Taking a dip in the pool or sipping your favourite cocktail by the beach are some fun way to beat the scorching summer heat. But exposure to the harsh summer sun can leave your skin looking two shades darker.

Well, now that monsoon is in full swing, and the cloudy weather shelters us from the harsh sunlight, it's a good time to get rid of that summer tan.

You can undergo in-clinic treatments such as laser toning, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. But if you want to de-tan your face at home (and save money), just swap your skincare products with ones that contain skin lightening ingredients.

 

Use a vitamin C infused face wash

Use a vitamin C infused face wash

Start by replacing your current face wash with one that contains vitamin C as it inhibits the production of melanin in the skin. It helps reduce tanning and imparts a healthy glow to your skin. The Lakme Blush & Glow Lemon Gel Face Wash contains fruit extracts and antioxidants that not only removes dirt and other impurities but also lightens and brightens the skin with regular use.

How to use: Take a small amount of product in your palm, and add a few drops of water, work into a rich lather. Massage onto wet face and rinse thoroughly with water.

 

Pick a scrub that contains niacinamide

Pick a scrub that contains niacinamide

Another ingredient that effectively removes tan and lightens the skin tone is niacinamide. It decreases the amount of melanin transferred by pigment-producing cells by half. The Ponds White Beauty Sun Dullness Removal Daily Facial Scrub is formulated for tanned skin; it contains niacinamide and TanSolve beads that banish tan, dark spots and gives your skin a radiant glow.

How to use: Wet your face, take a small amount of product and massage gently in circular motions and rinse off. Use at least twice a week.

 

Apply a liquorice based mask

Apply a liquorice based mask

Masking is essential to get rid of deep-set dirt, impurities and mildly exfoliate the top layer of the skin. Pick a liquorice based mask to get rid of your tan. The Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque contains liquorice and other essential vitamins like A, C and E that help repair dull, dry, dehydrated, lacklustre and sun-damaged skin.

How to use: Apply generously to cleansed face and throat. Avoid the eye area. Gently rinse with warm water after 10-15 mins. Use once a week for best results.