Troubled by those nasty tans that don’t seem to be going away even after so much of blood sweat? Skin tan can be stubborn to deal with, especially if it is a persistent one—the one that develops as a result of long term exposure of skin to harsh sunlight. But fret not, because there’s a way to deal with even the most adamant of skin tans—the Indian way!
What follows below is a list of five Indian routines that can help you eliminate your skin tan and help you achieve your natural complexion with ease. These are superb techniques, simply because they work! And the best part is that they don’t produce any side effects owing to their natural origin. Here we go:
Besan and lemon face pack
This one’s first on the list and for obvious reasons. While lemon is known to be an excellent bleaching agent, ‘Besan’(powdered chickpeas) acts as an effective skin-toner. When mixed together they work wonder on almost any type of skin. Here’s how you apply it:
Step 1: Mix Besan and water in a bowl to a paste like consistency, and then squeeze a lemon into the mix.
Step 2: Apply it thickly on your face (and other body part you want to de-tan) before taking shower.
Step 3: Let the paste dry, and then wash off after 20 minutes
Step 4: Follow this routine every day.
Fuller earth and tomato face pack
Indians have been using this magical stuff since centuries. Fuller earth or ‘multani mitti’ is a cleansing agent known to improve skin complexion upon consistent use. When mixed with tomato juice, it becomes a powerful de-tan agent. Lycopene in tomato acts as a natural sunscreen, and anti-oxidants fight and repair cellular damages that result due to unhealthy sun exposure. Here’s how to make it work the best:
Step 1: In a small bowl, mix fuller earth, water and tomato juice.
Step 2: Apply the mix to the affected area.
Step 3: Spread the mix on your skin in a circular fashion.
Step 4: Rinse it after a good 20 minutes.
Step 5: Apply daily.
Yogurt and turmeric face pack
Yogurt is endowed with the goodness of an array of vitamins that nourish and rejuvenate skin. Also, the lactic acid in yogurt lightens the skin and helps you get rid of tan. Turmeric and yogurt together act as a magical skin care product that not only helps lighten the complexion but also tone your skin. Here’s how to benefit from it:
Step 1: Mix yogurt with a pinch of turmeric.
Step 2: Apply the paste over the affected area before going to bed.
Step 3: Gently massage the skin in circular motion.
Step 4: Rinse off your face in the morning.
Step 5: Repeat this routine daily.
Sugar and honey scrub
Sugar and honey scrub is an ideal solution for removing skin tan. While honey lightens the skin, sugar acts as an exfoliating agent. Using the scrub regularly help you get rid of dead skin cells, which ultimately results in a healthier, fairer skin. Here’s how to prepare and use sugar and honey scrub:
Step 1: Mix 3 parts of honey with one part of crystallized sugar.
Step 2: Apply the pack on your skin and massage with moderate pressure for 2 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse off.
Step 4: Repeat this three times a week.
Potato has long been valued by Indian beauticians for its skin bleaching effect. Be it an unsightly dark spot on your face or those horrid freckles you developed last weekend on your beach getaway, potatoes will help you deal with any kind of skin blemish and return you a rejuvenated, clear and de-tanned skin. Here’s the preparation:
Step 1: Get out your mixer and crush a raw potato or two to a paste like texture. (For best results, add a teaspoon of lemon juice)
Step 2: Apply the pack on your skin and let it dry.
Step 3: Rinse off after half an hour.
Step 4: Repeat thrice a week.
So these were some of the most effective ‘Indian ways’ to deal with tanned skin. Try them out on a regular basis, and you will start observing the change in over a week. Make sure that you limit your exposure to direct sunlight. Always use an effective sunscreen when outdoors (even on cloudy days).
Hope this article helps. Happy De-tanning! J