Sun tanning or simply tanning is the process whereby skin color is darkened or tanned. It is most often a result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or from artificial sources, such as a tanning lamp found in indoor tanning beds.
People who deliberately tan their skin by exposure to the sun engage in a passive recreational activity of sunbathing. Some people use chemical products which can produce a tanning effect without exposure to ultraviolet radiation, known as sunless tanning.
- Lemon juice and honey
Lemon juice has bleaching effect which helps in removing tan quickly.
1. Take fresh lemon juice, add some honey to it and apply on your skin.
2. Let it stay for 30 minutes and wash off.
3. You can also add some sugar to the lemon juice and scrub your skin gently to slough off dead cells from the surface.
- Yogurt and tomato
Tomato is rich in antioxidants that help in brightening skin.Yogurt, on the other hand, contains lactic acid which softens the skin.
1. Take a raw tomato and remove the skin.
2. Blend it with 1-2 tsp of fresh yogurt.
3. Use this paste on your tan, and wash off after 20 minutes.
- Cucumber extract
Cucumber is highly beneficial for tanned and sunburnt skin. Cucumber has a cooling effect and helps remove tan.
1. Shred a cucumber, and squeeze to get the juice out.
2. Using a cotton ball, apply the juice all over your skin.
3. Let it dry and wash. You may also add a little lemon juice for added benefits.
- Oatmeal and buttermilk
Oatmeal is known for its excellent exfoliating and skin cleansing properties. Buttermilk is rich in lactic acid which can soften the skin and improve skin tone.
1. Soak 2 teaspoons of oats or oatmeal in some water for five minutes.
2. Add 2-3 teaspoon of fresh, plain buttermilk to it and mix well.
3. You may add honey to make the pack more moisturizing.
4. Mix these ingredients well to form a paste and apply on your face, neck, and arms.
5. Rub in a circular motion and let it stay for 20 minutes.
6. Wash off to reveal fresh, cleaner looking skin.