Summer is the time people head out to the beach, relax, party, and well also get that skin tan. While all is mostly fun and games, a skin tan can often leave you a bit flustered. Constant exposure to the sun makes your skin turn a darker shade and not just that but may also lead to dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and sun burns. The harmful UV rays from the sun can strip your skin of its moisture content and lead to a dull and pale appearance. Sounds nasty, doesn’t it? Here in this article, we try to look at some ways in which you can remedy that sun tan and be off your worries.
How to Remove Skin Tan
There are many ways in which you can remove skin tan - from lemon juice, honey, coconut oil to tomatoes, turmeric and more - let’s take a detailed look at them below!
Lemon Juice and Honey
Thanks to the bleaching properties of lemon juice, it can help in removing the skin tan effectively and rather quickly. All you need to do is take fresh lemon juice, mix it with honey, and apply it to your skin. Wash it off after 30 minutes. You can also use a gentle scrub to remove the dead cells from your sun tanned skin.
Yogurt and Tomato Juice
Tomato is a rich source of antioxidants that can help in brightening up your skin. On the other hand, yogurt contains lactic acid which makes the skin softer. In this way, when you mix raw tomatoes with yogurt and apply it to the tanned areas on your body, be it a tan on hands or a tanned face, you see quick results. This mixture not only removes your skin tan but also helps you get a smoother skin.
Cucumbers are beneficial for sunburnt skin, as they have a cooling effect when eaten or topically applied. You can shred a cucumber, squeeze its juice out and apply it on your skin where the tan is. Wash it after it dries. You can also add some lemon juice to it for additional benefits and hydration to the skin.
Aloe vera is one of the most commonly used ingredients for skin health. It improves your face glow and complexion and protects your skin from harmful UV damage. It contains antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties that can soothe your skin and rid that sun tan. You can apply aloe vera gel to your face and body before sleeping at night and then wash it off in the morning. Keep repeating the process and soon you would see good results.
While many people are aware that potato juice helps in lightening dark circles around the eyes - what they don’t know is that it can also act as a sun tan remover, due to its amazing bleaching effect on the skin. Apply raw potato to your eyes, face and wherever the tan is. Keep it on for 10-15 minutes and once it dries, just wash it off.
Turmeric & Sandalwood
Sandalwood powder, along with turmeric and milk, can be made into a face pack and applied to the skin to effectively remove a sun tan. Sandalwood has cooling properties, while turmeric can help soothe damaged skin. When mixed with milk, it becomes a great exfoliating agent and helps in removing the tan. You can also add multani mitti or Fuller's Earth clay to the mix for an added glow to your face. Add a pinch of turmeric to gram flour, making a pack out of it, apply it to your face and hands wherever the tan is. You can wash it off with lukewarm water once it dries up. Repeat this process twice weekly for good results.
There are many other simple ways which you can try to remove your skin tan. You can try different combinations with the same ingredients, or add new ingredients like black tea, papaya, masoor dal, oatmeal, strawberries and more. It is always best to first apply something on a small portion of your skin to check for any allergies that you may have. You can also consult a dermatologist to check if they may have an adverse reaction on your body.
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