Here are some tips on how to remove tan from your skin.
1. Sunscreen timings: Exposure to sun is one of the major factors that cause tanning. Hence, when travelling wear a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor or SPF of at least 15. The intensity of the sun is greatest between ten in the morning to four in the evening therefore if you can try and reapply sunscreen.
2. Bleach naturally: Natural bleaching agents can be used thrice a week to cleanse your face. Mix 4 tbsp milk, 1 tbsp honey and 2 tbsp lemon juice and apply the mixture evenly on the tanned areas for 15 minutes. Once dried, wash with cold water. This works best for greasy and oily skin.
3. Cleanse well: A yogurt and honey cleanser can do wonders to de-tan your skin. Mix 4 tbsp plain yogurt, 2 tbsp honey, 3 tbsp lime juice, add a little cornstarch, if you think the paste needs thickening. Apply on your face and massage for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
4. Papaya can work: Rub raw papaya juice or ripe papaya pulp on the skin, as it helps to lighten the dark patches on your face. Application of tea tree oil on affected areas, especially areas affected by pigmentation, is beneficial. You can add extracts of basil leaves in this for the better results.
(With inputs from Dr Naresh Arora, Chase skin care clinic)