A soft, supple, blemish free, and glowing skin is everyone’s dream, but the changing weather conditions give rise to skin problems one after the other. Summer is here, and one of the major skin concerns during these hot months is tanning. Stepping out in the sun is close to a nightmare as the thought of darkened and dull skin isn’t pleasant, to say the least. And with tanning being one of our most asked concern, read on to pick up some quick tips on how to prevent tanning!
What Causes Tan?
Before you set out to conquer the land of tan-free skin, it is good to have a basic know-how of what tan is. Sunlight comprises of different kinds of light rays, one of them being the ultraviolet (UV) rays. They, in turn, include – the long wave UVA rays and the short-wave UVB rays, which penetrate into the lower and superficial layers of your skin respectively. These rays trigger cells that produce the brown pigment, melanin. The pigment is the body’s way of protecting the skin from burning – resulting in tanning.
Protecting your Skin from Tan
Melanin sure deserves appreciation for its role in protecting your skin, but when you don’t like the results, what is it that you can do? One way is to give it some assistance in skin protection, achieved easily with the help of sunscreen products. The degree of sun protection offered by a sunscreen product is gauged by Sun Protection Factor (SPF). The higher the SPF, the better the protection from sun rays. Some sunscreens guard your skin against UVA rays, while some others keep the UVB rays away. Those with a cream or lotion consistency are designed for normal to dry skin, while gel-based ones work well for oily skin, leaving a matte finish. There are also products designed for sensitive skin too. Many sunscreens are water and sweat proof so that even if you have to stay out for a long time or step into the swimming pool, your skin is shielded from the harmful rays. Apply the product liberally onto your skin at least 15 – 30 minutes before stepping out in the skin. Re-apply in case of prolonged exposure or excessive sweating. This way your skin remains guarded all the time, helping you keep tan under control.
Treating Tan at Home
There are often instances where you forget to apply sunscreen or the one that you use isn’t enough for the sun exposure that you have. The good news is that when you end up being tanned this way, there are simple home remedies that heal and improve your skin right from the first application. Try on one of these simple remedies to restore your natural glow.
- Papaya and honey pack (For normal to dry skin) – The papaya fruit is used extensively in skin brightening and renewal treatments, while honey moisturises and soothes the skin. To prepare the pack, mix the pulp of a ripe papaya with a few drops of honey, and apply it to your tanned face and neck. Leave it on for half an hour and wash off with cold water.
- Coconut water (For dry skin) – Another quick and effective remedy that helps remove tan and makes the skin bright and glowing is coconut water. Dip cotton in coconut water and dab it over your face generously. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off with plain water.
- Besan, lemon and curd pack (For oily skin) – Lemon and curd are natural bleaching agents that help remove tan. Besan or gram flour is a good exfoliant, and also helps absorb excessive oil from the skin. Prepare the pack by mixing 2 -3 teaspoons of besan with a teaspoon each of curd and lemon. Apply the mixture on the affected area and let dry. Wash off by rinsing with water, in gentle circular motion.
So why fear the summer? Pick up the right sunscreen product, and pamper your skin with home-made packs and say, “Hello Miss Sunshine!”