Living in a country like India can get very difficult in the summer, all thanks to the scorching sun soaring high above our heads. The ultraviolet rays of the sun not just makes the temperature very hot, humid and suffocating but also leads to several skin problems with the issue of unavoidable sun tan being the most common. On a lighter note, this can be viewed as a bad prank that the summer sun plays on us. In other words, hot and humid temperature enables you to wear minimal clothes to get relief from the heat while going out, thereby leading to more sun exposure and the more the exposure to the sun; the more is the intensity of the sun tan. However, there is nothing to be very upset about it, as despite the atrocities of the sun, there are various natural ingredients using which, you can easily combat the problem of sun tan. And if you are wondering how, then read on this post, because today I will be discussing about the 17 most effective home remedies to remove sun tan, easily and permanently.
Today’s generation puts a great stress on the way they look and sun tan definitely acts as a great hindrance to that. While it is advised to keep yourself covered or at least use an umbrella while going out, we can never forget that summer is also the perfect time to go to the beaches wearing a swimsuit or go to a party wearing sleeveless tops with shorts or some beautiful short dress. So, covering yourself every time while going out may not be possible. On the other hand, the commercial sunscreens may protect you up to a certain level but when you start sweating excessively, they wash off ultimately exposing you to the sun rays. Therefore, the best way to combat sun tan, is by using the natural kitchen ingredients. These simple and natural ingredients are safe and effective and can be used as remedies to remove sun tan.
I am sure, you are excited to know the remedies, so without wasting much time, let us begin our discussion on the most effective home remedies to remove sun tan permanently.
Natural home remedies to remove sun tan easily
The ultraviolet rays of the sun cause great harm to your skin. It darkens your skin tone and makes it look extremely dull and lifeless. Although it is nearly impossible to protect yourself from its harmful rays all the time, you can easily take up remedies to remove the sun tan and get your natural complexion back.
Many of us spend bucks on costly commercial products. We even spend lots of money on frequent parlors visits. However, applying costly cosmetics and visiting parlor every week may not be convenient for all. Therefore, the easiest way to get rid of sun tan issue is to apply what is safe and natural.
Here’s the list of top 17 natural home remedies to remove sun tan easily and permanently.
Use lemon juice to remove sun tan
The skin lightening properties of lemon juice is not unknown to us as it is considered to be a natural bleach. The acidic content in lemon is the main reason behind its ability to lighten your skin tone. Applying lemon juice on your skin will not just remove the tan but also help you get rid of the other marks or scars from your skin as well.
To get the benefits, you need to cut the lemon into halves and then rub them on your dark tanned skin. Let it stay for few minutes and wash it off after that. Repeat this process on a regular basic to get maximum benefits.
Mixture of lemon, cucumber and rose water to remove sun tan
Using lemon on sun tanned skin is a great remedy but it does not suit all skin types mainly the dry skin as it ends up making it drier. Therefore, as an alternative, you may use the mixture of lemon, cucumber and rose water. This is a great remedy as you will be able to draw the benefits of lemon, while the cucumber and rose water mixed with it will not let your skin get dry. This pack will also soothe the burnt tanned skin and leave it glowing.
To use this remedy, you need to mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of cucumber and 1 tablespoon of rose water. Now apply the mixture on the tanned portions of your skin. Keep it for 10 minutes and then wash it off. You can use this pack everyday for quick results.
Yogurt to remove sun tan
Besides the health benefits, yogurt has many skin benefits as well with the ability to remove sun tan permanently being one of the significant ones. Plain yogurt contains several natural enzymes that help you reduce your tan. You may add a bit of honey with it to intensify the good effects. The yogurt, honey pack not just removes the dullness but also makes your skin soft and supple.
Take adequate plain yogurt and gently apply it on your tanned skin. Let it stay for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it. You can also apply honey on your skin after keeping the yogurt for a while and then wash off both the ingredients from your skin after sometime.
Cucumber to remove sun tan
Cucumber juice is often mixed with various other ingredients to get skin-brightening effects but if you do not have so much time and wants to keep it simple, then you can simply use cucumber juice to derive the benefits. Cucumber is a very skin friendly ingredient that gives a soothing and cooling effect on your inflamed skin and nourishes it largely. Applying it frequently can remove all the dark spots more specifically your tan and leave you glowing.
You need to take a cucumber, extract its juice and apply it on your tan. Keep it for 15 minutes and wash it off. Alternatively, you may mix a bit of moisturizing honey along with it mainly if you suffer from very dry skin.
