Top 36 Home Remedies To Remove Tan Permanently

Love summer but hate the tan lines? Then, this article is for you.
Summers can be so much fun! Basking under the Sun on the beaches, fishing, or simply having fun with friends in the warm and sunny weather. But unfortunately, the undesirable result is visible within a few days – a tanned skin.


Dark tan lines, which may be accompanied by itching or burning sensation, or even sunburns can ruin your summer. We have put together the best tan removal home remedies that will surely help you get rid of that nasty tan. Let us look at the top 36 home remedies for tan removal.

How To Remove Tan Permanently

  1. Lemon Juice
  2. Lemon Juice, Cucumber, And Rose Water
  3. Turmeric And Bengal Gram Flour Pack
  4. Aloe, Red Lentil, And Tomato Pack
  5. Honey And Papaya Pack
  6. Buttermilk And Oatmeal Pack
  7. Yogurt And Tomato
  8. Yogurt And Orange Juice
  9. Strawberry And Milk
  10. Lemon And Potato Juice
  11. Sandalwood
  12. Coconut Water And Sandalwood
  13. Honey And Pineapple
  14. Milk And Turmeric
  15. Cabbage Leaves
  16. Vicks Vaporub
  17. Bitter Gourd
  18. Plain Yogurt
  19. Ice Cubes
  20. Aloe With Multani Mitti
  21. Wheat Flour
  22. Fresh Cream And Saffron
  23. Lemon Juice And Cornmeal
  24. Gram Flour
  25. Almonds
  26. Aloe Vera
  27. Tomato
  28. Potato
  29. Raw Papaya
  30. Cucumber
  31. Coconut Milk
  32. Green Tea
  33. Lemon And Sugar
  34. Milk
  35. Rice Flour
  36. Baby Oil

Home Remedies To Remove Tan

1. Lemon Juice


You Will Need
A lemon
What You Have To Do

What You Have To Do
1. Slice the lemon and rub it on the tanned region.
2. Leave it on for a few minutes before you hit the shower.
How Often You Should Do This
Do this once or twice daily.
Why This Works
We often use lemon juice to remove scars on the face. But, we can also use it to reduce tan without making the skin dry. This is because of the acids present in lemon juice that act as skin lightening agents . Doing this regularly will help you get rid of tan successfully over a period of 2-4 months.

2. Lemon Juice, Cucumber, And Rose Water

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cucumber extract
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Apply this concoction to the tanned areas generously.
  3. Rinse after 10-12 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This
Use this pack every day.
Why This Works
If you feel that using just lemon juice can be harsh on your skin, use this homemade pack. The lemon juice will work to remove the tan while the cucumber juice and rose water will soothe burnt and blemished skin.

3. Turmeric And Bengal Gram Flour Pack

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons Bengal gram flour
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1 tablespoon milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients.
  2. Apply this pack on the cleansed areas and leave it on for a good 20 minutes.
  3. Once the pack is dry, moisten your skin with a few drops of water. Then, gently remove the pack by scrubbing first in the clockwise and then the anticlockwise direction.
You can further increase the potency of this pack by adding a tablespoon of crushed and powdered orange peel.
How Often You Should Do This
You may apply this pack every alternate day for best results.
Why This Works
If you are on the lookout for instant exfoliation and tan removal, then this pack is just what you should go for. The coarseness of the Bengal gram flour will remove the dead skin cells and impurities from your skin. Turmeric aids in evening out your skin tone and removing tan.
Caution
If you are allergic to milk, use only rose water to make the paste.

4. Aloe, Red Lentil, And Tomato Pack

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon red lentil powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera extract
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a rough paste by mixing the red lentil powder (masoor dal) with the tomato juice and aloe vera.
  2. Apply it on your face and let it stay for half an hour. Wash it off with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This
Use this pack every alternate day for a week or two initially and then twice a week.
Why This Works
Red lentil, commonly known as masoor dal, is a potent tan removal ingredient. When this wonder dal is combined with aloe and tomato extract, a powerful tan removal pack is born. Tomato, like lemon, contains skin lightening agents while aloe vera nourishes and soothes the sensitive skin .

5. Honey And Papaya Pack

You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup ripe papaya
  • 1 tablespoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the papaya and add honey to it.
  2. Blend well and apply the pack on your face.
  3. Leave it on for half an hour. Wash off with cold or lukewarm water for best results.
How Often You Should Do This
Do this twice or thrice a week.
Why This Works
A few spoonfuls of papaya are all you need to make sure your skin is light and radiant. The enzymes in papaya have been put to use since time immemorial in skin whitening, renewal, and exfoliating products . Honey makes the skin soft and supple . Together, they make a cheap and effective tan removal home remedy.

