2022-06-07 07:54:12 By : Ms. Jolin Zhao

While most of us remember to take care of our faces and necks as far as tanning from the sun goes, hands are often ignored. However, these are much-exposed and much-used, and require as much – if not more – TLC as the rest of our bodies. Let’s take a look at what we should be doing to prevent and remove tan from the hands!

Aarti Amarendra Gutta of Pro-Art Makeup Academy says, “Tomato is excellent food and is great for the skin. It is rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that offers many benefits, including protecting the skin from harmful UV rays and skin cancer. It also has cooling properties that soothe sunburn and contains astringent benefits that tighten large pores.”

The tomato isn’t just a great salad ingredient! It is also great to treat tanned hands. The lycopene content also stabilises blood vessels under the hands, which result in more even-toned skin.

Pro Tip: Make a hand scrub with tomato pulp and gram flour (besan), and use it at least twice a week, or after prolonged sun exposure.

Cucumber is a natural skin enhancer, which is why many skin specialists swear by it to reduce undereye dark circles and pigmentations. Regular use of this hack works well on protecting the hands from tanning, while at the same time hydrating and softening the skin. This natural astringent has proven skin lightening benefits, which can help your hands stay free of tan and more even-toned.

Pro Tip: Every mo ing, rub a slice of cucumber on the back of your hands, all the way up to your wrists and arms, for at least 10 minutes, to protect it from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Says Gutta, “Lemon juice works as an antibacterial and antioxidant, meaning that it protects the skin from free radical damage, repairs cells, and speeds up new skin generation. In short, it brightens tanned and dull skin, reducing the visibility of dark spots blemishes, freckles and other sun-related damage. Lemon also speeds up the production of new cells to lightens skin tone and bolsters the skin's UV defence while improving skin hydration and photo-protection.

Pro Tip: Squeeze some fresh lemon juice onto the palm of the hand at bedtime, much like you would use a serum or moisturiser, and rub well all over the hands and wrists.

Dermatologist Dr Mahika Goswami says, "Papaya is ideal to fix a tan on the hands, thanks to the enzyme papain present in it, which boasts skin benefits such as lightening and reducing blemishes and sunspots. It also has vitamins A and C, which boost cell renewal and regeneration, automatically clearing the tanned skin layer."

Pro Tip: Mash a bowl full of ripe papaya cubes, and apply generously all over hands, leaving on for 10-15 minutes and then rinsing every alternate day.

The lauric acid present in coconut water is the ultimate skin-soothing ingredient, which helps alleviate the irritation caused by suntan and sunburn. Rinsing your hands with coconut water also restores the pH balance to the skin, and thanks to the vitamin C content, offers natural lightening benefits.

Pro tip: Rinse your hands with coconut water 3-4 times a day, letting it soak in completely. Also Read: These Kitchen Ingredients Make Your Scars Disappear

One of the most effective ingredients against suntan on the hands is curd, which offers many brightening and lightening enzymes such as lactic acid. This helps combat suntan, the presence of dull and dead skin cells, pigmentation and so on. Curd also helps in soothing sunburnt skin. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-tan agent, so combining the two is potent!

Pro Tip: To one bowl of freshly-set curd, add 2 tsp honey and stir well. Apply on your hands and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Use this twice a week at least for best results.

A. Says Dr Mahika Goswami, "This goes without saying, but always apply sunscreen on your hands before you go out, one with an SPF of over 40 preferably. Avoid going out during peak hours between 12noon and 4 pm. Wear gloves if you’re riding a bike, or taking a walk, or doing any outdoor activity. Remember to drink plenty of water to keep the skin on your hands (and everywhere else!) soft."

A. The best way to remove tan from hands is naturally, through home remedies and a regulated lifestyle. However, if you can't achieve this, then visit a reputed dermatologist or clinic to discuss your options. Superficial peels like glycolic peels can be effective when performed on you by a safe and reputed professional.

A. If you need a quick fix, makeup can be a temporary tool in concealing tanned hands. Follow the same routine as you would for the face - wash and moisturise your skin, followed by a primer and a foundation that matches your skin tone. Note, the colour of your hands may vary from the colour of your face, so pick up appropriate shades. Apply on the back of your hands.

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