Mixture of turmeric and gram flour to remove sun tan
This one is my favourite and has worked wonders on my tanned skin. Both turmeric and gram flour has been associated with having beauty benefits since time immemorial and both when mixed together becomes one of the best home remedies to remove sun tan permanently. Turmeric evens and lightens your skin tone while the coarse gram flour clears your skin off the various impurities and makes the skin glow. To get additional benefits, just add a bit of milk and rose water and enjoy the fast improvements.
Here you need to apply a mixture of 2-tablespoon gram flour, 1-tablespoon rose water, 1 tablespoon of milk and a pinch of turmeric and apply on your dark sun tanned skin. Let it stay for around 20 minutes and then apply bit water to moisten your skin. After that, scrub off the mask gently first in clockwise direction and then anticlockwise. Use this exfoliating pack each alternate day for remarkable results.
Sandalwood with water/rosewater/ coconut water to remove sun tan
The usage of sandalwood cannot be denied as far as skin benefits are concerned and its potentiality in removing sun tan is not unknown. Using sandalwood pack is one of the oldest remedies and is highly recommended for most skin types. Applying sandalwood gives a soothing effect on your tanned skin and its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties enable it to lighten dark skin as well. You may use rosewater or coconut water instead of plain water for additional benefits.
At first take around 1-2 tablespoon of sandalwood powder in a bowl and then mix enough plain water to make a smooth paste. Apply the pack on your tanned skin and allow it to dry. Then rinse it off. You can use rose water and coconut water as well in place of plain water to draw the benefits of these skin friendly ingredients as well. Use sandalwood remedy each alternate night for great benefits.
Aloe vera to remove sun tan
If your skin is greatly affected with sun exposure and gives a burning sensation, then you may readily use the aloe vera remedy to get quick benefits. The application of aloe vera on your skin will soothe it and give a cooling effect. This will moisturize your skin and help you reduce the sun tan quickly.
In order to use this remedy, you need to take an aloe leaf first and then extract the mucous after slitting the skin from the leaf. Make the mucous frothy by beating with a spoon. Apply this gel on the tanned portions and let it stay for 15 minutes. Then wash off with water. Use it on regular basis for maximum good effects.
Potato to remove sun tan
Potato, besides its culinary usage can be used to reduce your problem of sun tan. It is a mild bleach that can act on your tanned skin and lighten its tone. It also has cleansing properties that can remove all the impurities and make your skin look fresh and glowing.
Take a potato of average size and grate it. After that, squeeze the juice out of it and apply on your tanned skin with the help of a cotton ball. Allow it to stay for around 10 minutes and then wash it. You can use this remedy on a daily basis to get the maximum benefits.
Mixture of honey and papaya to remove sun tan
Another remedy you can surely try out to remove your sun tan especially if you are having dry skin is the honey and papaya mask. Honey is a great moisturizer and is highly used in skin care. It keeps the skin soft and supple. This honey when mixed with papaya helps you lighten your skin tone. The pack is very exfoliating and makes your skin healthy and glowing.
Take around ½ cup of ripe papaya and mash it. Then mix around 1 tablespoon of honey into it. After blending well, apply the pack on your tanned skin and keep it for 30 minutes. Then rinse it off with cold or lukewarm water. You can use this remedy two to three times weekly to get the benefits.
Mixture of buttermilk and oatmeal to remove sun tan
This buttermilk and oatmeal pack work wonders on tanned skin and there are many who can vouch on it. Well, oatmeal is a soothing agent that besides having health benefits can protect your skin as well. More significantly, as per studies, this is also anti-inflammatory and some of the phenols in it are ultraviolet absorbers. Oatmeal also cleanses your skin off the impurities and keeps it glowing. Therefore, when you mix it with the skin friendly buttermilk, the mask definitely becomes one of the ideal home remedies to remove sun tan permanently.
You have to mix around 2 tablespoon oatmeal with 3 tablespoon of buttermilk. Then apply on the tanned portions of your skin. Massage in circular motions for few minutes and then wash it off with water. You can use this exfoliating mask two times weekly for more benefits.
Milk to remove sun tan
There are various face masks where milk is mixed with other ingredients, but if you want to use only milk for your tanned skin, that is also a good idea. Milk is another vastly used product for skin care and can help you to remove the sun tan and lighten your skin tone as well. The skin lightening property of milk is mainly due to the presence of lactic acid in it. Milk also evens the skin tone and keeps it nourished, moisturized and hydrated.
Firstly, you need to clean your face with some mild face wash. Then apply milk on the tanned skin. Leave the milk to dry naturally and after that, wash using water. You can easily try this out twice on a daily basis for good results. However, you must avoid this remedy if you are allergenic to milk and other dairy products.
