How to Remove Sun Tan- Remedies

    How to Remove Sun Tan- Remedies

    It might be a thing in foreign countries to lie down under the sun at a beach and get tanned, but in India getting tanned starts to ring alarm bells. Being born in a country where there are more than enough appearances of the sun, we are hardly looking to get tanned.




    What is Tanning?

    Tanning is our body’s way of protecting our skin from the sun. When we get exposed to the sun, we also get exposed to UV rays. So, to protect our skin from the UV radiations, melanin (responsible for darkening the skin) is transferred to the surface of our skin cells to protect them from damage. Therefore, we get tanned in the areas that get exposed to the sun.

    Sun Tanning - You might have noticed that often your exposed body parts such as the face, arms, hands, legs, feet, back, and neck are a shade darker than the body parts which are not exposed to sunlight. 



    When skin cells are exposed to the UV rays from the sun, they kick into protection mode. The melanin from melanocytes is transferred to keratinocytes, which are the surface skin cells. As a protective mechanism, the melanin pigment blocks UV radiation from further cell damage. The melanin is piled on top of the cell’s nucleus, like an umbrella; this process occurs in all skin cells exposed to sun exposure. Therefore, tanning is visible over the exposed part of the body. 

    Tanning is the process by which the skin pigment (melanin) increases in the skin after exposure to the sun leading to a darkening effect. This is the natural defence process of our body when it is exposed to sunlight. It helps protect your skin from the sun like a shield. 

    People with lighter skin tones typically cannot create an adequate amount of melanin pigment, the amount that gets created isn’t as efficient, and therefore the exposed areas get skin burn.

    The sun’s rays contain two types of ultraviolet radiation that reach your skin: Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB). When UVA and UVB rays penetrate into the lower layer of the epidermis, it triggers cells called Melanocytes to produce more melanin; both UVA as well as UVB, are responsible for tanning.

    The outer layer of our skin contains melanin which is the darkening agent. Melanin is responsible for setting the skin tone. However, it may seem like a bad thing as its presence decides how fair or tan one is, but melanin is a useful pigment as it protects the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When your skin is exposed to the sun’s rays, the skin produces more melanin and gets tanned. Prolonged sun exposure can also lead to skin damage like sunburns and it reduces skin elasticity, which leads to premature ageing. 


    How To Remove Sun Tan From Face And Body?

    Sun tan is a growing problem everywhere. Due to global warming, the ozone layer in the atmosphere is getting affected and UV rays are easily penetrating through it. But achieving a glowing and healthy skin is no longer difficult. 

    Nowadays, dermatologists can help you reverse the effects of excessive sun exposure with modern skincare procedures. Your unwanted tan, tan lines, itchiness and discolouration can be completely removed to help reveal your even, bright skin underneath. 

    Remedies to Remove Sun Tan

    Important Note: If you are allergic to any of these natural ingredients, do not attempt these home remedies. Consult your dermatologist if your skin is sensitive to a particular ingredient, to avoid any kinds of harsh reactions. 

    Sun tan seems like a temporary issue and often with the use of many natural ingredients and home remedies, one can get rid of sun tan. Although these are ineffective in cases of pigmentation. Home remedies usually have a slight lightening effect if applied the right way. 

    Here are a few Home Remedies for Sun Tan removal:


    1. Lemon Juice and Honey Lemon aka our star ingredient is so acidic in nature that we wouldn’t suggest applying it on its own, especially before stepping out into the sun, being photosensitive et al. Packed with ascorbic, glycolic and alpha-hydroxy acids this natural-bleacher exfoliates the superficial layer of the skin, undoing any kind of sun damage and darkening. Add a dash of honey (a natural humectant) to the lemon juice for best results, as it’s known to be too drying. No wonder this combo is known as one of the best home remedies for face tan removal.
    2. Yoghurt and Gram Flour For effective tan removal at home, add Yoghurt to a spoonful of Gram Flour and combine them to form a thick paste. Apply the mixture all over your body and leave it on for 20 mins before hopping into the shower. The probiotic, healthy fat and lactic acid rich curd will cool off sunburn, soothe skin and hydrate it, while gram flour will gently exfoliate to reveal your natural glow. For plump, supple skin repeat this ritual daily for at least two weeks to completely fade your tan disappear.

            Sun tan removal – Yoghurt & Gram Flour

            Tan removal at home - Potato

    1. Tomato Call it what you like, but this red fruit has a huge fan-following and for good reason. Rich in lyc opene that acts as a natural sunscreen, it’s choc-a-bloc with antioxidants that fight free radical damage. Redness, skin damage and darkening will soon be issues of the past. But the trick is you need to act quickly. Meaning, as soon as you set foot back home, slice a tomato in half, rub the pulp all over the affected areas and let its mineral complexes commence action.
    2. Aloe Vera Nicknamed the beauty elixir, this pulpy plant is the most versatile ingredient of them all. Scoop out the pulp from a freshly cut leaf and store it in the freezer up to a week. Or if you’re lazy, dilute your stash with water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (tea tree or lavender) for the concoction to last longer. The homemade tan removal pack will instantly reduce tanning, calm irritation, reduce redness and replenish the skin’s natural moisture.

