Exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun stimulates melanin production that darkens your skin. The unwanted tanning of the skin occurs when you fail to take adequate sun protection. Nevertheless, you can easily remove the tan and restore your natural complexion with the help of a scrub made with two kitchen ingredients – lemon and sugar.Citric acid present in lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent. Moreover, the antioxidant property of lemon neutralizes the free radicals that damage the skin cells and trigger excess melanin production. Vitamin C also helps in maintaining healthy collagen synthesis that keeps the skin smooth and firm.Sugar helps in mechanically exfoliating the skin. It helps in sloughing away the darkened layer of dead cells, thereby exposing the clearer and brighter younger skin layer.
How To Make Lemon And Sugar Scrub
To prepare the basic lemon and sugar scrub you will need one cup of granulated sugar and two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
Add Moisturizing Ingredient
To prevent the skin from drying out while scrubbing, add a suitable moisturizing ingredient to your basic lemon and sugar scrub recipe. You may add half a cup of coconut, olive or sweet almond oil or aloe vera gel. If you have acne-prone skin, add a tablespoon of honey to the recipe.
Additional Exfoliation Ingredients
To further boost the sun removal capability of the lemon and sugar mask you can add additional ingredients that aid exfoliation to the recipe. However, this is optional. You can add a tablespoon of dried lemon or orange rind. Yogurt is another excellent exfoliating agent that helps in breaking down the dead skin cell.
Take the sugar in a bowl and drizzle oil over it, a little at a time, and mix the ingredients. When the sugar and oil mixture becomes light but not runny, add the lemon juice and the other ingredients and mix well.
How To Apply
On damp skin apply the scrub. In circular motion rub the tanned area for two to three minutes. Leave the lemon and sugar mixture on your skin for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. To remove the sun tan, use the scrub three to four times a week.