Top 36 Home Remedies To Remove Tan Permanently March 8, 2017

Love summer but hate the tan lines? Then, this article is for you.

Summers can be so much fun! Basking under the Sun on the beaches, fishing, or simply having fun with friends in the warm and sunny weather. But unfortunately, the undesirable result is visible within a few days – a tanned skin.

Dark tan lines, which may be accompanied by itching or burning sensation, or even sunburns can ruin your summer. We have put together the best tan removal home remedies that will surely help you get rid of that nasty tan. Let us look at the top 36 home remedies to remove tan.

Home Remedies For Tan Removal

  1. Lemon Juice
  2. Lemon Juice, Cucumber, And Rose Water
  3. Turmeric And Bengal Gram Flour Pack
  4. Aloe, Red Lentil, And Tomato Pack
  5. Honey And Papaya Pack
  6. Buttermilk And Oatmeal Pack
  7. Yogurt And Tomato
  8. Yogurt And Orange Juice
  9. Strawberry And Milk
  10. Lemon And Potato Juice
  11. Sandalwood
  12. Coconut Water And Sandalwood
  13. Honey And Pineapple
  14. Milk And Turmeric
  15. Cabbage Leaves
  16. Vicks Vaporub
  17. Bitter Gourd
  18. Plain Yogurt
  19. Ice Cubes
  20. Aloe With Multani Mitti
  21. Wheat Flour
  22. Fresh Cream And Saffron
  23. Lemon Juice And Cornmeal
  24. Gram Flour
  25. Almonds
  26. Aloe Vera
  27. Tomato
  28. Potato
  29. Raw Papaya
  30. Cucumber
  31. Coconut Milk
  32. Green Tea
  33. Lemon And Sugar
  34. Milk
  35. Rice Flour
  36. Baby Oil

Simple Solutions To Get Rid Of Tan

1. Lemon Juice

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You Will Need

A lemon

What You Have To Do

1. Slice the lemon and rub it on the tanned region.
2. Leave it on for a few minutes before you hit the shower.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice daily.

Why This Works

We often use lemon juice to remove scars on the face. But, we can also use it to reduce tan without making the skin dry. This is because of the acids present in lemon juice that act as skin lightening agents (1, 2). Doing this regularly will help you get rid of tan successfully over a period of 2-4 months.

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2. Lemon Juice, Cucumber, And Rose Water

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cucumber extract
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Apply this concoction to the tanned areas generously.
  3. Rinse after 10-12 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this pack every day.

Why This Works

If you feel that using just lemon juice can be harsh on your skin, use this homemade pack. The lemon juice will work to remove the tan while the cucumber juice and rose water will soothe burnt and blemished skin (3, 4).

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3. Turmeric And Bengal Gram Flour Pack

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons Bengal gram flour
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1 tablespoon milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients.
  2. Apply this pack on the cleansed areas and leave it on for a good 20 minutes.
  3. Once the pack is dry, moisten your skin with a few drops of water. Then, gently remove the pack by scrubbing first in the clockwise and then the anticlockwise direction.

You can further increase the potency of this pack by adding a tablespoon of crushed and powdered orange peel.

How Often You Should Do This

You may apply this pack every alternate day for best results.

Why This Works

If you are on the lookout for instant exfoliation and tan removal, then this pack is just what you should go for. The coarseness of the Bengal gram flour will remove the dead skin cells and impurities from your skin. Turmeric aids in evening out your skin tone and removing tan (5).

Caution

If you are allergic to milk, use only rose water to make the paste.

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4. Aloe, Red Lentil, And Tomato Pack

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon red lentil powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera extract
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a rough paste by mixing the red lentil powder (masoor dal) with the tomato juice and aloe vera.
  2. Apply it on your face and let it stay for half an hour. Wash it off with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this pack every alternate day for a week or two initially and then twice a week.

