How To Get Rid Of A Sun Tan | 4 Home Remedies That Actually Work

Love summer but hate tan lines? Then this article is for you.

If you have just come from soaking up in the sun over the holiday period then it’s highly likely that you have come back home with a tan. (that uneven color on your skin that we wish we could just wash off) A tan is your body’s attempt to protect itself from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Your skin releases melanin under the surface layers of your skin to help absorb UV radiation. The more exposed you have been to UV rays from the sun, the more melanin your body releases, and the darker your skin gets. Unfortunately this tanning does not happen evenly so one usually tends to end up with a farmers tan (dark patches on areas that have been over exposed to the sun)

The best way to get rid of a tan is to avoid it in the first place by lathering on sunscreen. Whereas it’s difficult to get rid of a tan easily, it is not impossible. Below are some easy home remedies that will help you get rid of that pesky tan.

Lemon Juice

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I am sure you already saw this coming. Lemon juice is probably your best bet at getting rid of a tan. Simply cut a lemon and rub a slice on your tanned skin. Allow it to sit on your skin for a few minutes before washing it off. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute the juice before applying it to your skin. The acid present in lemon juice acts as a skin lightening agent. If you do this regularly for a period of over 2 months, you will successfully get rid of the tan. (Not a quick fix but worth the try)

Aloe Vera

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Turns out this plant is more than a powerful anti-inflammatory skin soother. Aloe Vera gel is an excellent remedy for taking care of dark tans; it will lighten the skin in as little as a week if applied every day to the affected area. You can apply fresh Aloe Vera gel to the affected areas before going to bed then wash the skin thoroughly in the morning. A small study by the International Journal of Pharmacognosy found that aloe Vera may suppress the release of melanin and reduce pigmentation.


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This bright yellow spice is very popular for its various healing properties. You can make various pastes with turmeric powder. E.g;

  • Turmeric and lime juice paste.
  • Turmeric, gram flour and rose water paste
  • Turmeric and milk paste (my personal favorite) Turmeric’s healing properties together with milk’s exfoliating properties work well in conjunction to remove sun tan.

N:B Turmeric will stain your clothes and skin so be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving a yellow stain on your skin and clothes.

Honey and Papaya

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Grate and make a paste of raw papaya, add in a few drops of honey. Apply it to the affected area and leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing the paste off with lukewarm water. Papaya has both exfoliating and brightening enzymes. Honey is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and also soothing to the skin. It may not help decrease the melanin on your skin, but it can help your burnt skin regenerate.


(Sources: International Journal of Pharmacognosy




  • Georgina Giathi

    I had no idea Papaya and Honey would also work but I find the most rapid home remedies among most of the items featured would be turmeric, it has worked well on my end especially around my clavicle and lower back, for some reason the sunscreen did not get to those areas hehe…

    • Glad turmeric works for you! Haha! Layer the sunscreen around your clavicle and lower back next time

    • Evelyn Waitherero

      Hi Georgina, so glad Turmeric worked for you… it work wonders for tones of skin issues as well.

  • Jeniffer Anyango

    I have been using plain honey for sometime now and the result is usually good… Smooth and even toned skin

    • Glad honey works for you and leaves with you amazing results!

  • Eila Dencie Oketch

    Aloe vera did help me a lot last holiday

    • Glad Aloe Vera works for you!!!

    • Evelyn Waitherero

      Really glad Aloe Vera works for you. It,s my favourite home remedy.

  • Nadiah Naturale

    i have tried tumeric and milk (colostrum to be precise🙈) It works wonders! 👍🏽
    looking to try the others

    • Amazing! Turmeric’s healing properties together with milk’s exfoliating properties work well in conjunction to remove a sun tan.

    • Evelyn Waitherero

      Hi Nadiah, let us know how the other remedies work for you.

      • Nadiah Naturale

        It dries dry and tightens your skin but once you rinse it off with warm water your skin is so supple and plump and has one complexion..
        only down side to this is turmeric can stain

  • Jojo Mpendwa

    Honey has worked out for me very well.

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