How to remove tan? – Sun tan removal home remedies

Sunshine is the time to enjoy on the beach and parks with friends and family. Despite all the fun and enjoyment in the sun , by the end of the day most people are left with ugly  and unattractive marks of sun tan on the body , which become difficult to get rid of. There are many cosmetic products and bleaching techniques for tan removal, but most of them damage the skin in the long run.  Natural remedies help to remove the tan by soothing and nourishing the skin in a gentle caring way.

The question here is is it possible to remove tan completely and instantly? Well there a good news for all the ladies out there. If one can get tanned easily due to several unforeseen reasons, then they can also get rid of it easily by just following a few tips as mentioned below:

Baking soda scrub

Prepare a solution or a paste by mixing baking soda with water and use it as a scrub to remove the tan from your hands or any affected area. If you are looking out for quick results, then try this procedure every alternate day.


Take equal quantity of vinegar and water in a bowl and mix it well. Then dip your hands into the bowl and let it rest in the solution for 5 to 10 minutes. Once this is done just wash your hands with cold water. You can try this therapy almost daily till you get satisfied results.

Honey & lime juice

Prepare a mixture of honey and lime juice and apply it on the tanned area. Leave the solution on your hand for 10 to 15 minutes. and then wash it off with cold water. Remember to pat dry the hands gently with a cotton towel.

Lime and cucumber juice

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Prepare a mixture of lime juice, cucumber juice and rosewater and apply it on the tanned area. Let this mixture remain on your hands for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off  with cold water. This mixture has proven to be quite effective to remove harsh sun tans and sun burns. The citric content in the lime and the cooling effect of rose water acts as a perfect combination to remove the tan from your hands very easily and quickly. You can prepare the solution and store it in the refrigerator for a week or so.

Soak a cotton pad or cloth in lime juice and dab/rub it on the tanned surface. Massage it for a minute or 2 and then leave it on for 10-15 minutes.  When it is completely dried, wash your hands with cold water.

Yogurt and gram flour

Prepare a paste of gram flour, yogurt and lemon. The quantity of each item should be equal. Then apply the paste to the tanned skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes. When the mixture is completely dried, wash it off with with lukewarm water.

Turmeric and raw milk

You can also add one tablespoon of  turmeric powder and lime juice in raw milk. Mix it well and then apply the mixture to the tanned area. Allow it to dry by leaving it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. It will treat the tanned area on your face.


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You can constantly apply coconut water to your hands and let it dry. For faster and more effective results you can apply this solution more than once in a day. It is best remedy to get rid of tan naturally from your hands.

Papaya pulp

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Massage the Papaya pulp on the affected area for more than 10 minutes and leave it on for another 10-15 minutes. Once you feel that is starting to dry, wash it off with cold water.

Multani mitti & white gourd

You can also prepare a paste of white gourd and Multani mitti and apply the mixture to the tan affected parts. Then rinse it with cold water. Slice the white gourd and make its pulp. Now add two spoons of multani mitti powder in it. Mix them well and apply the paste over your tanned face, forehead, hands & neck. Let it dry and wash it with cold water and see the result.

Apart from these you can also take some preventive steps by avoiding exposure to sun rays during peak hours. Do not go out in the sun from 10.00 to 04.00.  Try to use sunscreen lotion on the areas prone to sun exposure, remember to choose a sunscreen lotion that has higher SPF content. Cover your hands with gloves or scarf while riding. These are some steps that may help you avoid sun tans and skin discoloration during the summer time.