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When you are out in the sun all day, you might end up with a tan on one arm and not the other, around the neck and shoulders leaving unwanted t-shirt lines, or in any way that looks (quite frankly) unsightly. And you probably think it will stay that way forever. Most people will just get out of the sun and stay indoors, but that isn’t a solution for you. Lucky, there are plenty of ways to get rid of that old farmers’ tan.

Exfoliate Daily

The natural method of removing a tan is to exfoliate on a daily basis. This removes layers of dead skin cells to reveal new skin that isn’t as tanned. There are a number of ways that you can exfoliate your skin. You can choose to do it physically with a loofah or using a gentle wash that scrubs away layers.

However, once you get rid of old layers, you should remember to be more careful when going out in the sun again i.e. protect it with sunblock, long sleeves or cut down on afternoon gardening. This is because your skin is very sensitive at this point, making it highly susceptible to sun damage.

Prepare a Natural Lightening Serum

Using all-natural ingredients like rose water, cucumber, and lemon juice, you can prepare a serum to reduce your tan over time. It will take some time to work, but you’ll be impressed with the results. Mix equal parts of cucumber extract, lemon juice and rose water in a bowl and add to a bottle if you want to prepare a batch.

Apply it generously to the affected area but make sure to keep the remaining mixture in the fridge and not to store it for longer than a few days. Also, apply it once you are indoors but not before you step outside for gardening, since lemon can irritate your skin when you are exposed to sunlight.

Use Aloe

Aloe is an effective remedy for soothing the skin and reducing your tan. Instead of chemical-based aloe vera gels, I recommend using the real thing, which shouldn’t be difficult to do, considering that we’re all farmers here. Aloe plants are easy to keep and maintain at home so it won’t be hard to replenish and hydrate your skin after a day on the farm.

Cut small pieces of aloe and remove the skin to expose the inner gel. Use this gel on the parts of your body that have a tan, and repeat it as part of a self-care routine daily. Not only will you have an evened out skin tone, but your skin will look better, compared to how rough it can get when you’re farming every day.

I know these remedies are pretty basic and while there are plenty of other ways, I rely on the above-mentioned methods because it doesn’t take up a lot of energy or time to do. Once you’ve successfully gotten rid of your tan, remember to lessen sun exposure by wearing breathable sleeves on your arms, a hat, gloves and sun block for your face.

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Here’s Your Next (And Much Deserved) Vacation: 7 Days in Spain

While Spain may lend itself to images of inert, bronzed bodies on the beach and the quiet lull of an afternoon siesta, don’t let the country’s laidback character fool you. For adventurous travellers looking for an entirely different angle to sunny Spain, there is plenty to do, from kayaking around the bays and snorkelling around the beaches of Menorca, climbing Montjuic in Barcelona, doing a day’s hike in the Sierra de Guadarrama near Madrid, to biking (and drinking in) the La Rioja wine country.

Day 1

On your first day in Spain, you’ll land in Madrid. The city is filled with art and culture, so put your walking shoes on and take a wander around in the morning. In the afternoon, take the train to the little town of Cercedilla, where many of the spectacular hikes that criss-cross the mountains of the Sierra de Guadarrama start. Trails are colour coded and maps are easy to follow. Locals recommend Los Miradores, a 9km hike that takes hikers through serene pine forests, and up deserted mountain paths.

Day 2

Madrid’s Parque de Buen Retiro, or the Park of Pleasant Retreat, is the city’s green lung. Here you’ll find locals jogging, families picnicking and lovers rowing across the lake in the middle of this lush park. Landscaped lawns, marble statues and tidy paths make exploring the park an absolute pleasure on a sunny day.

Day 3

From Madrid, move onto Logrono, the capital of La Rioja – Spanish wine country. The city offers free bicycles to tourists who sign in and apply for a card from the Logrono Tourist Office. The flat roads, light traffic and world class wineries all within nearby cycling distance make for a fantastic experience on two wheels.

Day 4

A short 3 hour train ride away from Logrono is Barcelona, the heart of Spanish Catalan country. Montjuic, a major Barcelona landmark, is a hill that towers over the city from the southwest. To climb Montjuic, you can either take the easy option of using the series escalators that run up the hill from Palau Nacional, or you can attempt the hour or so hike up instead. The views are worth it.

Day 5

Barcelona offers an easy introduction wind surfing for amateurs via the gentle waters of the Base Nautica, located between Mar Bella and Bogatell beaches. If you already know how to windsurf, you can hire equipment by the hour; otherwise try kayaking or taking a sailing class instead. The calm waters of the Mediterranean are a calm respite away from the hustle of the city.

Day 6

Ferries and short flights run daily from Barcelona to the Balearic island of Menorca, where sun, surf and sand await holiday makers. Kayak, snorkel or dive the turquoise waters off the beaches here. Colourful sea life and coral reefs abound underwater.

Day 7

For a different view of the island, cycle the Cami de Cavalls, a bridle track that rings the entire island of Menorca along the coast. The track passes along some stunning views and provides access to pristine, isolated beaches that are otherwise unaccessible by other means. From Menorca, catch a short flight back to your starting point, Madrid, before departing for home.


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