Skin Care

16 Powerful Home Remedies to Remove Tan Permanently

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There is something very different about summers. The freshness of the air, cool lemonade in the hot afternoons, visiting the beach and playing in the sun.

What’s there to NOT love about Summers? There’s a lot to be done in the summer time. But the boon of having fun in the summers comes with a huge bane called ‘Tan’.

Tanning is the most common way of getting affected by the sun. Your skin responds in a strange manner when exposed to the sun constantly or for a long period of time. The melanin in your skin gets more pigmented and darker and that is known as ‘tan’ on your skin.

Tanning can seem like a very normal problem but actually comes with a number of hidden concerns. Insecurities, the worry of ever letting go of your tan, the remedies for tan removal can be some things that could burden your mind with worry.

Before we get to the remedies that help in removing tan, let’s look at how or why tan is caused?

Why do we get Tanned?

Tan is the after effect of staying in the sun for too long and then getting affected by the Ultra Violet (UV) rays emitted by the sun. Melanin is a pigment in your skin that gives your skin its color. Melanin is also responsible as a coloring agent for your eyes, hair, skin, etc. When the Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted from the sun react with your skin, it gives the rise of melanin production and overshadows your skin in a more darker tone.

People with fairer or lighter sensitive skin tones and types, get sunburnt, which is a different type of tan by the sun rays. Getting sunburnt is when your skin turns red and has red patches. The Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted from the sun affects your skin in such a way that your immune system is forced to respond with increased blood flow in certain parts of your body in order to protect your body from the excessive heat.

Types of Tan

The first type of tan is the one which happens instantaneously. Meaning your skin gets darker almost immediately after being in the sun. This tan does not protect you from the sun and eventually is bound to fade with the help of home remedies and treatments.

The other type of tan which happens over time and remains almost permanent. This type of tan happens gradually as your skin gets more and more exposed to the sun rays, your skin gets more and more tanned in the process. Whether it is the immediate tan or the delayed tan, the effect of the tan on your skin will be the same. Your skin shall go through a lot of damage on the surface as well as on the inside. So it’s better to have good knowledge about protecting and preventing your skin from harmful rays of the sun.

Now that we have a good understanding of the causes of our skin getting tanned and the types of tan, we can now explore various home remedies that can help in the removal of tan. Home remedies are considered to be perfect healing techniques for removing tan permanently. They are considered to be very effective and efficacious as most ingredients of the remedies are natural and organic.

Even though there are no side effects of these natural remedies, it’s better to test them on a small area of your skin before applying elsewhere. Let’s look at some home remedies to remove tan permanently.

Home Remedies To Remove Tan Permanently

All the remedies given below are made from natural and organic ingredients that will be available in your kitchen. They are easy to understand, very effective and have curing characteristics.

As they are home remedies, you may have to wait a while to see results. But to assure you, home remedies always work very well and give you long-lasting results. So have some patience, believe in yourself and get on with the home remedies.

NOTE: Though home remedies almost never have side effects, be sure to do a patch test of the remedy on your arm before you apply it to your face. This because the skin on your face is rather sensitive and may react differently; hence it is better to confirm the remedy before trying it on and getting side effects.

1. Orange Juice And Yogurt

Orange contains vitamin C, antioxidants and natural oils. These qualities help to scrub and exfoliate your skin and help remove tan. It also makes your skin soft, supple and glowing. Yogurt, on the other hand, contains lactic acid, probiotics and Vitamin D. This helps in exfoliation, removal of dead skin cells, moisturizes your skin and reduces pigmentation. These both ingredients together create an amazing face mask to fight off the tan.

You need:

  • 4 tbsp. Orange Juice
  • 1 tbsp. Yogurt

How to Use:

  1. Take 4 tbsp. Orange Juice and 1 tbsp. Yogurt in a bowl.
  2. Mix it using a spoon.
  3. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part.
  4. Leave it on for 30 mins.
  5. Wash it off with water and pat your face dry.
  6. Repeat twice a week.

2. Strawberry And Milk

Strawberry contains vitamin K, manganese, folate, potassium, alpha-hydroxy acid and magnesium. These qualities help in getting glowing skin and removing de-colorization from the skin. Milk, on the other hand, contains lactic acid, probiotics and Vitamin D. This helps in reducing pigmentation, relieves sunburn, heals and hydrates skin. The mixture of both the ingredients is very beneficial to your skin.

You need:

  • 1 – 2 Strawberries
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. Raw Milk

How to Use:

  1. Take 1 or 2 strawberries (depending on the size of the fruit) in a bowl and mash it up using a fork.
  2. Now add it in the 1 – 2 tbsp. of milk in the bowl. Mix the mashed strawberries and milk using a spoon.
  3. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part. Leave it on for 20 mins.
  4. Wash it off with water and pat your face dry. Repeat twice a week.

3. Masoor Dal (Red/Orange De-husked Lentils) And Tomato Juice

Masoor dal or Red/Orange De-husked Lentils have amazing natural skin bleaching and skin moisturizing qualities. And Tomato always has been a great natural astringent for your skin. These two, when mixed together, create a great face mask to cleanse your skin and remove tan permanently.

