Hey Guys!

So I just got back from a mini vacation in the hills courtesy the long weekend (read – Gandhi Jayanti + Dussehra + Weekend + Eid) and YOU would know of that if you’ve been following my page on Facebook and Instagram. Though I had a great time there, well okay, a REALLY great time, my skin did not care to agree with me on that one. Despite all of the SPF 50 powered sunblock, I came home with not so happily tanned skin. This led me to believe that since a lot of you are out for the long weekend, you too are likely to face the same issue. So here’s a compilation of some of my favourite face and body packs to help you get rid of your tan!Foundation polaroid2 (1)Also, please note that none of these packs work over night. It takes a few weeks of good scrubbing and care to get rid of the tan. Our skin tends to get tanned due to exposure to ultra violet rays (UVA and UVB) from the sun. This exposure leads to increased production of melanin in the skin which causes skin darkening. Tanning of the skin can bring along of lot of problems such as acne, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, hyper pigmentation and skin cancer in extreme cases. So do not forget to step out without applying a healthy dose of SPF 50 sunblock all over the exposed parts of your body at least 20 minutes before you step out into the sun!

Cucumber, Rose Water & Lemon Juice Face Pack

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Since, we know that Lemon juice is acidic by nature, it acts as a good bleaching agent and helps remove tan while fighting pimples. The cucumber juice and rose water act as cooling agents and help soothe blemished skin. The ideal way to use these ingredients is to take a table spoon of each one of them and to mix them together in a bowl. Next- take a cotton pad and apply this mixture over the tanned areas of your skin, wait for ten minutes and wash it off with cold water. Do apply this pack regularly for a few weeks to see the difference!

Milk Powder, Honey and Almond Oil Pack

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Milk Powder works beautifully in moisturising skin, reducing the impact of sun tan and giving it a clearer tone and texture. Simply mix two table spoons of milk powder with one tablespoon of honey, a few drops of almond oil and apply it all over your face (and other tanned body parts).  Wash it off after 20 mins. Regular use of this mixture is bound to leave your skin looking happy and healthy!

Potato and Lemon Juice Face Pack

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Along with being absolutely yummy (umm… mashed potatoes anyone?), potatoes have amazing benefits for the skin. They help treat skin ageing, blemishes and in reversing the impact of sun exposure. These beauties are loaded in vitamins, minerals and fiber and they help in soothing the skin. Just extract the juice of one potato using a grinder, mix a table spoon of lemon juice with it and apply it all over your face and other affected areas of your skin. Let it dry for 30-40 minutes before washing it off with cool water.

Orange Juice and Yogurt Face Pack

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Oranges are loaded with Vitamin C and help fight skin blemishes. Also, the collagen found in oranges helps to slow down skin ageing and to keep it tight. Additionally, yogurt acts as a natural bleach and moisturiser thus keeping the skin soft and supple. I suggest that you mix a table spoon of each (the orange juice and the yogurt) and apply it to your face. Leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off with water.

Sandalwood and Coconut Water

Sandalwood + Coconut waterSandalwood has been used in beauty treatments for centuries due to its medicinal properties. It works as an excellent cleanser removing impurities and dead cells. It has soothing properties as well that help heal blemishes and blisters. Simply mix a tablespoon of sandalwood powder with coconut water to form a thick paste and add a few drops of almond oil to it. Apply this mixture to your face and neck, let it dry for 20 minutes before washing it off with water.

Lastly, my favourite one – Besan (Bengal Gram Flour) and Turmeric Face Pack

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This is my favourite pack on account of that one super ingredient – Turmeric! Turmeric acts as a good bleaching and scrubbing agent. Mix two table spoons of besan with one pinch of turmeric, a table spoon of milk and a table spoon of orange peel (optional) in a bowl with cold rose water. Apply this pack to your face and let it dry (for approximately 20 minutes). Once your face is dry, sprinkle some water on it to make it moist and slowly remove the pack from your face by scrubbing gently in clockwise and anti – clockwise directions. Apply this pack every two days for effective exfoliation of your skin and to keep your skin healthy and glowing!

Well, hope you find some of these packs useful in helping you get rid of your tan and to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the same 🙂