6. Buttermilk And Oatmeal Pack

You Will Need
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the buttermilk with the oatmeal.
  2. Massage the paste onto the affected areas in circular motions for a few minutes and rinse.
How Often You Should Do This
Use this scrub twice a week.
Why This Works
This is another favorite recommendation of mine; this pack will not disappoint you. The buttermilk will soothe your skin and heal the blisters while the oats will act as a natural exfoliator, revealing younger looking skin .

7. Yogurt And Tomato Pack

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon tomato pulp/juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients and apply the paste on your face.
  2. Let it dry for 30 minutes. Cleanse with water.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this twice or thrice a week.
Why This Works
The citric properties of tomato act as a natural tan remover. If you wish to reduce pigmentation and dark spots, this pack is worth a try. The tomato extract works on spots and pigmentation. It also works as a toner and opens up the pores on the skin and reduces oiliness naturally. Yogurt moisturizes and soothes the skin.
Caution
You may experience a slight tingling sensation, but be assured that the pack is beginning to work.

8. Yogurt And Orange Juice

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the orange juice and yogurt and apply the mixture on the tanned skin.
  2. Leave it on for half an hour before you rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this every day, and you will start noticing results in a couple of days.
Why This Works
After a fun-filled holiday at the beach, it can be disappointing to see all those tan lines. Fret no more, as this remedy will remove that tan in just a few applications. Orange juice contains citric acid that acts as a natural bleaching agent. Its vitamin C content also helps in rejuvenating the skin by eliminating free radicals . Yogurt, as we already know, is a good moisturizer.

9. Strawberry And Milk

You Will Need
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Crush the strawberries with fresh milk.
  2. Apply the mixture on your face and the heavily tanned areas. Leave the pack on for 30 minutes before you rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This
Apply this twice a week.
 Why This Works
This is one home remedy to remove tan that you will surely love. However, you will have to resist the temptation to scoop this remedy into your mouth. Strawberries are natural exfoliators that remove dead cells and lighten and moisturize your skin.

10. Lemon Juice And Potato

You Will Need
  • 1 medium-sized potato
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Extract the juice of the potato and mix it with freshly extracted lemon juice.
  2. Apply this mixture on your face like you would apply any other pack.
  3. Leave it on for half an hour. Wash it off with cold water and pat dry.
How Often You Should Do This
Use this every day until the tan fades away.
Why This Works
Loaded with fibers, vital vitamins, and minerals, potato juice helps treat both blemishes and sunburn naturally.

11. Sandalwood

You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons sandalwood powder
  • Water or rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add enough water to the sandalwood powder to get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the tanned areas.
  3. Leave it on until it dries and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This
Do this every alternate night until you get the desired results.
Why This Works
A natural soother, sandalwood paste is what you need if you have returned from a trek with a bad Sun tan. It is also anti-inflammatory in nature and a natural astringent that can help lighten your skin tone.

12. Coconut Water And Sandalwood Pack

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the sandalwood powder with coconut water. Add more coconut water, if required, to get a paste of even consistency.
  2. Apply it on the face and neck, and leave it to dry.
  3. Rinse with water.
You can also add a few drops of almond extract to this pack.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this twice or thrice a week for best results.
Why This Works
Sandalwood is loaded with medicinal properties. When combined with the goodness of coconut water, it makes a cheap yet effective tan removal product. Together, they will not only rejuvenate and cleanse your skin but also soothe your sunburns and remove tan naturally. Hence, this is one of the best home remedies for removing tan.

13. Honey And Pineapple

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple pulp
  • 1 tablespoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the honey with the pineapple. Ensure that there are no lumps.
  2. Apply this pack on your face and keep it on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse as usual with water.
How Often You Should Do This
This pack is most effective when used every alternate day.
Why This Works
Also known as the king of tropical fruits, the pineapple is loved for its tangy yet fresh flavor. Its extract contains bromelain that can help remove the dead cells from the heavily tanned areas. Also loaded with vitamin C, the pineapple extract will reduce the aging of the skin. When mixed with honey, the efficacy of this fruit is quadrupled.

14. Milk And Turmeric

You Will Need
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
What You Have To Do
  1. In a glass bowl, combine a pinch of turmeric powder and milk.
  2. Apply this solution on your face and let it dry.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This.
You can safely repeat this process daily until the tan vanishes completely.
Why This Works
You will be pleasantly surprised at the softness and radiance of your skin after using this home remedy. Turmeric’s healing properties and milk’s exfoliating properties work well in conjunction to remove tan.

