Getting a tan in the summer is a natural byproduct of the sun. However, overexposure to rays can darken the skin and make it look dull.
There are several products and methods that can be used to remove tans as well as homemade remedies which can be used to lessen that darkened look. These homemade treatments are very effective, inexpensive and generally have no side effects.
Tanning occurs when the UV rays in the sun increase melanin production in the skin. Whilst most people naturally tan on the areas most exposed to the sun (face, hands and feet) the home remedies can be used on any part of the body.
There are several methods that are effective for removing or lightening darkened skin and the most common involve lemon juice, almond oil, honey and cucumber. These ingredients control melanin growth as well as clearing pores and lightening the tan.
Homemade Packs To Treat Sun Tan
Remedies Involving Lemon
Sugar and Lemon
Dip a lemon slice in sugar and use this to exfoliate the tanned area. Repeat the action for around 5 minutes before rinsing. Continued use of this method will result in the desired effect.
Cucumber and Lemon
Mix together equal quantities of cucumber and lemon juice before adding a few drops of rosewater. Apply to the tanned area and leave for 10 minutes before washing clean.
Honey and Lemon
Mix equal quantities of lemon juice and honey together before applying to the skin. Leave to dry before washing clean.
Turmeric and Lemon
Mix the juice of a lemon with a pinch of ground turmeric and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Yogurt and Lemon
Mix together the juice of a lemon with half a cup of yogurt and enough gram flour to make a paste. Apply to the tanned area and leave for 20 minutes before removing. Use regularly for the best results.
Cucumber, Rose Water and Lemon
Mix together a tablespoon of cucumber juice with the same quantities of rose water and lemon juice before applying to any trouble spots using a cotton pad. Leave for 10 minutes before rinsing with water.
Tomato, Yogurt and Lemon
This is an effective mix for removing any stubborn tan and this trio of ingredients works together as a bleach, a toner and a moisturizer! Mix together tomato pulp with lemon juice and yogurt to form a smooth paste. Apply to the affected area and leave for 20 minutes before washing.
Potato and Lemon
Potatoes play an important role in whitening, tightening and reducing the signs of ageing in the skin. Extract the juice from a potato and mix with a small amount of fresh lemon juice. Apply to the tanned areas and leave to dry. This can be left on the skin.
Remedies Involving Honey
Milk Powder and Honey
Create a paste using milk powder, honey, lemon juice and almond oil. Apply to the skin and leave for 10-20 minutes before washing clean.
Papaya and Honey
Papaya makes for a great skin rejuvenator and whitener. Mix the pulp of a papaya with honey before applying to the skin and leaving to dry. After around half an hour rinse clear and you will uncover very healthy, plump skin.
Pineapple and Honey
Pineapple contains active enzymes that removes dead skin cells that are caused by tanning. As the fruit also had a good quantity of antioxidants and vitamin C, it also helps to lighten dark spots caused by aging.
Other Possible Remedies
Oats and Buttermilk
Oatmeal is a natural exfoliator which is always useful for removing layers of skin gently. Buttermilk also acts as a natural moisturizer, so they are a perfect match! Mix both ingredients before massaging into the skin and leaving for 15 minutes before washing.
Sandalwood is a potent skin healer and also withdraws impurities from deep within the system. Mix together coconut water with a few drops of sandalwood and almond oil and rub into the skin. Leave for 20 minutes before washing clean.
Aloe Vera, Masoor Dal and Tomato
Masoor Daal is a great product to use to combat even the most toughest of tans. Soak the masoor daal for around 2 hours before grinding it coarsely Mix it with the pulp from a tomato and a dash of aloe vera juice and apply to the skin. Leave for 20 minutes before washing away.
Orange Juice and Yogurt
Orange juice and yogurt are known to clear blemishes, slow down the ageing process and tighten the skin. Mix together equal amounts of orange juice and yogurt and use like any other tonic.
Saffron and Cream
This elaborate mix of ingredients is fit for royalty and is believed to have historically been the remedy of many a King and Queen. Steep the saffron stands in cream, mixing thoroughly before applying to the skin and leaving for 20 minutes before washing.