How To De-Tan Your Skin Using Mangoes

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

Summer fun owes its allegiance to mangoes! There is nothing like relishing the gorgeous season with refreshing mango recipes. Did you know there are about 400 varieties of mangoes, and many are produced in India alone? Mangoes contain many nutritional properties, and some can be put to use for skincare as well. So if the summer tan has been keeping you from flaunting your gorgeous skin, mango got your back! Here is why mango is the perfect ingredient to fade the tan lines and how it can be made into a face pack. Read on to know more.

How Does Mango Help With Detanning?

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Mangoes are rich in Vitamin C, making them an excellent ingredient for de-tanning (1). It can lighten your skin tone and help in blending your complexion. It is a perfect remedy for summers because mangoes are abundant in the season, and the ones that get overripe can be used as a face pack. They contain polyphenols that reverse sun damage, and along with beta-carotene and vitamin A, they repair and nourish damaged skin (2). Studies have stated that mango extracts can also shield against UV rays. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants and hence helps rejuvenate the skin after being outdoors all day (3). This, along with the exfoliating properties, makes mangoes the perfect choice for a face pack in the summers.

Here are a few recipes to use mango on your skin.

1. Mango Pulp Face Pack

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You must have rejoiced many summer days eating mangoes. Now it’s time to use them for your skin care routine! You can add simple ingredients like honey, curd, and besan to enhance the properties of your face pack. If you just have the mango, that also works well for your skin too. Simply peel and chop a ripe mango and blend the pieces into a paste. You can keep the fibrous pieces for your snack and take the fleshy parts for your face pack. Apply the pulp to your face while coating your skin with a thin layer. If it feels too watery, you can use a towel to soak the drops, so they don’t ruin your clothes. Let the face pack sit on your face for 15 minutes, and then wash it off with cold water.

2. Mango And Gram Flour Face Pack

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Gram flour or besan is the go-to skin care ingredient for every Indian households. The benefits are plenty. Mixed with mango, this is what your skin needs in the summers. All you need to do is, take a bowl of mango pulp and add a spoon of gram flour. You can use a mixer to mash it into a paste. Then, using a thick bristle brush, gently apply it all over your face leaving just the sensitive skin around your eyes. You can add honey if you want it to lighten your skin tone. Once you apply the paste evenly, wait about 15-30 minutes until it dries up completely.

This face pack is ideal for removing the stubborn sun tan that refuses to bid you goodbye. Using this every alternative day will give you visible results in no time.

3. Mango And Multani Mitti Face Pack

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Multani mitti or fullers earth is the best ingredient to use if your skin is oily. All you need to do is, take a ripe mango and pulp it out. You can even use a mixer if you want it to be a paste for easy application. Add a spoon of Multani mitti to the mixture and let it rest. Apply it evenly on your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. If you feel your skin stretching, you can wash it sooner. Pat dry with a clean towel and apply a light moisturizer if your skin feels too dry.

4. Mango Curd Face Pack

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You must have tried eating a healthy snack of mangoes chopped in a fresh bowl of curd. Little did you know that the exact recipe is what you need to weaken your tan lines. All you need to do is pulp out the mango and mix it in curd of equal quantity. Then, apply the paste to your clean face and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. The curd will add refreshment to your skin, and if you are dealing with oily skin, it will soak away the excess oils and leave your skin glowing. You can also add a few drops of honey to the paste for skin-lightening properties.

Who would have known that the mango you loved slurping on would be the answer to taking your tan away! Summer tans may look gorgeous, however, the uneven tan lines often get in the way of wearing your favorite outfits. Thanks to the all-natural mango recipe, tan lines will no longer haunt us! However, you must be careful while sunbathing and apply a coat of sunscreen before stepping out of your home. So, have you tried homemade skin care recipes with mango before? Let us know in the comments section!

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