How to remove suntan?

WHAT IS SUNTAN?

Suntan is the process whereby our skin gets darker than it’s usual tone as an effect of the sun. Exposure to the sun provides vitamin D to our body, but getting tanned does not look attractive as, in India, unlike western countries, there is nothing called “Tall, Dark and Handsome”.

The tanning or darkening of the skin is due to the ultraviolet radiations of the sun which increases the melanin content of the skin that makes it darker. Even excessive exposures can lead to sunburns which can leave dark red spots on the skin. It causes irritation, swelling and damage to the cell. Therefore, it is very important to remove tan as soon as we reach home.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING SUNTAN:

Before knowing about the cure of suntan, let’s find out some ways to prevent suntan because prevention is always better than cure. Here are some effective ways to prevent suntan:

  • Avoid outdoor activities during the peak time of sun.
  • Use a sunscreen of higher SPF than 30 and try to reapply as soon as you can.
  • Avoid getting too much of your skin exposed to the skin by covering yourself with a scarf.
  • Wear bright colored clothes as it provides protection against the sun.
  • Sunglasses and hats provide extra protection from the sun.
  • Use an umbrella to get protection from the rays of the sun.

HOW TO REMOVE SUNTAN?

Although there are many facials and other expensive and time-consuming procedures, it is not possible in routine life and there is nothing better than home remedies. Home remedies provide nourishment to the skin with best long-lasting effects on health and skin. So, here are 15 homemade remedies to remove suntan:

1. LEMON JUICE, CUCUMBER AND ROSE WATER


 LEMON JUICE, CUCUMBER AND ROSE WATER pack

PRE-REQUISITES 

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cucumber extract
  • 1 tablespoon rose water

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Mix all the ingredients
  2. Apply the mixture on tanned and sunburn areas generously and leave it for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse it properly with cold water.

WHY IT WORKS?

This is one of the most effective ways of removing suntan. This is because rosewater and cucumber juice both acts as a cooling agent for smoothing the blemished skin. Lemon juice contains the acid that acts as skin lightening agents and thereby removing suntan.

2. YOGURT AND LEMON JUICE

 YOGURT AND LEMON JUICE pack

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon tomato pulp

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Mix the ingredients.
  2. Apply the mixture on your face and let it dry for 30 minutes.
  3. Cleanse it with water.

WHY IT WORKS?

Yogurt moisturizes and smoothens the skin. Tomato extract works on spots and pigmentation. It acts as natural suntan remover because of it’s citric properties. It also smoothens the skin as well as open the pores and reduces oiling naturally.

3. MILK AND TURMERIC

MILK AND TURMERIC pack

PRE- REQUISITES

  • 1-2 tablespoon milk
  • A pinch of turmeric

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Take a pinch of turmeric and milk in a glass bowl and mix it.
  2. Apply it on your face and let it dry.
  3. Cleanse it with lukewarm water.

WHY IT WORKS?

Turmeric removes tanned skin layer and brightens your skin. Not only it removes suntan but also soothes sunburn.  Turmeric’s healing properties and milk’s exfoliating properties work well in conjunction to remove suntan.

4.  LEMON JUICE AND HONEY PACK

LEMON JUICE AND HONEY pack

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Mix equal quantities of lemon juice and honey.
  2. Apply it on your face and leave it for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash it using a mild soap or facewash.

WHY IT WORKS?

As discussed above, lemon is good for removing suntan as it acts as skin lightening agents. Honey is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and also soothing to the skin. It may not help decrease the melanin on your skin, but it can help your burnt skin regenerate.  Do not keep honey for long if you have oily skin.

5. COCONUT WATER AND SANDALWOOD PACK

COCONUT WATER AND SANDALWOOD pack

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 1 tablespoon coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder

   HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Mix the ingredients. Add more coconut water if required to get the paste of even consistency.
  2. Apply it on your face and leave it to dry.
  3. Rinse it with water.

WHY IT WORKS?

This is one of the best home remedies for removing suntan. Sandalwood contains lots of medicinal properties which when combined with coconut water make it effective to remove suntan and soothe burn areas by providing cooling to the skin.

6. HONEY AND PAPAYA PACK

HONEY AND PAPAYA pack

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup of raw papaya

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Mash the papaya and mix honey with it.
  2. Apply it on your face and leave it for half an hour.
  3. Rinse it properly with lukewarm water.

WHY IT WORKS?

Honey makes your skin soft and supple while enzymes present in papayas skin whitening, suntan removal and smoothening the skin. Together, they are very effective to remove suntan.

