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How to remove tan from your face

Summer brings joy with beautiful floral dresses and refreshing seaside vibes. But the pesky sun tan can be a downer. But you need not worry! Getting rid of that stubborn tan is easy with smart skincare. Say goodbye to worrying about hitting the beach! There are simple yet effective ways to restore your skin's natural glow. Let's dive in and discover the secrets to reclaiming your radiant skin.


In This Article:

What Is Tanning?

What Are The Causes Of Tanning?

What Is Tanning?

Tanning happens when your skin gets darker due to exposure to sunlight. The condition is caused when the melanin production in your skin increases in response to sun exposure. You'll notice this darkening mostly on your legs, face, hands, feet, and arms. Taking good care of your tanned skin is important to avoid further skin issues and keep your skin healthy and glowing.

What Are The Causes Of Tanning?

Tanning is caused by the following UV rays of the sun -

  • UVB

UVB rays mainly affect the outer skin layers and are stronger in summer than winter. They damage your DNA, which leads to increased melanin production. This results in tanning.

  • UVA

UVA rays are considered the most harmful. They penetrate deep into the skin and damage cells to release melanin. This melanin causes the skin to darken. 

Types Of Tanning

The following table highlights the different types of skin tans based on the level of sun exposure and skin colour:

Skin Colour

Level of Sun Exposure Reaction

Tanning Level

Pale white

Always burns

No tanning

White to light beige

Easily burns

Minimal tanning


Moderate burns

Light brown

Light brown

Minimal burns

Moderate brown

Moderate brown

Rarely burns

Dark brown

Dark brown or black

No burns

Tans profusely

 A Step-by-Step Guide To Removing Tan From Your Face

Here is a detailed guide on how to remove tan from your face:

1. Step 1: Proper Cleansing Routine

Begin your skincare routine with proper cleansing to create a smooth base. Wash away accumulated dead dust, skin cells, and oil using a gentle face wash. Our Daily De-Tan Cleanser with Niacinamide and Vitamin C works wonders for this. It is clinically proven to reduce skin tan in just 7 days. Powered by the goodness of Niacinamide, it targets hyperpigmentation and reduces the appearance of dark spots. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and provides brightening benefits. Cleanse your skin twice daily for hydrated and healthy skin.

2. Step 2: Exfoliate Regularly

Regular exfoliation is important to remove pigmented dead skin cells. It also helps reduce the appearance of tan and achieve an even skin tone. If you have sensitive skin, start by using a scrub once a week. 

3. Step 3: Use Of Sunscreen

Sunscreen is important for preventing sunburn and skin damage before sun exposure. Usually, it doesn't remove an existing tan, but it helps reduce pigmentation. Plus, it also protects your skin from further damage caused by the sun. We recommend using our Niacinamide and Pro-Ceramides Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA+++. This clinically tested In-Vivo sunscreen gel is tested on actual human skin, ensuring that the promised results are delivered. It shields your skin from UVA, UVB, and Blue light, there by ensuring all-round protection. Niacinamide reduces hyperpigmentation, and Pro-Ceramides improves your skin barrier.

4. Step 4: Use Tan Removal Products

Many tan removal creams on the market lighten the skin's surface layers. Effective face tan removal products penetrate deeper into the skin, targeting enzymatic activities that stimulate melanin production to inhibit tan formation. 


The first step to reduce tanning is to protect yourself by using an effective sunscreen. However, post-tanning, using mild exfoliants and approved skin-brightening products can effectively diminish tan lines. While sun exposure offers health benefits, you must apply sunscreen and minimise time spent under intense sunlight to prevent premature ageing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: 1 Does face tan go away naturally?

A. Yes, tanning on your face will fade within 1 to 4 weeks. The results may depend on how dark the tan is. To help it fade faster, you can use multiple products, including cleansers, scrubs, and masks.

Q: 2 Does skin permanently tan? 

A. Skin doesn't stay permanently tan. Generally, a skin tan lasts around 7 to 10 days if you exfoliate and use the right methods to remove it. However even without any additional efforts, your tan will disappear on its own in a few weeks.

Q: 3 Can tanned skin become fair?

A. Yes, tanned skin can return to its natural colour as the tan fades. However, proper and consistent care is required. 

Written by Samradni Pradhan on Apr 02, 2024
Samradni combines her love for exploring diverse beauty products with her knack for expressive writing. She delivers engaging content in the world of beauty with confidence and insight.

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