Foolproof hacks to de-tan and maintain that summer glow

With summer already in, you must have started to smother yourself with sunscreen, cover from top to toe as you go out and take all the other necessary precautions to not get overexposed to the blazing sun. While all of this may help, we suggest you go back to the nature, for it has the solution to all your problems (or at least this one) and look more carefully inside your fridge.

Pankaj Agagrwal, a senior homeopath at a city skin and wellness clinic, shares invaluable easy-to-make and apply homemade face packs to help you prevent tanning this season.

Cucumber, rose water and lemon juice pack

One of the best home remedies for removing tanning is cucumber and lemon, which are also known as bleaching agents. Lemon gives you lightened skin whereas cucumber and rose water cools your skin. Mix the three together and apply with cotton. Wash with cold water after 10 minutes. Apply everyday for effective results.

Papaya and honey face pack

The enzymes present in papaya lighten your skin tone and your scars and blemishes. Honey moisturizes and softens the skin. Mix half a cup of mashed papaya with a tablespoon of honey. Apply and leave until it’s dry. Rinse with water.

Tomato, yogurt and lemon juice face pack

This face pack has bleaching properties of lemon, tomato and yoghurt, which improve your skin tone naturally. Lemon helps in removing dark spots and pigmentation from sun-tanned skin, tomato juice works as a natural toner to shrink open pores and reduce oiliness of skin, whereas yoghurt moisturises and nourishes the skin. Take three table spoons of tomato pulp, one tablespoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of yogurt. Mix them well and apply. Let it dry for 30 minutes and then wash clean.

Milk powder, honey and almond oil face pack

This pack helps in achieving a clear tone. Mix two tablespoon of milk powder, one tablespoon of honey and few drops of almond oil. Apply the pack, leave it for 20 minutes and wash.

Sandalwood and coconut water pack

Sandalwood powder works as a natural skin cleanser. It removes impurities, dead cells and blemishes from the skin. Mix one tablespoon of sandalwood powder with coconut water and add few drops of almond oil. Apply for 20 minutes and wash.

Saffron and fresh cream face pack

Saffron helps in removing tan, brightening skin, fight pimples and acne. Soak a pinch of saffron in two tablespoon of milk cream overnight, blend and apply on face with your fingers. Keep it on for 20 minutes before rinsing with water.