Why This Works

Red lentil, commonly known as masoor dal, is a potent tan removal ingredient. When this wonder dal is combined with aloe and tomato extract, a powerful tan removal pack is born. Tomato, like lemon, contains skin lightening agents while aloe vera nourishes and soothes the sensitive skin (6, 7).

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5. Honey And Papaya Pack

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup ripe papaya
  • 1 tablespoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the papaya and add honey to it.
  2. Blend well and apply the pack on your face.
  3. Leave it on for half an hour. Wash off with cold or lukewarm water for best results.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice or thrice a week.

Why This Works

A few spoonfuls of papaya are all you need to make sure your skin is light and radiant. The enzymes in papaya have been put to use since time immemorial in skin whitening, renewal, and exfoliating products (8). Honey makes the skin soft and supple (9). Together, they make a cheap and effective tan removal home remedy.

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6. Buttermilk And Oatmeal Pack

You Will Need
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the buttermilk with the oatmeal.
  2. Massage the paste onto the affected areas in circular motions for a few minutes and rinse.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this scrub twice a week.

Why This Works

This is another favorite recommendation of mine; this pack will not disappoint you. The buttermilk will soothe your skin and heal the blisters while the oats will act as a natural exfoliator, revealing younger looking skin (10, 11).

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7. Yogurt And Tomato Pack

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon tomato pulp/juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients and apply the paste on your face.
  2. Let it dry for 30 minutes. Cleanse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a week.

Why This Works

The citric properties of tomato act as a natural tan remover. If you wish to reduce pigmentation and dark spots, this pack is worth a try. The tomato extract works on spots and pigmentation. It also works as a toner and opens up the pores on the skin and reduces oiliness naturally (6). Yogurt moisturizes and soothes the skin (12).

Caution

You may experience a slight tingling sensation, but be assured that the pack is beginning to work.

[ Read: Simple Tips To Remove Skin Pigmentation ]

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8. Yogurt And Orange Juice

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the orange juice and yogurt and apply the mixture on the tanned skin.
  2. Leave it on for half an hour before you rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day, and you will start noticing results in a couple of days.

Why This Works

After a fun-filled holiday at the beach, it can be disappointing to see all those tan lines. Fret no more, as this remedy will remove that tan in just a few applications. Orange juice contains citric acid that acts as a natural bleaching agent. Its vitamin C content also helps in rejuvenating the skin by eliminating free radicals (13). Yogurt, as we already know, is a good moisturizer.

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9. Strawberry And Milk

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You Will Need
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Crush the strawberries with fresh milk.
  2. Apply the mixture on your face and the heavily tanned areas. Leave the pack on for 30 minutes before you rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this twice a week.

 Why This Works

This is one home remedy to remove tan that you will surely love. However, you will have to resist the temptation to scoop this remedy into your mouth. Strawberries are natural exfoliators that remove dead cells and lighten and moisturize your skin (14).

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10. Lemon Juice And Potato

You Will Need
  • 1 medium-sized potato
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Extract the juice of the potato and mix it with freshly extracted lemon juice.
  2. Apply this mixture on your face like you would apply any other pack.
  3. Leave it on for half an hour. Wash it off with cold water and pat dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this every day until the tan fades away.

Why This Works

Loaded with fibers, vital vitamins, and minerals, potato juice helps treat both blemishes and sunburn naturally(15).

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11. Sandalwood

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons sandalwood powder
  • Water or rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add enough water to the sandalwood powder to get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the tanned areas.
  3. Leave it on until it dries and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every alternate night until you get the desired results.

Why This Works

A natural soother, sandalwood paste is what you need if you have returned from a trek with a bad Sun tan. It is also anti-inflammatory in nature and a natural astringent that can help lighten your skin tone (16).

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12. Coconut Water And Sandalwood Pack

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the sandalwood powder with coconut water. Add more coconut water, if required, to get a paste of even consistency.
  2. Apply it on the face and neck, and leave it to dry.
  3. Rinse with water.

You can also add a few drops of almond extract to this pack.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a week for best results.

