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 sunscreen every time you go out in the sun. Re-application of the sunscreen 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.
Tan removal scrubs for face at home
Strawberry and milk scrub for tan removal
Strawberries are factually natural exfoliators that don’t only lighten and moisturize the skin but can also be used to get rid of dead skin cells.
For this tan removal scrub, you will need 4-5 fresh strawberries and 2 tablespoons of milk. Crush the berries and mix it together with the milk to form a paste, now apply the mixture on the affected areas. Let it stay it for 30 minutes before you rinse it off with water.
Bitter Gourd Scrub to get rid of skin tan
Bitter gourd is one veggie that has high antioxidant properties. It is a well-known remedy for sunburns.
After juicing the bitter gourd, apply its juice on affected areas. Massage for 5 minutes then leave for like 5-10 minutes, before rinsing.
Although these are just green leaves, they sure can work wonders on your tanned skin. Cabbage leaves are known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and they also contain valuable vitamins that are good for your skin.
This remedy for tanned skin does not require much preparation, just place the cabbage leaves on the tan areas for 20 minutes. You can always repeat the whole process as much as you want until you are satisfied with the result.
Wheat Flour to douse skin tan
Wheat flour is a viable skin care ingredient that is effective for improving skin tone and removing skin tan.
Mix 2 tablespoons of wheat flour with water to form a thick paste, then apply the mixture on the tanned areas of your skin. Leave it for 15-20 minutes before you rinse with water. With wheat flour, you will not only get a soft skin but a glowing one too. You can repeat this particular remedy once or twice weekly for best results.
Multani mitti and lemon juice scrub to remove tan
Multani mitti 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 multani mitti 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
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 sunburn.
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.
Turmeric with gram flour
You must have heard your grandmother or an elderly person saying about positive effects of turmeric over skin. Now, this idea can be effective in making tan removal scrub at home. First of all take and container and mix the ingredients like gram flour ( 2 tablespoon), milk ( 1 tablespoon), crushed orange peel ( 1 tablespoon) and a pinch of turmeric. Mix them all well and apply over your skin and slowly rub them with your fingertip[s, the crushed orange peel would act as a granules for scrubbing. Once it is dried, sprinkle water once again and slowly scrub with your fingers in an anti clockwise and close wise direction. This will be a wonderful homemade exfoliation that removes tan from your skin layer.
Tomato and yogurt
Tomato is an excellent natural fruit that is very well known to remove tan easily from your skin. Also the yogurt acts as natural bleach which will lighten your skin tone. Thus, a combination of both the product will work really well in removing tan layer from your skin. You can now make a scrub pack at home with 2 teaspoon tomato pulp, same quantity of yogurt and a spoon of lemon juice. Mix it well and apply it over your face. Let it become dry and then wash it away. You might get little itchiness after application of tomato juice instantly. But, once it is dried, the sensation will be eradicated. This pack will help you to get dark layer of sun rays removed from your skin.
Butter milk with oat
People are now quite cautious about their health by concentrating on healthy food. Thus, oats will be easily available at home. Combination of butter milk in oats will be a wonderful combination as the broken granules of oats will work as a wonderful scrub; also the better milk helps in making your fair with smooth appearance of your skin. Massage your skin in a circular motion and remove it after 15 to 20 minutes time.
Potato and lemon face pack and scrubber for tan skin
Apart from being a very important vegetable in day to day cooking, potato works on skin really well to make it healthy. If you have sunburn, apply peeled and sliced potato over your skin and keep it till it becomes dried. Now remove it with cold water and see the difference. Alternatively, you can also make a pulp out of potato and add few drops of lemon in it. Now, apply it slowly over your face leaving your eye and lips. You need to wait for a period of 35-40 minutes till it is completely dry. Then you can wash with cold water and see clear skin without tan skin.
Cream and saffron
You can either make fresh cream from milk at home or can get it in a denser form from the market. Saffron is a very popular and effective herb which is usually fed to pregnant ladies with milk so that the baby to be born gets whiter skin tone. It is a natural skin ingredient that helps making your skin brighter with the removal of pimples and acne. For this, you need to dip few strand of saffron in milk cream for a night. Once the herbs become softer smash it with your hands and milk it again in the milk cream. Now apply it over your face and wait for 20 minutes. Once it is dried, remove it with water and see the difference.
