Swimming at the beach, hiking up a mountain, joining a triathlon, and playing outdoor sports are all fun and exciting. Many of us don’t get to enjoy these activities very often—usually only every summer—and so whenever the chance arises, we indulge and make the most out of each minute even if it means enduring the heat of the sun.
As a result, we usually end up with tan lines. They are usually not that big of a problem, unless you also got sunburned to boot. If you planned meticulously before soaking up all that sun, your tan lines might even look cool.
Sometimes though, visible tan lines are in the most awkward locations like midway across your thighs, calves, upper arms and chest. Worse if your tan outlines your sunglasses or earphone wires!Tan lines make people self-conscious, and our clothing options become limited because of them.
Fortunately, you can make your tan lines disappear. Below are some of the most effective methods on how to even out tan lines:
Advantages: permanent results, promotes younger skin cells to surface and return the youthful glow of your skin
Disadvantages: can be painful, the results are gradual, not your best solution if you want instant results
When your skin gets tanned, it becomes dry and will feel tight. Flaking commonly happens one or two days after you soaked up the sun. This is natural; the dry skin cells ages quickly and sheds off, making way for younger skin cells to grow. It takes a while before the tan completely disappears, though, and your skin tone returns to normal.
Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells faster—but you need to be gentle! This could be painful depending on how badly tanned you are. It’s recommended to wait one or two days after your outing when your skin is no longer smarting. Allow it to heal first, otherwise you’ll aggravate and abrade it.
Use a gentleexfoliant or scrub formulated for sensitive skin. You can also make your own such as:
- 1 part lemon juice +1 part honey (don’t use lemon juice alone on newly tanned skin)
- 1 cup baking soda + 1 tablespoon sugar + one-half cup water
- 1 cup brown sugar + one-half cup olive oil + honey
- Rose water + gram flour
Treatment for Skin Rejuvenation
Advantages: nourishes the skin, offers long-term effects
Disadvantages: it takes a long time to even out tan line, requires specific ingredients, some of which may be difficult to find
Skin rejuvenation should follow exfoliation. Give the younger skin layer proper nourishment so that it won’t become raw and just as painful as sunburns. It also helps your skin return quickly to its normal state and coloring.
- If your skin feels a bit warm to touch, place fresh cucumber or potato slices over the area. They are rich in enzymes and vitamin C, which helps rejuvenate and even whiten the skin. You can also refrigerate them before cutting for more intensive relief.
- Apply intensive moisturizing lotion around your tan lines in the morning and evening.
- Apply aloe vera gel or the sap fresh from a plucked leaf along your tan lines.
Advantages: many whitening products are meant to be applied to the entire body, so you will likely be whiter all over
Disadvantages: can be expensive, your skin may not whiten quickly,you may have to try multiple products to find out which ones work best for your skin
Have you tried exfoliating but the tan lines are still very visible? You can work on making the tanned areas whiter. Commercial or natural skin whiteners are both fine. Apply the following products and home treatment solutions along your tan lines (and perhaps add a just bit more on the darker half of your skin):
- Black tea (put in a spray bottle and spritz on tan lines after showering)
- 1 part milk cream + 1 part turmeric
- Baking soda + lemon juice/honey/water
- Salt + lemon juice
- Apply your favorite skin whitening cream twice a day.
- Use whitening bath soap and moisturizer with active ingredients like glutathione, hydroquinone, citrus extracts and kojic acid.
Advantages: tan lines are instantly covered, applicable to both men and women
Disadvantages: very temporary, may take long to apply, you’ll have to do it whenever necessary
Makeup is really the only thing that can solve your tan line problems in an instant. Theater makeup in particular is excellent because they are very effective at covering skin blemishes even at close range. As long as you will not be sweating a lot or get drenched, makeup can be your answer.
- Apply self-tanning cream on the areas covered by your clothes.
- Fill out the lighter skin with foundation or concealer that is a close shade to your tan. Pat the makeup evenly on your skin with your fingertips or a moist makeup sponge.
- Blend a matte bronzer or blush powder over the tan lines, touching both the light and dark sections.
- Use only water-resistant makeup.
Makeup is your best option if you have no choice but to wear certain clothes that won’t cover your tan lines. (ex: bridesmaid’s dress).
Exfoliating, rejuvenating and whitening your skin are highly recommended even after your tan lines have faded. If these are already part of your daily skin care routine, then it should be easier for you to even out your tan lines. You can also do a combination of all the above for better and faster results.