Why This Works

Sandalwood is loaded with medicinal properties. When combined with the goodness of coconut water, it makes a cheap yet effective tan removal product. Together, they will not only rejuvenate and cleanse your skin but also soothe your sunburns and remove tan naturally (17). Hence, this is one of the best home remedies for removing tan.

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13. Honey And Pineapple

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple pulp
  • 1 tablespoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the honey with the pineapple. Ensure that there are no lumps.
  2. Apply this pack on your face and keep it on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse as usual with water.
How Often You Should Do This

This pack is most effective when used every alternate day.

Why This Works

Also known as the king of tropical fruits, the pineapple is loved for its tangy yet fresh flavor. Its extract contains bromelain that can help remove the dead cells from the heavily tanned areas. Also loaded with vitamin C, the pineapple extract will reduce the aging of the skin (18). When mixed with honey, the efficacy of this fruit is quadrupled.

[ Read: How To Remove Tan From Hands ]

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14. Milk And Turmeric

You Will Need
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
What You Have To Do
  1. In a glass bowl, combine a pinch of turmeric powder and milk.
  2. Apply this solution on your face and let it dry.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This.

You can safely repeat this process daily until the tan vanishes completely.

Why This Works

You will be pleasantly surprised at the softness and radiance of your skin after using this home remedy. Turmeric’s healing properties and milk’s exfoliating properties work well in conjunction to remove tan (19).

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15. Cabbage Leaves

You Will Need

Cabbage leaves

What You Have To Do

Simply place the cabbage leaves on the affected areas for 15-20 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat as often as you need.

Why This Works

Do not make faces at this remedy! Yes, these green leaves can work miracles when it comes to Sun tan. They possess anti-inflammatory properties and contain vitamins A, C, and K (20).

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16. Vicks Vaporub

You Will Need

Vicks vaporub

What You Have To Do

Apply Vicks vaporub liberally on the areas with Sunburn and tan for a few hours.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat every night for quick relief.

Why This Works

As much as you may be tempted to scoff at me for suggesting this remedy, trust me when I say it works, especially for tan due to sunburn. Your skin becomes extremely sensitive in such situations, and the petroleum jelly in the Vicks Vaporub soothes and moisturizes it (21).

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17. Bitter Gourd

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You Will Need

1 bitter gourd

What You Have To Do
  1. Juice the bitter gourd and apply this juice on the affected areas.
  2. Massage for a minute or two and let it sit for 5-7 minutes before rinsing it off.
  3. Store the rest of the juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

Yet another veggie remedy, this one too has helped many in combating bad cases of Sun tan and sunburn. It is high in antioxidants and is often used to relieve burns (22).

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18. Plain Yogurt

You Will Need

Plain yogurt

What You Have To Do
  1. Gently apply the yogurt (curd) all over the affected areas before a shower.
  2. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Wash off.

You can also apply some honey after leaving the yogurt on for a while.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat before every shower to get rid of tan completely.

Why This Works

The yogurt acts as a powerful anti-tanning agent as it contains natural enzymes while honey will leave your skin soft (23).

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19. Ice Cubes

You Will Need

1-2 ice cubes

What You Have To Do

Rub the ice cubes on the sunburnt area for a few minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat as and when required.

Why This Works

If your sunburns are severe, rubbing some ice cubes will reduce the burning and itchiness that often accompany a bad case of Sun tan (24). Alternatively, simply soak in a bath of cold water to alleviate the symptoms of sunburn.

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20. Aloe With Multani Mitti

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons multani mitti
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • Rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the multani mitti and aloe gel. Add enough rose water to make a smooth paste. Use chilled rose water.
  2. Apply this on the face and neck, and keep it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Scrub the pack with wet fingers and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this pack twice a week.

Why This Works

Fuller’s earth, often referred to as multani mitti colloquially is all you need for complete skin care. It cools and soothes acne and sunburns in a matter of few days. And yes, it does not burn a hole in your pocket either. It cleanses your skin thoroughly and stimulates circulation, thus imparting a natural glow to your skin (25).

