While we all love a healthy golden tan, the Mumbai sun is at its peak leaving us with mismatched arms, legs and feet. But, instead of visiting the salon, head to your kitchen for simple but effective de-tanning remedies says Gargi Bansod
1 When life gives you lemons…
…use its juice to de-tan! Mix lemon juice with an equal quantity of rose water or a sprinkling of turmeric powder and apply it over the tanned area. Regular application will lighten your skin and remove a tan. Don't throw those squeezed out lemon halves though. Scrub them against your elbows and knees to lighten them.
2 Papaya Mash
Mashed papaya helps de-tan your skin. Pulp a chunk of papaya and apply it on your face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. This is one of the easiest de-tan packs. If you have dry skin, add a bit of honey.
3 Multani Mitti
Multani mitti or Fuller’s Earth has been used for generations to cure skin irritations. Make a pack with Fuller’s Earth, lemon juice and calamine lotion. Use it alternate days and watch your tan disappear.
4 Miracle plant
Natural aloe vera gel is enriched with vitamin A and E which helps heal your skin. It is an excellent remedy for taking care of dark tans. It lightens the skin quickly, if applied every day to the tanned area.
5 Potato Skins
If you have a mild tan then rub peeled potato skin on the affected area. You can apply raw potato juice too. It works excellently on dark circles around the eyes which look even darker on tanned facial skin.
Almonds aren’t just for a good memory but can be used to rid you of a tan as well. Soak a few almonds in water overnight and the next morning, grind them till you get a fine paste and add equal quantities of milk. Apply this mixture to your hands, face and feet for 20 minutes.
You might get a tingling sensation when you apply tomato juice on your skin. But, that’s a good sign. Slice a ripe tomato and rub it onto your face and neck. Pour in the left over tomato juice into a bowl of oatmeal and use that on your hands and feet. Your tan is sure to be history.
8 Cool cucumbers
If you have severely tanned skin, apply grated cucumber or a blend of cucumber juice and curd for a cooling de-tan. Wash it off within 20 minutes and use this pack twice a day.
9 Curd it up
Curd or dahi works like magic for tanned skin during summer. Make a mixture of a bowl of curd and besan and apply on your face. You can also add powdered dried orange peel.
Try some eggs to get your glow back. We know it might get a little stinky but a plain egg white face mask is a great natural de-tanner. As a bonus, it firms up your skin too.