Be it winter or summer, tanning has always been a nagging skin problem. In winters, you have the option of hiding it by wearing full sleeves; but in summers, there is no other option but to get rid of it!

On that note, this post talks about the simple and effective home remedies for removing tan from hands. To know more, keep reading!

Tanning – A Brief

Tanning is usually caused when the skin is overexposed to sunlight (owing to the harmful UVA and UVB rays) and also when you forget to apply sunscreen. Moreover, some of us tend to get tanned or a sunburn faster than others. But don’t worry, there are many home remedies for tan removal that can effectively take care of your patchy hands.

Home Remedies To Remove Tan From Hands:

Here are a few home remedies to remove tan from your hands and legs.

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Remedy 1

Take chilled yogurt in a bowl and add a pinch of turmeric (haldi) to it. Mix it properly. Apply this paste daily on your hands, face and neck and keep it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse it off while taking a bath. You can wash it off earlier during winters as it may make your skin feel stretched when it dries up.

[ Read: Dark Neck Remedies ]

Remedy 2

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 a few drops of lemon juice. Mix well. Apply and keep it on till it dries. Wash it off with normal water. Apply this weekly for best results.

Remedy 3

Cut a tomato into two halves. Rub the inner side of the tomato on the skin of your hands in such a way that the seeds and juice come in contact with your skin. This will help you to get rid of the tanned skin.

Remedy 4

Almonds are also very good at removing tan. Take 5 to 10 fresh green almonds and grind them. Mix this paste with 5 drops of sandalwood oil. Apply this paste on the affected areas. If green almonds aren’t available, buy the ones generally available in the market and soak them overnight. Grind them the next morning and follow the same procedure you followed for the green almonds.

Remedy 5

Take the pulp of a mashed papaya. Rub it on the tanned area. This will take care of the tan.

Remedy 6

Turmeric is a natural skin care product that is capable of curing almost all common skin problems. Take turmeric and mix it with lemon juice. Stir well. Now add 1 tbsp of raw milk to it. Apply this on your hands and keep it on till it dries up. Thereafter, wash it off with cold water.

Remedy 7

Cut a raw potato into two halves and rub its moist, exposed flesh on the affected areas. Let it dry, and then rinse off. Do this daily to see results.

Remedy 8

Tap the benefits of the good old Aloe Vera. It is a great natural healer. It helps to relieve sunburn and fades tan. You can apply the sap from a broken leaf directly on your skin. Apply this liberally and use it regularly to see results.

A lot of brands are selling pure Aloe Vera gel in packaged form these days. You can buy a tub for yourself and keep it handy. You can also mix a little rose water with the gel before applying it on your skin.

Remedy 9

This is one of the most popular remedies for removing tan. Just take 4-5 tablespoons of lemon juice and apply it directly on your hands. Wait for around 15 minutes and wash it off with cold water. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which effectively lightens the skin and makes the tan fade away. However, this treatment can be a bit drying for your skin, so don’t forget to moisturize afterwards.

Just follow any of these simple home remedies for removing tan from your hands. But it is also very important to take care of your skin so that you prevent further skin damage.

Important And Basic Tips To Prevent Sun Tan

  1. Cover your hands properly before stepping out in the sun to avoid direct impact.
  2. If you can’t cover them, apply a good sunscreen to keep the skin protected. Apply a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and make sure that you lather it on at least half an hour before sun exposure. If you skip sunscreen because you sweat a lot, look for a ‘non-comedogenic’ one as this will not clog your pores.
  3. Drink lots of water. This helps to keep your skin hydrated and reduces the risk of the skin drying out. It also increases the cell turnover and lets your skin rejuvenate and renew itself.
  4. Moisturize your hands – that is, hydrate your skin externally as well by applying a moisturizer that contains natural fruit acids on a regular basis. This will aid tan removal.
  5. Exfoliation is really helpful in removing tan. It gets rid of the dead skin and makes the fresh skin beneath visible. Hence, you should incorporate this in your weekly skin care routine.

Read: How To Remove Black Spots From Hands ]

    • Just use a good body scrub and a loofah to exfoliate your skin using gentle circular motions while you are in the shower. Pick up a good drugstore body scrub. The Body Shop has many varieties available.
    • You can also make your own exfoliator at home using natural ingredients from your kitchen shelf. To make it, mix olive oil, 1 cup of crushed brown sugar and some freshly squeezed lime juice, and blend the mixture. Your exfoliator is ready!

Do let us know which one of these home remedies to remove tan from hands worked best for you! Till then, stay stylish!

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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 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!

  • StyleCraze

    Hello Kirtimolpariya, Here you can check 10 simple best home remedies for remove stretch marks.,
    hope this article helps you.

  • StyleCraze

    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.

  • StyleCraze

    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.

  • StyleCraze

    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.

  • StyleCraze

    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.

  • StyleCraze

    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.
    Hope you find these tips to be useful !

  • StyleCraze

    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.

    • StyleCraze

      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.

  • StyleCraze

    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.