Summers often play havoc on the skin by causing tanning and burnt skin. The skin produces a substance called melanin upon exposure to the sun, which gives dark colour to the skin, commonly known as sun tan. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can even lead to some structural damage to the skin and even skin cancer in some cases. Once you get a sun tan, it becomes quite difficult to bring the skin back to normal state. Here are few tips which will help you to avoid and reduce sun tan.
Sunscreen is of utmost importance if you want to protect your skin from tanning. Select a sunscreen which has a SPF of at least 30. Apply the sunscreen liberally on the exposed parts of the body at least 30 minutes before stepping out in the sun. UV rays can seep through the skin even on cloudy days. So do not make the mistake of skipping the sunscreen in winters.
Apply a water proof sunscreen or reapply the sunscreen every two hours for proper protection.
Try to stay indoors between 10 am and 4 pm, as the sun rays are strongest during these hours and can cause instant skin darkening. Carry an umbrella to avoid tanning.
Covering up can also prevent sun tan to an extent. Avoid wearing low neck or deep collared shirts and capris or shorts. Wear a wide brimmed hat that can give full shade to the face and wear sunglasses that provides at least 99% UV protection.
Before stepping out of the house, make a mixture of ice water and milk and apply it on the face. Let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off. This will not only protect the skin from darkening but will also control sweat or sebum secretion on the face. If your face has already tanned then you can use the following homemade remedies to treat tan:
Lemon juice or orange juice is known as natural bleach. Apply the juice on affected areas to lighten the skin tone. You can also make an anti-tan face toner using lemon juice. Make a toner using lemon juice, rose water and cucumber juice. Apply the mixture on the face and neck. Lemon will reduce the tan and cucumber juice will soothe and cool the skin.
Mix together honey and lemon juice in equal quantities. Apply it on the face and neck and wash it off after 30 minutes. This is by far the best anti sun tan face pack I’ve tried.
Exfoliation helps to get rid of tan quickly by removing dead cell on the skin to reveal new skin underneath. Prepare a mixture of oats and buttermilk. Rub this mixture on tanned and burnt areas like face, hands and neck. Oats will exfoliate the skin while buttermilk will soothe the affected areas.
A regular application of fresh coconut water will also help to reduce tan. It will also make the skin smooth, supple and blemish free with regular usage.
Papaya is well known to treat tanned skin and gives a young and youthful skin. Mash the papaya pulp and massage it on the tanned areas. You can even mix a pinch of soda bicarbonate and salt to mashed papaya. Mix it will to form a scrub like paste. Apply it on the face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off by lightly massaging the skin.
Yoghurt works amazingly to treat sun tan. Mix some yoghurt with gram flour and lemon juice and make a fine paste of it. Apply this pack on the face and neck and leave it for 20 minutes. This face pack will surely reduce the tanning to a great extent.
Take a few aloe vera leaves and squeeze the gel from the leaves. Apply the gel on tanned skin and leave it overnight. This will reduce skin discoloration and soothe burnt skin. Remember to never apply aloe vera gel while going out in the sun as it can make the skin darker.
Prepare a paste by mixing equal quantities of milk powder, lemon juice and honey. Apply this paste on the face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with tap water and pat dry.
Sandalwood is a magical ingredient which lightens the skin tone and soothes burning sensation. Take 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder and mix it with milk. Apply the face pack all over the face and hands. Make sure that the powder is of the best quality. It would be best if you make your own sandalwood powder by rubbing sandalwood on a stone lab.
These tips will surely help you to avoid sun tan. Don’t forget to leave us a comment.
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