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21. Wheat Flour

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons wheat flour
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a thick paste of water and wheat flour.
  2. Apply it as a thick layer on your face.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice every week.

Why This Works

If improving your skin tone along with fighting sun tan sounds like a bargain to you, then it is time you included wheat flour in your skin care regimen. You will be amazed at the results – soft and glowing skin.

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22. Fresh Cream And Saffron

You Will Need
  • A few saffron strands
  • 1 tablespoon milk cream
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend a few strands of high-quality saffron with milk cream and apply the paste on your skin.
  2. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this every alternate day for best results.

Why This Works

An age-old ingredient to treat the skin, saffron (kesar), when mixed with fresh cream, can remove even the last blotches of sun tan in the most natural way. Saffron possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and skin lightening properties (26). Not only does it help beat sun tan, but also fights acne and pimple. Now, that’s two birds in one shot!

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23. Lemon Juice And Cornmeal

You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Massage the cornmeal and lemon juice mixture into your skin in circular motions.
  2. Leave this scrub on for about 20 minutes. Cleanse your skin with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

This scrub can be used twice a week.

Why This Works

Cornmeal face packs are the talk of the town today, and why not! A natural exfoliator, cornmeal can make even the dullest skins look fresh and radiant. It does away with dead skin and removes excessive oil, leaving behind skin that you will simply love to flaunt (27).

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24. Gram Flour

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour
  • Rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add rose water to the gram flour and stir well.
  2. Apply this paste on the face and neck, and let it dry.
  3. Rinse after 10 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

This is yet another natural exfoliator that gently removes dead skin cells, revealing younger and brighter looking skin (28).

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25. Almonds

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You Will Need
  • 4-5 almonds
  • Rose water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Grind the almonds with rose water to get a granular paste.
  2. Add lemon juice to this and mix well.
  3. Apply this paste on the affected area and scrub for a minute or two.
  4. Leave the scrub on for 3-4 minutes and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

Almonds can not just relieve the side effects of a sun tan, like burning, but they can also fight sun tan and make your skin healthier than before. They are natural bleaching agents and contain plenty of vitamin E (29).

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26. Aloe Vera

You Will Need

An aloe vera leaf

What You Have To Do
  1. Slit the skin of the leaves lengthwise and take out the mucous with a spoon.
  2. Beat it with a spoon till it becomes frothy.
  3. Use this on the tanned areas on your face, hands, and shoulders.
  4. Keep it on for at least 10-15 minutes before washing it off.

If you lack the patience to extract it or do not own an aloe plant, you can also use pure aloe vera gel from any good brand.

How Often You Should Do This

This is safe to use every day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera is a great cooling and refreshing agent. It has moisturizing properties as well (30). If you can get your hands on this magic plant from Mother Nature, you can get rid of your tan in just about 2-3 months of regular use.

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27. Tomato

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You Will Need

A small tomato

What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze out the juice from the tomato and apply it to your face. It is better to use a tomato kept in the refrigerator.
  2. Let it remain for 15-20 minutes and then wash off.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this daily for quick and easy tan removal.

Why This Works

Tomato juice is known for its anti-puffiness and depigmentation properties (31). It will help you get rid of tan with regular use.

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28. Potato

You Will Need
  • A medium-sized potato
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a clean potato and grate it.
  2. Squeeze out the juice and apply it to your face with cotton balls.
  3. Rinse it off after 10-12 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Doing this daily will definitely help you get rid of your tan.

Why This Works

Potato is also known for its mild bleaching and cleansing properties. Your skin will be lighter and refreshed after using this remedy (32).

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29. Raw Papaya

You Will Need

Raw papaya

What You Have To Do
  1. Grate or make a paste of raw papaya.
  2. Apply this on the affected areas and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day or every alternate day until you get the desired results.

