Summertime happiness: Super-effective home remedies for tan-free skin

  • Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2015 17:53 IST

Is the scorching heat ­making your complexion a few shades darker? And is the harsh ultraviolet ­radiation from the sun ­causing skin problems for you? Even after applying sunscreen religiously on the exposed areas before stepping out, our skin remains vulnerable. Apart from tanning, sun damage can lead to premature aging and skin cancer.

But you don’t need to worry, as we tell you some effective home remedies that will allow you to flaunt your healthy skin with confidence all through the summer.

1 Chill to beat the heat
Place a few cold cabbage leaves on the affected areas for 15 minutes and say goodbye to the tan. Repeat it twice a week. For excess sun burns, take a few ice cubes in mulmul cloth and apply ­gently on the tanned areas.

2 Massage therapy
Take a small amount of Vicks in your fingers, apply it to the sunburn areas and massage gently. People with excessive sunburn can do this twice a week. You can also apply curd for about 15-20 minutes and wash it off. Do it regularly to get rid of tan.

3 Scrub the tan away
Soak almonds in water for 3-4 hours. Grind it well to make a mild scrub and use it on your face and neck. This will not only help you get rid of the tan, but also peel away dead skin cells. You can also try another pack. Add 3 tsps buttermilk to 1 tsp crushed oatmeal. Massage in circular motion for a smoother and younger looking skin.

4 Face packs
Soak 1 tbsp masoor dal and grind it to make a rough paste. Add 1 tbsp each of tomato paste and aloe extract. Apply it on the tanned area and wash it off with cold water after half an hour. You can also blend edible milk cream with saffron and apply it on your face gently and leave it overnight. This home remedy will get rid of the tan, and is good for acne-prone skin.

5 Juice it off
This comes handy for worst tan cases. Apply bottle gourd juice to the tanned areas 3-4 times a day. Although you won’t smell that nice, your stubborn tan will be gone.

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