Summer’s coming up (although it’s effing sunny and hot already), and it’s bound to take a toll on your skin.
If you’re the kind that’s going to lather sunscreen, wear protective gear (gloves/scarves/umbrellas – you know the deal), well, you’re doing a pretty good job of taking care of your skin.
But if you’re a lazy slob like the rest of us, we’ve got your complexion covered too.
Here are some surefire ways to get rid of that tan at home with minimum effort and (almost) no cost.
Laziness Level: Slob
When you come back home from a steamy day outside, just pop into the kitchen before you go 180 on the bed. Cut or pierce a tomato to get the juice flowing and apply the pulp onto your face and tanned areas. Keep it on for about ten minutes and wash off with water.
Caution: people with acne might want to skip this one as the acid can aggravate your condition.
Laziness Level: Couch Potato
Lemon has natural bleaching properties and the citric acid is amazing for your skin. Simply rub a lemon onto your face and wash off in ten minutes.
“This is literally the only thing I can do to help my skin in the summer because ain’t nobody got time fo dat,” says 24-year-old Rashi Singh from New Delhi (@neonrashi).
If you’re not such a slob, combine it with honey or rose water and get masking.
Laziness Level: Active after coffee
Just rub a cut slice of potato on your face and watch its natural bleach work its magic. If you’ve had your coffee and are feeling alive, go the extra mile – combine the powers of lemon and potatoes, and apply the mixture on your face with a cotton ball. Keep on for about 20 minutes and you’re done.
Turmeric + Gram flour + Milk + Curd
Laziness Level: Weekend slob
Take some gram flour (more if it’s for the body, less if it;s just for the face) and add enough milk so that it becomes a paste. Add a pinch of turmeric, a tablespoon of curd and take it to the shower. You could use it as a mask, but if you’re the kind that’s reached this far, go ahead and use this as a soap daily. It leaves your skin gorgeously soft and helps remove and prevent further tanning.
Orange Peel + Milk
Laziness Level: Occasional jogger
This isn’t for the faint-hearted. But if you’re still reading, chances are you don’t give up easy. For this one, you have to eat enough oranges to collect at least ten-fifteen peels. Then you have to surrender them to the arch enemy (i.e. the sun) and let them dry. Once done, you need to powder ‘em up in a mixer and combine with milk to create a paste. Mask it on and let the citrics soak in.
“It takes a lot of effort and I mainly make my mom do the work, but it’s definitely what’s saving my skin these days,” says Ishwin Saggu, 25, from Mumbai. (@ishwins)
Have fun and stay safe out in the sun!