How to Remove Tan Naturally? Here’s Your Answer

HK Vitals

Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

There’s no escape from the sun, whether the intense summer heat or the piercing winter rays peeking through the clouds. Applying a thick layer of sunscreen can shield you from UVA and UVB radiation, though delicate skin types are at a risk of sunburn or tanning. In this blog, we have provided some easy tips on how to remove tan naturally to help you expedite the process and restore your natural complexion.


What is Sun Tan?

Extended exposure to harsh sunlight causes the skin to get darker, which is what we call ‘sun tan’. The sun emits UVA and UVB rays. Of these, UVA causes sun tanning, while UVB rays cause sunburns. This is because our skin contains cells called melanocytes beneath the upper layers and UVA rays hit them, they produce melanin to protect the body. This extra melanin causes the skin to appear darker.


How to Remove Tan at Home? 6 Easy Ways

List of effective tan removal home remedies for your face, hands, and feet.

Lemon Juice and Honey
Lemon is a star ingredient and is acidic. It is full of ascorbic, glycolic, and alpha-hydroxy acids. It acts as a natural bleacher that exfoliates the superficial layer of the skin, helping reduce any sun damage and skin darkening. Add a small spoon of honey (a natural humectant) to the lemon juice to get the best results. It is one of the best combos to make face tan removal packs.

Yogurt and Gram Flour
Add yogurt to a spoonful of gram flour for an effective sun tan removal remedy at home. Combine them to form a thick paste. Apply the mixture to your body and leave it on for 20 minutes before showering.The probiotic, healthy fat and lactic acid-rich curd will cool off sunburns, soothe skin, and hydrate it internally, while gram flour will gently exfoliate to reveal your natural glow.

Aloe Vera
It is known as the beauty elixir. It is a pulpy plant that is the most versatile ingredient of them all. Scoop the pulp from a freshly cut leaf and store it. Mix it with water and you can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, like tea tree or lavender, for the results to last longer. This tan removal home remedies will instantly reduce tanning, calm irritation, reduce redness, and bring back the skin’s natural moisture.

Yogurt and Turmeric
All you need is a bowl of cold yogurt. In it, add a pinch of turmeric to create a smooth paste. Apply it to your hands or face and then leave it for 20 minutes. Wash and scrub the paste in the shower to remove dirt and sun tan for best results. Yogurt also contains probiotics that boost skin brightening. By using these ingredients, you can remove sun tan from the face easily.

Rich in lycopene, tomatoes act as a natural sunscreen; they have antioxidants that fight free radical damage. This helps in reducing redness, skin tan removal, and skin lightening. To get the best results, apply it directly after exposure to the sun.

Sandalwood doesn’t just smell great; it also has sesquiterpenoid alcohols that help in sun tan removal and skin brightening. Besides, sandalwood is inherently cooling and feels great on skin that has been exposed to harsh sunlight. You can make a sandalwood pack for your hands and legs by mixing sandalwood powder with just water, milk, cream, aloe vera gel, or curd. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off.


Tips to Avoid Tanning Your Skin

In order to prevent your skin from getting tanned, here are some tips you can follow:

  • Wear Sunscreen Daily: Ensure that you re-apply it every couple of hours. It’s about more than just applying SPF 30 or 50 before leaving your home.
  • Sunglasses and Full-Sleeved Clothes: Wear full-sleeved clothes and sunglasses when going out in direct sun to protect your eyes and skin.
  • Hats or Caps: Protect your head and face from sun rays outdoors with a hat or cap. Walk along the shade and avoid stepping out when the sun is at its peak.

We all may tan from time to time but regular as well as deliberate tanning can have adverse effects on your skin. This is why it is important to protect yourself from the harms of UVA and UVB rays. You must never forget to apply sunscreen adequately and make sure you reapply it when you’re outdoors. If you’re still seeing no results and wondering how to remove tan, then the home remedies suggested above can always come in handy.

HK Vitals


All Healthkart products are manufactured at FSSAI approved manufacturing facilities and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please read product packaging carefully prior to purchase and use. The information/articles on HK Vitals ( or subdomains) is provided for informational purpose only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other healthcare professional. These statements are not ratified by any government agency and are for general guidance only.