How to get rid of tanning at home
Tanning is your body’s way of protecting your internal organs from damage brought on due to exposure to UV rays of the sun.
Understanding the process of tanning is important to prevent it and treat it in the future. So, instead of opting for the expensive de-tan or fairness facials, you could try using some natural methods to get rid of the tan.
Excessive exposure to ultra violate rays (UVA and UVB) of the sun accelerates melanin production in the skin that leads to darkening of exposed skin. Sun tan usually occurs on body parts that are exposed to sun such as, face, neck, arms and legs. Sun tan causes various skin problems such as:
- Fine Lines
- Dark Spots
- Hyper pigmentation
- Premature Aging of Skin
- Skin Burn
- In extreme cases it can lead to Skin Cancer
Best Home Made Remedies for Sun Tanned Skin Using Natural Ingredients:
Instead of splurging on expensive cosmetic products that are loaded with harmful chemicals and bleaching agents, use these nourishing and wholesome face packs prepared from our natural ingredients that are easily available and hustle free to make.
Cucumber, Rose Water and Lemon Juice Pack:
The acidic property of lemon acts as a natural bleach in removing tan and fighting pimples. The cucumber juice and rose water acts as cooling agents for soothing the blemished skin. Take a table spoon each of cucumber juice, lemon juice and rose water and mix in a bowl. Apply with cotton on tanned areas, wait for 10 minutes and wash off with cold water. Apply this pack every day after you get back home from the sun.
Besan (Bengal Gram Flour) and Turmeric Face Pack:
This pack is a combo of bleaching and scrubbing with the wonder ingredient: Turmeric. Mix 2 tablespoons of besan, a pinch of turmeric, 1 table spoon of milk, and 1 table spoon of crushed orange peel in a bowl with cold rose water. Apply on clean face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Moist the dried areas by sprinkling water on it and slowly remove the pack by scrubbing gently in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. Apply this pack once in two days for effective exfoliation and tan removal.
Papaya and Honey Face Pack:
The enzymes in papaya are known for skin renewal, whitening, exfoliation and restoration. Honey helps in moisturising and softening the skin. For this pack, take ½ cup of ripe papaya pulp and mash it well, add a table spoon of honey to it and mix well. Apply on clean face and dry for 30 minutes. Rinse off with water.
Tomato, Yogurt and Lemon Juice Face Pack:
This pack works wonders in removing dark spots and pigmentation from sun tanned skin. The citric property of tomato, yogurt and lemon juice works as natural bleach. In addition, tomato juice works as a natural toner to shrink open pores and reduce oiliness of skin. In order to prepare this pack mix 2 table spoon of tomato pulp, 1 Table spoon of lemon juice and 1 table spoon of yogurt in a bowl and apply on face. Let it dry for 30 minutes. Wash with cold water. The tomato juice may cause a sensation of itchiness in the beginning, but it will mellow down with regular application.
Aloe Vera, Masoor Daal (Red Lentil) and Tomato Face Pack:
Masoor daal helps in clearing even the extreme of tanning. This, in association with aloe vera gel and tomatoes acts as a complete skin rejuvenator. Soak a table spoon of masoor daal in water for 20 minutes and then make a rough paste. Mix this paste with fresh aloe vera gel and 1 table spoon tomato pulp and massage on face and neck. Keep for 20 minutes and rinse off with water.
Oat Meal and Butter Milk Exfoliating Pack:
Butter milk helps in soothing skin and healing blisters and oatmeal acts as a natural scrub that exfoliates skin, removes blackheads and dead cells. Mix 2 table spoon of oatmeal with 3 tablespoons of butter milk and apply on face and body. Gently massage in circular motion. Let it stay for 15-20 minutes and cleanse with water.
Orange Juice and Yogurt Face Pack:
Orange is rich in vitamin C that helps fight skin blemishes. Collagen found in orange slows down the process of skin aging and helps in skin tightening. Yogurt acts as a natural bleach and moisturizer to make skin soft and supple. Mix 1 table spoon each of yogurt and orange juice and apply on face. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse off with water.
