Sun Tan Skin: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments and Home Remedies

Is there anyone who can contain their excitement when it comes to  vacation? And we all can readily agree that summer is the best time to book our holidays. But as the sun shines brighter and we spend more time outdoors, the likelihood of developing sun tan skin increases. After the trip, we see that the skin covered by clothes is a different shade than the skin that got sun. While sunscreen is there to protect from tan skin to a great extent, it’s not effective in sun tan removal. If you want to denude everything about skin tan removal, you’ve clicked on the right blog! So let’s jump in more into the details:

What Causes a Skin Tan?

Suntan skin develops due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. When your skin is exposed to the sun’s UV light, it triggers the production of melanin in melanocytes. Melanin protects your skin from further damage by absorbing UV radiation. When sunlight touches your skin, it makes it darker for protection. This is called a tan or sun tan. A tan is your skin’s defence mechanism against sunburn and deeper damage, but it is also a sign that damage has already occurred.

Symptoms of Sun Tan

Without a second thought, we associate suntan with a darkened natural skin colour. However, the sun tan skin also shows signs of:

  • Uneven skin tones
  • Dryness and tightness of the skin
  • Peeling in cases where sunburn occurs alongside tanning
  • Blisters or rashes may appear in severe cases
  • Increased dead skin cells
  • Lacklustre appearance
  • Sunspots
  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Blackheads

Skin tan signs vary from one skin to another, depending on skin type. So understanding tan skin symptoms is crucial as they indicate the extent of skin damage due to exposure to harmful UV rays. 

Top 3 Effective Professional Treatments for Sun Tan

If your sunscreen has failed to perform or you’ve already tanned the skin so deep that only professional sun tan removal procedures under expert guidance can save you, then stick to the below-mentioned options for skin tan removal:

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are all about helping the skin to develop new, fresh, youthful skin cells replacing the old, damaged ones. Experts apply a layer of chemical solutions such as lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid or trichloroacetic acid. The solution exfoliates and eventually peels off the skin, revealing newer, less pigmented layers beneath. This treatment effectively treats uneven pigmentation.


This minimally invasive procedure uses a special applicator with an abrasive surface to gently replace the thick outer layer of the skin to let out the healthy, new, and young skin underneath. 

LED Photo Facial

While LED photo facial often gets a bad rep for being known as unsafe, harsh and prone to cause skin burns, this technology-based skin treatment helps boost collagen development, reduce inflammation, improve signs of ageing, is highly effective in skin tan removal, tighten skin, protect from acne-causing bacteria, rejuvenate the skin and diminish pigmentation. The treatment is gentle, can brighten the skin and help you achieve a smoother texture. You can even get it done from the comfort of your home with YesMadam.

The Best 3 Home Remedies to Remove Sun Tan

While professional treatments for tan skin are many, you can do the groundwork by opting for natural home remedies to lighten a tan before a visit to the doctor’s office:

Lemon Juice and Honey Mask

Two commonly available kitchen ingredients— lemon juice and honey— are perfect for treating tan skin. While lemon is a powerhouse of bleaching properties, honey is a soothing moisturiser. Together, they can lighten the skin while keeping it hydrated. Simply mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with honey and apply the mixture to the affected areas. Let the mixture sit on the skin for 10-15 minutes, and rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has always been considered one of the best natural skin potions that soothes the skin, and reduces redness while also removing skin tan. Apply aloe vera gel directly on the tanned skin for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with cold water. As aloe vera is mild compared to the previous natural treatment for tan skin, you can be frequent with this treatment procedure. 

Cucumber Extract

Cucumber juice is another soothing, cooling, natural tan-removing ingredient on the list. This extract cools the skin and helps in rejuvenating it. Mix the extract with an equal amount of rosewater and apply on the skin. Leave it on for half an hour and wash away the layer using cold water. For quicker results, you can add lemon juice to the cucumber juice and rosewater combination to make the mixture more potent. 

Get Tan Removal Services at Home with YesMadam

As now we know  the  causes  of tan, searching for the ideal sun tan removal solutions becomes a TO-DO task. However, the effectiveness of professional tan removal services remains at an unmatched level. The quick, safe and amazing outcomes can beat the lengthy, often ineffective random regular tan skin treatments. But the cherry on top is when you get to experience salon-like de-tan services from the comfort of your own home. Only YesMadam offers such excellent beauty services in 40+ cities in India. The highly professional team of experts at YesMadam provides 20+ bleaching and tan removal services without asking you to step outside the home. YesMadam’s at home advanced facial services are minimally priced and designed with a stern focus on clients’ safety. With the elimination of large packs of products and the use of mono-doses during sun tan removal treatments, along with the freedom of using your own products, we ensure you receive professional care while being comfortable at home. Check our de-tan service page for more information!


How can I remove sun tan quickly?

The best way to remove sun tan quickly is by choosing at-home professional treatments like chemical peels or LED photo facial services from YesMadam. It eliminates the hassle of struggling with traffic and protects you from worsening the tan by being out under the harsh sun rays. 

How do you treat sun tan at home?

Treating sun tan at home requires you to prepare mixes or solutions combining kitchen essentials such as lemon juice, cucumber, saffron, rosewater, honey or regular beauty products like Multani mitti, coconut milk and aloe vera. You just need to be consistent with the application of these to reduce the tan. You can also schedule an at-home tan removal appointment with YesMadam’s professionals for effective sun tan removal. 

How can I stop tanning naturally?

The best way to stop tanning naturally is by minimising sun exposure, lathering a broad-spectrum sunscreen while you’re outside, and putting on protective clothing and hats to protect the skin from tanning.

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