Why This Works

Raw papaya paste removes tan effectively with its exfoliating and brightening enzymes (33).

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30. Cucumber

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon cucumber juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Grind the cucumber to get the extract.
  2. To this, add the honey and mix well.
  3. Apply on the tanned and sunburnt areas for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice daily.

Why This Works

Cucumber, being a cooling agent, soothes irritated and inflamed skin. It also refreshes and rejuvenates the skin, leading to lightening of the tan (34).

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31. Coconut Milk

You Will Need
  • Organic coconut milk
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Dip the cotton ball in the coconut milk and apply it liberally all over the affected area.
  2. Keep it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day until the tan fades away.

Why This Works

Coconut milk is extremely hydrating for the skin because of its high fat content. The mild acids present in it will slowly remove the tan (35).

Caution

Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to coconut.

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32. Green Tea

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You Will Need
  • 1 green tea bag
  • A cup of hot water
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Brew some fresh green tea and let it cool down.
  2. Apply it on the tanned skin using the cotton ball.
  3. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

Green tea is cooling and soothing for the skin. Its antioxidants replenish the skin cells and remove skin tan and blemishes (36).

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33. Lemon And Sugar

You Will Need
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
What You Have To Do
  1. Gently mix the sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Use this as a scrub on the affected area. Massage in gentle circular motions for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this scrub every alternate to get rid of a sun tan.

Why This Works

We already know lemon juice is an effective solution to remove tan and blemishes from the skin. Sugar is a great exfoliant and will slough away the dead and dark skin cells and other impurities that have built up on the skin (37).

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34. Milk

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Apply milk on clean skin.
  2. Let it dry naturally and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day for best results.

Why This Works

The lactic acid present in milk fades away sun tan in a matter of few days. It evens out your skin tone and also nourishes dry and dehydrated skin (38).

Caution

Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to milk.

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35. Rice Flour

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato juice
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Rose water or plain water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients with enough water to get an even and smooth paste.
  2. Apply this on the face and neck, and let it dry for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this pack twice a week.

Why This Works

In recent times, rice flour and other rice products have gained popularity for their use in skin care. In fact, Asian women have been using these since ages for beautiful and youthful skin. Rice flour soothes and softens the skin and also removes the pigmentation caused due to tan. It is also a good anti-aging compound (39).

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36. Baby Oil

You Will Need

Baby oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply liberal amounts of baby oil on the tanned areas and massage well.
  2. Shower as usual.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this as and when required.

Why This Works

All of the other remedies help you remove tan that occurs naturally (because of the sun). This particular remedy, however, is excellent when it comes to removing the fake tan that you get using sprays and creams. It absorbs all the chemicals from the top layers of your skin, and these can be easily washed off.

Most of these ingredients can be easily found in your kitchen rack or refrigerator and make excellent tan removal concoctions. Patience is the key for natural remedies. But remember, prevention is better than cure. If you are spending some time in the sun, do not forget to slather some sunscreen on your skin to prevent skin damage and sun tan.

[ Read: How To Protect Your Skin From Tanning ]

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Tips To Follow To Prevent Tan

  • Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 20 or above every day.
  • Carry an umbrella or wear a hat to protect your face.
  • Wear full-sleeved clothes to prevent your hands from tanning.
  • Every night, moisturize not just your face but also other parts of the body for cell repair action.

How Long Does It Take For A Tan To Go Away?

If the tan is due to exposure to the sun, it takes about a week to two weeks for it to start fading away.

How Do You Get Rid Of Tan Lines?

You can use any of the above-listed remedies to get rid of tan lines.

How Long Does A Spray Tan Last?

Spray tans usually last for 4-7 days. But this completely depends on the brand of spray tan you use. It can last for shorter or longer durations as well. Check the packaging of the spray tan can/bottle before purchasing.

Is It Bad To Go Tanning Twice In One Day?

Yes, it is bad to go tanning twice in the same day. Excessive indoor and outdoor tanning can lead to serious issues like blindness and cancer.

