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How to Get Rid of a Farmer’s Tan

Farmer’s tans are an indicator of having spent too much time outdoors, yet can often be harder to shake than sunburns.

People of color often work outside without access to protective clothing or sunscreen, placing them at an increased risk for developing farmer’s tans.

Wear Sunscreen

Long sunny days can lead to uneven skin tones for anyone who enjoys spending time outside, whether that means farmers tans or not. From dark streaks on arms and dark lines on legs, this form of sun damage is an unsightly feature that takes away from your overall appearance and should be addressed quickly in order to restore its original state. Luckily, getting rid of it is relatively straightforward and will help restore its former look.

Avoiding direct sunlight as much as possible, especially during its most harmful rays of the day, is key to protecting skin health. While this isn’t always practical, if possible try scheduling longer lunch breaks during this timeframe to stay out of direct sunlight and only work outside during early morning or late afternoon shifts. Also consider wearing protective measures such as hats, sunglasses or long-sleeved shirts when outside.

Though many farmers may view unprotected sun exposure as harmless, it’s essential that they remember the harmful UV rays from the sun can lead to skin cancer – in particular melanoma which affects farmers more often due to how often their bodies are exposed to direct sunlight.

UV rays can lead to premature aging, with farmers especially susceptible due to their lifestyles. They’re exposed to long hours of direct sunlight which exposes them to wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots at a young age – using sunscreen can help minimize skin damage risk while pushing wrinkles back a few years. Following our tips for getting rid of farmer’s tans can also reduce risks and speed healing processes!

Lemon juice can help remove a farmer’s tan by exfoliating dead skin cells and lightening tanned areas of your body. Another effective approach is creating a cucumber, lemon juice and rose water pack and applying it directly on affected areas; this solution will also soothe any burns or blemishes you might be suffering from while improving overall complexion.


Exfoliation is one of the best ways to combat farmer’s tan. Doing this regularly will remove dead skin cells responsible for pigment build-up in certain parts of your body and leave you with even, toned skin. Furthermore, sunscreen must always be worn when spending time outside so as to protect your skin against UV rays that could otherwise harm it.

Use an exfoliating scrub or loofah to exfoliate areas affected by farmer’s tan, which will help smooth and even out your skin tone. Lotions with alpha hydroxy acids or hydrogen peroxide may also reduce its appearance; simply applying some to cotton balls and rubbing over affected areas will help fade it and smooth skin tone.

Farmer’s Tans are unsightly tan lines that appear on the neck and arms, usually caused by excessive sun exposure from wearing short-sleeved shirts for extended periods in direct sunlight. This often results in darker skin on arms and neck relative to clothing covering torso which provides cover from sun. Farmers Tans can be embarrassing when worn against lighter-colored clothing during summer.

Chemical bleaching products can be effective at eliminating tan lines, but over time these may prove damaging to skin health. Natural ingredients offer an alternative and healthier solution – using them will leave you with radiant and flawless complexion!

One of the easiest and simplest ways to treat farmer’s blisters is applying saffron (Kesar) powder mixed with milk onto affected areas. Saffron has natural bleaching properties which may help brighten and smoothen skin – it has even been used since centuries by women hoping for fair children! This approach has proven itself an effective remedy.

Use Self-Tanner

If you have not been taking proper sun protection steps and are experiencing farmer’s tan lines (those unsightly lines that form between clothing or skin), self-tanning may be your answer to rid yourself of these unsightly lines. Use a mitt to apply light layers of self-tanner until your transition between lighter and darker areas of your skin has become even.

If your tan line is especially severe, try an effective self-tanner like St Tropez’s Self Tan Refill which promises to diminish it quickly and conveniently – it even comes in two easy-match shades and includes a travel size!

Lemon juice can also be an effective home remedy, helping fade tans rapidly. Simply rub half a lemon over your tan line after every shower to see results quickly. Or if you need help urgently (we know) raid your kitchen for something like Artesian Tan’s potato mask; mixing its powder with yogurt and water until it forms a paste before applying to your tan line for 20 to 30 minutes should have it fade significantly over time.

Alternative Solutions: Use tinted moisturizer with SPF to conceal and even out your skin tone. We suggest Vita Coco’s quick-drying drops which come in light and medium shades so you can choose what’s best suited to you and your skin type. Made from organic tanning actives and blended with avocado, chia seed and coconut oils for a natural, yet gentle glow – plus, their weightlessness won’t even bother your skin!

Wear Loose Clothes

Due to our country’s current heatwave, many of us have become victims of farmer’s tans. From sock lines on legs and streaks on arms, farmer’s tans aren’t exactly flattering but there are several easy home remedies which may help.

One effective way to prevent farmer’s tans is to wear loose clothing. This will ensure that no areas of your body are exposed too much direct sunlight; try opting for long sleeve t-shirts rather than tight ones that expose too much skin, such as tight t-shirts with short sleeves that expose more arm. Also try not wearing shorts which expose your thighs directly.

Another effective way to avoid farmer’s tans is by wearing clothing with contrasting colors that help your skin blend better, thus eliminating weird tan lines from appearing. Also, be sure to wear sunscreen, not only is it good for health reasons but it may help eliminate farmer’s tan streaks! Keep some spray sunscreen handy in your grooming tote so it’s always ready when heading outside.

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