15. Cabbage Leaves

You Will Need
Cabbage leaves
What You Have To Do
Simply place the cabbage leaves on the affected areas for 15-20 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat as often as you need.
Why This Works
Do not make faces at this remedy! Yes, these green leaves can work miracles when it comes to Sun tan. They possess anti-inflammatory properties and contain vitamins A, C, and K .

16. Vicks Vaporub

You Will Need
Vicks vaporub
What You Have To Do
Apply Vicks vaporub liberally on the areas with Sunburn and tan for a few hours.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat every night for quick relief.
Why This Works
As much as you may be tempted to scoff at me for suggesting this remedy, trust me when I say it works, especially for tan due to sunburn. Your skin becomes extremely sensitive in such situations, and the petroleum jelly in the Vicks Vaporub soothes and moisturizes it.

17. Bitter Gourd

You Will Need
1 bitter gourd
What You Have To Do
  1. Juice the bitter gourd and apply this juice on the affected areas.
  2. Massage for a minute or two and let it sit for 5-7 minutes before rinsing it off.
  3. Store the rest of the juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this twice a day.
Why This Works
Yet another veggie remedy, this one too has helped many in combating bad cases of Sun tan and sunburn. It is high in antioxidants and is often used to relieve burns.

18. Plain Yogurt

You Will Need
Plain yogurt
What You Have To Do
  1. Gently apply the yogurt (curd) all over the affected areas before a shower.
  2. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Wash off.
You can also apply some honey after leaving the yogurt on for a while.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat before every shower to get rid of tan completely.
Why This Works
The yogurt acts as a powerful anti-tanning agent as it contains natural enzymes while honey will leave your skin soft.

19. Ice Cubes

You Will Need
1-2 ice cubes
What You Have To Do
Rub the ice cubes on the sunburnt area for a few minutes.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat as and when required.
Why This Works
If your sunburns are severe, rubbing some ice cubes will reduce the burning and itchiness that often accompany a bad case of Sun tan. Alternatively, simply soak in a bath of cold water to alleviate the symptoms of sunburn.

20. Aloe With Multani Mitti

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons multani mitti
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • Rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the multani mitti and aloe gel. Add enough rose water to make a smooth paste. Use chilled rose water.
  2. Apply this on the face and neck, and keep it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Scrub the pack with wet fingers and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This
Use this pack twice a week.
Why This Works
Fuller’s earth, often referred to as multani mitti colloquially is all you need for complete skin care. It cools and soothes acne and sunburns in a matter of few days. And yes, it does not burn a hole in your pocket either. It cleanses your skin thoroughly and stimulates circulation, thus imparting a natural glow to your skin.

21. Wheat Flour

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons wheat flour
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a thick paste of water and wheat flour.
  2. Apply it as a thick layer on your face.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this once or twice every week.
Why This Works
If improving your skin tone along with fighting sun tan sounds like a bargain to you, then it is time you included wheat flour in your skin care regimen. You will be amazed at the results – soft and glowing skin.

22. Fresh Cream And Saffron

You Will Need
  • A few saffron strands
  • 1 tablespoon milk cream
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend a few strands of high-quality saffron with milk cream and apply the paste on your skin.
  2. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This
Use this every alternate day for best results.
Why This Works
An age-old ingredient to treat the skin, saffron (kesar), when mixed with fresh cream, can remove even the last blotches of sun tan in the most natural way. Saffron possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and skin lightening properties. Not only does it help beat sun tan, but also fights acne and pimple. Now, that’s two birds in one shot!

23. Lemon Juice And Cornmeal

You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Massage the cornmeal and lemon juice mixture into your skin in circular motions.
  2. Leave this scrub on for about 20 minutes. Cleanse your skin with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This
This scrub can be used twice a week.
Why This Works
Cornmeal face packs are the talk of the town today, and why not! A natural exfoliator, cornmeal can make even the dullest skins look fresh and radiant. It does away with dead skin and removes excessive oil, leaving behind skin that you will simply love to flaunt.

24. Gram Flour

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour
  • Rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add rose water to the gram flour and stir well.
  2. Apply this paste on the face and neck, and let it dry.
  3. Rinse after 10 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This
Do this twice a week.
Why This Works
This is yet another natural exfoliator that gently removes dead skin cells, revealing younger and brighter looking skin.

25. Almonds

You Will Need
  • 4-5 almonds
  • Rose water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Grind the almonds with rose water to get a granular paste.
  2. Add lemon juice to this and mix well.
  3. Apply this paste on the affected area and scrub for a minute or two.
  4. Leave the scrub on for 3-4 minutes and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this twice a week.
Why This Works
Almonds can not just relieve the side effects of a sun tan, like burning, but they can also fight sun tan and make your skin healthier than before. They are natural bleaching agents and contain plenty of vitamin E.