Does Sunscreen Prevent Tanning?

Sunscreen or sunblock acts as a barrier and prevents the UV rays from damaging your skin. This, in turn, prevents tanning, but only to a certain extent. You can still develop a tan, even after using sunscreen.

Tips From Beauty Experts To Remove Tan

Follow our expert guide to remove tan and look beautiful. Here are the amazing tips we received from beauty experts. Read through them to get the best insights.

1. Jane Cunningham
Jane Cunningham

  1. The ideal situation is not to get sun damage in the first place by always using a high factor SPF for the face. New ‘serum’ type SPFs are ideal for this because they feel more like skin care than sun care, yet give high protection. Cane & Austin and SkinCeuticals both have excellent versions of this. I always advise to also use it on hands. However, you do need to let your skin have some sun because your body needs the Vitamin D. But, never roam around in the sun between 11 am and 4 pm. It’s generally advised to expose your forearms for 20 minutes every day for your essential Vitamin D shot.
  2.  In terms of using skin care to erase sun damage – that’s a tall order. Some brands, such as Clinique, with their Even Better range, are helpful for mild brown spots and can, with long-term use, diminish the marks. Hydroquinone creams prevent melanin production but should only be prescribed by a dermatologist – they can be very effective, as can Retinol products, such as Indeed Labs Retinol Reface Skin Resurfacer Cream. Retinol is having a resurgence in popularity because new formulations mean it isn’t as harsh as it used to be, and most skin types can tolerate it well.
  3. The fastest way to get rid of brown spots on the face is with laser treatments, such as Fraxel. But don’t undertake these lightly. Your skin will scab over to a certain extent, leaving less pigmentation. You may need more than one treatment, and the downside to lasers is that they are usually very expensive.

Jane Cunningham: www.britishbeautyblogger.com

2. Leslie Baumann:Leslie Baumann

Avoiding the sun is the number one way to prevent premature aging and skin cancer, so I recommend sunscreen for each and every one of my 16 unique Baumann Skin Types. I’m a big fan of self-tanner because it allows everyone to enjoy a healthy golden glow without exposing the skin to the harmful UV rays. But, the results of these products are highly dependent on one’s application skills, so streaks, mistakes, and mishaps are common.

  1.  I recently discovered a product called Bronze Buffer. These reusable sponges contain no added ingredients or chemicals, and they instantly remove unwanted self-tanner AFTER color develops. The key is to be super-gentle. It only takes a few light swipes to remove self-tanner around the knees, ankles, and feet.
  2.  I’ve heard of a variety of at-home ways to remove self-tanner (including soaking in a tub before scrubbing), but none of them have ever worked for me. The best way to ensure a flawless faux glow is to take a few simple steps before tanning, and the most important is proper exfoliation. It’s important to remove any buildup of dead skin cells before self-tanning. You can use a loofah or scrub. But don’t use anything that’s oil-based because the oil can prevent the self-tanner from getting absorbed into the skin.
  3. Another trick that helps prevent uneven color is applying a lotion or cream to potential problem spots before tanning. A little lotion on the feet, knees, and ankles helps dilute the tanner a bit, so the resulting color isn’t so dark.

Leslie Baumann: www.skintypesolutions.com

3. Amber Katz: Amber Katz

  1. Rub a lemon all over the spots if you want to remove tan – works especially well on knees and elbows, where the tanner builds up and is darker than on the rest of the body. These areas tend to be drier.
  2. Take a body scrub and scrub it all over your body in the bathtub before running the water. A dry scrub will buff your body and remove dead skin and tanning.
  3. There are self-tanner removers available in the market. I like St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Remover.

Amber Katz: www.rouge18.com

4. Lara Eurdolian:Lara Eurdolian

  1. Apply aloe vera. It will soothe your tan and lighten it if applied daily (just stay out of the sun).
  2. Lemon Juice – Remember when blondes used to put lemon juice in their hair to lighten it? Well, the same rule goes for your skin too. The citric acid will help you get rid of your tan.
  3. Wear SPF. You don’t want to exacerbate the tan!

