Author’s Note: While reading Jyotsana’s article on best sunscreen lotions we ought to try, I realized that I had been very careless about applying sunscreen all these years. So, after the much-needed wake-up call, I decided to do thorough research on how to get rid of the ugly tan from my hands. And, thanks to Jyotsana, to always wear sunscreen! Here is the link to Jyotsana’s sunscreen article, in case you are interested.

Glowing skin always looks great, doesn’t it? But most of us become victims of suntan. Our hands are not as bright as the rest of our body, and that adds to our woes. We wonder if we must go for expensive treatments to bring back our lost beauty.

But the good news is, we don’t have to! With the available resources right within our homes, we can treat suntan. If you are wondering how, then keep reading.

How To Remove Tan From Hands

Listed here are the effective home remedies to check out.

  1. Yogurt And Turmeric Mask
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Lemon Juice
  4. Cucumber
  5. Almonds
  6. Gram Flour And Turmeric
  7. Potato
  8. Honey And Lemon Juice
  9. Sandalwood
  10. Papaya And Honey
  11. Orange Peel With Milk
  12. Petroleum Jelly
  13. Exfoliation
  14. Borax Powder With Glycerine And Rose Water
  15. Oatmeal, Tomato Juice, And Curd
  16. Raw Milk

Home Remedies To Remove Tan From Hands

1. Yogurt And Turmeric Mask

What You Need

  • 1 bowl of chilled yogurt
  • A pinch of turmeric

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the pinch of turmeric to the yogurt and mix thoroughly till you get a uniform paste.
  2. Apply this paste on your hands and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

You can ideally follow this remedy every day before taking a bath. Do it for two weeks or till you see the results.

Why This Works

Yogurt contains probiotics, which, according to a study, have been found to make the skin glow (1). In another Korean study, it was found that yogurt improved the brightness, elasticity, and moisture content of the skin (2).

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2. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

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What You Need

A little amount of aloe vera gel (you can get this either from the sap of a broken aloe vera leaf or in the market as a tube)

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply the fresh aloe vera gel on your hands and leave it on overnight.
  2. Wash off with normal water in the morning.

When You Need To Do This

Every night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

Aloe vera has been found to protect the skin from radiation damage. Being rich in antioxidants, it also eliminates free radicals in the skin (3). Aloe vera is also known to lighten the skin and remove tan (4).

Caution

If you have applied aloe vera gel on your hands sometime in the day, ensure you are not stepping out without applying sunscreen. This is because aloe can make your skin photosensitive, which might lead to further tanning if you haven’t applied sunscreen.

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3. Lemon Juice

What You Need

  • Juice from 3 to 4 lemons

What You Have To Do

  1. Take a basin full of warm water and add the lemon juice to it.
  2. Mix well till the juice is diluted.
  3. Soak your hands in the lemon-infused water for about 20 minutes.
  4. Wash off with cold water.

You can directly apply four to five tablespoons of lemon juice to tough tan-stained areas like your elbows. You can wash off with cold water after about 20 minutes.

[ Read: Homemade Face Packs For Tanned Skin ]

When You Need To Do This

You can follow this remedy in the morning after bath. Do this twice or thrice a week for about two weeks and check the results.

Why This Works

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, and according to the Oregon State University, vitamin C can have skin lightening effects (5). Vitamin C has also been found to protect the skin cells and help them survive after exposure to UV rays (6).

Additionally, a study conducted by the University of Arizona has supported the efficacy of citrus fruits in reducing the risk of skin cancer (7).

Caution

Lemon juice can dry out the skin. So, ensure you use a rich moisturizer on your hands after trying this remedy.

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4. Cucumber

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh cucumber juice
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • A pinch of turmeric

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients well till you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste on your hands and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off with cold water.

Alternately, you can also rub freshly cut slices of cucumber on your skin. Let the residue stay on your hands for about 15 minutes, after which you can wash with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

You can follow this remedy once every night for about two weeks.

Why This Works

Cucumber has a cooling effect on the skin. This can be soothing and helps remove suntan.

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5. Almonds

Almonds

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What You Need

5 to 6 almonds

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak the almonds in water overnight.
  2. The next morning, blend the almonds with some milk and mix till you get a smooth paste.
  3. Apply this paste on your hands and leave it on overnight.
  4. Wash off with cold water the next morning.