26. Aloe Vera

You Will Need
An aloe vera leaf
What You Have To Do
  1. Slit the skin of the leaves lengthwise and take out the mucous with a spoon.
  2. Beat it with a spoon till it becomes frothy.
  3. Use this on the tanned areas on your face, hands, and shoulders.
  4. Keep it on for at least 10-15 minutes before washing it off.
If you lack the patience to extract it or do not own an aloe plant, you can also use pure aloe vera gel from any good brand.
How Often You Should Do This
This is safe to use every day.
Why This Works
Aloe vera is a great cooling and refreshing agent. It has moisturizing properties as well. If you can get your hands on this magic plant from Mother Nature, you can get rid of your tan in just about 2-3 months of regular use.

27. Tomato

You Will Need
A small tomato
What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze out the juice from the tomato and apply it to your face. It is better to use a tomato kept in the refrigerator.
  2. Let it remain for 15-20 minutes and then wash off.
How Often You Should Do This
Use this daily for quick and easy tan removal.
Why This Works
Tomato juice is known for its anti-puffiness and depigmentation properties. It will help you get rid of tan with regular use.

28. Potato

You Will Need
  • A medium-sized potato
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a clean potato and grate it.
  2. Squeeze out the juice and apply it to your face with cotton balls.
  3. Rinse it off after 10-12 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This
Doing this daily will definitely help you get rid of your tan.
Why This Works
Potato is also known for its mild bleaching and cleansing properties. Your skin will be lighter and refreshed after using this remedy.

29. Raw Papaya

You Will Need
Raw papaya
What You Have To Do
  1. Grate or make a paste of raw papaya.
  2. Apply this on the affected areas and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this every day or every alternate day until you get the desired results.
Why This Works
Raw papaya paste removes tan effectively with its exfoliating and brightening enzymes.

30. Cucumber

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon cucumber juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Grind the cucumber to get the extract.
  2. To this, add the honey and mix well.
  3. Apply on the tanned and sunburnt areas for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this once or twice daily.
Why This Works
Cucumber, being a cooling agent, soothes irritated and inflamed skin. It also refreshes and rejuvenates the skin, leading to lightening of the tan.

31. Coconut Milk

You Will Need
  • Organic coconut milk
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Dip the cotton ball in the coconut milk and apply it liberally all over the affected area.
  2. Keep it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this every day until the tan fades away.
Why This Works
Coconut milk is extremely hydrating for the skin because of its high fat content. The mild acids present in it will slowly remove the tan.
Caution
Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to coconut.

32. Green Tea

You Will Need
  • 1 green tea bag
  • A cup of hot water
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Brew some fresh green tea and let it cool down.
  2. Apply it on the tanned skin using the cotton ball.
  3. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this twice a day.
Why This Works
Green tea is cooling and soothing for the skin. Its antioxidants replenish the skin cells and remove skin tan and blemishes.

33. Lemon And Sugar

You Will Need
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
What You Have To Do
  1. Gently mix the sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Use this as a scrub on the affected area. Massage in gentle circular motions for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This
Use this scrub every alternate to get rid of a sun tan.
Why This Works
We already know lemon juice is an effective solution to remove tan and blemishes from the skin. Sugar is a great exfoliant and will slough away the dead and dark skin cells and other impurities that have built up on the skin.

34. Milk

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Apply milk on clean skin.
  2. Let it dry naturally and then rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This
Do this twice a day for best results.
Why This Works
The lactic acid present in milk fades away sun tan in a matter of few days. It evens out your skin tone and also nourishes dry and dehydrated skin.
Caution
Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to milk.

35. Rice Flour

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato juice
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Rose water or plain water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients with enough water to get an even and smooth paste.
  2. Apply this on the face and neck, and let it dry for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This
Use this pack twice a week.
Why This Works
In recent times, rice flour and other rice products have gained popularity for their use in skin care. In fact, Asian women have been using these since ages for beautiful and youthful skin. Rice flour soothes and softens the skin and also removes the pigmentation caused due to tan. It is also a good anti-aging compound.

36. Baby Oil

You Will Need
Baby oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Apply liberal amounts of baby oil on the tanned areas and massage well.
  2. Shower as usual.
How Often You Should Do This
Use this as and when required.
Why This Works
All of the other remedies help you remove tan that occurs naturally (because of the sun). This particular remedy, however, is excellent when it comes to removing the fake tan that you get using sprays and creams. It absorbs all the chemicals from the top layers of your skin, and these can be easily washed off.
Most of these ingredients can be easily found in your kitchen rack or refrigerator and make excellent tan removal concoctions. Patience is the key for natural remedies. But remember, prevention is better than cure. If you are spending some time in the sun, do not forget to slather some sunscreen on your skin to prevent skin damage and sun tan.

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