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How to Get Rid Of a Tan Naturally with 7 Ways

Sun exposure can lead to a darkening of the skin, a protective reaction that works by minimizing the penetration of additional ultraviolet radiation deeper into the skin tissue after a sun exposure. The buildup of melanin, a pigment the skin produces to shield the skin, darkens via oxidation as is rises to the top layers of the skin. A tan is evidence that the skin has been damaged by the sun and that the body is working hard to prevent further injury. It does not indicate a healthy condition.

To get rid of a tan naturally try one of the following natural methods. You want an effective and speedy solution to restore your skin to its undamaged condition. The skin has already suffered harm because of the sun exposure so you want to limit the use of irritating chemicals or harsh treatments. The options here offer solutions that minimize further damage while bringing about the results desired.

1. Sea Salt, Lemon and Loofah

To exfoliate the skin so that the lemon can do its lightening magic first thoroughly drench the areas of skin you want to treat with water. Most easily done in the shower or bath, wet your skin and take a handful of salt and start rubbing it on the affected areas. Continue rubbing with a loofah or other textured sponge or brush. Rinse thoroughly and then rub the skin with a cut lemon.

The salt and scrubbing action remove the top layers of skin, reducing the darkened effect. Then the lemon lightens the skin and also sloughs off any residual dead skin. Repeat as needed.

2. Potato

The cut side of a potato can also lighten the skin. Simply cut a potato in half and rub it on the tanned areas. You can also slice a potato thinly and apply the slices to areas that need lightening. This works well on cheeks and forehead — lie down and relax while the potato works. Rinse the potato fluid off after about 15 to 20 minutes and discard the potato.

3. Gram Flour, Tumeric, Lemon, Milk and Rosewater

Mix a quarter cup of gram flour, also known as chickpea flour, with a tablespoon of tumeric, the juice of a lemon and enough milk to make a paste; this can be one of the best ways to get rid of a tan line. Use rosewater instead of the milk if your skin is oily. Spread this paste on the tanned areas and leave it on like you would any facial or body mask for about 15 minutes. Make sure to remove all traces with cool water. Treat with this as often as every other day.

4. Powdered oats and buttermilk

If you have oat flour use it in this treatment, otherwise buzz up some oatmeal in the food processor or blender to a fine consistency. Then add some buttermilk to the oat powder or flour to make a thick paste. Apply to the sun damaged areas and wait 20 minutes. Remove by rubbing gently, and then rinse with cool water.

5. Lemons and sugar

Make a body scrub by mixing lemon juice and granulated sugar together. The sugar can be white or brown, but must have a somewhat coarse feel — pass on the superfine baker’s sugar and use raw, crystallized brown sugars. Smooth over the tanned areas and scrub in. You may want to use a sea sponge or other textured cloth to help scrub. If you use this one on the face, be gentle and avoid the eye area. Rinse thoroughly in the tub or shower.

6. Milk Bath

Some swear by a soaking in milk. Fill a tub with milk and then jump in, making sure the tanned areas are immersed. Stay in for at least 30 minutes and then drain and rinse carefully with warm water. You can repeat this for a few days to get rid of a tan.

7. Aloe Vera

Use the fresh gel from a leaf of aloe Vera if possible or use in bottled form if not. Apply it at night before going to bed and shower it off in the morning. Be sure not to get out into the sun with this treatment on your skin as the tank will darken with the combination of UV rays and aloe Vera.