How To Get Rid of a Sun Tan?

Summer is en route and it’s time to break out the sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. But let’s be real, sometimes we forget to reapply sunscreen or end up spending too much time in the sun without proper protection. The result? A sun tan.

 While a tan may give us a temporary bronzed look, it’s actually a sign of damage to our skin. In this blog, we will help you understand how to get rid of sun tan through different de-tan treatments that can help you achieve a glowing, radiant complexion. 

What is Sun Tan?

Prevalent in most tropical countries, sun tan is a common issue faced by many individuals. It is characterised by skin discolouration on the exposed parts of the body. It occurs due to the increase in pigmentation caused by the skin’s melanin. For more information on how to reduce melanin read our blog.

What is the Cause of Sun Tan?

If you haven’t guessed already, sun tanning usually occurs due to exposure to ultraviolet rays. The UVA rays of the sun can penetrate the layers of the skin causing skin discolouration and darkening.

Moreover, tanning can also be induced artificially through tanning beds. Either way, this phenomenon can also damage collagen, accelerating the process of skin ageing. Tanning spots can be visibly noticed on the arms, legs, hands, feet, back, and neck.

The good news is that sun tan removal treatments are readily available today. By opting for a customised plan, you can choose sun tan removal for your hands, legs and other areas in just a few sessions.

How to Remove Sun Tan from Face and Body: Tan Removal Methods

  1. Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are an effective tan removal treatment. They lessen blemishes, uneven pigmentation, discolouration, and small scars, leaving behind smoother and cleaner skin. Chemical peels combine mechanical and chemical exfoliation, making them more effective than exfoliating face cleansers. 

  2. Skin Resurfacing

This is a non-invasive procedure which is the ideal de-tan treatment and also reduces hyperpigmentation. Skin resurfacing uses tiny columns of laser light to encourage the growth of healthy new cells to replace ageing or damaged ones. This procedure refines fine lines and wrinkles, discolouration such as hyperpigmentation or brown spots and evens your skin tone. 

  3. Advanced Express Facial for De-tan 

The Advanced Express Facial for De-tan restores your natural complexion and removes any sun damage, revealing your bright and radiant skin. It helps reduce tan and even lightens the complexion of your face skin, however, it’s important to note that it is not recommended for people with dry skin.

How to Prevent Sun Tan from Face and Body?

1. Sunscreen is a Must

Stepping out of your house without sunscreen is like entering a battle without armour. Applying sunscreen is essential to protect your skin from sun damage. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and make sure to apply it every two hours. Check out Bodycraft’s UV SKRIN sunscreen which is a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50.

  2. Wear Protective Clothing

A wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirts, and pants are your best friend when it comes to sun protection as they can help to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays.

  3. Stay in the Shade

Avoid spending long periods of time in the sun, especially during the peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm when the sun’s rays are strongest.

  4. Use After-sun Care

After spending time in the sun, it’s important to take care of your skin to prevent further damage. Use a moisturiser with aloe vera or vitamin E in your summer skincare routine to soothe and hydrate your skin.


We hope your search for how to get rid of tan from your face and body ends with our curated set of tan removal tips. Maintaining proper care of your skin can certainly help avert tanning. Moreover, you can always book your appointment with us for basic or advanced skin treatments to combat this skin concern.

FAQs around sun tan removal

 1. Can I do de-tan after a facial?

It is recommended that you avoid applying anything on your face for at least 24-48 hours after a facial.

  2. What is the price of de-tan treatments in Bangalore?

The price of advanced facials at Bodycraft starts at Rs. 2090. 

  3. What is the difference between de-tan and bleach?

A de-tan treatment is meant to lighten the complexion of your skin, whereas bleach will only lighten the hair on your skin and not the skin itself.

  4. How long will it take to remove the tan?

Depending on the intensity of the tan, it can be removed within 1-4 weeks with a consistent skincare routine.

5. Is sun tanning permanent?

Sun tanning is not permanent as the skin naturally sheds and renews itself over time.

6. How to avoid sun tan?

To avoid sun tanning, use sunscreen with a high SPF, seek shade, and wear protective clothing. Read our blog on the benefits of sunscreen

7. How to remove sun tan from feet?

To remove sun tan from feet, exfoliate regularly, use lemon juice or aloe vera, and moisturize. 

8. Does sun tan go automatically?

Sun tan can fade over time with regular exfoliation, hydration, and the natural renewal of the skin cells.