We all take consistent efforts daily to care for and nurture our skin. But that one day visit to a sunny bay where you clicked umpteen number of sun-kissed selfies or a theme park gala time or the favorite street shopping with our besties in hot sun ruins it all. Suddenly our glass glow skin becomes suntanned and we die to remove that tan from our face. Sometimes constant exposure causes blemishes and dark spots.
Can you just imagine coming out of your blanket on the bed the next morning without feeling vulnerable, seen, exposed, and low? Yes, that’s how tan makes us feel.
We are sure that each one of you had some time in life experienced this awkward feeling and wanted to hide your face somewhere till you de-tan your face. Right?
And how can we forget that judgmental comment “hey, what happened to your skin?” and all the feeling of shame surrounding it.
Yes, the struggle to get back to our normal skin is real.
The worst scenario is when you have a big event coming up to attend.
The good news is there are many natural, simple and easy home remedies to remove tan from our faces. Organic products, home remedies for skin care, and de-tan regimes have been popularly taken off in recent years to remove skin tan from our faces.
Someone may ask, “I am already very consistent in my skincare regime. why do I even get tanned on just one-day exposure or very minimal exposure daily?”
Tanning is the natural defense of the body against photodamage that is created by UV radiation. Melanin is the natural pigment that is produced by our body and imparts us our skin color. Melanin provides the body with natural SPF (that you also see on sunscreens), which is why it is produced by the body as a defense mechanism. Your body is protecting your skin from further damage from UV rays. It helps our body in protecting the skin from burning.
How do you know if you have a tan?
The Fitzpatrick scale is a scale that was devised in the 1970s after a study into the effects of UV radiation on different skin tones. The lightest skin tones are an I on the Fitzpatrick scale and the darkest is VI. The scale rates skin tones from I-VI. This scale tells us that lighter skin tones tend to face a sunburn when exposed to UV radiation and it is the darker skin tones, with more natural melanin that can fight off the sun damage by tanning itself. Also, as Indians, we are closer to the equator and the sun’s rays have higher levels of UV. So, our skin tends to tan more!
The good news is that Indian skin is much thicker than that of people from other regions in the world and thus more prone to tanning but less prone to getting sunburnt.
Isn’t it a gift that our genes of having thick skin help us in not getting sunburns but skin tans instead, which is very much reversible?
Is skin tanning permanent?
Gladly the sun never permanently darkens the skin. With the proper care and de-tan remedies, skin bounces back to its original color. However prolonged sun exposure may cause severe damage to the skin causing sunburn and may take longer to repair.
Skin types and how they react to the sun:
There are different types of skin tan and reactions to the sun based on your skin color.
• Pale White – This skin type always burns in exposure to the sun but never tans.
• White to light beige – It burns easily in sun exposure and yields minimal tanning.
• Beige – This skin type burns moderately when exposed to the sun with a tan of light brown.
• Light brown skin – It burns minimally and tans the skin into moderate brown.
• Moderate brown skin – This skin type is blessed as it rarely burns. Such skins tans to dark brown which might need tan removal treatment in the future.
• Dark brown or black skin – As these skin types have a high amount of melanin, it never burn and tans profusely when exposed to the sun.
We are a big believer in natural ways to reverse any skin-related issues.
Before we get into methods to reverse the tanning, let’s discuss some preventive measures we can take to minimize tanning in the first place
1. Covering yourself completely while going out during the peak hours of sunlight is the first and foremost preventive measure to avoid skin tan.
Use hats, sunglasses, stoles, and thin jackets to cover your face and hands, which are most likely to be the first affected parts.
2. Being very cautious in choosing and using skin products that are suitable for your skin and that doesn’t cause damage instead is the key to achieving clean and healthy skin.
3. Use sunscreen before exposing yourself to direct sunlight.
4. Stay hydrated enough by drinking a lot of water while staying out in the hot sun.
5. Avoid bathing in water with high salt content.
Home remedies to remove skin tan:
All these are a complete natural, easy and home-based remedies made using ingredients normally available in our homes.
If you are allergic to any of these natural ingredients, do not attempt these home remedies. Consult your dermatologist if the skin damage is worse.
1. Peeled potato:
- One of the best home remedies for tanned skin is potatoes.
- You can apply or rub raw potato slices on the tanned area.
- Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase which helps to remove skin tan.
2. Cucumber :
- Cucumbers naturally help to keep you hydrated.
- Take a fresh cucumber, grate it and then rub the cucumber on your skin.
- Let it get absorbed for 10-15 minutes. The hydration from this will make your skin feel soothed and initiate the de-tan process
3. Aloe vera gel:
- Applying aloe Vera gel daily helps protect your skin from tanning.
- To treat a tanned skin cut an aloe leaf, remove the fresh gel, and apply it to the face.
- Let it dry and wash it off.
- Aloe vera gel is made up of 80% water, coupled with a lot of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, all of which work to make your skin appear soft and glowing.
4. Green tea :
Green tea is packed with antioxidants that treat skin tan by helping in skin cell rejuvenation.
Boil some tea leaves, apply them on the skin after it becomes cold and let it sit for some time.
Do it every alternate day to reap the most benefits.
5. Papaya and Honey :
The enzymes in papaya are known for their exfoliating and skin brightening properties.
It smoothly clears dead skin cells while honey moisturizes your skin.
Take the papaya pulp and mix it with a tablespoon of honey. Apply the paste to your face and keep it for 30 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Do you want to get off your tan overnight? Then try this,
Milk and Rice flour pack:
- Take some rice flour, and add cold milk(not boiled) to form a thick paste.
- Apply and let it dry for an hour. Wash off with cold water.
Rice flour is heralded for its brightening ability while milk is a natural exfoliator.
However, if you are too busy to prepare the home remedies or have a stubborn skin tan that does not budge even after all the home remedies, there is our one-stop Yeka Golden Glow oil for removing skin tan and much more which is 100 % natural and affordable.
As discussed, when our Indian skin is actually a blessing when it comes to sun exposure and burning, skin tan removal is a cakewalk if we follow the home remedies explained religiously and consistently.