Winter is over and so is your chance to wear full sleeved and covered outfits. It is summer, the season to flaunt your summary frocks, skirts, sleeveless tops and fancy flip flops. You love summers but don’t like to show off your dual shaded skin though. Continuous outing and overexposure to sun has left dark ugly patches of tan on your skin.
So you are frantically searching for remedies and solutions to get rid of those unpleasant tanned patches. Stop worrying now and follow these simple and effective home remedies which will help you do away with those horrid sun tans and prepare you to flaunt your radiant flawless skin.
10 Effective Home Remedies To Un-Tan Your Skin
Lemon, a skin friendly ingredient is one of the effective home remedies for tan removal. The citric acid present in lemon removes all the dead cells from the skin and makes the skin lighter and softer. Take a lemon slice and rub it on the dark and tanned areas of your skin for 3-5 minutes. Leave it for ten minutes or until it dries off before you wash it. Be careful while applying around the eye area and near any cuts and wounds as it may burn.
Coconut can do wonders with your skin. Take out the fleshy coconut from the green tender coconut shell and blend it to a paste like consistency. Apply on to your face, neck and hands. Allow it to dry and wash it off. Natural whitening properties present in tender coconut helps in reducing the tan.
Regular use of fresh coconut water is also very effective in removing the tan. You can use it on a regular basis on your face and hands to get a softer skin.
A mixture of yogurt and turmeric is a perfect remedy to lighten and reduce the tan. The acidic nature of yogurt helps in removing the dead cells, thus reducing the tan. Turmeric is a natural skin care ingredient which lightens the skin and provides natural glow.
Mix a pinch of turmeric powder into a bowl of chilled yogurt and apply it on the face, neck, hands and wherever the tan is prominently visible. It is best to apply before bath. Allow it to stay for 30 minutes and take shower. Continue this regime until you find a visible improvement.
Prepare a fresh puree from 2-3 juicy tomatoes. Squeeze 4 tablespoon of lemon juice into it. Mix well and apply it on the tanned area. Let it stay for 30 minutes before washing it off. Do not have much time? Just cut a tomato into halves. Rub it on the tanned area of the skin. The seeds and juice help you reduce the tan.
Another easily available ingredient in your kitchen for tan removal is potato. Potatoes contain natural bleaching properties. Take a potato, cut it into half and rub it directly on the skin where the tanned patches are visible. Rubbing this way removes the tanning and makes the skin lighter.
Another way to use potato is in the form of potato juice. Take out the juice from a potato and add a teaspoon of lemon juice into it. Apply this mixture on the face to get a fairer complexion.
Aloe vera gel is extremely helpful in reducing the tans and making the skin lighter. It cleanses and nourishes the skin. Take out fresh gel from the plant and apply the gel everyday on the tanned area. Avoid going in the sun soon after applying as it can make your skin darker.
In unavoidable situations apply proper sunscreen lotion before stepping out. To evade this situation, you can apply the aloe vera gel at night. Leave it overnight and wash it in the morning.
Another effective and proven remedy to lighten the tan is buttermilk. Buttermilk acts as a natural astringent and soothes your skin. Washing your face regularly with buttermilk for a few days gives you noticeable results.
You can even prepare an exfoliating scrub with a mixture of oats and buttermilk. Rub this mixture onto the tanned skin. Oats help in exfoliating the skin and making the skin tone lighter.
Gram flour or besan is one of the ancient home remedies for skin care. It is also very effective in treating the sun tan. Mix gram flour in water and apply the water generously on the tanned area. Wait for 15-20 minutes before washing it off with normal water.
Alternately, you can use gram flour in the form of a face pack. Make a paste of gram flour by adding water (you can use rose water also). Add a pinch of turmeric. Apply it on the face and wait until it’s dry before washing it off. It removes oiliness from the skin and gives a natural glow to the skin besides reducing the tan.
Cucumber provides a very effective and soothing remedy to remove the sun tan. Vitamin C present in cucumber keeps the skin moisturized. Grate half a cucumber, add one tablespoon each of milk and lime juice. Apply it on the tanned areas on hands and allow it to dry. Wash it off with normal water.
Prepare a face mask using cucumber juice, lemon juice and rose water. Citric acid in lemon juice helps in removing the tan. Cucumber and rose water give cooling and soothing effect.
Sandalwood and turmeric pack is one more effective remedy to deal with sun tans. Sandalwood is one of the common and popular ingredients in most of the beauty products. Take equal quantities of sandalwood and turmeric powder. Form a paste using rose water.
Apply it on the tan affected areas on the skin. Leave it to dry and wash with cold water. You will see the tan fade away after few days of this natural treatment.
Some of the other natural ingredients which are easily available in your kitchen to treat sun tan are papaya, honey, milk, over ripped banana, watermelon, sugar, saffron, mint leaves, almonds etc. You can prepare quick face packs and masks with the combination of these simple ingredients.