How to Get Rid of Tan Lines

We know how to get rid of tan lines.

Tan lines aren’t pretty, but they happen. And because summer is the season for bare backs and uncovered arms, you may find yourself wanting to smooth those lines quickly, and naturally, before your next date. To help you achieve even skin before you don your favorite strapless dress, we compiled a few ideas on how to get rid of tan lines.

How to get rid of tan lines with vegetables

Raw potatoes are awesome at easing burns and the appearance of tan lines. Just place sliced up potatoes on the affected area of skin for 15 minutes.

Cucumbers are refreshing in a salad, but they also have a cooling, nourishing affect on skin, too (cucumbers contain a lot of water and vitamin C). To use cucumbers to diminish tan lines, puree the watery vegetable into a paste and leave it on the tanned area you want to fade for 20 minutes.

How to get rid of tan lines with liquid and soda

No, not soda-soda, but baking soda. Baking soda is an exfoliant and excellent for fading tan lines. Make an exfoliating paste with one cup of baking soda, a tablespoon of sugar, and a half cup of water. Use this easy-to-make mixture in the shower.

Lemon juice also makes a great exfoliant when paired with other ingredients (don’t use it alone — it could burn your skin). Make a lemon juice “toner” by mixing equal parts honey and lemon juice. Place the mixture on the area for 25 minutes and rinse.

If your tan line is one part tan and the other part burn, turn to black tea. “Make a cup of iced black tea, pour it into a spray bottle, and spritz yourself down with it after a shower. Not only will it soothe aggravated skin, but it’ll help fade those lines faster, too,” Daily Makeover reports.

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Abbie Stutzer

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