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Herbal Masks To Remove Tan From Hands Instantly!

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Summer or not, our skin can get tanned. Considering the year-round humidity in a topical country like India, your skin is never really safe from the UV rays.

And a body part more susceptible of getting sunburned than any other is our hand. That's why, we curated herbal masks specifically designed to get rid of tan on hands.

tanned hand remedies

Why hands particularly, you ask? Firstly, skin on your hands and arms tends to be thinner and hence more vulnerable to damage.

Secondly, where other part of your body is cocooned under layers and layers of clothings, your hands are mostly NOT!

Sun tan happens when UV rays penetrate the skin layers, triggering melanin production, which causes the pigmentation on skin.

What triggers sun tan? Direct exposure to sun light, not using sunscreen, lack of vitamin C, dehydration and more.

How do these home remedies help remove tan on hands?

All remedies curated work to slough off the dead skin layers, cleanse pores, control melanin production, thereby lightening skin tone.

Bonus point: All these Ayurvedic remedies for tan removal are non-toxic and skin safe. So, have a look.

potato juice

Potato Juice + Lemon Juice

Bleaching properties and citric acid remove tan and lighten the skin tone.

  • Grind and extract juice from 1 potato, mix it with an equal quantity of lemon juice. 
  • Using a cotton ball, apply a liberal quantity on both hands. 
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes and then rinse.
aloe vera

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloesin and antioxidants in aloe vera cleanse pores of the impurities and help remove the tan.

  • Cut an aloe vera leaf in half and extract its pulp. 
  • Massage it on to the affected area. 
  • Let this herbal mask for tan sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.

Cucumber Juice + Honey

Cucumber juice and natural humectant in this mask eliminate tan and nourish the skin.

  • Take a tablespoon of cucumber juice, mix it with an equal quantity of honey. 
  • Massage it on to the affected area. 
  • Let it sit till dry, later scrub and rinse.
rice powder

Rice Powder + Turmeric + Milk

This mask sloughs off dead skin cells, revealing clear skin underneath.

  • Take a tablespoon of rice powder, mix it with a pinch of turmeric and add a tablespoon of milk. 
  • Mix until you get a thin paste. 
  • Apply it on to the affected area. 
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes and then scrub rigorously in a circular motion. 
  • Rinse and pat dry. 
  • Repeat this Ayurvedic remedy for tan removal thrice a week.

Yogurt + Besan

Lactic acid and antioxidants in this mask work as a natural bleacher which removes tan effectively.

  • Mix equal parts of besan and yogurt. 
  • Using water, make a thick paste. 
  • Apply it evenly on the affected area. 
  • Wait till it dries and then wash it off.

Papaya + Tomato

Papain and beta-carotene present in this herbal mask for tan act as a natural skin bleacher.

  • Mash papaya and tomato into a pulp. 
  • Scrub it in a circular motion on the tanned area. 
  • Let it sit for 20 minutes. 
  • Scrub and rinse.

Sandalwood Powder + Coconut Water

This mask has a high amount of skin-cleansing properties and antioxidants, which remove dead skin cells, soothe inflammed skin and remove pigmentation.

  • Mix a tablespoon of sandalwood powder with a required amount of coconut water to get a smooth paste. 
  • Apply it on the tanned area. 
  • Let it sit overnight, and later in the morning scrub and wash. 
  • Follow it up with a nourishing moisturiser.

Saffron + Milk Cream + Honey

This home remedy to remove tan on hand works to tone, nourish and brighten skin tone.

  • Take a tablespoon of fresh milk cream, add a teaspoon of honey and a few strands of kesar (saffron) to the mixture. 
  • Let it sit overnight. 
  • Apply it evenly on the tanned area. 
  • When the pack dries completely, scrub and rinse.

Almond + Sandalwood Oil + Yogurt

Riboflavin, vitamin E and antioxidants present in this mask not just remove tan but also remove age spots and wrinkles.

  • Soak 5 almonds in water overnight.
  • In the morning, grind it into a smooth paste.
  • Add 5 drops of sandalwood oil and a required amount of yogurt to get a smooth paste. 
  • Apply it evenly on the darkened hand. 
  • Wait till it dries, scrub rigorously and rinse. 
  • Massage your hands with a nourishing oil later.
petroleum jelly

Almond Oil + Petroleum Jelly

Yet another simple tip on how to remove sun tan on arms naturally is this effective remedy. Vitamin E and emollient properties in this mask will remove tan, repair skin, making it supple and soft.

  • Take a required amount of petroleum jelly, mix it with a few drops of almond oil . 
  • Massage your hands with this mixture, until you feel your skin become warm. 
  • Wear a pair of gloves, let the mixture sit overnight. 
  • In the morning, wash it off with cold water.
pineapple juice

Pineapple Juice

Pineapple contains skin-bleaching properties that repair and renew skin cells.

  • Dip a cotton ball in a tablespoon of pineapple juice. 
  • Dab it on the affected area. 
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes and then rinse. 
  • Repeat this Ayurvedic remedy for tan removal twice a week.
baking soda

Baking Soda + Rosewater + Glycerin
Baking soda lightens the skin, rose water works to tone the skin and glycerin moisturises and nourishes the skin.

  • Take a teaspoon of baking soda, mix it with a teaspoon of glycerin and a required amount of rosewater to make a smooth paste. 
  • Apply it evenly on to your hands. 
  • Wait till it dries and then rinse. 
  • Follow it up with a nourishing hand cream.
Story first published: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 12:53 [IST]
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