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.

Causes of tanning

Your hands may get tanned due to different reasons like you may work with harsh chemicals day-in and day-out, get exposed to UV rays constantly, play sports that may get you involved in murky, dusty environment, getting exposed to polluted environment or even neglect to clean hands constantly. In this way your hands get tanned and losses its original color and beauty.
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 these home remdies

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

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.

How it works: 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 & face very easily and quickly. 

Tip: 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 it 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.

Coconut water

 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

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.

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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.

Do not go out in the sun from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Use sunscreen lotion on the areas prone to sun exposure, choose sunscreen lotion that has higher SPF content. Cover your hands with gloves or scarf while riding. 

How to remove tan from neck

Are you feeling embarrassing about the dark neck? Its because of the tan formed around the neck due to hot sun and pollution. Tan usually occurs on body parts that exposed to sun such as neck, hands, face, arms and legs. Here are the simple home remedies for removing tan on neck.

Cucumber juice, turmeric powder and lemon juice

This is an exclusive face pack that include antiseptic in the form of turmeric powder, clearing agent in the form of cucumber juice and lemon juice as citric acid. Mix 1 tbsp of turmeric powder, cucumber juice and cucumber juice. Apply this paste on the tanned neck. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash it with cool water. Do it regularly for better results.


Lemon acts as a natural bleach and cleanser that washes out the dead cells from skin. Rub lemon on the dark neck directly or mix the lemon juice with rose water. This removes the neck tan and gives fair look.

Coconut Oil

This oil will be really effective in nourishing the skin and remove tan. Massage the coconut oil on the neck daily in order to remove tanning from neck. The natural coconut oil will also nourish your skin tone without giving rise to any side effect or allergic reaction. Checkout the list of other tan removal oils that can work effectively.

Sugar & Oil scrub

Prepare your own sugar scrub for removing tan on neck at home. Mix a spoon of sugar and 3 spoons of olive oil. You can also add few drops of lemon juice to this. Combine altogether and apply over your face and neck and slowly rub it for 2-3 minutes with your finger tips, then wash it with cold water. Dead skin along with tan layer will be removed.

Ways to remove tan on face & forehead naturally

Pineapple and papaya

Mash pineapple and papaya in mixer and apply that paste to forehead tanned area. Leave it for 10 minutes and wash it with cold water.

Pineapple & honey

Make a pulp out of pineapple and add a spoon of honey to it. Apply this pack over your face, neck and hands equally covering all portions and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it and see difference with brightness.


Mash the raw potato in mixer and apply it on face and forehead. Wash it with cold water after 15 minutes. Do it regularly  to get rid of tan from forehead on daily basis.

Lemon juice and sugar scrub​

Squeeze lemon and add it to sugar. Mix this and gently rub on tanned face and forehead and leave it. for 10 minutes. It acts as a natural scrub and you can sure get rid of tanning in couple of weeks.

The other easy way is to cut the lemon and dip it in the sugar, then start rubbing it on the tanned area. Do it in circular motion for effective results. Wash it off with lukewarm water after five minutes. Before you start this, clean the makeup. 

Yogurt and gram flour

Mix required amounts of gram flour, lemon juice and curd or yogurt to make it as thick paste. Apply this paste on tan affected area of forehead and face. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it with water. Try this thrice in a week to see difference.

Aloe vera, tomato and red lentil (Masoor daal) face pack

Masoor daal should be soaked in water for 15 minutes and grind it into a paste. Add aloe vera gel and tomato pulp to it. Mix it well and massage on neck and face. After 15 minutes wash it with water.

Face packs for sun tan removal

It is found that expensive cosmetic products available in the market are loaded with harmful chemicals and bleaching agents.The nourishing and wholesome face packs prepared from natural ingredients are easily available and do not harm the skin

Tomato, yogurt & lemon juice face pack

This is an effective pack to remove dark spots and pigmentation.  The pack can be prepared by mixing 2 table spoon of tomato pulp, 1 table spoon of lemon juice and 1 table spoon of yogurt in a bowl. Apply it on the face and wash with cold water after 30 minutes.

Oat meal & butter milk exfoliating pack

Oatmeal is a natural scrub to remove dark tan, blackheads and dead cells and buttermilk helps in soothing skin and healing blisters. Make a paste with 2 tablespoon of oatmeal and 3 tablespoons of buttermilk and apply it on the face and body. Massage it in a circular motion. Clean it with water after 15 minutes.

Oatmeal and aloe vera gel

Take a bowl, add 3 tbsp of aloe Vera gel and 2 tbsp of oatmeal. Let it soak for couple of hours time and apply it over your face on a circular motion. Repeat it everyday for couple of weeks to see the real change.

Orange juice & yogurt face pack

Oranges are rich in Vitamin C which helps to fight skin blemishes. The collagen in the orange slows down the process of ageing and aids in tightening the skin.Yogurt on the other hand acts as a natural bleach and moisturiser. Take one spoon of juice and one spoon of yogurt and apply it on the face. Rinse with water after 30 minutes.

Strawberry & milk cream pack

Strawberry has skin lightening agents that are helpful in improving the complexion of the skin and reducing tan effect, pigmentation and freckles on the skin. Prepare the pack with 4 crushed strawberries and 2 tablespoon milk cream and apply on the face. Rinse after 30 minutes.

