Excessive sun exposure can lead to tanned and pigmented skin, which can be a cause of concern for many. While there are several cosmetic products available in the market, Ayurveda offers natural and effective solutions to detan the skin. Ayurvedic face masks are made from potent herbs, fruits, and other natural ingredients that not only help in removing tan but also nourish the skin. We will explore some Ayurvedic face mask recipes that can help you achieve a brighter, detanned complexion.

  • Turmeric and Yogurt Mask:

Turmeric (Haridra) has been used in Ayurveda for centuries for its skin-brightening and anti-inflammatory properties. Yogurt (curd) helps to soothe and moisturize the skin. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with two tablespoons of fresh yogurt to form a smooth paste. Apply the mixture evenly on the face and neck, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. This mask not only detans the skin but also imparts a natural glow.

  • Lemon and Honey Mask:

Lemon (Nimbu) is known for its natural bleaching properties and can help in reducing tan and dark spots. Honey (Madhu) is a natural humectant and moisturizes the skin. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and mix it with one tablespoon of organic honey. Apply the mixture to the face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Gently massage the mask in circular motions before rinsing it off with cool water. This mask helps in detanning and brightening the complexion.

  • Papaya and Multani Mitti Mask:

Papaya contains enzymes that help in exfoliating the skin and reducing tan. Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth) is natural clay that absorbs excess oil and impurities. Take a ripe papaya and mash it into a smooth paste. Add one tablespoon of Multani Mitti to the papaya paste and mix well. Apply the mask to the face and let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with water while gently massaging the skin. This mask helps in detanning, exfoliating, and rejuvenating the skin.

  • Sandalwood and Rosewater Mask:

Sandalwood (Chandan) has cooling and soothing properties that help in reducing tan and brightening the skin. Rosewater (Gulab Jal) acts as a natural toner and refreshes the skin. Mix one tablespoon of sandalwood powder with enough rosewater to form a paste. Apply the mask to the face and leave it on for 15 minutes until it dries. Rinse off with cool water, gently scrubbing in circular motions. This mask not only detans but also provides a calming effect to the skin.

  • Aloe Vera and Cucumber Mask:

Aloe Vera (Kumari) is known for its soothing and moisturizing properties. Cucumber has a cooling effect and helps in reducing tan and sunburn. Blend a fresh cucumber to extract its juice and mix it with two tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel. Apply the mixture to the face and neck and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water. This mask helps in detanning, hydrating, and refreshing the skin.


Ayurvedic face masks provide a natural and effective way to detan the skin while nourishing and rejuvenating it. These masks are free from harmful chemicals and can be easily prepared using readily available ingredients. Incorporate these Ayurvedic face masks into your skincare routine to achieve a brighter, detanned complexion while enjoying the benefits of natural ingredients. Remember to perform a patch test before applying any new ingredient to your face and consult with a dermatologist if you have any skin concerns or allergies. Embrace the power of Ayurveda and unveil your natural radiance.

Along with these face packs some of the Ayurvedic Pancha karma treatments also help in detanning. Some of them are as follows:

  • Abhyanga:

Abhyanga is a full-body massage using warm herbal oils. It helps to improve blood circulation, nourish the skin, and remove toxins. Regular Abhyanga can promote healthy skin and aid in reducing tan by improving the skin’s natural glow and texture.

  • Udwarthanam

It is the herbal powder massage.A herbal scrub made from a mixture of Ayurvedic herbs, grains, and oils. It is applied to the body to exfoliate the skin, remove dead cells, and improve skin texture. Regular use of Ubtan can help in reducing tan and brightening the skin.

  • Takradhara (Medicated Buttermilk Pouring):

Takradhara is a therapeutic treatment where medicated buttermilk is poured in a continuous stream over the forehead and scalp. This treatment has a cooling effect on the body and can help in reducing skin pigmentation and tan caused by sun exposure.

  • Nasya (Nasal Administration of Medicines):

Nasya involves the administration of medicated oils or herbal preparations into the nostrils. This treatment helps in cleansing the nasal passages, improving respiratory health, and eliminating toxins from the head and neck region. Detoxifying the body through Nasya can indirectly contribute to reducing skin issues like tan.

With all these methods Ayurveda helps to fight against detanning effectively in a natural way. Along with internal and external therapies, care should be taken to follow a healthy diet and regimen that helps our body to beat the bad effects of this summer.

Uvas Ayurveda is a global center of learning for Ayurveda enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of online, offline, and residential Ayurvedic courses and treatments. It serves as a dynamic fusion of a treatment center and a thriving hub for Ayurvedic education.

Uvas Ayurveda offers a rigorous curriculum that covers all aspects of Ayurvedic medicine, ranging from the foundational principles to advanced clinical practices. This provides high-quality education and training to their students. We conduct courses such as Garbha maata Sanskar , Ayurvedic cosmetology, ayurvedic therapy course, Diet and Nutrition , Obesity course etc.

We also conduct the Panchakarma Therapies as per the Disease, Symptoms,  Doshas, Prakruti(nature) , Strength and age of the person as per the requirements. Consult our Ayurvedic Physician at Uvas Ayurveda to experience the core essence of Ayurveda.

Dr. Priya Jain,

Uvas Ayurveda,

Jp Nagar, Bangalore.