Tan removal – Natural Remedies, DIY

The sun at this time of year is particularly bright and strong, so even a few minutes outside without SPF can damage our skin considerably. It can lead to unwanted skin darkening & tan as well. While some will revel in skin tan, others may be more conscious and would want to preserve their natural skin tone. To be honest, skin tan is just one thing, but too much sun exposure causes various skin problems like: wrinkles, acne, fine lines, age spots etc. To this end, it’ll be great if you apply high level SPF before stepping outdoors and maybe use umbrella. This post is for all those who suffer from skin tan no matter how much they try to escape. I’m one of those people who gets skin tan in seconds!

Now a day we have many promising skin lightening and brightening products available in the market. Most of us tend to go for quick bleach or de-tan facials or use products that might be loaded with chemicals. It’s important to consider carefully what product claims and what ingredients it has to offer. These options are not only expensive, but take toll on our skin in the long run. I personally rely more on natural homemade concoctions and it actually does better job on me than any processed chemical products.

So, today I’m going to share few of those super easy amazing homemade sun tan removal packs & scrubs that will help you achieve glowing and even toned skin.

Tan removal remedies

  1. Peel Galore
  2. Orange Mask
  3. Orange Lavender Body & Face Scrub
  4. Lemon Zesty Scrub
Peel Galore –


  • 1 tsp orange peel
  • 1 tsp lemon peel
  • 3 tbs raw milk

Make a smooth paste adding all the ingredients together. You can adjust the consistency by adding more peel powder if it’s too runny or add more milk if it’s too compact.

Once ready, apply the paste on your face/body. Let it dry for about 20-30 minutes. Now take some more milk and pat it over your face/body to make it little wet. Make circular finger movements and exfoliate for 1 minute. Be very gentle while you exfoliate and wash it off with tepid water. You can use this scrub pack thrice a week.

If you’re using dried lemon/orange peel powder, all you need to do is to add raw milk into the peel powders. But if you’re using fresh peels then you need to make paste in a mixer by adding milk to it, as required.

P.S. You can use both orange and lemon peel in the pack or any one of your choice. Make a small test on your skin before you try this face/body pack as it can be harsh for people with sensitive skin. You must avoid this pack if your skin has any aberration as it may aggravate the situation for you.

It’s one of the most effective scrub pack in reducing tan and gives you a golden glow.

  • Milk plays a very important role in maintaining the beauty of the skin and keeping many skin problems at bay. It has many skin benefits.
  • It’s excellent cleanser
  • shrink pores
  • good moisturizer
  • treats sunburn
  • makes skin supple and soft
  • great for improving complexion and gives radiant skin.

The Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, attributed her smooth skin and beauty to a secret ingredient, and that is milk!

  • Did you know lemon peels are nutritional powerhouse and contains 10 times more vitamins than juice itself! It has sooo many health and skin benefits. However, I’ll stick to specific benefits relating to the topic.
  • It helps to lighten age spots, blemishes, acne scars
  • has skin bleaching properties
  • enhance skin’s clarity
  • glow and suppleness
  • Has antibacterial and antioxidant benefits
  • removes fine lines and wrinkles.
  • As we all know, orange fruit is one of the best source of Vitamin C, which is good for health and skin care as well. However most of the benefits of orange are in its skin as it has more vitamin C than the fruit itself, lying dormant beneath the skin peels. Hence, we should never discard the peels and make good use of it. Always wash, clean and dry the orange peels whenever you’re having them. Choose orange with thin skin.

Process of making dry orange peel powder:

Wash orange peels thoroughly and dry them in shadow till it loses all its moisture and turn crispy. Once all dried grind them thoroughly to make fine powder. Store the orange peel powder in airtight dry container. It stays good for a long time. Mine stayed for 2 years or maybe more than that!

You can include orange peel powder in various face and body packs and see the visible difference in you. Orange peel is pretty much a boon for our skin as it helps us combat various skin issues like

  • acne
  • dark circles
  • blackheads
  • tan
  • dark spots
  • patches
  • anti-aging benefits
  • reduce blemishes and scars.

It has natural bleaching agents that helps make skin visibly brighter. Using it with milk or yogurt gives you that extra glow and remove tan. 

P.S. You can make lemon peel powder in the exactly same way as orange peel powder. The only difference is you need to peel or scrape off the cover using a peeler. We don’t need the white material underneath the lemon. All we need is the yellow/green part.

Orange Mask –

Here’s a super quick  face pack that’ll give your skin a brighter and smoother look.

You’d need:

  • Dried orange peel- 1 tbs
  • Yogurt- 1-2 tbs

Just mix dried orange peel in curd/yogurt and make a paste. Apply on the face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

You can also make luxurious body and face sugar scrub using lemon and orange peel powder.

