Tanning is a common problem faced by many during Indian summers. No matter how hard we try, the reality is that most of us are exposed to sun’s rays on a regular basis which can cause our skin to go red, become a shade darker, or can be seen as dark patches or dead skin.
Most of the store brought anti-tanning options are filled with chemicals that can harm your skin. While it is impossible to avoid tanning in Indian summers, removing the tan isn’t too difficult when you follow natural methods.
Read these best tips for to remove tan naturally:
- Use Lemon Juice
Lemon is a good source of citric acid which can help remove tan, apart from removing scars on the face. It doesn’t make the skin dry and acts as a skin lightening agent. Cut a lemon and rub a slice on your tanned skin – allow it to sit for a few minutes before washing. Doing this regularly can help you get rid of tan successfully over 2-4 months.
- Apply Turmeric and Bengal Gram face pack
This pack works well for an instant exfoliation and for tan removal as well. Mix some Bengal gram with a pinch of turmeric, rose water and milk to make a paste. Apply this on a cleansed area and leave for 20 minutes. Once the pack is dry, moisten your skin with water and gently remove the pack by first scrubbing in clockwise and then anticlockwise direction. You can also add dried and powdered orange peel to further improve the effect. If you are allergic to milk, use Sutatva’s Organic Rose Water to make the paste.
- Aloe Vera, Red Lentils Powder and Tomato pack
Red lentils work very well for tan removal. When combined with aloe and tomato extract, it can remove tan quickly. Like lemon, tomato juice also contains skin lightening agents. Aloe Vera helps soothe sensitive skin. Use this pack every alternate day for a week or two and then twice a week. Sutatva’s Orange Peel Scrub has the goodness of red lentils and organic orange peel, and works great for removal of tans.
- Honey and Papaya pack
Papaya is a great skin lightening agent and makes it light and radiant. The enzymes in papaya have been put to use for centuries in skin lightening, renewal and exfoliation. Mash papaya and mix it with honey. Blend well and apply the pack on your face. Leave it on for half an hour and wash off with cold or lukewarm water. Adding honey to it can make the skin soft and supple. Together, they make an effective tan removal home remedy. You can also try Sutatva’s Handmade Papaya gel for great, anti-aging effect on your skin.
Sandalwood is a natural soother and works as an anti-inflammatory. It is also a natural astringent that can help lighten your skin. To remove sun tan, mix 1-2 tablespoon sandalwood powder with water or rose water and apply on tanned areas. Leave on until it dries and rinse with water. You can also try Sutatva’s Fascinating Woods which has the goodness of Sandalwood and removes tan effectively.
- Plain Yogurt
Yogurt acts as a powerful anti-tanning agent, as it contains natural enzymes. Apply curd all over the affected areas before a shower. Leave it on for around 20 minutes and wash it off. The honey will leave your skin soft, while yogurt helps to remove the tan. Try this before every shower to get rid of tan completely.
Saffron is an age-old ingredient to treat the skin and remove tan. When mixed with fresh honey, it can remove all the blotches of sun tan naturally. Saffron has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and skin lightening properties. Add a few strands of saffron with milk cream, and apply the paste on your skin. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. This paste helps beat sun tan and also fights acne and pimples. You can also try Sutatva’ Saffron De-tan gel to remove tan effectively.
Apart from this, you can try Sutatva’s weekly sun-damage regime too.