            How to remove tan from face – Aloe Vera

            How to remove tan from face – Raw Papaya

    1. Raw Papaya The cosmetic industry has placed this humble fruit on a pedestal since time immemorial. To reap the benefits of this all-in-one wonder, scoop out the pulp, mash and apply on your face, hands and legs or simply blend to make this tan removal pack at home. Papaya contains the enzyme papain that mildly exfoliates the outermost cell layer, improves skin texture making it more even, gets rid of pigmentation, banishes sun spots and de-clogs open pores.
    2. Skin Paradise Capsules: Delivers a boost of brightness with Vitamin C, while Arbutin Essence fades dark spots

      • Shows visible brightening instantly, while it works over time to dissolve pigmentation and prevent new discoloration
      • Our unique blend of ingredients is precisely calibrated to not cause irritation like traditional vitamin C serums
    3. Two Core Gel Masks: The appearance of the Twin-core Mask is just like an egg (while being 100% Vegan). It is composed of a hydrating-core (egg white) and a function-core (egg yolk). The hydrating core can provide deep hydrating for the skin, and different colors of the function-core have different effects, targeted to solve various skin concerns.



    1. Curd and Honey Raise your hand if your mother suggested curd and honey as a solution for all your beauty problems too? Like always, your mother is absolutely right - while curd works as an exfoliator, honey is loaded with antioxidant properties. Needless to say, their paste will remove tan from your legs in a jiffy and the added benefit is that it will also keep your skin moisturized. Use this thrice a week for best results.
    2. Oats and Buttermilk The thought of mixing Oats with Buttermilk may not be exciting but it sure is an effective solution for all you tan problems. We are sure you are already familiar with the exfoliant properties of oats. But, it’s Buttermilk that makes your skin soft and supple. Massage the mixture on your feet and legs for a few minutes and get set for tan-free skin. Follow this routine twice a week and you have found the best tan removal pack at home.

    Tan removal at home using apple cider vinegar

    Home remedies to remove tan using cucumber & lemon

    1. Cucumber and Lemon Cucumber and Lemon are not just a great combination for salads. In fact, both of them make for a great homemade tan removal pack. Cucumber’s cooling properties combined with the bleaching effect of lemon will help you get rid of unwanted skin tan effectively. Mix cucumber juice, lemon juice with rosewater to make a paste or apply cool slices of cucumber to the tanned areas.
    2. Apple Cider Vinegar And we thought we couldn’t praise Apple Cider Vinegar anymore. Add it to your list of solutions for how to remove tan from hands and legs. You don’t even have to mix it with anything - Apple Cider Vinegar is an achiever on its own. Apply some vinegar on the affected aka tanned areas before you head for shower. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it off. Apply this regularly and see visible results in only a few days.

    Tan removal at home using apple cider vinegar

    How to remove tan from feet – Masoor Dal

    1. Masoor Dal When it comes to pulses, we aren’t shy to admit - Masoor makes to our list of favorites. So, it’s not surprising that it also helps in sun tan removal. Simply mix it with honey to make a thick paste and apply it on your legs and feet. Leave it on for 25 minutes and after the paste has dried up, scrub it off gently with water. To remove tan effectively and quickly, use this remedy on the tanned areas at least three times a week.


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    Can men also use these products for Sun Tan?


    It doesn't matter you are a woman or man, skin problems can trouble anyone. Earlier, most of the advertisements and areas of marketing are somewhat restricted towards one gender. However, today the scenario is different. 

    The skincare market in today's world is more attentive and formulates products by taking care of both men and women in consideration. You can find a range of products to solve many skin associated concerns. 

    As men also suffer from this issue and they sometimes hardly know what to do with this problem.

    So, let's explore the ways to remove tan from the face for men.


    Sunscreen is a necessity 

    No matter, you're a woman or man, sunscreen is a must for men and women. A broad-spectrum sunscreen is a necessity of today's time. It protects our skin from overall UV rays and their associated side effects. Without sunscreen application, sun rays deeply damage the skin, leading to suntan, sunburn and photoaging. Overall skin will get damaged to its extreme. Therefore, don't ever leave the home without applying sunscreen. 


    Never forget to follow a night skincare routine

    Treatment of suntan is incomplete without a proper night skincare regimen. Do it regularly. First of all, cleanse your face with a gentle cleansing lotion or hydrating foaming face wash. This will cleanse your face from the deep and left a soothing effect. Next, go for an effective home remedy for sun tan and afterwards apply aloe vera gel or ultra-hydrating moisturizer.

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