Out for a day, enjoying the glorious sun, and we come back home looking like a baked potato. And the nasty tan takes about a week to fully fade, leaving us no option but to walk around with patchy uneven skin tone, trying futilely to hide it under many layers of makeup!
And de-tanning products are packed to the brim with chemicals, which do more harm than any good! So, what you need are herbal remedies for tan.
When you step out in the sun, without any layers of protection, the UV and UVB layers of the sun can penetrate the epidermic layer of the skin, disrupting the melanin production, which causes the skin to become dark.
Getting tanned is least of your worries, UV rays can potentially damage your skin cells, making you age twice as faster.
So, step one, no matter how late you are, never step out without slapping on a suitable sun-block of a good SPF value. Keep a scarf in handy for that added protection.
And for that inevitable tan, here are 10 homemade masks that can even out your skin tone in a week or less. Take a look!
Citric acid in lemon works as a natural bleach, evening out the skin tone.
Take a bowl, squeeze out some fresh juice of 1 lemon, mix 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and an equal amount of olive oil. Slightly moisten your body, and start scrubbing in a circular motion. Continue doing this until the sugar dissolves. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse it clean. Follow it up with a nourishing body lotion.
Turmeric + Besan + Honey
Antioxidants, moisturising properties and skin-loving vitamins in this homemade mask for tan work by sloughing off dead skin cells, which in turn lightens the skin.
Take a tablespoon of besan, a pinch of turmeric and a teaspoon of honey. Using raw milk, whip it into a fine paste. Use this ubtan to cleanse your body every day for flawless skin.
Yogurt + Tomato Juice
Beta-carotene and lactic acid in this Ayurvedic tan-removing pack will show a difference in skin tone in the first usage itself!
Take a tablespoon of yogurt, and mix an equal quantity of tomato juice. Mix until it blends well. Apply it all over your body. Wait till it dries and then rinse it out with plain water.
Yogurt + Orange Juice
High on vitamin C means high on antioxidants, which means good-bye sun tan!
Mix 1 part yogurt and 1 part orange juice. Apply it liberally on the tanned area. Wait till it dries and then rinse it off with cold water.
Rice Flour + Turmeric + Buttermilk
Take a tablespoon of rice powder, mix in a pinch of turmeric. Using buttermilk, whip it into a smooth paste. Let it sit, till you start feeling your skin stretch. Spritz some water to loosen the mask, then scrub it in a circular motion for about 2 minutes. Rinse it out with cold water. Follow it up with a nourishing lotion.
Cucumber + Rosewater + Lemon Juice
This mask is high on bleaching agents, which can lighten most persistent of tans!
Take a tablespoon of cucumber juice, mix a few drops of lemon juice and a tablespoon of rose water. Using a cotton ball, apply it liberally on the tanned areas. Let it get soaked into skin. Use these natural ingredients to remove tan every day to see amazing results!
Aloe vera happens to be a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamin E and aloesin, all of which can soothe, repair and heal skin.
Cut an aloe vera leaf in half and extract its gel. Place the gel in the refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes. Massage it onto your skin. Let it sit overnight and wash it off in the morning.
Coconut water does not just soothe sunburn and remove tan, but also makes the skin turn supple and smooth.
Drink tender coconut water every day to accelerate your body's healing process or use it in your regular face mask to brighten your skin.
Not many people know this, but potato has a powerful bleaching agent, which can remove tan, lighten skin tone and reduce blemishes, overtime.
Peel, mince and extract juice of 1 potato. Apply it liberally on the affected area. When fully dry, rinse it off with cold water.
Papaya + Honey
Yet another easy tip on how to get rid of tan naturally is with the use of papaya and honey. Papain, good enzymes and humectant present in this mask can lighten, brighten and tighten skin tone.
Take 1 piece of papaya, and mash it into fine pulp. Add a teaspoon of honey to the papaya and mix until it blends well. Apply it to the tanned area. Wait till it dries completely, before you rinse it off with cold water!