Crush strawberries with some fresh milk to form a paste. Apply the mixture on your face and the heavily tanned areas. Leave the pack on for 30 minutes before you rinse it off.
Potato and lemon Juice
All of us love potatoes, but did you know that your skin loves them just as much. Loaded with fibres, vital vitamins, and minerals, potato juice helps treat both blemishes and sunburn naturally. Lemon has skin brightening properties that will effectively remove tan.
BB Pro Tip: Extract the juice of a medium sized-potato and mix it with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Apply this mixture on your face like you would apply any other pack. Leave it on for half an hour. Wash it off with cold water and pat dry.
Sandalwood has amazing skin soothing properties that calm and soothes inflamed skin. It is also a natural astringent that helps lighten your skin tone and make your skin glow like never before.
BB Pro Tip: Make a smooth paste with sandalwood powder and rose water. Apply this to the affected area, leave it on until completely dry and wash off with cold water for best results.