Homemade scrubs to get rid of tan quickly : With approaching summers, your shades, and short dresses also come out to enjoy the summer sun at the beach or the park with friends and family. Well, despite of all the fun and joy, the falling day leaves us all with unattractive and ugly sun tan on the face and hands that takes away all the fun from the outings.
Although you might be using sunscreens and other protective measures to safeguard your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, these rays make their way to sabotage your skin.
DIY Scrubs to get rid of Suntan
Due to shortage of time, we usually prefer to go for quick fix solutions, like a bleach session or use chemical based cosmetic products for instant tan removal. However, all these products can take a serious toll on delicate skin to show serious side effects in the long run.
It is, therefore, wise to opt for home remedies and DIY scrubs to remove sun tan while retaining the natural glow of your skin.
Here is a list of top homemade scrubs to get rid of tan easily, effectively, and quickly.
1) Rose Water, Cucumber, and Lemon Juice Scrub
This is one of the most effective homemade remedy to get rid of suntan. This remedy uses the tan removal goodness of lemon and cucumber – two of the perfect natural bleaching agents. Lemon juice is packed with citric acid and vitamin C, both of which help to lighten the skin tone.
Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant and neutralizes the damage resulting from free radicals. It also helps to lighten suntan, dark spots, and age spots.
On the other hand, the cucumber juice and rose water work as cooling agents to soothe the blemished skin. Grate a cucumber and add some lemon juice and rose water to it.
Apply this mixture on affected areas using a cotton ball. Let it dry slightly. Massage in gentle circular motions to scrub the tanned areas. Again, wait for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.
You can use this remedy daily after you get back from the sun.
2) Wheat Flour and Milk Scrub
Applying wheat flour on the skin helps to improve the skin tone. Furthermore, it also treats uneven skin tone by lightening the dark spots. Prepare a paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of wheat flour with a little milk. Apply this mixture onto the face.
Make sure that the paste has a medium consistency. Massage in gentle circular motions to scrub away the suntan off your face. Let the paste stay on your face for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with cold water to get brighter and softer skins.
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3) Cornmeal and Lemon Juice Face Scrub
Cornmeal is highly effective to remove dead skin cells and blackheads from the skin. The tiny granules of the oatmeal work to polish the skin in a gentle way. Furthermore, cornmeal face scrub is highly effective for oily skin as it removes the excess sebum and oil from the skin without making it dry.
To use, apply 2 tablespoons of cornmeal with 1 tablespoon each of yogurt and lemon juice. Apply the paste onto your face. Massage in a gentle circular motion using your fingertips. Allow it to work on your face for 15-20 minutes
4) Buttermilk and Oatmeal Scrub
Oatmeal is known for its weight loss benefits. However, it is also considered as an excellent exfoliate for the skin as well. Buttermilk helps to soothe and moisturize the skin. Also, it heals blisters and oatmeal works as a natural scrub to exfoliate the skin while simultaneously removing dead skin cells and blackheads.
To use, mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with 3 tablespoons of buttermilk and apply on affected areas of the face and body. Use your fingers to massage gently onto the skin in circular motions. Allow it to work for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with cold water.
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5) Gram Flour and Turmeric Scrub
This homemade scrub is a double treat for the tanned skin as it provides dual benefits of bleaching and scrubbing. The wonder ingredient, turmeric, more commonly referred as the Holy powder, is not only amazing for the excellent medicinal properties but also known for its amazingly wonderful effects on the skin.
Turmeric provides a healthy glow to the skin while helping to reduce tan and pigmentation. Bengal gram, on the other hand, plays the role of a natural scrub for skin exfoliation and removal of dead skin cells.
Mix together 2 tablespoons of besan, 1 tablespoon of milk and a pinch of turmeric along with a tablespoon of crushed orange peel and cold rose water. Apply this mixture on clean face and allow it to dry for 15-20 minutes. Moist the dried areas by sprinkling little water on it.
Now slowly massage the pack to gently scrub the facial skin in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. You can use this DIY scrub every alternate day to get rid of suntan.
6) Almonds and Honey Scrub
Almonds form a crunchy delight to make amazing morning smoothies. However, almonds also work wonders for skin. The high content of vitamin E is the ruling ingredient.
Besides, almonds are also natural bleaching agents and therefore, help to get rid of suntan quite fast.Grind 5-6 almonds with rose water to prepare a coarse paste. Add some lemon juice to this paste and mix well. Apply this paste on suntanned areas and scrub gently for a few minutes. Leave it to dry and then rinse off with cold water.
7) Sugar and Lemon Juice Scrub
Mix sugar and lime juice to prepare a thick paste and use it as a scrub. Now, apply this scrub over the affected areas and massage gently for two minutes and allow it to dry for 15-20 minutes. Then, wash it off with cold water. Sugar is an amazing cleansing agent and suitable for all skin types.
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8) Lemon Juice, Honey, Milk Powder, and Almond/Olive Oil Scrub
Take lemon juice, milk powder, honey, and olive or almond oil in equal quantities. Mix all these ingredients properly to prepare your scrub. Now, apply this scrub on tanned areas, like arms, face, and on the whole body as well. Allow it to dry for about 15 minutes and then massage in gentle circular motions to scrub off the dead skin cells. You can use this scrub two times a day to get faster results.
9) Milk and Sandalwood Scrub
Mix a tablespoon of sandalwood powder with a cup of raw milk and a pinch of turmeric powder (optional). Now apply this scrub on tanned areas and leave it to dry and then wash off using cold water. This is probably the best tab removal scrub.
10) Aloe Vera gel and Turmeric Scrub
This is probably the best and easiest scrub to get rid of tan quickly. Take out some fresh Aloe Vera gel and add a pinch of turmeric powder to it. Rub it gently over your face and other affected areas for 5-7 minutes. Leave it on tanned skin and let dry. Rinse off with cold water.
Tips to Scrub Suntanned Skin
Although these scrubs are highly effective and easy to apply to get rid of suntan, it is important to follow certain rules when using these scrubs, like:
- Make sure to cover your body properly before moving out in the sun.
- Make it a point to apply a good quality sunscreen or body lotion on your skin.
- When using scrubs on the skin, make it a point to massage gently. Avoid hard massage on the skin as it might lead to rashes on the skin.
- Sometimes, skin gets extra sensitive due to exposure to the sun. Therefore, make it a point that while using these scrubs, your skin is not sensitive or use the scrub very gentle on sensitive skin.
- Also, make it a point to be careful with the use of these scrubs to get soft, smooth, lovely, glowing, and tan free skin.
Skin Care Tips to Prevent Tanning
In addition to the aforesaid remedies and scrubs to treat suntan, it is also important to take certain preventive measures to take preventive measures in the first place. These include:
# Use an Effective Sun Block
This is probably the most common and easiest way to avoid a suntan. Make sure that the chosen sun block contains an SPF of at least 50. Frequent application of this sun block can prevent the skin from tanning by blocking UVA and UVB rays. Also, sun block is a less expensive option to prevent suntan.
# Avoid Stepping Out during the Peak Time
While morning sunshine provides the required dose of vitamin D, it is better to not step out between 11 am and 4 pm for the sun rays are the strongest at this point of time. These sunrays play a vital role in suntan and sunburn.
# Cover it Up
This is yet another effective step to prevent suntan and sunburn. Cover your face, neck and arms properly when you are out in the sun for a long duration. You can also use shades, hat, or scarf for the purpose.