Use it twice or thrice a week.

7. BENGAL GRAM FLOUR AND TURMERIC


BENGAL GRAM FLOUR AND TURMERIC pack

PRE-REQUISITES

  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon Bengal gram flour (besan)
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1 tablespoon milk

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Mix the ingredients.
  2. Apply it on your skin and keep it for 20 minutes.
  3. Cleanse it properly by scrubbing first in the clockwise direction and then anti-clockwise direction.

  WHY IT WORKS?

This mixture is very effective in removing suntan as the coarseness of bengal gram flour will remove the dead skin and impurities of your skin while turmeric aids in suntan removal and evening of skin tone.

8. MASOOR DAL(RED LENTIL), TOMATO AND ALOE VERA PACK

MASOOR DAL(RED LENTIL), TOMATO AND ALOE VERA pack

PRE-REQUISTES-

  • 1 tablespoon red lentil powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato pulp
  • 1 tablespoon aloe Vera extract

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Make a paste of all the ingredients.
  2. Apply it on your face and leave it for half an hour.
  3. Wash it off with cold water.

WHY IT WORKS?

Red lentil is a tan removal ingredient. When combined with tomato pulp and aloe vera, a powerful suntan removal pack is made. Tomato has properties of skin lightening and tan removal while Aloe Vera smoothens and nourishes the skin.

9. HONEY AND PINEAPPLE EXTRACT

HONEY AND PINEAPPLE EXTRACT pack

PRE-REQUISITES-

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon papaya pulp

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Mix the honey with papaya pulp ensuring that there are no lumps.
  2. Apply it on your face.
  3. Rinse it off with clean water after 10-15 minutes.

WHY IT WORKS?

The pack is very useful when used in every alternate days. Pineapple pulp reduces aging of the skin. When mixed with honey, the pack can do wonders in removing suntan.

10. ALOE WITH  MULTANI MITTI

ALOE WITH MULTANI MITTI pack

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 2 tablespoon multani mitti
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • Rose water

HOW TO APPLY?

  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.

WHY IT WORKS?

MULTANI MITTI cools and soothes acne and sunburns in a matter of few days. It cleanses your skin thoroughly and stimulates circulation, thus imparting a natural glow to your skin.

11. OATMEAL AND BUTTERMILK PACK

OATMEAL WITH BUTTERMILK pack

PRE-REQUISITES 

  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Mix the buttermilk with the oatmeal.
  2. Massage the paste onto the affected areas in circular motions for a few minutes and rinse.

WHY IT WORKS?

The buttermilk will soothe your skin and heal the blisters while the oats will act as a natural exfoliator, revealing younger looking skin by removing suntan. This is very effective in removing suntan.

12. YOGURT AND ORANGE JUICE

YOGURT AND ORANGE JUICE pack

PRE- REQUISITES

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt

HOW TO APPLY?

  1. Mix the orange juice with yogurt.
  2. Apply it on your face.
  3. Rinse it with water after half an hour.

WHY IT WORKS?

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. Yogurt, as we already know, is a good moisturizer.

13. LEMON JUICE AND POTATO PACK

LEMON JUICE AND POTATO pack

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 1 medium-sized potato
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

HOW TO APPLY?

  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.

WHY IT WORKS?

Potato juice contains fibers, vital vitamins, and minerals that blemish the skin and sunburn naturally.

14. LEMON JUICE AND CORNMEAL PACK

LEMON JUICE AND CORNMEAL pack

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 1-2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

HOW IT WORKS?

  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.

WHY IT WORKS?

Cornmeal is a natural exfoliator which helps in removing tan and make the dullest skin look fresh. It removes excess oil on your face, leaving behind the skin that you will love to flaunt.

15. ALMONDS, ROSE WATER AND LEMON JUICE PACK

ALMONDS, ROSE WATER AND
 LEMON JUICE pack

PRE- REQUSITES

  • 4-5 ALMONDS
  • 1  tablespoon  Rosewater
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

HOW IT WORKS?

  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.

WHY IT WORKS?

Almonds act as a natural bleaching agent. It contains vitamin E. It helps in removing the suntan and helps in making your skin healthier.

Most of these ingredients can easily be found in your kitchen or refrigerator or it can be easily available in your nearby market.

PATIENCE IS THE KEY TO NATURAL REMEDIES. It will take some time to remove suntan from your skin if you are regularly exposed to the sun. But prevention is always better than cure.

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