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Sun Tan, Farmer's Tan, and Permatan Removal

A sun tan can be difficult to remove.  Some are caused by going on vacation and being in the sun for long periods of time for a week or so, some may be caused by being in the sun regularly, and some are permanent (unless removed with skin lightening products) due to long periods of outdoor activity for many years.

Different Kinds of Tans

There are several different kinds of tans, below are a few of the most common tans.

A regular old run of the mill suntan is due to spending more time outdoors and in the sun than usual.  It can take anywhere from 7 days to a month to go away on its own once you've lessened the amount of sun exposure.  For example, this type of tanning happens when you take a vacation to a sunny location and stay outdoors a lot during the vacation.

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A farmer's tan is commonly found on some of the most frequently exposed areas to the sun.  Some of the tanned areas include the elbows, neck, thighs, ankles, wrists, eyes, and forehead.

A perma-tan is a tan that will take a lot more effort to remove and in most cases has been there for years due to a long period of sun exposure and won't go away even if that sun exposure has stopped.  It can be very stubborn and hard to remove but can be removed with the right products and consistent application of these products.  

How to Get Rid of a Tan

Some tans will fade with time (and less time spent in the sun) while others will need more time, consistency, and dedication to get rid of.

 Here's how to get rid of a sun tan on the face:

1.  Use the brightening exfoliating scrub once a week to increase cell turnover and get rid of dead skin cells.

2. Wash with a daily brightening gentle cleanser that contains aha's and that also increase cell turnover.

3. Use a dime sized amount skin whitening cream all over the face twice daily after washing with the gentle cleanser.

4. Apply a good sunscreen or sunblock or where a wide brimmed hat before going out in the day and avoid staying in the sun for long periods of time while trying to remove the tan.

 woman with suntan lotion on face

 Here's how to get rid of a sun tan on the body:

1. Use a chemical exfoliant like the kojic acid bar, gently rub it onto an exfoliating cloth.

2. Use a moisturizing green tea lotion in the day on all areas starting from the neck down.  At night use a lotion with aha's such as a glycolic lotion after cleansing and before going to sleep.

3. Cover all exposed areas with sun resistant clothing (best option) or with sunblock.

4. Avoid prolonged sun exposure on any areas that the lightening products are applied.


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