Tomato to remove sun tan
A small tomato has many skin benefits with removing your sun tan being one of them. So, if you apply tomato juice on your skin, it will help you lighten your dark tanned skin. Moreover, it has de-pigmentation properties and is well known for its anti-puffiness.
You need to take a small tomato and then squeeze the juice out of it. (It is good if you keep the tomato in the refrigerator for few hours before you use it.) Apply the juice on your dark skin and keep it for 20 minutes. After that, wash it off. You can use this fast and easy method everyday for efficient results.
Yogurt and orange juice mixture to remove sun tan
I have already talked about using plain yogurt on your tanned skin but if you do not want to use yogurt alone and add something that can intensify the good effects, then you can surely go for the yogurt and orange juice mask. Orange juice is a citrus fruit and already has bleaching properties in it that can help you lighten the tan on your skin. Besides, it also contains Vitamin C that gets rid of the free radicals and rejuvenates your skin.
ake orange juice and yogurt, 1 tablespoon each and mix the two properly. Apply it on the tanned skin and keep it for half an hour. After that, remove it with water. Repeat it daily to experience quick results.
Mixture of fresh cream and saffron to remove sun tan
Saffron or “kesar” usage in treating skin problems is a very age-old method but when you use it with fresh cream, it becomes one of the best home remedies to remove sun tan permanently. Saffron contains various ingredients that lead to its skin lightening and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, using this saffron and fresh cream mask, you can not only remove the sun tan but also reduce the occurrence of pimples and acne.
Take a few strands of good quality saffron and blend with 1 tablespoon of milk cream. Now apply this paste on your tanned skin and keep it for 15 minutes. Then, wash it using lukewarm water.
Green tea to remove sun tan
Green tea has the ability to cure various health problems but do you know that it can solve your problem of tanned skin as well? Well, yes, green tea is a very good soothing and cooling agent. It is loaded with minerals and other antioxidants that makes it antibacterial and helps you fight skin problems. Using green tea can replenish the skin cells and help your reduce the blemishes and the sun tan.
For this, you need to take 1 bag of green tea and 1 cup of warm water. Brew some of it and then let it cool to normal room temperature. Gently apply it on your sun tanned skin using a cotton ball. Let it stay for 10 minutes and then wash using water. Use this remedy two times per day to draw maximum benefits.
Ice cubes to remove sun tan
This remedy is good for intense sun tan and if you are one suffering from it, you can definitely try it out. You may call this remedy as a cold therapy where by applying ice on your tanned skin, you get that soothing and cooling effect. It also reduces the itchiness that accompanies severe sun tan.
In this method, you need to take 1-2 ice cubes and rub gently on your sun burnt skin for a while. Alternatively, you can soak the tanned portions on a tub of cold water to get instant relief from the burning sensations. You can repeat any of this method when needed. However, more than lightening the skin tone, this remedy is more efficient in reducing the other symptoms of too much sun exposure so it will be very good if you use it in case of severe sun tan or to be more specific, for sunburn.
Vicks vapor rub to remove sun tan
I know you are going to freak out seeing this but trust me vicks vapor rub truly works on your tanned skin. Although it is not a natural product, you can surely use it as a home remedy to remove your sun tan. It not just removes the tan but also moisturizes and soothes your skin.
For this, you simply have to take the vicks vapor rub and apply it on your tanned skin. Keep it for few hours and then remove it. You may also apply this few hours before going to sleep and then keep it nightlong. If after using it once, you find yourself comfortable with it, then you may continue it to get maximum benefits.
Which is your go to remedy to remove to sun tan easily?
Sun tan is a very common problem that makes it difficult for us to maintain the skin tone we are born with. Although you cannot fully resist its occurrence, you can definitely reduce the effect of sun tan with proper care and by using some of the above-mentioned coolest and easiest home remedies to remove sun tan. The natural kitchen ingredients like cucumber, milk, honey, lemon, tomato, potato etc are readily available and are very cost effective. All these ingredients are blessed with properties that can help you get rid of sun tan and enhance the quality of your skin. We have already discussed a number of remedies and I hope these will work in your case as well.
All these remedies to remove sun tan, as discussed above are easy to use, tried, tested, and found to be safe for application. Despite that, if you find any uneasiness in your skin after applying any of the ingredients, you must stop using it immediately and visit a doctor if the side effects stay for all. We all have different types of skin and may be allergic to an ingredient, so take caution.
Are you tired of sun tan and wondering if there is a pure natural way to get rid of it? Have you tried any of the remedies as discussed above? If not, try some of my suggested remedies to remove sun tan permanently and let me know which one works best for you. Do share your feedback in the comments section and feel free to recommend any other remedies to remove sun tan that you may be aware of.
Until then, take care, stay beautiful and do like and share the post with others.
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.