The skin tans naturally when exposed to sun rays, specifically, the ultraviolet rays. The melanin production by the melanocytes present in the skin gives the tan colour.
While there are some who willingly get a tan, there are others who cannot avoid it due to spending some time in the sun. The incidence is more in the summer months. It is difficult to control natural tanning. Often, you are left with uneven skin colour, more prominent on the face.
There are lots of anti tanning scrubs and masks available in the market. But here are some scrubs you could make at home, perfect for tan removal.
Best Scrubs For Face Or Hands Or Anywhere Where There Is A Tan
1. Lemon, Sugar And Rose Water Scrub
This is an amazing scrub for tan removal. The vitamin C in the lemon will help reverse the sun damage. The sugar granules make an effective scrub together with the cooling properties of the rose water. If the sugar granules are large let it dissolve partially so as not to cause damage to the sensitive facial skin.
Mix together 2 teaspoon of sugar in a mixture of the juice of a lemon and a teaspoon full of rose water. Apply on your face. Exfoliate gently using circular movements. Rinse the face after. A plain mixture of lemon juice and sugar can also be used if rose water is not available.
2. Tomato And Yoghurt Scrub
This is another amazing scrub that combines the tan removal capability of the tomato with the bleaching properties of the yoghurt. This scrub exfoliates the skin, removes tan and definitely gives a glow.
Mix together 2 teaspoon full of tomato juice, 2 teaspoon full of yoghurt and a teaspoon of sugar. Apply it on the face and gently exfoliate the skin. There may be a burning sensation initially, which is sure to settle down.
3. Honey And Rice Powder Scrub
In addition to removing the tan and exfoliating the skin, the rice powder in the scrub tightens and tones the skin. The honey helps in retaining the moisture thus ensuring a brighter and smoother face. This scrub is apt for sensitive skin too. Make a paste of 2 teaspoon full of fine rice powder with a teaspoon full of honey and gently massage on the skin.
4. Honey And Oatmeal Scrub
The fine granules of oatmeal serves as an excellent scrub for tan removal. This is ideal for sensitive skin. Alternately you could use buttermilk in place of honey. Mix together the ingredients and scrub your face.
5. Baking Soda And Water:This scrub is good for acne prone skin as the baking soda together with exfoliation and removing the tan, helps in getting rid of the excess sebum as well. Make a thick paste of baking soda with water and gently scrub your face.
6. Turmeric And Sandalwood Scrub
This scrub doubles as a pack for a glowing skin with an even tone. The turmeric helps get rid of the tan and gives an even tone. The sandalwood gives the glow to the skin and makes it smoother too. Mix together half a teaspoon of sandalwood powder with a pinch of turmeric and prepare a paste with water. You could use rose water instead of water. Apply on the face and let it stay for 20 minutes. Then gently scrub your face.