Milk powder, honey & almond oil face pack

Milk powder is a good moisturiser and it also reduces the effects of sun tan and gives a clean texture to the skin. Mix 2 table spoon of milk powder 1 table spoon of honey and a few drops of almond oil in a bowl and apply it on the face.Leave it on the face for 20 minutes before washing it off with water.

saffron & fresh cream face pack

Saffron (kesar) helps in skin brightening, toning, tan removal, and fighting acne and pimples. Blend few strands of kesar with 2 tablespoon milk and apply it on the face. Let it dry for 20 minutes before washing with water.

Red lentil/masoor dal and tomato pack

Soak handful of Masoor dal over night and grind them to make a fine paste. Now add half of ripe tomato by making a paste of it. Combine both the ingredients and apply it over your face covering all the portions except the eyes and lips. Wait for 10 minutes and wash with cold water.

Cabbage leaves

You need to take out 2 big leaves from outer portion of the cabbage and refrigerate them.  Keep the cold cabbage leaves on your face for 20 minutes and relax on your bed. You can try this three to 5 times a day and get rid of tanned skin.

Almond and milk

Take 4 to 5 almonds and soak them in cold water over night. Make a paste of it but not too fine, allow some granules to remain. Now add 2 spoons of milk to it. This should now be applied over your face and move your finger tips in a circular motion. Then, you should keep it over your face for 20 minutes and then wash it with cold water.

Besan and haldi

Mix two spoons of besan powder and a pinch of turmeric with water to make a fine paste. Apply it over your tanned neck, face and hands. Keep for 20 minutes and then wash it with water.

Sandalwood and coconut oil

You have to make a mixture in a container with 2 spoons of sandalwood powder and same quantity of coconut oil. Mix both the ingredients well and apply over your face. Leave for 20 minutes and wash it off with plain water. Do it twice a week and you can see the tan removed skin in a month.

Corn meal with lemon juice

All you have to do take two spoons of cornmeal in a small bowl and add a spoon of fresh lemon juice. Also add rosewater to make the paste adequate. Mix them well and apply over your tanned face, neck and hands. Use your finger tips to get it circular motion. Let it stay for 20 minutes and then wash with cold water.



Why you need to protect your skin from suntan?

Removing sun tan from your skin is not a very difficult task if you are ready to put in some effort. You can even opt for the de-tan parlor treatments to get rid of suntan quickly. Fruit packs are most effective to remove sun tan as they work as natural bleach on the skin, lightening the skin tone. To get rid of suntan opting for effective home remedies is surely a good option. However, if you are getting tan frequently in this summer, it is important that you first try to eliminate the reason of getting tan.

Suntan signifies damage caused by the sunrays on your skin. While following the right treatments regularly can give you rid of the darker complexion caused due to sun tan effectively, it might not be always able to restore the exact skin quality. So, always it is best to take the right precautions from to make sure that you do not getthe tan at the first place. If your skin is prone to getting tan it is most expected that you have oily and sensitive skin and hence taking the best precautions to prevent suntan is more important for you.

Ways to protect your skin from suntan

The most effective ways to protect your skin from suntan is to use a proper sunscreen with high SPF and to repeat it frequently. Even if you are using a high SPF sunscreen, do not neglect the importance of using a physical cover from the harmful sunrays. Hats, scarfs, umbrella, glasses, covering clothes are a must during summer to make sure that you do not get suntan easily. Apart from that, also follow some skin care routine before stepping out into the sun and right after coming back. It will make sure that your chance of getting tan is reduced.  Some of the best home remedies to protect skin from suntan include,

Aloe Vera and Neem pack treatment

How to get fair skin naturally

Aloe Vera nourishes the skin and helps to create a protecting cover on the skin to keep it healthy. Neem on the other hand, helps in reducing excess oil on the skin, which can be very helpful to reduce the chance of getting suntan.

To prepare this pack, boil a handful of neem leaves in two cups of water until it gets half. Strain the leaves and collect the concoction. Collect fresh Aloe Vera pulp from Aloe Vera leaves and grind the pulp along with the neem concoction to get a thick and sticky pack.

Apply this pack onto your face and any exposed area of your skin 1 hour before going out to the sun and immediately after coming back from outside during the day. Instead of just applying, rub the pack lightly onto your skin, leave on for 15 minutes and then wash off with plain water.

Sandalwood oil, Cucumber and rose water treatment

Sandalwood oil has excellent skin protecting properties. It can resist any type of skin damage caused due to sun exposure. Cucumber on the other hand, works as an efficient skin cooling agent that reduces the heating effect of sun rays on the skin significantly. Rose water is ideal as a medium and natural skin toner.

Take 4 spoons of rosewater and add 1 spoon of freshly prepared cucumber juice to it. Now add 1 drop sandalwood oil to this mixture. Fill the liquid into one cube of the ice tray and place it in the freezer for at least 2 hours so that it turns to ice. Rub this ice cube onto your face and other exposed areas of the body 15 minutes before going out to the sun and immediately after getting back.

This treatment is very relaxing, fun and ideal to give your skin effective protection from suntan.