When the sun's sharp rays beat down on us, we lose our natural complexion and begin to look dark. Not all women like this and wonder what can take away that dreadful 'second skin'. But if you too are a victim of suntan, do not worry because your kitchen is full of some tried and tested home remedies for suntan removal, such as:
Baking soda: You can get rid of a suntan by making a paste of baking soda and water and applying it on the tanned area of your body. Done on alternate days, it can give good results.
Aloe vera: One of aloe vera's many properties is its ability to remove suntan. To use aloe vera, mix a tablespoon of Fuller's Earth or multani mitti with a pinch of turmeric powder and rose water. Dilute it enough to get a thickish consistency. Apply it on your face and hands and let it dry. Wash and pat the skin dry. Within a week of applying this mix, your skin will lighten considerably and will feel clean and nourished. You can also apply fresh aloe vera gel on your suntanned skin at bedtime and wash it off in the morning.
Lemon juice: Lemon is a natural bleach, so apply it on your tanned skin and feel its amazing benefits. Apply lemon juice directly on the affected area and let it dry before washing it off. Do this three times a week for good results.
Yogurt: Of the many home remedies for suntan removal, this one is a winner. Yogurt helps reduce a sun tan even as it is cooling to the skin. It also gets rid of any skin redness and tightens open pores. A cup of plain curd, the juice of one cucumber and one tomato blended together can make for the right recipe for sun tan removal.
Vinegar: Combining equal quantities of water and vinegar when applied to sunburned parts of your body can give fabulous results. When you see the difference, wash it off with cold water. Do it on a daily basis till you get 100% results.
Cucumber: The cooling effect of cucumber helps soothe tanned skin. This vegetable contains Vitamin C which acts as a good and natural skin moisturizer. To use cucumber for a suntan, mix two tablespoons of its juice to one tablespoon of lime juice and a pinch of turmeric. Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave on for about 30 minutes before washing it off with water.
Gram flour: Gram flour or besan helps remove a suntan by taking off the dead cells and leaving the skin looking tight, young and bright. Make a paste of gram flour in water and rub it on the affected parts of your skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off. Continue to do this two or three times a week until you see really good results. For best results, add a few drops of lime juice to the paste.
Papaya pulp: Massage papaya pulp on the tanned parts of your body for about 10-15 minutes and leave it on for another 15 minutes. When it begins to dry, wash it off using cold water.
By making a habit of using any of the above tried and tested home remedies for suntan removal, your skin will regain its former glorious look.