We all love to flaunt our beautiful and flawless skin. Due to the burning heat of the summer sun tries to fade away all your shine and glow. Because of this pandemic situation to go out and get your manicure done by visiting a salon is not possible. Skin tanning is a prevalent issue most people face during summer. As your tan begins to fade, or when you use a self-tanner, unsightly dark spots may appear on your skin. In these cases, it is possible to remove the tan in patches to make the skin colour more homogeneous. There are various methods to remove the tan, including many natural remedies. Below we will see the best do-it-yourself treatments to eliminate tanning, even the artificial ones.
Taking care of your skin is necessary to ensure that it arrives purified and renewed in autumn, a season in which the hours of light decrease drastically. If you want to speed up the tan removal process, you can do it with the right approach and the correct skincare remedies.
Why do you get tanned?
The solar spectrum (sunlight) consists of UV (ultraviolet) rays at three wavelengths: UV C, UV B, and UV A. When UVA rays enter the seams of the skin, they indicate melanocytes (skin cells) to produce more melanin (a pigment that darkens the skin), which gets darker more because of oxidation and generates a tan.
How to remove the tan?
After the summer season, the skin dries up, flakes, and begins the process of renewing its most superficial part coloured by long days in the sun. One of these exfoliating treatments can be used to remove dead cells and excess melanin from the skin.
They are among the least invasive and aggressive methods to remove the tan. They work by exfoliating the epidermis’s most superficial part and are usually used to shower on damp skin. Scrubs are composed of a creamy part enriched with small abrasive elements: crushed seeds of fruits, coffee, sugar, or salt. You can make the scrub once or twice a week and prepare it at home using natural ingredients.
For a more delicate exfoliation, you can use gloves for scrub, vegetable or natural horsehair, and vegetable sponges used in the shower favour cell renewal and allow the skin to return to its original colour.
Sugar and Lemon Juice
Thanks to its high intake of ascorbic acid and citric acid, freshly squeezed lemon juice are one of the best natural remedies for eliminating blemishes on the skin. On the other hand, Sugar is useful for exercising a light exfoliating scrub to facilitate the tan’s removal.
Mix well together with a cup of sugar, preferably raw, and ¾ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Then gently massage the mixture into the skin and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Finally, rinse off the remedy with warm water. This treatment should be repeated several times to eliminate skin spots and tan better.
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
This is a very similar remedy to the one described, but instead of using sugar this time, we use baking soda. Mix half a cup of baking soda with half a cup of lemon juice until you get a smooth, spreadable dough.
Apply to the tanned areas to be lightened, and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Then remove the DIY treatment with a clean cloth.
Raw potatoes have an adequate supply of ascorbic acid, an organic compound widely used in skin lightening treatments. The application of this natural remedy is quite simple: cut a raw potato in half and gently rub the inside of the vegetable on the affected areas. This DIY remedy also requires several applications before getting the desired results.
Oats and Buttermilk or Yogurt
Buttermilk contains lactic acid, a useful ingredient for eliminating skin spots and tanning, while oats help exfoliate the skin and remove the tan better. Buttermilk also softens the skin and provides relief.
Mix 2 tablespoons of oats with just enough buttermilk to make a spreadable dough. Then gently rub the remedy on the areas to be lightened. Massage using circular movements. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes. Finally, rinse with warm water.
Cucumber, Rose Water, and Lemon Juice
Once again, we will use freshly squeezed lemon juice to lighten the tan, but this time is accompanied by two refreshing compounds, namely cucumber, and rose water, which enhance the lemon’s whitening action.
Thoroughly mix two tablespoons of cucumber juice, two tablespoons of lemon juice, and two tablespoons of rose water. Apply this mixture on the areas of the skin to be removed. If necessary, help spread the remedy with a clean cotton cloth. If desired, repeat the treatment.
Chickpea Flour, Turmeric, and Sour Milk
Another natural remedy to remove the tan and lighten the skin is made from chickpea flour mixed with turmeric and sour milk. The chickpea flour is useful for creating an exfoliating scrub to eliminate dead cells and dirt, favouring cell exchange. At the same time, turmeric and sour milk have a stain removal action on the skin.
Mix well together 2-3 tablespoons of chickpea flour, half a teaspoon of turmeric, two tablespoons of sour milk or buttermilk, and the amount of rose water necessary to obtain a homogeneous mixture that can be rubbed on the skin.
Apply the do-it-yourself treatment to the tanned areas to be lightened and leave for about 20 minutes. After the mixture dries, remove it by gently scrubbing clockwise and counterclockwise.
Papaya and Honey
Thanks to papaya’s enzymes, especially papain, this fruit effectively remove tan and skin spots. Mix well together with half a cup of ripe papaya pulp, a tablespoon of honey preferably raw and organic, and, if desired, also a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture to the tan and leave it on for about 30 minutes. After the treatment has dried, wash it off with cold water.
So, if you want to remove your skin tan without using any medical treatment, use any of the above natural therapies for tan removal.