Just after oatmeal, corn meal is another effective ingredient for exfoliation that will ideally help removing dead skin from your skin and even the tan layer from your light color skin tone. If you have oily skin and a layer of darkness has covered your skin, corn meal will be an effective remedy. You can now make the scrubbing pack with cornmeal ( 2 spoons), lemon juice ( 1 tablespoon) and a tablespoon of yogurt. Mix them and apply over your face by keeping it for a period of 20 minutes or more till it dries. You also need to rub your finger slowly around our face in circular direction so that all the dead skin passes away completely. Keep it for another 5 minutes and then remove it with the lukewarm water. This scrubbing act must be repeated at least twice in a week to get great result.
Lemon, sugar and rose water
The sour taste of lemon is always necessary to stay at home as it helps us digest our food easily. Now, this particular fruit or vegetable also helps like a wonder to remove sun tan from your face. To make this face scrub at home, you need a spoon of sugar, half a lemon and a spoon of rose water. Mix them well and apply over your face. Use your fingertips to remove the skin tan.
Sandalwood, turmeric and milk scrub
Sandalwood has antiseptic property that helps your skin get an extraordinary glow. You need the ingredients like the turmeric powder, sandalwood powder and raw milk. Take a small bowl and add 2 spoon of oil. Also add half spoon of sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric. Now combine all together and apply over your face. You must keep this pack over your face for 20 minutes till it is completely dry. Then you can remove it with simple water.
Sugar and glycerin
The perfect combination of glycerin and sugar will make a wonderful scrub especially when you have tan prone skin. Take a spoon of sugar and a spoon of glycerin. If the pack is too thick, add some of the rose water extract in it, Now apply it over your face and use your fingertips to rub it slowly. The dead skin layer and dullness with tan layer will be removed. You can get fair and attractive skin in this way.
Cucumber, rose water with lemon extract
It is one of the best face packs for sun tanning, which comes with the goodness of cucumber and lemon. The bleaching agent of lemon comes with vitamin C and citric acid, and they lighten the skin tone and acts like a natural solution to how to maintain clear skin! It is a great source of antioxidants and it neutralized that damage of free radicals. This in turn reduces your tan, dark spots and age spots. You need to make sure that also use a sunscreen with SPF when you use this remedy. The acidic nature in lemon makes is sensitive and open to UV rays. When you mix it with cucumber juice and rose water they cool and soothe down your skin. Take 1 tablespoon of all the ingredients and mix in bowl. Soak cotton and apply on the tanned zones. Let it sit for 10 minutes after which you can wash off. Apply everyday after coming back from the sun and watch your face glow!
Papaya and honey
This pack removes sun tan from your face with the help of the enzymes present in the fruit. It is called papain and has a potent skin-lightening efficiency. It removes sun tan and lessens the visibility of blemishes and scars. Some more enzymes in this fruit is good for skin renewal, exfoliation, and restoration. Honey has always been known for its moisturizing effect and also softens the skin. Simply take ½ cup of ripened papaya pulp and mash well, add 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well. Apply on clear face and let it dry for 30 minutes. Wash off with clean water.
Red lentil, aloe vera and tomato
This is surely one of the best remedies that you can try as it comes with the hydrating benefits of aloe vera. Now, the exfoliating properties of red lentil make the skin tone lighter. This is why when you mix these, it makes a great remedy for tanning. Aloe vera is used for hair treatment and the plant steroids are known to soothe down burning or inflammation on skin. It is also known to heal sunburns. The tomatoes you add will make you skin rejuvenate from within.
Soak 1 tablespoon of red lentil in water for 20 minutes and then make rough paste. Mix paste with fresh aloe vera gel and then add 1 tablespoon of tomato pulp. Mix and massage on face and neck. Let it sit for 20 minutes and wash off.
Fuller’s earth and aloe vera
There is nothing over fuller’s earth when you need an overall skin care. From the cooling effect to the reduction in skin irritation, rashes, and other skin problems, fuller’s earth is the best you can opt for. Aloe vera lightens the skin and also works like a natural cleanser. Add 2 tablespoon of fuller’s earth with 1 tablespoon of the gel. You could also add rose water to make the paste fine. Apply on face and neck and then let it wash off after ½ hour.
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.