12 Home Remedies For Tanned Skin

So a day out in the sun with your friends sounds amazing, but what’s not amazing is the next day, when you realise that your skin has got tanned despite your best efforts. Sunblock lotion can help to an extent, but one way or the other, the tan hits you. So instead of despairing about it or blaming your sunblock, just use any of our favorite home remedies to get rid of that already tanned skin, to bring it back to its prime!

12. Potatoes


Potatoes are a much-recommended remedy for tanned skin. It is quite simple to use potatoes to get rid of the tan on your skin. All you have to do is cut the potato into slices, and rub it on the tanned part of your skin. You can also choose to blend the potatoes and apply this mixture on your skin and wash it off after it dries. For a faster effect, add lemon juice to the mixture and see the results within two weeks!

11. Honey


Honey is one of the sweetest remedies for your tanned skin. When mixed with lemon juice or applied topically, it can ensure effective removal of the tan on your skin. Simply mix organic honey with a few drops of essential oils and lemon juice to make a paste, and apply it for twenty minutes. Wash it off, and watch the tan slowly reduce over the next couple of weeks!

10. Cucumber


Another home remedy for tanned skin is cucumbers, which along with removing your tan, will soothe your skin with a cooling effect. Grate a cucumber, and add milk and lemon juice to it. Mix this until you get a paste-like consistency, which you can apply to your skin and wash off with lukewarm water after it dries. You will be amazed by the effectiveness of this remedy!

9. Sandalwood Powder

sandalwood powder

An unconventional method to get rid of tanned skin is sandalwood powder. This powder, when mixed with turmeric powder and rose water, will give you almost immediate results. Sandalwood powder and turmeric powder both help improve the complexion of your skin and treat any sunburns. Rose water will provide moisture and will also help with the skin complexion.

8. Gram Flour (Besan)

gram flour and turmeric

Gram flour is a well-known remedy for tanned skin in south Asian countries. Also called ‘besan’ this remedy helps in removing tan from your skin, by reducing the skin pigmentation and giving a healthy bleach to your skin. It is a natural exfoliator for your skin, and it is effective in removal of dead skin cells. Mix gram flour with rose water, milk, and turmeric powder and make a paste. Apply it and allow it to dry. Wash it off with lukewarm water, and see the tan reduce within a matter of weeks.

7. Oatmeal


Oatmeal is one home remedy which has many benefits for your skin. It can help in skin tan removal and also act as a natural exfoliator. Mix oatmeal with buttermilk to make a natural scrub, and apply this to the tanned portion of your skin. Oatmeal helps in removal of both the tanned skin and any dead skin cells and blackheads. Your skin will have a renewed glow after applying this pack.

6. Milk Cream and Strawberries

milk cream and strawberries

A recently popular home remedy for removing tan is a milk cream and strawberry mask. Milk cream moisturizes the skin, while strawberry’s properties of improving your skin complexion help in removing the tan. Two tablespoons of milk cream mixed with a handful of strawberries will give you a smooth paste which when applied to the tanned portion of your skin will show you immediate results.

5. Petroleum Jelly

petroleum jelly

Another unconventional home remedy for tanned skin is petroleum jelly. Yes, that Vaseline bottle on your bedside table can actually help in removal of tan. Just apply it generously over the tanned portion, cover your hands with some old cloth, and let it remain overnight. Wash off in the morning with lukewarm water. Your skin will feel completely youthful and new, and the tan will be much lesser than before.

4. Pineapple


Want to remove the tan and also lighten your skin spots, improve skin pigmentation and remove wrinkles, freckles or lines on your face? Pineapple will be your best buddy. It is rich in Vitamin C, and contains a ton of oxidants which help your skin a great deal. Mix the pulp of pineapple with honey, and apply it to the tanned portion of your skin. Don’t leave it on too long, though. After about five minutes, wash it off with warm water. You will definitely be impressed with the effective results.

3. Aloe Vera

aloe vera

Aloe Vera is the undisputed winner of all home remedies. Loaded with many benefits, this plant is one of the most sought after as a remedy for various skin and health problems. The gel from the aloe vera leaf will help you remove the tan from your skin, and also help in removing spots and pimples at the same time. Apply the gel overnight, and wash it off in the morning. Don’t go for processed aloe vera gel, take the gel directly from the leaf of the plant for best results.

2. Tomato


Tomato is one of the best ways to lighten your skin and get rid of that tan. Cut the tomato into slices and rub it on the tanned portion of your skin. For more effectiveness, add lemon juice or oatmeal to tomato paste and apply it to the tanned skin and allow it to dry. Wash it off with lukewarm water, and witness an immediate glowing effect on your skin. No amount of skin lightening creams will ever give you the same results, in addition to having no side effects whatsoever.

1. Lemon


Lemon is undeniably the best home remedy for tanned skin. Known for its bleaching properties, lemon is the first thing people reach for when they need to lighten their skin. It is recommended, however, to not apply lemon directly to your skin, since it can be harsh on sensitive skin. Dilute it with water, and apply over the tanned portion of the skin. Leave it on for about twenty minutes to half an hour, and then wash off with lukewarm water and immediately apply moisturizer, since lemon can dry out your skin. You can also mix it with a variety of other home remedies for tanned skin for increasing their effectiveness.

Tanned skin can definitely be a bummer when you want to enjoy those long summer days, but you can use these remedies to remove the tan and pose confidently for the pictures. You can also follow a few tips to prevent the tan in the first place- cover your skin when you go out, and keep applying sunblock after every few hours. Keep the skin free from any damage, and keep the tan at bay!

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