Ask any one and you will know that skin tan is not very desirable. Blame the Sun’s UV radiations for it, but skin tan is for real! Tanning is also one of the forms of skin damage, and demands treatment. It happens because your skin produces more melanin than usual with the intent to prevent further skin damage, and to protect the skin.
When you tan more often than usual, it is likely that you will develop skin problems like developing a sagging skin, signs of aging like wrinkles and spots, really soon! The worst part is that increased exposure to Sun’s rays can cause skin cancer too.
How long a tan lasts generally depends on your skin’s natural tone. If you have like an olive complexion, the tan may last for about 2-3 months, while if you have a fairer skin tone, it may go away in 3-4 weeks.
Though there are laser techniques available to remove tan or lighten your skin tone, it is known to all that they will cost you a bomb and may have side effects. It is always safe to go natural using simple ingredients and try some grandma’s tricks that are always effective!
Did you know one of the most fruitful ingredients for removing suntan is ‘sandalwood’? Be it in the form of powder or oil, sandalwood also called ‘chandan’ has excellent medicinal as well as skincare benefits.
Advantages of sandalwood for skin
Let us get into the depth to know about the skin advantages that sandalwood has to offer.
Pimples, injuries, rashes, or acne can lead to blemishes on your skin, which can eventually become permanent spots. Sandalwood helps to get rid of not only such blemishes but warts too.
Excess sebum production in the skin, or dirt, germs, or impurities when trapped in the skin pores clog such pores that result in the production of acne or pimples. Sandalwood with its anti-bacterial properties helps to control the development of pimples and acne by fighting the bacteria, and gives you flawless looking skin simultaneously.
No dry skin
Dry skin not only lacks moisture, but also causes itchiness, which can ultimately make you frustrated. Sandalwood oil not only has a soothing aroma, but it keeps your skin hydrated and makes it supple, soft, smooth and moisturized with regular application.
Prevents signs of aging
Exposure to pollution, dust and sun can cause skin damage including the development of early signs of aging such as spots, wrinkles, dry and saggy skin and others. These tend to make you look older than what you really are. Sandalwood aids in reducing the damage that are a result of free radicals, and on the contrary makes your skin look brighter and younger.
The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of sandalwood not only eases the sensation caused by sunburns, acne and suntan, but also helps in effectively removing suntan.
Makes your skin glow
Sandalwood powder has the power to brighten up our skin and make your skin glow. Regular application can give your face the natural ‘instant radiance’!
Sandalwood face packs for skin whitening
Here are some DIY ideas, which you can try at home to get rid of suntan using sandalwood. Try these 10 effective sandalwood face packs. Read on.
Sandalwood and lemon face pack
This is probably the easiest face pack, as all you need is lemon juice (squeezed out from half a lemon) and sandalwood powder (4 teaspoons). Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for about 20 mins, then rinse off. This will not only help to lighten your skin tone, but lessen the irritation caused by sunburns as well.
Sandalwood, cucumber, curd and honey face pack
To make this face mask, you will need cucumber juice (1 tablespoon), curd (1 tablespoon), some lemon juice, honey (1 teaspoon) and sandalwood powder (1 tablespoon). Take a bowl and properly mix all the ingredients together until it becomes a smooth paste. Then apply it on your face and keep it for at least 15 mins to allow it to dry. Rinse off with water after that. This will help you to get rid of not just suntan but dark spots as well.
Sandalwood, yogurt and orange face pack
In a bowl, mix sandalwood powder (one tablespoon), yogurt (one tablespoon), and orange peel powder (one tablespoon) together and make a smooth paste. Apply this on the affected parts of your body and let it dry naturally. To get your original skin tone back, use this mask, which will definitely help you to remove the suntan.
Sandalwood and honey/milk face pack
Take honey or milk (1 teaspoon) and sandalwood powder (1 tablespoon) in a bowl and mix them well until it becomes a finely consistent paste. Apply this on your tanned skin and keep the mask for at least half an hour. Then rinse it off with cold water. You should do this three times in a week to even out your skin tone and remove the suntan.
Sandalwood, tomato and lemon face pack
Take red sandalwood powder (1/2 teaspoon), tomato juice (squeezed out of half a tomato), and lemon juice (squeezed out of one whole lemon), and mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Keep this mixture aside for at least 15 mins. Now apply the same on the tan affected parts especially your face and neck. Leave it on for at least 20 mins and then rinse it off with cold water. Use this face pack regularly to see instant results.
Sandalwood, almond and milk face pack
Take sandalwood powder (1 tablespoon), almond powder (1 tablespoon) and enough milk in a bowl and mix them together to make a paste of medium consistency. Now apply this on your face and let it dry naturally. Apply the mask regularly, and you will see your skin becoming brighter in no time!
Sandalwood, turmeric and honey face pack
In a bowl, mix sandalwood powder (1 tablespoon), honey (2 tablespoons) and turmeric powder (1 tablespoon) until it becomes a paste of thick consistency. Apply this on the tan affected parts and let it dry naturally. When you feel your mask tightening, wash it off with cold water. This will give you naturally glowing skin!
Sandalwood and rose water face pack
Mix sandalwood powder (2 tablespoons) and rose water together in a bowl, and apply the paste evenly on your tanned skin. Leave it on for about 20 mins and wash it off with normal water. Do this 2 to 3 times in a week to witness the magic it does to your damaged skin.
Sandalwood, apple and honey face pack
Mash an apple using a fork until it reduces to a pulp, and mix sandalwood powder (1 teaspoon) to form a paste. Add honey (1 teaspoon) to make the paste of a smooth consistency. Apply this evenly on your face and neck and let it sit for about 15 mins. Upon drying, wash it off with cold water and you will experience glowing and youthful looking skin instantly!
Sandalwood, turmeric, milk, yogurt, honey and rose water face pack
In a bowl, mix turmeric powder (1/2 teaspoon), white sandalwood powder (1 teaspoon), milk (1/2 teaspoon), yogurt (1/2 teaspoon), honey (1/4th teaspoon) and rose water (1 teaspoon) to make a paste of fine consistency. Apply this mask all over your face and neck, and let it sit for at least 20 mins. Then wash it off with cold water once it is dry. You will experience beautiful looking skin in no time!
Do try these DIYs at home and trust us, your skin will look more youthful, brighter, and gorgeous looking at the speed of light! Thanks for reading.