Summers are all fun and sundresses until you look in the mirror and find your skin a shade or two darker. No matter what’s the amount of sunscreen you apply, the chances of getting a tan are still high due to scorching heat.
With the festive season right around the corner and weddings kicking in, it’s time for you to put in some efforts and get rid of that nasty tan. Although the tan does fade away on its own the process takes a few months. Here we are sharing some super simple, useful and natural remedies to get rid of suntan. You’ll be able to spot the most key ingredients in your kitchen. Trust us, you won’t regret your time invested and get instant results.
1. Gram Flour (Besan) & Turmeric
The age-old Indian remedy to get rid of tan has lately made its way around the world. The Gram Flour has natural skin whitening properties whereas Turmeric is a great anti-oxidant. It lightens the skin and helps you get rid of any pigmentation and spots. Together they make for a great scrub which could be used on the entire body as well as face to get rid of even the worst of tanned skin.
How to use: Add 4 spoons of gram flour with a half-a small spoon of turmeric. Make a paste out of it using rose water or milk. Apply the pack on the affected area and let it dry for 20 minutes. Wash it while gently scrubbing it off. The instant lift in skin tone is clearly visible.
2. Lemon Juice & Honey FTW
We all know the importance of Vitamin C for our skin. Lemon Juice is also a great skin lightening agent. And honey provides all the moisture required by the skin. The two together will make your skin brighter, healthier and supple.
How to use: Simply add some honey to lemon juice and apply it generously to your skin. Let it rest for 30 minutes before washing it off with luke-warm water.
3. Orange Peel Powder
Orange is another product rich in Vitamin-C and is super wholesome for the skin. Orange peel is used by the cosmetic industry for years now. Instead of market bought orange peel powder, make your own easily at home for best results. Just sundry some orange peel next time you devour the fruit and grind it into a fine powder.
How to use: One can use the orange powder in multiple ways. The best is to use it as an everyday scrub for your body. Get your hands on some gram flour and add generous amount of orange peel powder to it. Mix it with water and use it as a body wash/ scrub. The two together works wonders for tanned skin.
4. Tomato Juice Mixed With Yogurt
The two most easily available ingredients in every household are tomatoes and yogurt. Tomato is great for sun-damaged skin. It helps in brightening as well as heeling of the skin. Yogurt is rich in anti-oxidants and is great moisturizer due to fat present in it.
How to use: Squeeze a riped tomato to extract its juice in a bowl. Add a spoonful of yogurt to it. Use a cotton ball to apply it to affected areas of skin. Wash it off using cold water in 30 minutes. The blend of these two is also great for skin tightening and reduction of the appearance of pores on the skin.
5. Papaya & Honey Pack
Papaya has enzymes present in it which have natural bleaching properties. Honey on other hands soothes the skin. A pack of two is very beneficial for skin brightening, lightening and glow. It also helps in skin ageing and gives healthy-looking young skin.
How to use: Cut a few cubes of papaya and mash them till you get some pulp. Add a spoon of honey to the pulp and leave it on the skin for 20 minutes. Wash it using regular water and pat dry the skin. The pack is great for the face as well as body and even helps with acne.
6. Aloe Vera For Clear Skin
We all are well aware of the fact that aloe vera is extremely beneficial for the skin and is loaded with nourishment. It can heal worst of the sunburn in minutes and reduce redness. Aloe vera also reduces the suntan to a great extent.
How to use: If you can get your hands on some fresh aloe vera, nothing like it. Market bought gel works just fine as well. Cut a few aloe vera slices to extract the gel out of it. Directly rub it on your skin or use the aloe gel available in the market. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse it with water. Your skin will feel healthier and lighter.
7. Coffee & Sugar For The Glow
Coffee is one key ingredient majorly used in the skin-care industry. Ground coffee is a great exfoliator and tightens the skin. Plus, coffee is naturally a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Sugar is a superb natural scrub and helps in toning of the skin.
How to use: Add a spoon of sugar to two spoons of ground coffee. Add enough olive oil or coconut oil for it to look like a scrub. Make sure it’s not too runny. Scrub your body and face with it while in the shower. The scrub apart from suntan also removes cellulite and stretch marks.
8. Red Lentil (Masoor Dal) & Rice Flour
Both these ingredients are a true blessing for your skin from the mother nature. Red lentil and rice flour help in removing the tan, dead skin and leave your skin baby smooth. You won’t be able to stop touching your soft skin after the use of these.
How to use: In a bowl mix red lentil powder with rice flour. Make a paste out of this using rose water or milk. Scrub it gently on your body. Try to avoid using it on your face as it might tear the facial tissues. You’ll be left amazed by the results.
9. Try Oats & Curd Magic
Oats is a superfood and along with a hundred health benefits also works wonders for the skin. Oats helps in removal of dead skin and cleansing the skin. The lactic acid in curd softens the skin and makes it lighter.
How to use: Use three spoon of oatmeal powder with two spoons of curd and make a thick paste out of it. Apply it on the skin and wash it with normal water after 20 minutes for tan free skin.
10. Just Massage Coconut Oil
The exposure of skin to harsh sunlight and UV rays damage the upper layer of the skin. Coconut oil helps in replenishing the skin and cuts down the damage. It uses natural fats to maintain the shine of the skin and lightens the skin over regular use.
How to use: This is probably the easiest remedy of all. Just replace your body moisturiser with coconut oil. Massage it well and you’ll see a drastic change in the texture of your skin within a week.
11. Cucumber & Lemon Juice
The cooling effects of cucumber are highly profitable for sun-damaged skin. Mixing the cucumber juice with lemon makes for a great tan removal and provides nutrients to the skin. You can cut a few cucumber slices and place them on your eyes to get rid of dark circles as well.
How to use: Mix the juice of two and with the help of a cotton ball apply it to the affected area. Wash it after 15 minutes. Do this regularly for best results.
12. Dab Some Potato Juice
Another most common ingredient to be found in every kitchen is Potato. Potato has natural bleaching properties and lightens the skin almost instantly. It can be used to remove darkness off any area of the body right from underarms to knees.
How to use: Cut a potato is thick slices and rub it on your skin. Or grind the potato and squeeze out all the juice from it. Dab it directly on the affected part of the body and watch the magic unfold itself.
All the remedies mentioned does wonder to tanned skin if used religiously.