Potato and Lemon Juice Face Pack:
Potatoes make mouthwatering snacks indeed, but it has huge benefits for skin too! Potato is loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and fibers. Potato juice helps treat skin aging, blemishes and sun burn. It sooths the skin and calms it. Extract the juice of one potato using a grinder, mix a table spoon of lemon juice with it and apply on face and other affected areas. Let it dry for 30-40 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
Strawberry and Milk Cream Face Pack:
This yummy berry has skin lightening agents that help in improving skin complexion and reducing dark spots, pigmentation and freckles. Crush 4 strawberries and mix with 2 table spoon of milk cream and apply on face. Let it stay for 30 minutes and rinse off with water. Warning: This face pack is so delicious that you may be tempted to eat it!!
Milk Powder, Honey and Almond Oil Face pack:
Milk powder works wonders in moisturizing skin, reducing effects of sun tan and imparting a clearer tone and texture to skin. Mix 2 table spoon of milk powder with 1 table spoon of honey and a few drops of almond oil and apply on face. Leave it on face for 20 minutes before washing off with water.
Sandal Wood and Coconut Water Pack:
Due to its medicinal qualities, Sandal wood has been used for healing since time immemorial. Sandal wood powder or paste works as a natural skin cleanser removing impurities and dead cells. It also acts as a soothing balm and helps heal blemishes and blisters. Mix a table spoon of sandal wood powder with coconut water to make a thick paste and add a few drops of almond oil to it. Apply on face and neck, dry for 20 minutes and wash off with water.
Saffron and Fresh Cream Face Pack:
Saffron (Kesar) has been an age old ingredient for skin care. Saffron helps in natural skin brightening, toning, tan removal, and fighting acne and pimples. Soak a few strands of saffron in 2 tablespoons of milk cream overnight. Blend with fingers and apply on face evenly. Let it dry for 20 minutes and wash off with water. This pack also works as a deep moisturizer.
Pineapple and Honey Face Mask:
With its tangy and fresh flavor, Pineapple is the king of tropical fruits. The enzymes in pineapple help in removing dead cells from tanned and burnt areas. Vitamin C in pineapples helps reduce the aging effects of the sun such a fine lines, freckles and wrinkles. Mix 2 table spoon of pineapple pulp with one tablespoon of honey and apply on face, wait for 3-5 minutes and wash thoroughly with water.
Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) and Aloe Vera Gel Pack:
When it comes to overall skin care, there is nothing like fuller’s earth. It cools and sooth skin burns and helps reduce skin irritation, rashes, acne and blemishes. Aloe Vera gel lightens skin tone and acts as a natural cleanser. Mix 2 table spoon of fuller’s earth with a table spoon of aloe vera gel, rose water can also be added to dilute the mixture. Apply on face and neck and let it dry for half an hour. Clean face with cold water.
Cornmeal and Lemon Juice Face Scrub:
Cornmeal helps in effective removal of dead cells and black heads from skin. Cornmeal face scrub is especially effective for oily skin because it removes excess oil and sebum from skin without drying it. Mix 2 table spoon of cornmeal with 1 table spoon each of lemon juice and yogurt and apply on face. Gently massage in circular motion with your fingers for 2 minutes. Leave it on face for 15-20 minutes and cleanse with water.
Wheat Flour Face Pack:
Applying wheat flour on the skin can help in improving skin tone, fade away dark spots and uneven skin tone. Make a paste using 2 table spoons of wheat flour and water and apply on face. The paste should not be too thick. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash off with water and get softer and brighter skin.
However, it must be remembered that skin tanning is a problem that takes time to heal and bleaching is the only instant solution. Therefore, occasional application of these natural face packs is not enough and they have to be incorporated in to your daily skincare routine for effective results.