Alternate Method

  1. Take about 10 green and fresh almonds and grind them.
  2. Mix this powder with a little amount of sandalwood oil.
  3. Once you get the paste, apply it to your hands.
  4. Rinse with water the next morning.

When You Have To Do This

Follow the remedy regularly for two weeks, after which you can reduce the usage to twice a week.

Why This Works

Almonds are a rich source of riboflavin, an essential vitamin that maintains and improves skin health (8), (9). They are also packed with antioxidants including vitamin E that protects the skin.

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6. Gram Flour And Turmeric

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of gram flour
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • A bowl of cold rose water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the ingredients to the bowl of rose water and mix them thoroughly till you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste on your hands and leave it on for about 20 minutes, allowing it to dry.
  3. Wash off with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

Follow this remedy in the night before going to bed, once every two days.

Why This Works

In one Chinese study, it was found that compounds derived from plants are safe to be used as skin lightening agents. Curcumin, a plant-derived polyphenol, has shown to inhibit melanin activity, which is primarily responsible for skin darkening (10).

Gram flour was also found to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, thereby improving its health.

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7. Potato

Potato

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What You Need

  • 3 medium-sized potatoes

What You Have To Do

  1. Peel the skin of the potatoes. Slice them into chunks and add them to a blender to make a paste.
  2. Apply this paste on your hands and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off with cold water.

You can also cut a raw potato in half and rub the flesh on the tanned portion of your hands.

When You Need To Do This

In the morning, after a bath. Do this regularly till you see the results.

Why This Works

Potato contains an enzyme named catecholase that has been found to lighten the skin tone.

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8. Honey And Lemon Juice

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons each of honey, lemon juice, milk powder, and almond oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl till you get a cream-like consistency.
  2. Apply the cream on your hands and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  3. Wash off with cold water. You can store this cream for about a week.

When You Need To Do This

Follow this remedy thrice a day for best results.

[ Read: Home Remedies To Remove Tan Permanently ]

Why This Works

Honey has amazing therapeutic properties that can be beneficial to the skin. It also acts as an emollient and humectant. This helps in the treatment of suntan. Lemon juice aids in skin lightening, and the milk powder and almond oil provide nourishment to the skin.

In case you do not have almond oil, you can skip it from the mixture.

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9. Sandalwood

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons each of sandalwood powder and turmeric powder
  • A few drops of rose water

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix both sandalwood powder and turmeric powder, and add rose water to get a thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste on your hands and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

You can follow this hand tan removal remedy twice a week, in the night before going to bed.

Why This Works

Sandalwood is known to soothe harsh sunburns and even treat skin tan. It can improve the skin complexion as well.

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10. Papaya And Honey

What You Need

  • 1 ripe papaya
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Cut the papaya into small cubes.
  2. Take a bowlful of the cubes and mash them well.
  3. Add honey and mix well till you get a nice paste.
  4. Apply this paste on your hands and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

Follow this remedy thrice a week, in the night before going to bed.

Why This Works

Papaya contains enzymes that have skin-whitening properties. In addition, it also has been found that papaya can help treat chronic skin ulcers (11).

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11. Orange Peel With Milk

What You Need

  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 to 1 cup milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Remove the orange peels from the oranges and grind them till they are powdered.
  2. Take this powder in a bowl and add milk. Mix nicely to form a paste.
  3. Apply this paste to your hands.
  4. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with water.

When You Need To Do This

Follow this remedy thrice a week, in the night before going to bed.

Why This Works

Orange peels contain vitamin C, which helps combat free radicals that destroy skin cell functioning. In combination with milk, it removes dead cells, lightens the skin and provides nourishment.

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12. Petroleum Jelly

What You Need

  • Petroleum jelly

What You Have To Do

  • Take the required amount of petroleum jelly and apply to your hands before going to bed.
  • Cover your hands with a pair of cotton gloves.
  • Leave them on overnight.

When You Need To Do This

Follow this remedy as and when required.

Why This Works

Petroleum jelly is an unconventional and yet inexpensive way to get the desired results. When you wake up the next morning, your hands should look smooth, fresh and radiant. Now you would love that, wouldn’t you?

