Guess what time is it? It’s time to trade in your heavy-duty foundations for water-based formulas, stock up on lightweight primers and play up that pout with luscious candy hues. The heat is back, and you need to get the swimsuit out! But, while you’re showing off that bikini bod at the beach, you can’t escape that dreaded tanning. Fortunately, we’ve done all the hard work for you, scoured high and low in search of the best kept sun tan removal secrets.
Trust us, these handmade potions will get you through the heat without causing any sunburn, skin darkening or sun spots. But, first and foremost, you need to pack some much-needed sunscreen. Generously slather on a layer of sunblock to prevent the harmful UV rays from seeping into your skin. In fact, we’d even advise reapplying every hour. Better safe than sorry, right?
But for those of you who’ve bravely ventured into the scorching rays with no gear, here are effective home remedies to remove tan from your face, hands and feet:
How to Remove Tan from Face
1. Lemon Juice and Honey
Lemon aka our star ingredient is so acidic in nature that we wouldn’t suggest applying it on its own, especially before stepping out into the sun, being photosensitive et al. Packed with ascorbic, glycolic and alpha-hydroxy acids this natural-bleacher exfoliates the superficial layer of the skin, undoing any kind of sun damage and darkening. Add a dash of honey (a natural humectant) to the lemon juice for best results, as it’s known to be too drying. No wonder this combo is known as one of the best home remedies for face tan removal.
2. Yoghurt and Gram Flour
For effective tan removal at home, add Yoghurt to a spoonful of Gram Flour and combine them to form a thick paste. Apply the mixture all over your body and leave it on for 20 mins before hopping into the shower. The probiotic, healthy fat and lactic acid rich curd will cool off sunburn, soothe skin and hydrate it, while gram flour will gently exfoliate to reveal your natural glow. For plump, supple skin repeat this ritual daily for at least two weeks to completely fade your tan disappear.
Call it what you like, but this red fruit has a huge fan-following and for good reason. Rich in lycopene that acts as a natural sunscreen, it’s choc-a-bloc with antioxidants that fight free radical damage. Redness, skin damage and darkening will soon be issues of the past. But the trick is you need to act quickly. Meaning, as soon as you set foot back home, slice a tomato in half, rub the pulp all over the affected areas and let its mineral complexes commence action.
4. Aloe Vera
Nicknamed the beauty elixir, this pulpy plant is the most versatile ingredient of them all. Scoop out the pulp from a freshly cut leaf and store it in the freezer up to a week. Or if you’re lazy, dilute your stash with water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (tea tree or lavender) for the concoction to last longer. The homemade tan removal pack will instantly lighten tanning, calm irritation, reduce redness and replenish the skin’s natural moisture.
5. Raw Papaya
The cosmetic industry has placed this humble fruit on a pedestal since time immemorial. To reap the benefits of this all-in-one wonder, scoop out the pulp, mash and apply on your face, hands and legs or simply blend to make this tan removal pack at home. Papaya contains the enzyme papain that mildly exfoliates the outermost cell layer, improves skin texture making it more even, gets rid of pigmentation, banishes sun spots and de-clogs open pores.
How to Remove Tan from Hands
1. Yogurt and Turmeric
Wondering how you can combine these two to remove tan from your hands? Well, it’s simple. Mask it up! All you need is a bowl of chilled yogurt and a pinch of turmeric to create this paste. Apply it on your hands before you shower and leave it on for at least 20 minutes for effective results. We suggest you use this paste every day for at least two weeks - all thanks to yogurt that contains probiotics that boost skin brightening.
Like we didn’t love this vegetable already, add it to your list of effective home remedies to remove sun tan from hands. All thanks to the enzyme named catecholase (present in potatoes, of course!), which helps brighten the skin tone. To top it off, you don’t need to mix it with anything - blend three potatoes together and apply the paste on your tanned hands directly. You can even cut a potato in half and apply it directly on the affected area.
3. Gram Flour and Turmeric
Let’s face it Turmeric is a magical ingredient, especially when you’re on the lookout for home remedies for tan removal from hands. But, it’s not just Turmeric that works its magic here - you have to thank the exfoliant properties of Gram Flour too. To make this paste, mix Turmeric, Gram Flour and Milk and add them to a bowl of Rose Water. Keep it on for 20 minutes every day before sleeping and witness visible results in just a few weeks.
Almonds might be the first thing that you have early morning. Here’s another reason for you to binge on almonds - sun tan removal. Courtesy: its antioxidant properties. The steps are simple - soak them overnight, blend them with milk to make a smooth paste and apply it on the tanned areas to remove tan from hands. Keep it on for a while and rinse it off with cold water. Use this useful remedy every day for two weeks.
5. Raw Milk
Don’t worry, we aren’t asking you to drink a gallon of raw Milk every day. And, no, you don’t need to rub it all over your tanned hands either. Mix it up with Turmeric and Lemon Juice and make your DIY natural tan removal remedy. Massage it on the tanned areas and wash it off after the paste has dried up. Of course, we don’t need to tell you that you have to thank the cleansing properties of milk for this excellent mixture.
How to Remove Tan from Feet
1. Curd and Honey
Raise your hand if your mother suggested curd and honey as a solution for all your beauty problems too? Like always, your mother is absolutely right - while curd works as an exfoliator, honey is loaded with antioxidant properties. Needless to say, their paste will remove tan from your legs in a jiffy and the added benefit is that it will also keep your skin moisturized. Use this thrice a week for best results.
2. Oats and Buttermilk
The thought of mixing Oats with Buttermilk may not be exciting but it sure is an effective solution for all you tan problems. We are sure you are already familiar with the exfoliant properties of oats. But, it’s Buttermilk that makes your skin soft and supple. Massage the mixture on your feet and legs for a few minutes and get set for tan-free skin. Follow this routine twice a week and you have found the best tan removal pack at home.
3. Cucumber and Lemon
Cucumber and Lemon are not just a great combination for salads. In fact, both of them make for a great homemade tan removal pack. Cucumber’s cooling properties combined with the bleaching effect of lemon will help you get rid of unwanted skin tan effectively. Mix cucumber juice, lemon juice with rosewater to make a paste or apply cool slices of cucumber to the tanned areas.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
And we thought we couldn’t praise Apple Cider Vinegar anymore. Add it to your list of solutions for how to remove tan from hands and legs. You don’t even have to mix it with anything - Apple Cider Vinegar is an achiever on its own. Apply some vinegar on the affected aka tanned areas before you head for shower. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it off. Apply this regularly and see visible results in only a few days.
5. Masoor Dal
When it comes to pulses, we aren’t shy to admit - Masoor makes to our list of favorites. So, it’s not surprising that it also helps in sun tan removal. Simply mix it with honey to make a thick paste and apply it on your legs and feet. Leave it on for 25 minutes and after the paste has dried up, scrub it off gently with water. To remove tan effectively and quickly, use this remedy on the tanned areas at least three times a week.