Summer days are really meant for outdoor fun. However, with temperatures soaring every summer and the depletion of the ozone layer, sun tanning has become an inevitable part of our outings in the summer. With every outdoor trip, skin takes the beating. It tans and blemishes and dark spots appear too. If you’ve been out, a bit too long to get sunburns, you would have struggled with the itchiness and burning sensation. Folks with oily skin must have had their share of problems too. So here we bring the best home remedies to remove sun tan.
Though westerners take pride in their tan, sun tan is not all that cool when it comes to health. It can be hazardous to skin and may increase the risk of skin cancer.
Read more about the dangers of excessive sun tanning here.
5 Best Home Remedies To Remove Sun Tan
Now that the monsoons are finding their way in, it’s time to lose that tan. We share some home remedies on how you can beat the sun tan, have fun and ensure that you continue to look marvellous. Even better when all of it is natural.
Aloe Vera-based Soothing Face Pack
Aloe vera gel is abundantly available in our gardens and easy to extract. You can also procure this prepackaged from the market. Organic Mesmara Aloe Vera powder is another good option that has an extremely long shelf life.
How to use
You need to mix 1-2 teaspoons of fuller’s earth and 3 tablespoons of Aloe vera gel / powder and add a few drops of rose water to it. A few drops of Rose water can add life to the paste with their ethereal fragrance.
The fine paste should be applied to the exposed skin area, usually the face, neck and even on the arms. Leave it to dry and subsequently wash off with cold water. Use this twice a week and it shall keep your skin fresh, remove the signs of tanning and keeps the skin clean and oil free.
Orange-based Face Pack
The citric acid present in oranges helps in the brightening of skin naturally and gives it a natural radiance. Even the peel of the fruit enhances skin glow and removes suntan.
How to use
Orange juice mixed with yoghurt makes a vitamin C rich face pack. Leave it on for half an hour and in that time it will start getting dry. Wash it off with cold water.
You can also mix Mesmara Orange Peel Powder with few drops of lime, sandalwood powder, ½ tsp of Multani Mitti and Aloe Vera Juice to make a smooth paste.
Coconut Face Rinse
Another simple and effective recipe is coconut milk. Take out the white coconut pulp of a coconut and blend it finely. Filter the blend and what is left is coconut milk. You can now directly use this to clean and rinse your face and skin.
How to use
To maximise the effect, soak a clean cloth into the coconut milk and leave it on your skin. This will allow the skin to absorb the goodness more than a simple rinse.
For severe tans, apply this daily and soon the tan signs will go.
For an additional punch add sandalwood powder (1-2 tsp) to get a consistent and fine paste. This can be now used as a face pack. Apply these 2-3 days a week and once applied, leave it to dry and subsequently wash off with cold water. Finish off with natural moisturisers for glowing skin.
Papaya-based Face Pack
Ripe papayas heal the skin easily, especially when you have dark tans and severe sunburns. The papaya helps in cell renewal and is a good exfoliant. It is easy to make papaya face pack at home.
How to use
Make a fine paste by blending peeled ripe papaya with a tablespoon of honey. The quantity of papaya should be enough to make one cup of paste. Apply it on your face and let is rest for half an hour before washing it off gently with normal temperature water. Use it on alternate days to give you the best results.
Tomato-based Face Pack
A lesser-known recipe is tomato paste. Tomato is packed with antioxidants and vitamins which help lighten the skin tone.
How to use
Use the freshly prepared paste and mix it with rice powder. You will be impressed to see how quickly the signs of tan disappear. Suntan will soon fade off your exposed areas and the skin will start looking fresher and less oily.
Mesmara Tan Removal Cream
If you do not have time for homemade packs, Mesmara offers a specialised tan removal cream which contains a combination of kojic acid and essential oils such as sandalwood oil, kumkumadi oil, clove oil, peppermint oil, geranium oil. The cream is devoid of any chemical, parabens, mineral oil and synthetic fragrances. More importantly, this cream is suitable for all skin types.
It reduces excessive melanin formation due to sun exposure and nourishes the skin making it lighter and fresher.
How to use
Take pea-sized amount of cream and gently massage in upward circular motion all over your face and neck. Make sure to massage until all the cream has been totally absorbed. This action improves blood circulation and helps in skin cell renewal.
The use of natural ingredients in your beauty regime goes a long way. While you may use them as temporary treatments, they heal and nourish your skin with a rich supply of nutrients and antioxidants.