Lara Eurdolian: www.prettyconnected.com

5. Pradeep Sharma:Pradeep Sharma

Sun tan or tanning is the process of discoloration of the skin. It is caused due to the dangerous UV rays of the sun that attack our skin and damage its beauty. The skin color changes from normal to dark or black. Hence, you must take the necessary preventive measures to keep away from sun tan and skin discoloration.

Tanning darkens the skin and gives rise to problems like burning sensation, wrinkles, permanent damage, age spots, and other signs of premature aging. The main cause of sun tan is prolonged exposure of the skin to the sun. However, the usage of some chemical products can also lead to tanned skin. Here are a few useful tips to help you remove sun tan quickly and effectively:

1. Exfoliate

Exfoliating, which is one of the best ways to keep your skin smooth, is equally effective in removing tan quickly. You must exfoliate every second day to get the tan off your skin. It is better to use a cloth or loofah for removing the outermost layers of skin cells from the body. Exfoliating regularly will also keep your skin soft and supple.

2. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel works well on tanned skin. Pluck a few aloe vera leaves and scrape out a little gel. Apply it to the tanned areas before going to bed. It lightens the tan and regular usage of this completely removes the tan.

3. Cucumber Juice and Lemon Juice

Mix both the juices, apply it directly on the face and hands. Leave it for 20 minutes. Later, wash your face with cold water. Regular use of this home remedy will brighten your skin and make it tan-free and spot-free. Cucumber works its magic as a natural cleanser for all types of skin.

Pradeep Sharma: www.healthxwellness.com

6. Sara Patel:Sara Patel

  1. First, I always ask my blog readers (who approach me) to get the best product available in the market. If I have used the product and it works on me, I suggest the same. And if I have not used the product, I do some research of the ingredients of the cream and by reading some reviews and ask my reader to give feedback of the product. Almost 95% of the time, I get a positive reply. And sometimes, it happens that the product doesn’t work.
  2. To remove tan, I prefer aloe vera gel as the best natural product. This gel is full of antioxidants and skin caring nutrients that will help erase tan quickly.
  3. Using cucumber on the skin is also a great remedy to lighten tan and can also help people with sensitive skin.
  4. Honey, with drops of lemon juice, is also very helpful in removing tan. (Lemon drops should be avoided in case of sensitive skin type or sunburns.)

7. Rebecca Gibson:Rebecca Gibson

  1. Take a milk bath! Milk contains lactic acid that exfoliates the skin, and the combination of warm water will also help to remove the dead (tanned) skin cells.
  2. Go swimming! Saltwater (if you are on holiday) or the chlorine at local pools actually fades your tan quicker. The perfect method if you want to fade your tan quickly!
  3. If it’s for your face – use a brightening or whitening skin serum such as the Olay White Radiance range – this will even out any tan or dark spots you may have.

Rebecca Gibson: www.buenobeauty.com

Hope you liked reading this post that offers you innumerable tips and ideas for beautiful, tan-free skin. If you have any questions or any other home remedies for tan removal, share them with us in the comments section below.

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  • Anonymous

    ya its really works

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/richag/ Richa

      Do share with us if you have discovered more tips. All the best!

  • eashan wali

    Cucumber is one of the best remedies for cooling your skin. In fact
    cucumber slices are used to cool your eyes. Just take some raw cucumber
    slices and place on your eyes; you’ll see the difference! For the pack:

