If you have gotten a bit too much sun, the result can be a tan on your face. All tans will eventually fade. As dead skin cells slough off, so will your tan. However, if you wish to hasten the process, there are a few techniques you can use to fade your tan more quickly. Regardless, it's crucial to be gentle with delicate facial skin to avoid skin damage. Try a few different things to help return your complexion to its natural state.
Apply full-fat milk to your face. Dampen cotton balls with milk and gently run them all across your face. Avoid the eyes, mouth and nose. The lactic acid in the milk helps to fade a suntan. Let the milk dry before washing it off. For maximum effects, leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning using a gentle cleanser and washcloth.
Exfoliate your face every other evening. Make your own gentle scrub using water and oatmeal. Mix together oatmeal and water until it's a paste-like consistency. Use the pads of your fingers to gently rub the paste in circles on the face for approximately 30 seconds. Wash off with cool water.
Mix together one teaspoon of lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of water. Use a cotton ball to sweep the mixture onto your face. Focus on the areas with the most tan. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water. Do this up to three times per week in the evening.
Apply a face cream that contains alpha-hydroxy acid, a mild exfoliant. This type of cream is available at most drugstores and department stores. Smooth the cream onto your face before bed. Start by using it every other evening. If your skin tolerates it well, use it nightly until the tan fades.
Wear a full-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day. Using sunscreen is especially important when using alpha-hydroxy acids, since they cause skin to become more sensitive to the sun.
Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.