Summer is here and there is no escape from the scorching heat of the sun. Even if you are one who spends most of the time of the day indoors, there are high chances that your skin will get the sun tan sooner or later. The best way to keep your skin protected is to take extra care for it. Skin tanning is considered as a symptom of skin cell damage caused by the sun rays and hence taking the right precautions to save your skin from getting the tan and also to remove the tan regularly can actually make all the difference.
Can a scrub give you all round protection from sun tan?
This article will provide you with details of a bunch of homemade natural scrubs that can remove skin tan effectively without any side effects. However, none of these scrubs can anyway replace the need of a proper sun sunscreen or a physical cover from sun. So, if you are concerned about your skin getting tanned, do not forget to lather up a suitable sun screen every time you go out in the sun. Re-application of the sun screen in case you are staying more hours outdoors is also important.
It is best suggested to use a cream or lotion with at least SPF 20 even when you are indoors particularly during the scorching summer days and when you are going out, apart from applying a high Sun Protection Factor also opt for physical covers that can reduce the tanning most effectively.
Having mentioned the key points to keep your skin safe from tanning, now let us get into how you can make natural scrubs at home that can remove skin tan effectively without any side effects. These treatments when used religiously along with proper protection as mentioned above can negate the effect of sun tan completely. So, let’s check out the scrub based home remedies that can ensure a perfect complexion even during summer by removing skin tan efficiently.
Multanimitti and lemon juice scrub to remove tan
Multanimitti is natural clay loaded with a bunch of minerals that can nourish the skin while removing the effects of skin tanning. Lemon on the other hand has mild acidic properties which can be effective for removing skin tan.
Soak 2 spoons of multanimitti in fresh water. You can also use rose water for this purpose. Once the earth becomes soft, add 5-6 drops of lemon juice in it; mix the two well and use the mixture on the affected parts of the skin as a scrubber. Let it stand for 10 minutes before washing off with plenty of water.
Remove skin tan with nutmeg and milk scrub
This mild scrub comes loaded with the goodness of Nutmeg which works as a key product for an even complexion. Milk helps in lightening the skin tone while nourishing it. The combined effects of these two ingredients can be highly effective to remove sun tan.
Add 1 spoon of nutmeg powder in 2 spoons of raw milk to come up with a runny mixture. Use this mixture on the affected skin as a scrubber and let it set for 1 minute. Follow with 3-4 coats of the same and once it gets completely dry, wet your fingers and scrub your skin for 1 more minute with the pack. Finally wash off with water.
Sandalwood and turmeric scrub to get rid of skin tanning
Sandalwood and Turmeric both are known for their complexion enhancing abilities. These two ingredients can nourish as well as exfoliate the skin promoting a tan free and even skin tone.
Prepare 1 spoon of sandalwood paste by rubbing the sandalwood stick on the sandstone with fresh water. Grind 1 inch of turmeric to make a paste. Now, mix these two ingredients together and scrub the affected part of the skin with the resulting mixture. Let it set for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing off with water.
Lemon and sugar scrub for removing sun tan
Lemon has mild acidic property that works miraculously in removing skin tan. Sugar works as an efficient scrubber on the skin and ensures proper skin exfoliation.
Mix 1 spoon of lemon juice with 1/2 spoon of granulated sugar; let the mixture stand for 30 seconds before you start scrubbing the affected area of your skin with this mixture. Scrub in light circular motion for 3-4 minutes. You can also have 10 seconds gap in between two scrubbing sessions. Finally leave it on for 5-6 minutes and remove with excess water.
Remove sun tan with honey and oatmeal scrub
This Honey and Oatmeal scrub is ideal for sensitive skin and it can remove tan efficiently. Oatmeal exfoliates the skin while honey nourishes it from deep within giving the best tan removing effect.
Mix 2 spoons of oats with 2 spoons of warm milk. Add 1 spoon honey to it and mix well. Use this mixture for scrubbing the affected part of the skin. Once you are done scrubbing let it set for some time and then scrub again. Finally wash off with sufficient water.
Sour curd and turmeric scrub for removing skin tan
Sour curd (preferably prepared at home) has a bunch of enzymes that can remove skin tan most effectively while nourishing it. Adding turmeric to the sour curd ensures a fairer complexion.
Mix 2 spoons of sour curd with 1/2 spoon of turmeric paste; use this mixture to scrub the affected area of your skin. Let it set for 5 minutes and then scrub again. Finally remove the pack with water by scrubbing the skin with your hands.
Fight skin tan with aloe vera and coconut oil scrub
Aloe Vera has extensive skin nourishing properties and coconut oil is known for its ability to nourish the damaged skin from deep within, which makes it an ideal treatment for sun burn.
Collect some fresh Aloe Vera pulp from the Aloe Vera leaves. Take 2 spoons of this pulp and add 1/2 spoon of extra virgin coconut oil to it. Apply this mixture as a pack on the affected area of the skin and let it set till it gets 60% dry. Now scrub the skin with the pack for 5-6 minutes and finally wash off with excess water. This skin tan removal scrub can be ideal for dry skin.
Potato juice and honey scrub for removing tan
Potato juice is known for its ability to cure any type of skin discoloration promoting an even complexion and Honey can nourish the skin from deep within.
Grate half of a potato and add 1 spoon of honey to it. Use this mixture to scrub the tanned skin. Scrub for 4-5 minutes and then leave on for 10 minutes more. Scrub again and finally wash off with plenty of water. If the pack seems to have become dry on the skin, wet your fingers lightly before you start scrubbing.
Besan, milk and rice powder scrub for tan removal
Besan or Bengal gram flour is known as an effective ingredient for removing any type of skin tan. When mixed with milk and rice powder it works as an effective scrubber to fight sun tan on the skin.
Mix 2 spoons of besan with 3 spoons of raw milk and 1 spoon of rice powder. You will end up with a paste like mixture that is on the drier side. Use this mixture to scrub the tanned skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and then scrub again with wet hands. Finally wash off with plenty of water.
Tomato and masoor dal scrub to get quick rid of sun tan
Tomato is filled with lycopene which can effectively remove the effects of sun tan on the skin. Masoor dal works as an efficient skin exfoliator helping in regenerating new skin cells.
Grate 1 tomato and squeeze out the pulp. Grind 1 spoon of massor dal and add this powder in 4 spoons of the tomato pulp. Mix well and use it as a skin scrubber. After you have scrubbed for 4-5 minutes, let it stand on the skin for 10 minutes more and then scrub again with wet hands. Wash off with water.
Some tips for making homemade natural scrubs for removing tan
The scrubs mentioned above can be actually effective to remove skin tan, but it is important to make them in the right way to get maximum benefits. Here are some tips that you should keep in mind while making these scrubs at home,
- Always use fresh ingredients right from your kitchen to make these scrubs. The products like Aloe Vera gel or sour curd available in the market comes with a number of additives. So, to get the best effects without any side effects stick to the natural ingredient.
- It is best to prepare these scrubs freshly just before you use them. That will ensure maximum effectiveness.
- While making these scrubs for tan removal always ensure the best cleanliness and hygiene to ensure that these scrubs do not work as a source of bacteria.