Ready for summer: Here are some natural ways of de-tanning
With summer closing in, here are a few things you can do at home to get rid of that sun tan. The good thing is most of ingredients come from your kitchen.health and fitness Updated: Mar 17, 2016 12:07 IST
With sun blazing in many parts of south and eastern India, this summer, do away with those endless visits to beauty salons for de-tanning. Instead, use ingredients like lemon, tomatoes and curd to treat tanning. Here are some more natural ways to beat sun tan:
Lemon juice: Apply it on affected areas and leave for 15-20 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Doing this over a few weeks helps not only in reducing sun tan, but marks as well. One can also mix a few ingredients like cucumber with lemon juice or curd with lemon water -- these will have a cooling effect on skin which will further help removing sun tan quickly.
Papaya: Rub raw papaya juice or ripe papaya pulp on the skin, as it helps in lightening 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.
Raw tomatoes: Cut slices and gently rub on affected areas. This removes tan and clears skin over a few weeks of routine usage.
Curd: Applying curd and other milk products on skin helps soften it and also lighten any tan or pigmentation marks. This is cooling and does not cause any irritation on your skin.
For better results, one can prepare a mask at home with curd and besan or curd and multani mitti. Apply these paste combination on affected areas and leave it on for 20 minutes then rinse off with cold water. This pack also helps reduce darkness on neck, elbows, knees and knuckles which most Indian people suffer with because of pigmentation.
Aloe vera, rose water and glycerine: A combination of this is extremely good for fresh-looking radiant skin, it helps lighten marks and tan making your skin look even toned and radiant.
Oatmeal, honey, curd scrub: These are home-made exfoliators for removing dead and damaged skin because of sun tan. Removing dead skin cells and exposing new fresh skin will help reduce sun tan over a period of time which will be lighter and radiant.
Along with skin lightening, these ingredients also have moisturising qualities leaving your skin soft and smooth removing over drying of skin caused by sun damage.