Beach holidays are always fun and they are tempting enough to break all rules you set for yourself and religiously follow through the rest of the year. It was same with me when I visited the heart melting Andaman Islands with my girl gang. With the mesmerising beaches and water sports, I was a complete water babe in the entire trip, spending most of the time in the sea. There were too much indulgence in sea food and the sun! The result was much expected and the guilt often would prick at the end of the day but the beautiful place would take over on everything else.
However, when the trip ended and I came back, I was really worried at the condition of my skin. The tan was intense, accompanied by a dryness and roughness which I had never experienced before. Many of you have surely experienced the same thing even when you have used the best of sunblocks and de-tan creams and lotions. I always vouch for natural and herbal ingredients to treat my skin problems and I do have a regular de-tan regime that is 100% natural. But this time, my tan was too stubborn and refused to go away with my regular regime. I was just thinking of going to a dermatologist but then, the pocket pinch was something to think about. So, I asked my mom for help.
My mom has some of the skin recipes of my grandmother and when it comes to herbal treatment, nothing can match the grandmother’s recipes, which were passed on through generations. She told me some treatments that I followed and my tan got vanished in just 7 days!
How to remove beach tan in 7 days
I have very oily skin. We all follow a regular cleansing, scrubbing, toning and moisturizing regime. And it should be done according to your skin type. Following my grandma’s recipe, I just did the things below:
Take 4 tbsp of rice powder, 3 tbsp of oatmeal, 4 tbsp of dried orange peel powder. Mix with cold milk and a few drops of almond oil to make a paste and apply on face, neck and all exposed areas. This can be also used as a full body scrub. When half dry, dab with milk and scrub off using circular movements. Wash off thoroughly with plain water. Do this daily for 7 days.
If you do not wish to follow it up with a mask, then use rose water as a toner and finish with your regular moisturiser (for me, it is an oil-free moisturizer since I have very oily skin).
Take 2 tsp of Fuller’s earth, 1 tsp of sandalwood powder, a pinch of camphor and rose water. Make a paste and apply on face, neck and hands. Wash off with ice cold water.
Those who have dry skin can dab the dry mask with milk and then wash off with cold water.
You can definitely go for your regular moisturizer but when the other treatments are natural, I preferred to go for a natural moisturizer which worked absolutely fine with my skin. I took 3 drops of coconut oil, 3 drops of castor oil, 1 drop of lavender oil and mixing it, I applied it on my face, massaging for 2 minutes. After 30 minutes, wipe out the excess oil from your face with a wet cotton wipe and left it on overnight. In the morning, after washing off the face, the skin feels fresh, soft and supple with a healthy glow.
That’s all I did and successfully removed my stubborn tan in just 7 days! If you are back from your beach holiday and is currently facing the same situation, then you may try out my method. I hope you get similar results. Do let me know.
Madhurima is a digital marketing specialist, editor and content marketer. She is also a published writer on the web. When she is not working, she is either travelling or writing her travel stories to share to the world. She believes in inspiring people to travel and shares her travel diary on her travel blog, mangoladydiaries.com.
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