    1. Mix 3 tea spoons of oats, 1 teaspoon of yogurt and 1 tea spoon of cucumber juice.
    2. Apply on your face and allow it to dry (keep it on for approximately 15-20 minutes not more)
    3. Wash it off.
    4. Moisturize lightly to seal in the moisture and say hello to shining, glowing skin!
    This pack will ensure that your skin stays hydrated during the summers.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Thank you eashan for sharing your wonderful tips with us ! :-)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Sunitha, people those who live in or those who experience tropical climate are exposed to the sun more than the people who live in colder regions. Excessive exposure to the sun leads to increased melanin production. Thus people living in tropical climate should always apply sunscreen before stepping out. Avoid stepping out in the peak afternoon hours. Early morning and late afternoons are the best time to take a walk.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Dhananjay, excessive exposure to the ultra violet rays causes tan. Sun tan can also lead to various skin problems like acne, hyper pigmentation, wrinkles, dark spots etc. Instead of splurging on expensive cosmetic products you can follow some simple home remedies regular to remove tan.
    1. Cucumber, rose water and lemon pack – Take a tablespoon each of cucumber juice, lemon juice and rose water and mix in a bowl. Apply with cotton on tanned areas, wait for 10 minutes and wash off with cold water. Apply this pack every day after you get back home from the sun.
    2. Gram flour and turmeric pack – Mix 2 tablespoons of besan, a pinch of turmeric, 1 tablespoon of milk, and 1 tablespoon of crushed orange peel in a bowl with cold rose water. Apply on clean face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Apply some water and moist the dried areas and slowly remove the pack by scrubbing gently in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. Apply this pack once in two days for effective exfoliation and tan removal.
    Apart from applying these packs regularly, protect your skin by applying a sunscreen every time before stepping out. If you stay outside for longer hours then keep reapplying the cream every two hours. Also cover your skin with light cotton material. These few precautions will help you to avoid tan.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Ipsita, an oily T zone can lead to blackheads and whiteheads. Tips for oily T-zone start with using the right cleanser. Avoid using alcohol based cleansers and limit washing your face with a gentle cleanser two times per day. Choose a water-based moisturizer that’s non-comedogenic and oil-free. As you have combo skin, you might want to use a lighter moisturizer on your T-zone and a thicker formula on the rest of your face. Clarifying masks can help deep clean pores and absorb excess oil from your T zone. Look for clay or tea tree oil masks in stores . For your dark circles, first and foremost is to get sufficient sleep. Put slices of cucumber or potato over the eyes for 15-20 mins everyday till you see a improvement.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Ferdous, yes, you can apply lemon juice pack everyday along with turmeric and gram flour pack once in two days.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Kirthiga, a week is less time to fix all the problems at the same time. Getting rid of tan or dandruff does not take place overnight. Any home remedy to show results will need some patience and time. Keep yourself free from any stress and consult a professional in time and visit a good salon who can suggest a pack for your face, hands and legs to reduce tan and give a glow. Go for a hair spa to cleanse your scalp and nourish your mane.

  • http://wedoyouressay.com/ Pepper Dasnee

    This will be helpful especially since summer has officially started in my country! Thank you for sharing :)

  • HerGamut India

    Wow!! Permanently tan removal tips that sounds amazing. Simple and great beauty care tips. :)

  • Mauli

    I have dark stomach what to do??

  • Mauli

    Hi mauli here I have dark knees elbows hands and stomach plzz help me get rid of this plzz??

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Dear Mauli, the buildup of thick and dead skin formed by the friction or pressure in elbows or knees or in ankles causes the skin to turn black. You can get rid of these dark knees and elbows using various home remedies.
      1. Baking soda – Take one tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with milk. Apply this paste on knees and elbows and scrub it using circular motion. Repeat the remedy once every two days. Repeat until you notice changes in the color.
      2. Sugar and olive oil – Mix equal quantities of olive oil and sugar to make a thick paste. Apply this mix on to the black knees and elbow. Rub the skin using this mixture for about five minutes. Wash using mild soap and water.
      Follow any of the remedies regularly to notice the difference.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Lavanya, apart from applying the lotion, and if you haven’t noticed any difference despite using baking soda and turmeric then you can opt for other ingredients and packs mentioned in the article like cucumber juice, potato juice or yogurt. Apply them regularly for a couple of months to notice the difference.