Orange Lavender Body & Face Scrub


  • Ground white/brown sugar – ½ cup
  • Orange peel powder – 1/4th cup
  • Orange essential oil – few drops
  • Lavender oil/Olive oil (Extra Virgin) – 2 tbs
Lemon Zesty Scrub –


  • Ground white/brown sugar – ½ cup
  • Lemon peel powder – 1/4th cup
  • Lemon essential oil – few drops
  • Lavender oil/Olive oil (Extra Virgin) – 2 tbs

Mix everything together in both the scrubs and keep it in a dry airtight container. Make them in small batches and do your own little experiment.

You can add some orange zest and lemon zest respectively for freshness in the scrub when you use them.

  • You can add few dried rose petals too. It’ll give out great aroma and is a powerful antioxidant, relaxing and tones the skin. 
  • Basically olive oil is a hidden beauty secret. It’s hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin. It also reverses aging effects, UV damage and is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Lavender oil is suitable to most skin types, is one of the most versatile and multi-purpose oil. It provides overall health to skin due to it’s antiseptic properties and skin-healing benefits. It is highly soothing and also promotes tissue regeneration helping with anti-aging treatments.
  • Both brown and white sugars are used in facial and body scrubs as exfoliants because they are granular. Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it pulls moisture from air into your skin. They contain glycolic acid which helps the skin cells to regenerate faster for a much youthful appearance.
  • Brown sugar is often used in facial scrubs as it has finer grains than white sugar. Plus it is high in vitamin B due to molasses, which is an antioxidant that helps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. White sugar is used more for body scrubs. So you can make your own choice as per your needs.

Enjoy summer and have fun!




60 Replies to “Tan removal – Natural Remedies, DIY”

  1. Global warming its so bad . I realize the sun shine don’t as bad as now when I was kid . Having a natural and healthy product is very good for our body .
    Thank you for sharing your great tips .

    1. Agreed..global warming is taking its toll on us from all aspects. Unfortunately we all are to blame. However, let’s do our share and hope for the best!
      I’m glad you liked my tips..all in for natural and organic products. 🙂

  2. I love all these natural beauty masks and scrubs. I would love to try the tan removal remedy using orange, lemon and milk. It would not only smell great, but it would make my skin feel super smooth. Thanks for sharing these DIY beauty hacks.

  3. This is really interesting, I had never heard of people trying to remove tan and / or lightening their skin before. We have quite a sunny climate where I am from and usually tanned skin is seen as “desirable” although I can certainly understand why people would want to preserve their skin and reduce the effects of aging due to sun exposure!

    1. Many people have already tanned, olive, dusky skin tone. Going in the sun for long brings down the skin tone further which doesn’t appeal much to many. So they want to preserve back their natural complexion. We’re a huge race and our needs vary extensively. 🙂

  4. Hm. I never even considered tan removal, but now that I think about it, I always leave the beach with splotches of light and dark tones all over my body. Thanks-I’ll use this next week when I go on vacation.

  5. I love that you did this post! I’m so fair skinned that I always take extra care to reapply sunscreen and sometimes people jokingly poke fun at me for it. A lot of tanner people don’t realize that they need to protect their skin too!

    1. True that. People don’t realise what UV rays are doing to their skin. Premature ageing is the most prominent among all other issues. I’m glad you don’t get bothered with comments. 🙂

    1. Lol…I was living in Tampa for a while and I totally agree you on the tan mission. Lots of people have already tanned and dusky skin tone and might not enjoy further darkening of skin. Plus you don’t want uneven or patchy skin..these remedies will help to get rid of them gradually.

  6. I’ve never really thought about this before. I would love to learn about the natural remedies though. I’ve been trying to switch to more natural products and homemade remedies are just perfect!

    1. I was stuck to chemical products for a while and realized how it didn’t do too well in long run. Now I’m totally focused on natural and organic products and remedies. They are so good for our skin.

  7. As someone who doesn’t tan no matter how hard I try I had no idea people try to fade their tans!
    I love homemade, natural beauty products to I think all of these recipes are great.

  8. Wow that was a great helpful read , didn’t knew so many diy are possible with simple things available at home . This is definitely going on a weekly list for a person like me who comes back one shade darker every time I step into sun

  9. Interesting. I thought people love to get tanned and all bronzed out in the summer? Too much sun without protection can be dangerous as it can lead to skin cancer so a good skin scrub can do the job.

    1. I know how people love sun kissed skin but few people already have that tanned skin tone..for them such remedies come in handy. 🙂
      You’re right on point about cancer and other skin diseases that can get triggered due to lack of UV protection.

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