How to Remove Tan Naturally: 9 Best Home Remedies

Whether it is summer or winter, you might find yourself facing the stubborn suntan while sun bathing or going out in sun. Tans can get annoying and do not look good. It is bad for our skin as the harmful UV rays of the sun deprive our skin of its moisture and make it pale and dull. Dark spots and pigmentation are also some common problems caused due to the sun. Don’t worry, in this article, I will share some best home remedies to remove tan naturally.

Home Remedies to Remove Tan Naturally

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Fear not while stepping out in the summer because we have a curated a list of simple and effective home remedies to take care of your skin and get rid of suntan. Without further ado lets go to the list which will surely help you get rid of your tanning problems.

Using Coconut Milk for De-Tanning

Procedure –

  • All you need to do is soak a cotton ball in coconut milk and gently apply on your face
  • Leave the applied coconut milk on your skin until it dries of and is completely absorbed
  • Wash of your face with a cleanser

How it Works –

Coconut milk is very nourishing and is a good hydrating agent for the skin. It restores the lost moisture back to the skin and also contains Vitamin C which help in tan removal at home.

Using Lemon Juice and Honey

Procedure –

  • Squeeze out some lemon juice in a bowl and add some honey to it.
  • You can add some sugar as well in order to turn it into a scrub.
  • Apply the mixture on your face and leave it for 30 minutes.
  • If you choose to add sugar it will not only help with the tan but also remove dead cells form the surface of your skin

How it Works –

Lemon juice’s bleaching effect enables it to remove tan quickly. It contains a great amount of Vitamin C which is also very good at removing tan. The citric acid in the lemon helps in acne removal as well.

If you have an oily skin then it is advised for you to not add honey to the mixture and instead go with only the lemon juice.

Using Oatmeal and Buttermilk

Procedure –

  • Take two teaspoons full of oats and soak it in a cup of water for about 5 minutes
  • Add 2-3 teaspoons of plain buttermilk to the oats and mix it nicely
  • Add a little honey to the mixture as well
  • Mix these ingredients well in order to make a paste and apply it on the areas affected by tanning
  • Rub it gently in circular motion and leave for about 20 minutes and wash off the paste

How it Works –

Oatmeal is known to be an exfoliating agent and also has skin cleansing properties. Buttermilk’s richness in lactic acid enables it to remove tan while also softening the skin.

Using Saffron and Milk

Procedure –

  • Take a few strands of saffron and soak them in milk for some time
  • Now apply the milk to the tanned areas
  • If your skin is very dry, you can soak the saffron in cream instead of milk for it to provide more moisture

How it Works

Saffron has been used since ages as a natural method to lighten skin and get that glow. It is a viable solution to treating pigmentation, pimples, acne and dark circles while also improving skin texture.

Using Sandalwood and Turmeric

Procedure –

  • Use sandalwood powder mixed in milk or coconut water to apply to the skin as a pack
  • Add turmeric to the pack in order to make it more effective for removing tan

How it Works –

Sandalwood can provide the cooling effect to skin that has been damaged by the sun as it has soothing properties. Milk has great exfoliating properties which when combined with the healing properties of turmeric are very helpful in getting rid of tan.

Using Multani Mitti and Rose Water

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Procedure –

  • Mix rose water with multani mitti to form a smooth paste
  • You can use chilled rose water to get a more soothing effect
  • Apply the paste on the tan affected area and let it dry.
  • Wash off the paste with water after it has dried

How it Works –

Multani mitti also known as Fuller’s Earth is known to sooth and cool sun burns. It is also responsible for removing tan and making your skin glow.

Using Almond Scrub

Procedure –

  • Take some almonds and grind them along with rose water
  • Squeeze some lemon into the paste so that its effectiveness is increased
  • Use it as a scrub for tan removal

How it Works –

A good amount of Vitamin E is present in almonds which heal the skin that has been damaged by the sun and provide nourishment to it. Almonds also possess bleaching properties which are ideal in removing tan. Lemon has properties that are very useful against tan removal.

Using Cucumber

Procedure –

  • Take a fresh cucumber and shred it
  • Now take the shredded cucumber and squeeze the juice out of it
  • Apply the extracted cucumber juice all over the tan affected area using a cotton ball and let it dry
  • Once it dries wash it off

How Does it Work –

Cucumber is known for its cooling effect and is very helpful in removing tan and heeling sun burnt skin.

Using Aloe Vera

Procedure –

  • Slice a fresh aloe vera leaf from the plant and scoop out its gel using a spoon
  • Simply apply the gel to the areas affected by tan
  • Leave the gel on the affected area for 15-20 minutes before washing it off

If you do not have access to an aloe vera plant, a packaged gel can also be used although fresh gel from the plant is more preferable.

How it Works –

Aloe vera gel is a natural healer of damaged skin and has been used since ages. It gives relief from sun tan and sun burns and has a cooling effect as well.


All the above-mentioned home remedies are highly effective and easy to do but need to be done continuously in progression rather than being done once and left off. You will not get results after just one use and it also has to be done in continuity to get good results.

These should be done at least two-three times a week until you are satisfied with the results. These methods can also be continued after you have got rid of the tans as they have various benefits for your skin and help keep it in good condition.

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