Tanning is caused when the skin is exposed to sun which causes an increase in melanin and hence darkening of skin color. Although it is best to apply sunscreen to avoid tanning even though you have sunscreen on, skin might get tanned on longer exposure to the sun. In today’s post, we would be talking about a few natural ways to remove tan from the skin.
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Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent and also has exfoliating properties. To remove tan applying fresh lemon juice to the tanned areas and leaving it on for about 10-15 minutes really works. In order to see a difference in the skin color lemon juice must be applied regularly on the tanned areas. If you are too lazy to apply lemon juice on a regular basis there are a lot of skincare products available in the market that contains lemon as their main ingredient. A few such products are Himalaya Fresh Start Oil Clear Face Wash Lemon, Nykaa Lemon + Honey Sheet Mask For Glowing & Clear Skin Sheet Mask, & Lakme Blush & Glow Lemon Gel Face Wash.
Aloe vera is a well-known ingredient in many households. It is not only a part of a lot of natural skin care products but is also used for several skin uses on an everyday basis. Aloe Vera has soothing and moisturizing properties that can help reduce dark tan. The best way to use natural aloe vera is to leave a thick layer of Aloe Vera overnight on the skin washing it in the morning with a mild cleaner. But, fresh aloe vera gel can also be applied and left for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off. Aloe vera also helps in soothing sunburn and can help in reducing tan in just a week.
Here are a few Aloe Vera Gels to try: Mamaearth Aloe Vera Gel With Pure Aloe Vera & Vitamin E For Skin and Hair, Indus Valley Bio Organic Aloe Vera Gel, & WOW Skin Science 99% Pure Aloe Vera Gel.
Cucumber is a common name in many households, it is one of the widely used ingredients in Indian salads. The main reason is its water content. Cucumber contains 96% water which makes them perfect for eating to fill you up without intaking in many calories. But did you know that cucumber has cooling and skin-lightening properties? The best way to use a cucumber for skin lightening is by extracting its juice. Blend cucumber, extract its juice & apply the juice to your skin using a cotton ball and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse it off with water. Regular use can help reduce tan and improve skin complexion. I personally love to use cucumber on my eyes to soothe them and in the form of a sheet mask to give a cooling effect to my skin after a long day of work.
Tomatoes are excellent in removing tan, they are known to remove dead skin and also work well as an exfoliator. Tomatoes contain natural acids and antioxidants that help to brighten the skin by removing tan. To make tomato work for your skin, all you have to do is mash a ripe tomato and apply it to the tanned areas. Leave the paste on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off with water. 15-20 minutes are sufficient to show results. Repeat this process regularly for effective results.
These days tomatoes are not only used in households but they have become a part of the skincare industry. There are a few brands that use tomatoes in their products to make them easier to use Some of these products include Tatvvalogy Pure Tomato Gel which claims to contain 100% natural hand-extracted pure tomato gel along with Aloe Vera and The Dewy Skin Anti-Tanning and Brightening Tomato Gel which is an organic skincare brand.
Another amazing product that effectively helps in removing tan from the skin is Yogurt. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which helps exfoliate the skin and lighten tan. Applying plain yogurt to the affected areas and leaving it on for 20-30 minutes can work wonders for your skin. It is one of the easiest and most affordable ways of removing tan and it only requires a few minutes.
Another and one of the most famous product that is well known to help in removing tan is turmeric. We all at some point in our lives must have heard about the benefits of turmeric from our Mothers and Grandmothers. This is because turmeric has been used for skincare since ancient times. Turmeric has natural skin-lightening properties and it is easy to find. It is easily available in almost every Indian household which makes it one of the most popular ones. Turmeric can be used on its own or with yogurt.
For additional benefits, it can be used along with yogurt. Make a paste which can then be applied onto the tanned areas for a few minutes before rinsing off. Regular use of turmeric on the skin can help in removing tan and getting back the natural glow. If you are interested to use haldi as a face pack, it is advised to go for Organic haldi powder to give better results.
Remember to do a patch test before applying any natural ingredient to your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Also, consistent and regular application is key to seeing significant results. Additionally, it is important to use sun protection measures and avoiding excessive sun exposure to prevent further tanning.