A beach holiday is exciting for a number of reasons except that it leaves behind memories in the form of tan marks on your body. We always have experienced it sometime or the other. These marks take a lot of time to go and hence, in our impatience, we end up reaching out for quick fix solutions. We are indeed obsessed about our skin and we hate to see it all the worse for wear. So how to remove sun tan? Home remedies are the best solutions to get a radiant blemish-free skin!
Instead of depending on bleaches and chemical filled creams, we could get help from our kitchen shelf, easy to procure, and with zero side-effects, it does thousands of good things to your skin. So, you never need to think twice before applying them. So if your face still bears the signs of a holiday at the beach, it is time you take stock of things and find an easy yet effective solution.
What kind of damage does the sun have on your skin?
The ultraviolet rays of the sun make your skin dull dry and patchy. Exposed area of the skin is more affected and we are conscious of wearing shorts or sleeveless tees. Besides your complexion turning slightly dark, the skin bears the brunt of the hot and relentless sun. The other effects of the sun on your skin are as follows.
- It accelerates the aging process of the skin.
- It causes sunburn.
- It causes freckles or brown spots.
- Too much exposure can cause skin cancer.
- It causes pimples.
- It can cause pimples or acne.
- Skin burn.
Natural Home Remedies for Sun Tanning
So how to remove sun tan from face? Instead of panicking at the sight of dull damaged skin, and reaching for drastic measures like bleaching, give home remedies a try and you will be surprised at the positive changes it brings about on your skin.
Lemon is great for removing sun tan marks from your skin due to its natural bleaching properties.
You can simply apply some fresh lemon juice diluted with a little bit of water on the affected skin area and allow it to dry before washing the area with water.
Masoor (lentil) Yogurt and Dried Orange Peel Pack
This pack not only removes sun tan but also rejuvenates your complexion. It also helps remove the blemishes of your skin, as it is an exfoliating pack and sloughs off the dead skin effectively to reduce tanning to a great extent.
Soak one tablespoon of lentil in water and let it remain soaked overnight. Mix it in a blender keep aside. Dry orange peels out in the sun, and grind it to a fine powder when it is dry. Blend the two together, with yogurt, make a thick paste, and apply on your face. Let it dry and wash off with water.
Lemon Juice, Cucumber, And Rose Water
This pack has amazing bleaching properties, it helps to soothe the skin and imparts a healthy glow. The antioxidant properties of the pack neutralize the effect of free radicals on the skin, thus the effect is lightened and brightened skin. This is one of the best methods to remove sun tan naturally.
Take 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon cucumber extract and 1 tablespoon rose water. Mix all the ingredients. Apply this pack to the tanned areas generously. Rinse off after 10-12 minutes.
Turmeric and Bengal Gram Flour Pack
This pack is very effective in removing sun tan. The turmeric helps to remove the blemishes and also lends radiance to your skin. The Bengal gram powder helps to remove dead cells, giving your tanned skin, a scrubbed fresh and glowing look.
Take 2 tablespoons Bengal gram flour, a pinch of turmeric, 1 tablespoon rose water, and 1 tablespoon milk. Blend the ingredients. Apply this pack on the cleansed areas and leave it on for a good 20 minutes. Once the pack is dry, moisten your skin so that it does not turn too dry. Clean your face with copious amounts of water.
Papaya and Honey Pack
Papaya contains some powerful enzymes which exfoliates, cleans, lightens and whitens the skin. When mixed with honey, which is a natural moisturizer, it makes for a great pack for sun tan removal.
Take 1/2 cup ripe papaya and 1 tablespoon honey. Mash the papaya and add honey to it. Blend well and apply the pack generously on your face. Leave it on for half an hour. Wash off with cold or lukewarm water for best results. Do this twice or thrice a week.
Tomato Juice and Plain Yogurt Pack
This is a great pack to remove tan spots and pigmentation marks. The citric acid of the tomato is what works wonders in removing the spots. It acts as a toner, reducing the appearance of open pores. Yogurt soothes and moisturizes the skin.
Take 1 tablespoon plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon tomato pulp/juice. Mix the ingredients and apply the paste on your face. Let it dry for 30 minutes. Wash off this pack with water. This pack should be repeated twice or thrice a week.
Potato and Lemon Juice Pack
Potato is a powerful ingredient which also acts as natural bleach. It contains fibers, vital vitamins, and minerals, potato juice can help get rid of blemishes and the sun tan lines with ease, and all you have to do is apply the pack four to five times a week.
Take 1 medium-sized potato and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Extract the juice of the potato and mix it with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Apply this mixture on your face like you would apply any other pack. Leave it on for half an hour. Wash it off with cold water and pat dry.
Sandalwood Pack –
This anti-inflammatory pack has been used from times immemorial to lighten the skin. It soothes the skin and has healing properties. You can use the pack every alternate day, till the marks disappear.
Take 1-2 tablespoons sandalwood powder, water or rose water. Add enough water to the sandalwood powder to get a smooth paste. Apply the paste on the tanned areas. Let it dry and then rinse with water.
Oats and Buttermilk Pack –
Oats is a great exfoliating pack which helps in getting rid of dead skin cells. Buttermilk moisturizes effectively, giving your face a soft and supple look. This pack can also be used for preventing a tan.
Take 1 tablespoon of oats, and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk. Mix a tablespoon of oats in 2 tablespoons of buttermilk thoroughly. Apply the mixture evenly to your face. Leave this paste on for 20 minutes. Wash it off with normal water.
These packs can be easily prepared, and the fact that the ingredients are easily available is what works for us the most. Remember patience is the key, it takes time to remove tan, but if you are consistent with your beauty regime you will surely get results.
Article Submitted By Community Writer