You need:

  • 2 – 3 tbsp. of Masoor Dal or Red/Orange De-husked Lentils
  • 3 – 4 tbsp. of tomato juice.

How to Use:

  1. Soak 2 – 3 tbsp. of Masoor Dal or Red/Orange De-husked Lentils in a bowl of water. Leave it overnight for better results. Then take the soaked lentils and mash it using a fork. Now add in the 4 – 5 tbsp. of tomato juice in the bowl.
  2. Mix the mashed lentils and the tomato juice the using a spoon.
  3. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part. Leave it on for 30 mins.
  4. Wash it off with water and pat your face dry. Repeat once a week.

4. Potato Juice

Potato has always been considered a great kitchen ingredient when fighting with skin issues. Potatoes have manganese, Vitamin C and potassium which helps in lightening your skin tone and getting rid of tan. If you want, Adding lemon juice can provide you with additional benefits.

You need:

  • 2 – 3 tbsp. of Potato juice
  • 1 – 2 tsp. of lemon juice. (Optional)

How to Use:

  1. Juice one medium or small sized potato using a food processor or a juicer.
  2. Add the potato juice in a bowl.
  3. Now add 1 – 2 tsp. of lemon juice in the bowl. (This step is optional; potato juice works well even on its own.)
  4. Mix both the liquids till it is well mixed.
  5. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part. Leave it on for 30 mins.
  6. Rinse it off with water and pat your face dry. Repeat twice a week.

5. Sandalwood Powder

Sandalwood powder has always been considered as an antibacterial and healing natural powder which helps immensely while dealing with acne, blemishes, pigmentation, and tan. Sandalwood powder helps in relieving sunburn and also helps in removing tan. Adding to the list of benefits, sandalwood powder has a beautiful aroma providing you with the necessary aromatherapy while you treat your skin.

You need:

  • 2 – 3 tbsp. of Sandalwood Powder
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. of rose water

How to Use:

  1. Take 2 – 3 tbsp. of Sandalwood Powder in a Bowl.
  2. Now add in the 1 – 2 tsp. of rose water in the bowl.
  3. Mix the sandalwood powder and the rose water till it is well incorporated in a paste-like mixture.
  4. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part.
  5. Leave it on for 30 mins.
  6. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat your face dry.
  7. Repeat twice a month.

(Note: Don’t use this face mask too frequently as it can be quite drying for your skin and may reduce the moisture in your skin.)

6. Coconut Water

Coconut Water is loaded with beneficial qualities that will help your skin fight off with all sort of skin issues. Coconut water contains Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K and is additionally filled with antioxidants. These qualities help in fighting with the bacteria, toxins and help heal your skin. It also helps is eliminating tan from your skin and make your skin supple.

You need:

  • 3 – 4 tbsp. of Coconut Water

How to Use:

  1. Add the 3 – 4 tbsp. of Coconut Water in a bowl.
  2. Dip a cotton ball in the bowl.
  3. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part.
  4. Leave it on for 20 mins.
  5. Rinse it off with water and pat your face dry.
  6. Repeat twice a week.

7. Pineapple and Honey

Pineapples are filled with numerous vitamins and minerals. Some are vitamin B5, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium and manganese. Honey contains healthy bacteria and antibacterial properties. Both of these amazing natural ingredients, when mixed together, produce a very effective face mask which helps in tan removal, clearer complexion, and soft skin.

You need:

  • Mashed Pineapple or Pineapple Pulp
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. Honey

How to Use:

  1. Add the mashed Pineapple or Pineapple Pulp along with the 1 – 2 tbsp. of honey in the bowl. Mix the mashed pineapple or pineapple pulp and honey until its well mixed.
  2. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part. Leave it on for 30 mins.
  3. Wash it off with water and pat your face dry. Repeat once a week.

8. Cucumber and Rosewater

Cucumber is a natural cooling agent which helps in controlling the body temperature. It contains Vitamin C and caffeic acid, which helps in reducing redness of the skin and also helps in tan removal. Rose water works as a natural astringent and helps in maintaining the PH level of your skin.

You need:

  • 5 – 8 slices of cucumber
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. of rose water

How to Use:

  1. Take 5-8 slices of cucumber in a bowl and extract the pulp of the cucumber by scooping out the middle part of the cucumber
  2. Now add in the 1 – 2 tbsp. of rose water in the bowl. Mix the cucumber pulp and rose water. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part. Leave it on for 20 mins. Wash it off with water and pat your face dry.
  3. Repeat twice a week.

9. Bengal Gram Flour (Besan) and Milk

Bengal Gram Flour or besan has zinc and other antioxidants which help in benefiting your skin. It helps control oil production by your skin, fights with bacteria and also neutralizes complexion of your skin. Milk contains lactic acid and probiotics. It helps in reducing pigmentation, relieves sunburn, heals and hydrates skin.

