So your beach weekend seems to have left its mark on you, quite literally that is. Don’t be worried about walking into office on Monday with that tan as we help you get rid of it and get back to your work mode. Follow these few natural remedies to get rid of tan easily.
When you exfoliate, you remove your skin's dead cells. This way you can easily get the tan removed. When exfoliating your face, use a scrub that has soft granules so that your face does not get rashes. Also ensure that you use the scrub gently and not over-rub it.
While exfoliating your body, you can use normal body scrubs that contain natural salts. But just because you have a bad tan don’t try to scrub it all away in one go as it can damage your skin.
Lime juice is the most tried and tested ingredient for tan removal. Slice a lime and rub it on the area that has tanned. Rub it for two minutes and leave it on for 10 minutes. Take a shower the way you would normally do. The citric acid in the lime juice breaks the dead cells
down, thus removing the tan as well. Though this will help you feel fresh you should be careful when applying it. If your skin starts itching a lot, wash it off. There is a possibility that your skin might be sensitive and hence, unable to bear the effects of the acid in it.
Curd and Turmeric
Like lemon, curd is also acidic in nature, and that helps remove the tan. Mix in a bowl, some chilled yogurt and add a pinch of turmeric. Apply it on your face and neck and other tanned areas. Leave it to dry for about 30
minutes and wash it off with cold water. Turmeric will also help you get a glow that will camouflage your tan easily.
Potato is not just a treat for your taste buds but can also work wonders on your skin. Apply the potato juice on the tanned skin to make it lighter. You can even mix a tablespoon of lemon juice to the potato juice for a better effect.
Apply this concoction with cotton and leave it on for 15 minutes. Do it daily for a few days to get back your natural shade.
Sugar and glycerine
In a bowl, mix 1/2 a cup sugar, few drops of glycerine and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Use this scrub on the tanned area. Gently scrub your face with the tip of your finger. Sugar will scrub your skin well and glycerine will make it soft while the lime will lighten the tan.
Apart from this, you can also use sandalwood paste, honey and papaya skin or an over ripe banana to get the tan removed. But from next time on, take proper precautions before you step out in the sun. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen all the time to protect yourself from direct sunlight. Keeping yourself hydrated is also very important to keep your skin healthy and minimising the effect of the harsh sun rays.