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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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Ripen Your Tomatoes While Indoors

Summer is the time to grow tomatoes, after which you can simply preserve and store them as you like. However, it’s not always that you get to harvest fully ripe tomatoes before fall comes and you’re left with halfway-ripened tomatoes just days before the first frost.

Once the frost hits, you won’t be able to harvest anything since tomatoes stop developing in cold weather. If you want them to survive the first freeze, a row cover or sheets can help but it won’t be much help without heat and sunlight afterwards. The best chance you have at getting red tomatoes is to pick your half-ripened tomatoes now and get the job done indoors. If you can see some patches of red on them, it’s likely that they’ve started ripening and all you need to do is finish the job.

About Ethylene

This gas is produced and used commercially all around the world to ripen produce such as fruits because there are usually picked while green so that they can be shipped. It may sound weird since you’ve been trying to avoid artificial additions to your crops so why even mention ethylene? Well it is also a naturally produced gas that’s made by fruits like apples and bananas while ripening. Place the half-ripe tomatoes with a ripe apple or banana and watch them ripen up. You’ll need to place them in an enclosed space to fully ripen. Use any one of the following methods:

Use a Paper Bag

Based on how big of a bag you have, you can place about 5 to 10 tomatoes in it along with a banana or apple that’s ripening. Leave the paper bag in a warm place and remember to check on the banana or apple for signs of spoilage.

Use a Plastic Bag or Big Glass Jar

Both of these work well in place of a paper bag, enclosing the space and concentrating the ethylene gasses. Place about 2 green tomatoes per bag/jar along with a ripening apple or banana. But keep in mind that these containers can trap moisture very well too, so you’ll need to make holes in the bag or the lid of the jar (or open them often to let moisture escape) to prevent spoilage.

Trap Them In Their Own Gases

No apples or bananas? No problem. Tomatoes put off a small amount of ethylene gasses on their own, but it’s tricky to ripen them before the fruit begins to rot. Enter newspaper, it’ll speed things up. Place newspaper along the bottom of a cardboard box and put your tomatoes on top. Make sure to keep space in between each tomato and place them in a single layer. Add another layer of newspaper over the top and close the box. Store in a warm place and check often.

Hang Them Up

This is in case a frost is quickly on its way and you don’t have the time to individually pick each one. You can remove the entire plant and then hang it upside down in a cellar or garage where temperatures will be a little warmer. Even though you’ll be removing the entire plant, this method can give you more flavorsome tomatoes since they remain on the vine longer.

If you’re planning on using any of my above-mentioned tips for ripening your tomatoes, remember that it’s always better if the tomatoes have a little bit of redness to them, or are halfway-ripened. Good luck with the upcoming frost!


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