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6 Scientifically Proven Home Remedies For Removing Skin Tan

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By Apollo 24|7, Published on - 18 May 2023, Updated on - 16 June 2023

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The scorching summer heat not only leaves you dehydrated but also takes away your skin’s moisture leaving it dry and tanned. But did you know a tan is the skin’s response to UV radiation, with melanin being the chemical responsible for skin darkening? While you must try to avoid going under direct sunlight, especially during peak hours, we have a few science-backed remedies that can be helpful if you get a tan. From exfoliation to skin-lightening home ingredients, these treatments can help to reduce the appearance of a tan. However, using these home remedies cautiously is important.

1. Tomato

Lycopene, a natural pigment found in tomatoes has a photo-protective effect, which can help reduce tanning. To utilise its benefits, blend a fresh tomato to create a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off with water. Regular application of this mixture can aid in the removal of tan lines.

2. Soybean

Soybean extract is a natural ingredient that is effective in treating hyperpigmentation, which is the darkening of the skin due to increased melanin production. Soybean extract contains compounds such as isoflavones and phytosterols that have been found to inhibit the activity of tyrosinase, a key enzyme involved in melanin production. In addition, soybean extract has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can further help to improve skin tone and texture.
Soybean can be used for topical application in several forms such as soybean oil, soy milk, and soy extract. Soybean oil can be applied directly to the skin or used as a carrier oil for other skincare ingredients. Soy milk can be used as a gentle cleanser, toner, or facial mask. To make a soy milk facial mask, mix 2 tablespoons of soy milk with 1 tablespoon of honey and apply to the face for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off. 

3. Aloe Vera

Not only is this sunburn remedy highly effective at soothing inflamed skin, but research suggests that aloe vera may also have the ability to inhibit the release of melanin and decrease pigmentation. When applied to affected areas, aloe vera produces a cooling sensation. It can be applied naturally or mixed with turmeric, tomato, or chickpea flour. To use this mixture on sun-tanned skin, apply it to the affected area and leave it on for a few minutes. Once it has dried, gently rub the area to exfoliate dead skin cells, and then remove the mixture using a damp cloth.

4. Turmeric

It has been a go-to solution in India for centuries to achieve a brighter complexion. To get rid of tan, whip up cream by combining turmeric, aloe vera, and almond oil. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator and apply every other day for the best results. Remember that turmeric can leave behind a yellow hue on your skin, clothes, or countertops. 

5. Ellagic Acid

It is a natural polyphenol found in fruits like pomegranates, strawberries, and raspberries, with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and potential anti-cancer effects. It may also help reduce skin tan caused by sun exposure by inhibiting the activity of tyrosinase. Incorporating ellagic acid-rich fruits into your diet may support healthy, radiant-looking skin and offer protection against UV-induced skin damage and other skin ageing effects.
Pomegranate juice, a rich ellagic acid source, makes up for a great face mask. Mix 1/4 cup of pomegranate juice with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture to clean the skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

6. Yoghurt 

Yoghurt contains lactic acid, which can help to exfoliate the skin and eliminate tan. Apply plain yoghurt to the affected area, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off with water.

Remember, the most effective way to eliminate a tan is to adequately shield your skin from harmful UV rays with high-SPF sunscreen. If you end up with a tan, then the home remedies mentioned above can help minimise its appearance. Before applying any treatment to a large area of skin, conduct a spot test on your inner forearm twice daily for at least two or three days to determine if a reaction occurs. Cease usage immediately if it causes any stinging or burning sensations unless directed otherwise by your dermatologist.

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Medically reviewed by Dr Sonia Bhatt


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