Beauty splash! Natural ways to remove tan
With global warming on the rise and the mercury levels dipping, the harsh UV rays of the sun probably causes the most dreaded skin conditions for Indian skin-tanning and pigmentation.
Read on and find out more about how sunlight exposure leads to tanning and sunburn, and simple home remedies to lighten tan and remove sunburns.
Overexposure to sun is harmful to your skin, and it doesn’t need a brain surgeon to figure out why. Staying in the sun for prolonged periods is an open invitation to tanning, pigmentation, dark spots, sunburns and even skin cancer. Recent studies even show that people who spend considerable time outdoors are more at the risk of having a depressed immune system and an accelerated ageing process.
The science behind
The skin gets its color due to a pigment called ‘melanin’, which when present in excess, gives the skin a darker tone and vice versa. Staying out in the sun for a long time causes overexposure to UV rays. That’s when the melanin comes into play. It tries to protect the skin from damage by absorbing the harmful UV radiations. This may lead to DNA damage, to which the body responds by creating new melanin pigments, making the skin look darker. Sunburn is simply a more fierce form of a tan.
The ‘UV’ menace
UV rays are not just responsible for skin darkening; studies show that overexposure to sunlight may lead to skin cancer. Pigmentation and sunburns are other potentially harmful results of an overexposure to sun rays. It’s time to slather on the sunblock then. Make sure you apply your sunscreen at least 15 minutes before stepping out into the sunlight, and look for both an SPF 20 and UV protect on your sun block label.
Tomatoes, lemons and curd are probably the most efficient home remedies that surprisingly lighten the skin and remove the tan, naturally. People with oily skin should add the juice of a tomato or lemon to a mixture of turmeric and gram flour for a fairer, glowing skin. Curd can be used for people with dry skin without the risk of over-drying the skin.
Sun burns are best treated with aloe vera. Aloe vera gel has a soothing effect on the skin, and will help heal the skin faster. Also, increasing your liquid content will accelerate the peeling of your skin, which will finally expose your healthy skin underneath. Do expect a mild itching sensation
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