Summertime is a cue for tons of fun and spending time by the pool or beach and letting the sun soak in your skin.
The latter, however, is a cue for getting tanned, and although tan has more or less become yet another trend or ‘summer style’, to be more precise, tan removal can get a bit tricky sometimes.
But, don’t worry because we’re here to help you out in that area – from how you get tanned to how to remove sun tan, you’re all covered.
So, stay carefree and enjoy your summer!
Ways you can get tanned
There are generally two ways an individual is likely to get tanned, either due to natural causes, or deliberately, through artificial measures.
Naturally, exposure to UVA rays is what tends to make people tan because the rays of the sun lead to the skin producing more melanin, i.e., a brown pigment that tends to cause tanning or darkening of the skin.
Besides organic causes, people also prefer getting artificially tanned as due to its popularity, it is quite often considered to be attractive.
Tanning beds, spray tans, etc., are the most common ways of getting a ‘sunless tan’. However, these ways of fake/sunless/self-tanning are not always the best or the safest options.
Now, let’s get onto the more important part about tan removal!
Just like the ways one can get tanned, there are plenty of ways one can get rid of tan and these too involve both natural as well as other inorganic ways.
The latter often includes:
- Using skin-lightening products like makeup and creams.
- Using self-tanner removers.
- Laser tan removal.
- A tan removal treatment or microdermabrasion.
- Facials and masks.
Want to detan your arms and hands through more natural and safer ways?
Then take a look at some of these highly effective homemade remedies to remove tan to see promising results:
Papaya and honey
Honey has always been considered to be the skin’s best friend, thanks to its moisturizing and soothing effects which help to make your skin more radiant and keep it moisturized.
Papaya, on the other hand, is rich in papain, an enzyme that contains potent skin lightening as well as exfoliating properties, which is why it is of immense help to get rid of suntan.
Papaya also has certain properties that help with skin renewal and restoration. What a great combination, right!
Take 4-5 cubes of ripe papaya in a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of honey to that. Mash it up well till you get a smooth paste as the result and gently apply it all over your tanned skin.
Give it around 20-30 minutes to dry and then wash it off with water.
Cucumbers have an amazing cooling effect along with vitamin C that helps to keep your skin moisturized. So, naturally, these work well when it comes to removing tan at home.
Peel a couple of cucumbers and extract their juice. Then, squeeze a few drops of lemon and apply the mixture over your hands and arms.
Wait till it dries and then wash it out
This is yet another one of the best solutions to the problem of how to remove suntan. Potatoes are considered to have potent bleaching properties so these work great as a home remedy for getting rid of tanned skin.
Apply the juice of raw potato on your tanned skin and keep it for about 10-15 minutes before washing it off.
You could also use raw potato slices by putting them over the tanned areas and then remove them after 10-15 minutes.
Strawberries and milk cream
Strawberries are not considered to be one of the most common favorites just because of their taste.
But it also because their antioxidant properties along with an abundance of vitamin C helps to naturally brighten your skin and the richness of milk cream helps to moisturize your skin, thereby keeping it healthy.
Mash some ripe strawberries in a bowl and pour 2 teaspoons of fresh milk cream in that. Now, whisk the mixture till there are no lumps, and then apply the paste to your arms.
Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes and rinse it with cold water.
Oatmeal and buttermilk
This is a highly effective home remedy for removing tan. Combine 3 tablespoons of oatmeal and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk in a bowl and mix it till you form a thick paste.
Now, apply it to your tanned hands by rubbing it in a circular motion and let it sit for around 30 minutes. After it has dried, wash it off with lukewarm water.
Baking soda has a ton of anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to which it helps to soothe skin irritation caused by tan and/or sunburn.
Did you know that baking soda also has certain antiseptic properties?
Well, now you do. In a bowl, combine some baking soda with just enough warm water to get a paste as the result. Gently apply that paste to your tanned arms and hands by softly scrubbing it in a circular motion.
This is a great homemade scrub as it helps to remove excess tan buildup along with streaking from the skin.
Coconut water and glycerine
Rich in anti-pigmentation properties and vitamin C, coconut water helps to brighten your skin and gives it a natural and healthy glow.
On top of that, it also helps to hydrate and moisturize your skin. Glycerine also provides a hydrating and soothing effect to your skin. In a bowl.
Put 3-4 tablespoons of coconut water along with half a tablespoon of glycerine and form a mixture.
Apply this mixture on tanned skin gently with the help of your fingertips in an upward and circular motion. And voila, you’ll see soft, supple, and tan-free skin in no time!
With these completely natural and safe home remedies, tan removal couldn’t get any easier!