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22 Easy Home Remedies To Remove Sun Tan

Just when you think summer is over and you don’t need to worry about the sun and its harmful rays damaging your skin, the winter sun shines through dark grey clouds. And if you thought the winter sun is not going to damage your skin, then think again. As much as you stock up on and apply sunscreen lotions and creams during summer, you need them to protect your skin during winter as well.

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Your skin can tan even during winter as much as it does in the summer, if not more. However, sun creams and lotions only do so much for your skin. Despite your best efforts, you end up with tanned skin, which makes your skin dull. To get rid of dark tanned skin, most people prefer easy ways like using chemical-based cosmetic products or bleach. But we advise you not to waste money on high-priced detanning products. But then how to remove sun tan? By going for some easy home remedies for tan removal.

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Here are 22 home remedies to remove sun tan off your beautiful skin and face.

1. Potato


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Potato has natural bleaching properties, making it the most simple remedy to remove tans, dark circles, and acne spots from your face. Potato juice or a raw-cut potato, when rubbed on your skin regularly, can help you get rid of sun tan on your face.

2. Lemon juice


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Lemon is another natural bleach you can use for your skin, and therefore helps make it fair and glowing. Slice up a lemon and rub it on the tanned areas on your face. Keep it for a few minutes before washing it off with fresh water.

3. Turmeric and lemon

A mixture of turmeric paste and lemon juice can bring a brightening glow to your skin, and also help in reducing sun tan, with brilliant results.

4. Oats and buttermilk


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Oatmeal acts as a natural exfoliator while buttermilk helps you soothe and moisturize your skin. Make a face pack using three tablespoons of buttermilk and two tablespoons of oatmeal, and apply it on your face. This natural face pack will not only help you reduce tans from your facial skin, but will also remove dead skin cells and blackheads.

5. Orange juice and yogurt

Mix one tablespoon each of orange juice and yogurt well, and apply on your face to help you regain your natural skin tone and prevent your skin from premature aging.

6. Cucumber, lemon, and rose water


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In equal quantities, mix cucumber juice and lemon juice. Add a few drops of rose water and apply the mixture on the tanned areas of your face. Leave it on for ten minutes before washing with water.

7. Papaya and honey face pack


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Make a fruit pack for your sun tanned face with papaya pulp and honey. After applying on your face, let it dry for half an hour and clean your face with fresh water.

8. Aloe Vera and multani mitti face pack

Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) has been an age-old ingredient for skin care. When mixed with aloe vera gel, it helps you get a better skin tone and reduces sunburns, rashes, and acne problems on your face.

9. Sandalwood paste and coconut water pack

Make a thick paste with sandalwood powder and coconut water and apply it on your face and neck to remove skin tan and dead cells.

10. Strawberry and milk cream face pack

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One of the most tempting home remedies to remove skin tan is a face pack made with crushed fresh strawberries and milk cream. Resist your temptation – you can always make a little more mixture to have a scoop once you are done with the face pack!

11. Potato and lemon juice face pack

A combination of potato and lemon juice can make a great pack for your tanned skin as both have natural bleaching qualities and can treat sun tanned skin naturally. Moreover, the presence of Vitamin C in lemon helps in lightening the skin tone and brings a glow to the skin.

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12. Saffron and fresh cream face pack

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Saffron (kesar) is one of the most popular ingredients for glowing fair skin. It also helps in brightening skin tone, removing pimples and acne scars; and when added with fresh cream, it helps you enrich the beauty of your skin tone even more. Soak some strands of saffron overnight in two tablespoons of fresh milk cream and apply on your face the next morning. Let it dry for twenty minutes and wash it off with water to see excellent results of tan removal.

13. Yogurt and tomato pack

A face pack of yogurt and tomato purée can naturally bleach as well as moisturize your skin. The presence of tomato also helps enrich your skin tone, and reduces sun tan and dark spots on your face.

14. Gram flour, yogurt, and turmeric face pack

One wonder ingredient for face packs is turmeric. Make a paste of gram flour (besan), turmeric powder, and yogurt, and apply as a face pack, keeping it on for around 30 minutes. While gram flour works as a natural scrub and cleanses your skin, yogurt removes the tan and turmeric helps in bringing back the original color of the skin.

15. Aloe Vera, red lentil, and tomato face pack

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Make a face mask with aloe vera gel, red lentil (masoor dal) paste, and tomato juice to help you remove tan from your face. Red lentil helps to remove tan, aloe vera soothes your skin, while tomato refreshes your skin, making it fair and glowing.

16. Milk powder, honey, and almond oil face pack

A mixture of milk powder, honey, and almond oil can make for a great face pack to enhance the texture of your skin and reduce sun tan.

And here are some home remedies for hands and feet

17. Raw milk


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A massage with raw milk on your hands and feet can help you detan your skin and bring back its original glowing color.

18. Salt and lemon scrub

Prepare a natural homemade scrub with lemon and salt to remove the dead cells from your skin. Sprinkle some salt on both sides of a freshly cut lemon and rub it on your hands and feet, which will help remove dead skin cells.

19. Milk and turmeric

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Make a mixture of milk and turmeric powder and apply on affected body parts for glowing skin. The mixture helps reduce sunburns and sun tans to great effect.

20. Dry orange peel and milk mixture

To regain the fair complexion of your skin, make a paste of dry orange peel powder and milk. Apply on your body and leave it for 30 minutes. For better results, follow the same process at least twice a week.

21. Oatmeal, curd, and tomato

To get rid of your darkened skin due to sun exposure, make a paste of oatmeal, curd, and fresh tomato juice. Apply it on your hands and feet and wash it off after 15-20 minutes. Use the same blend regularly for two to three weeks to regain your natural skin color.

22. Honey, lemon, and milk powder

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Make a paste of lemon juice, honey, and milk powder. Apply it on your arms and legs on the affected tanned areas, and leave it on for half an hour before washing it off.

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Even though there are various natural remedies and also many cosmetic products to help us get rid of sun tan and sun burns, the best advice is to always wear sunscreen lotion or sun cream whenever you go outdoors. Avoid going out in the middle of the day as ultraviolet rays are the strongest at that time. Also wear protective clothing and sunglasses to avoid sun tanning.

Have we missed any of the home remedies for removing sun tans? Enlighten us on how to remove sun tan in the comments below.

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How To Remove Sun Tan With These 22 Home Remedies
Be it summer or winter, you can get sun tan when you step outside without protection for your skin. Here's how to remove sun tan at home with these remedies.
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