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13. Exfoliation

What You Need

A mild to medium skin scrub

What You Have To Do

  1. Rub the scrub over your hands in circular motions.

You can also use lemon juice and salt as a scrub and rub the mixture over your hands.

When You Need To Do This

Exfoliate the skin on your hands two to three times a week.

Why This Works

This is the simplest way to reduce the darkness of your hands. Scrubbing removes dead cells from the skin surface, thus lightening the skin by letting the fresh cells come up to the surface.

The lemon and salt scrub works as a natural cleanser. It helps remove the dead skin cells and gives you a smooth and glowing skin.

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[ Read: Remedies To Remove Tan Permanently ]

14. Borax Powder With Glycerine And Rose Water

What You Need

  • 3 spoons borax powder
  • 2 spoons glycerine
  • 2 cups rose water

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients together to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply over your hands evenly and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Wash off with cold water.

When You Need To Do This

Follow this remedy every day for two weeks.

Why This Works

The beauty of rose water is it can bring benefits to all skin types. It is also filled with antioxidants and various other vitamins which help in preventing aging and nourishing the skin. Borax powder has antibacterial properties, and glycerine acts as a moisturizing agent in this mixture.

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15. Oatmeal, Tomato Juice, And Curd

What You Need

  • 1 medium sized tomato
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2-3 tablespoons curd

What You Have To Do

  1. Mash the tomato and extract its juice. Mix with the oatmeal and curd.
  2. Apply the paste over your hands and leave for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash off with fresh water.

When You Need To Do This

Follow this remedy every day for two weeks.

Why This Works

Curd is known for its antibacterial properties which help purify the skin and keep it healthy. Oatmeal is a great exfoliant and helps in removing dead cells. Tomato acts a toner and removes excess oil from the skin.

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[ Read: Tan Removal Creams Available In India ]

16. Raw Milk

What You Need

  • 1/2 cup raw milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Clean your hands before doing this
  2. Apply raw milk over your hands. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash with warm water.

When You Need To Do This

Repeat this process every day for two weeks.

Why This Works

This is one of the most simple and easy home remedies to give your hands an even complexion. Milk helps in lightening the skin on your hands, thus removing the tan. It also has cleansing and skin smoothening properties.

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Reducing tan is not rocket science, neither is it a costly affair. Just by making proper use of the ingredients stocked in your kitchen, you can do wonders for your skin!

Now that you know how to remove tan from hands easily, what are you waiting for? With these simple remedies, you can easily get beautiful skin. Keep trying these remedies on a regular basis, and you might even remove tan permanently.

Tell us how this post has helped you. Do comment in the box given below.

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  • Tarani

    Hi, can you recommend a few anti tan products..

  • Habiba

    Hello…I’m. applying lemon from last one week but I have seen much difference on my hands…..please suggest some tips for tanning on hands…:(

    • habiba

      I have not seen much difference….:(

  • John Dominic

    It didn’t work for me :( Is that only for girls or does it work for boys too…! Maybe I am an alien :(

    • John Dominic

      It worked for my mom and sis… Damn… Why me always…

    • namratha

      Pls. dont apply with turmeirc..as u r boy…. :D

      • John Dominic

        lol… So, I am a boy, I can’t use turmeric…! lol conditions apply :P

  • Dip

    I used PIGLOW cream, i got it from a medical store, it claimed to be a tan removal cream,but in two days I got red circular burn marks in my cheeks,I stopped using the cream then,pls can anyone help me out how to use that cream without getting those burn marks

  • namratha

    Hi…Am new to this… Pls try this….
    Turmeric…lemon….yogurt…mix them all and apply and leave it to dry…
    ..u can c the immediate difference…Apply on face,neck and hands…

    I tried it….
    All the best..let me know if it really worked…

  • Shrishti

    I agree with this post. Yes natural ingredients such as turmeric, milk and yogurt are a staple to natural remedies for skin care. I loved it and it is really nice that you listed out the ingredients and explained how the ingredients work in. You are doing a awesome job! Keep going Girl!

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    Hello Kirtimolpariya, Here you can check 10 simple best home remedies for remove stretch marks. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/simple-home-remedies-for-removing-pregnancy-stretch-marks/,
    hope this article helps you.