You need:

  • 2 – 3 tbsp. of Bengal Gram Flour or Besan
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. of Milk

How to Use:

  1. Take 2 – 3 tbsp. of Bengal Gram flour or Besan in a bowl.
  2. Now add in the 1 – 2 tsp. of milk in the bowl.
  3. Mix the Bengal gram flour or Besan and the milk till it is well incorporated in a paste-like mixture. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part.
  4. Leave it on for 30 mins.
  5. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat your face dry. Repeat once a week.

10. Fresh Cream And Saffron

Fresh cream is considered to be very moisturizing for your skin and also has anti-aging properties. Saffron, on the other hand, may be extremely expensive but does absolute wonders for your skin. Saffron contains potassium, antioxidants, and many vitamins which helps in making your skin radiant, glowing and removing dead skin cells.

You need:

  • 2 – 3 tbsp. of Fresh Cream
  • 2 – 3 strands of saffron

How to Use:

  1. Take 2 – 3 tbsp. of Fresh Cream in a bowl.
  2. Now add in the 2 – 3 strands of saffron in the bowl.
  3. Mix the fresh cream or besan and the saffron.
  4. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part.
  5. Leave it on for 30 mins.
  6. Rinse it off with water and pat your face dry. Repeat once a month.

11. Rice flour And Tomato Juice

Rice Flour contains ferulic acid and allantoin which helps in reducing inflammation, protects your skin from the sun and relieves from sunburn. Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene which helps in removing dead skin cells, reduces pigmentation and works as a natural astringent for your skin.

You need:

  • 2 – 3 tbsp. Rice Flour
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. of Tomato Juice

How to Use:

  1. Take 2 – 3 tbsp. of Rice flour in a bowl.
  2. Now add in the 1 – 2 tbsp. of Tomato Juice in the bowl.
  3. Mix the rice flour and tomato juice ensuring that it forms a paste-like mixture rather than being a runny mess.
  4. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part. Leave it on for 30 mins.
  5. Rinse it off with water and pat your face dry. Use this as a scrub twice a week.

12. Papaya And Honey

Papaya contains Vitamin A and Papain enzyme which helps in removing dead dry skin cells and thus helps in removing tan. Honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties which help make your skin bacteria free and make your skin soft and glowing.

You need:

  • Mashed papaya or papaya pulp
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. of Honey

How to Use:

  1. Add the Mashed papaya or papaya pulp along with the 1 – 2 tbsp. of honey in the bowl.
  2. Mix the Mashed papaya or papaya pulp and honey until well mixed.
  3. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part.
  4. Leave it on for 30 mins.
  5. Wash it off with water and pat your face dry.
  6. Repeat once a week.

13. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is seen as a natural skin bleaching agent and helps in lightening your skin tone. It also helps in getting rid of any irritation or sunburn. It is acidic in nature and therefore also helps in maintaining the PH level of your skin.

You need:

  • 3 – 4 tbsp. of Lemon Juice

How to Use:

  1. Add the 3 – 4 tbsp. of Lemon juice in a bowl.
  2. Dip a cotton ball in the bowl.
  3. Apply it on your face or any other tanned body part.
  4. Leave it on for 15 mins.
  5. Rinse it off with water and pat your face dry.
  6. Repeat twice a week.

14. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has cooling properties and numerous vitamins which help in soothing your skin. It helps in healing your skin from sunburn and removes sun tan quickly. It also hydrates and moisturizes your skin from within.

You need:

  • Aloe Vera Gel (Store – bought)
    Or
  • Aloe Vera Plant Leaf

How to Use:

  1. Cut open the aloe vera plant leaf and scoop out the gel from the inside (you can also directly use the store-bought aloe vera gel if you don’t own an aloe vera plant)
  2. Apply the aloe vera gel on your face or any other tanned body part.
  3. Leave it on for 15 mins.
  4. Rinse it off with water and pat your face dry. Repeat every day for better results.

15. Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes are very cooling and therefore controls your body temperature, redness in skin and inflammation in your skin. It soothes your skin, gets rid of sunburn and helps in getting rid of tan on your skin.

You need:

  • Ice Cubes

How to Use:

  1. Take an Ice Cube (you can use more than one depending upon you and your skin type).
  2. Rub the ice cube all over your face or any other tanned body part.
  3. Rinse it off with water and pat your face dry.
  4. Repeat every day for better results.

Final Words

With these fifteen home remedies, we have come to the end of the compilation of home remedies to remove tan permanently. The home remedies are very effective when followed religiously and also provide you with visible long lasting results.

Along with these home remedies, always follow some tips to protect yourself from the sun. Wear caps or hats to protect your skin from the sun. Also, if possible try to cover your face with a scarf in extremely hot and sunny areas. Always apply a thick coat of sun-screen or sun cream on your face and body parts to protect your skin from further damage by the ultraviolet rays (UV) from the sun.

Apart from this, don’t always be too drowned in worries and don’t forget to enjoy the summer. Summers are beautiful and are meant to be enjoyed. Whether tanned skin or not don’t forget to enjoy your summers with certain protective measures for the betterment of your skin.

Enjoy your summers to the fullest!

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