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    Hi Kirti, studies have shown that people who use a good moisturizer showed a lot of improvement in skin elasticity and appearance. You can use moisturizer according to your skin type. Women with dry skin should use a cocoa butter infused skin cream and those with oily skin can use an aloe and clay based skin moisturizer to keep those stretch marks away. You can also check our other articles give below.
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    Hey, waxing is most popular and effective semi-permanent method of hair removal, however waxing on a sensitive skin is difficult as the method is not only painful but also leaves scars and burning skin, but there are few methods that you can try to significantly reduce the appearance of your waxing scars.
    1. Boil water and add lemon juice and glycerin in equal amounts. Store it in a bottle and apply twice daily. This is one of the simple home remedies to remove waxing scars.
    2. Apply ice cubes immediately after waxing. This reduces the waxing pain and provides relief to the burning skin. By rubbing ice cubes, the skin is also protected from getting scars.
    Secondly, to remove dark spots rub lemon juice on your dark spots two times a day. Allow the juice to dry naturally and leave it on for half an hour. Apply lemon juice for at least 2 months for getting good results. Another remedy is slice a red onion and rub on the dark spots. will help in removing the surface layers of skin to reveal the new and clearer skin underneath. Apply onion two times a day and leave it on without washing.

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    Hi Dhimahi, the citric properties of tomato act as natural tan remover. Cut a tomato into two halves. Rub the inner side of the tomato on the skin of your hands, so that the seeds and juice come in contact with the skin, helping you to get rid of tanned skin. Make sure to apply as much juice as possible. Apply this regularly for a couple of months for desired results. Two months down the lane you ll see a better, tan free skin. You can mix tomato juice with cucumber juice or yogurt and rose water too.

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    Hi Perin, any home remedy takes times to show results and requires patience. Apply this pack regularly and follow a good skin care regime like to apply a sunscreen before stepping out in the sun etc and you will see the results in a couple of weeks or a month.

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    Hi Neha, some of the natural ways to remove tan from feet are:
    1. Tomato – Tomatoes are considered as natural bleach for the skin. Rubbing tomatoes on the tanned feet and legs show improvement in fading the tan and a lot of skin darkening. Another way is to mix some sugar with tomato juice and rub on the skin. Leave for half an hour then wash with water.
    2. Lemon juice – Take some lemon juice and rub on the tanned areas like legs and feet. Keep this for half an hour then wash with water. Honey and lemon juice combination work well too for tan removal. Doing this simple beauty tip every day will help to lighten the tan.
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    Hi Anu, there are few home remedies to treat your skin and improve the color of your hands. For this, take one table spoon of milk powder, honey and lemon juice and combine them and apply this on your feet. Leave this pack for 20 minutes and then wash off. This will give a fresher look to your skin.

  • meghana C

    I am a tennis player and my hands and legs are tanned like anything. I don’t have time prepare pastes and all so I can use only rubbing lemon or tomato and these kind of things. I wanted to know which is best for quicker tan removal in these two? Tomato or Lemon.

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      Hi Meghana, both lemon and tomato are effective to remove tan. Regular application of these juices will help to lighten the skin tone. But remember to apply lemon juice in the evening or before going to bed… instead of day time. Never step outside in the sun after the application of lemon juice on the skin. Also, never forget to apply a sunscreen when you step outside.

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    Hi Kshitij, tomatoes and cucumbers are excellent ingredients to soothe your skin and remove tan.
    1. Cucumber – Take a cucumber and cut it into two halves. Now grate the half cucumber and keep it in a bowl. To this, add 2 tbsp milk or milk powder and few drops of lemon juice. Mix well. Apply and let it stay till it dries. Wash with normal water. Apply this weekly to get the best results.
    2. Tomato – Cut a tomato into two halves. Rub the inner side of the tomato on the skin of your hands, so that the seeds and juice come in contact with the skin, helping you to get rid of tanned skin. Always apply sunscreen before you step outside..and keep reapplying this every two hours.

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    Hi Silk, some of the remedies to treat your back are:
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    2. Mint leaves (pudina) – Take a handful of mint leaves. Crush the mint leaves using mortar and pestle. Rub this paste on your acne affected back. Leave for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with water.
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