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How are you doing? I hope all of you are taking good care of yourself and especially of your skin in this terrible weather. The most irritating issue in the summers is tan. You want to wear that cute sleeveless tank top but you are not comfy with those badly tanned arms. First things first, how does your skin get tanned? It’s the UVA radiation that makes your skin tan. This radiation penetrates your skin and reaches the lower epidermis, triggering cells called melanocytes. They produce melanin (the brown pigment) resulting in tan; though, it’s skin’s natural defense mechanism to save you from burning. No matter how hard we try but we get tanned. And today, in this article I would like to share some tan removal solutions and help you in getting back your original fair skin tone. (plus some great tips)
1. Homemade packs:
Homemade packs are the best solutions to consider if you want to remove all that stubborn tan. They are 100% natural and chemical free. They are quick, inexpensive and can be easily changed according to your current needs. Make a creamy pack or one with exfoliation properties. Here are some combinations for these packs (read the benefits at the end of the list).
1. Gram flour (besan) + curd + lemon juice
2. Aloe Vera gel + lemon juice + cucumber
3. Gram flour + turmeric + rose water
4. Tomato juice + gram flour
5. Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) + rose water
6. Papaya + lemon juice or milk (for dry skinned beauties)
7. Honey + lemon juice
8. Raw potato juice
9. Coarse oats + milk + rose water (scrub)
10. Milk + lemon juice
Gram flour – Or besan gently cleanses and exfoliates your skin, which removes dirt, grime, stickiness and pore clogging oils, thus improves the texture and complexion of the skin.
Lemon Juice – Lemon is rich in vitamin C which has skin lightening effects. It also protects skin from harmful UVA rays. A study says citrus fruits reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Curd – or yoghurt contains probiotics and lactic acid. Adding yoghurt to any tan removal pack will result in increased brightness, elasticity, and moisture content of the skin.
Aloe Vera – Egyptians call it ‘Plant of Immortality’. Aloe gel contains glycoproteins which reduce inflammations and Polysaccahride promote skin growth and repair. It has natural soothing properties and suits even the most sensitive skin.
Cucumber – Cucumber has bleaching properties, it’s soothing and its juice works as a great astringent.
Turmeric – As we all know it’s antiseptic but it’s a great anti bacterial too. Turmeric reduces oil secretion by sebaceous glands and lightens scars.
Rose water – It can help hydrate, refresh, and cleanse your skin with its anti inflammatory properties. I haven’t found a single person who doesn’t find rose water soothing on their skin.
Tomato Juice – It will balance your skin’s pH levels, tighten your pores and restore original complexion.
Fuller’s earth – This beauty mud drags the most stubborn oil from your pores and provides relief from sun burn and prickly heat.
Papaya – Just a single application of papaya will result in super hydrated plump skin. It has Vitamin A and Papain enzyme which removes dead skin cells and inactive proteins leaving your skin rejuvenated.
Milk – Milk has high amount of lactic acid. It replenishes the natural moisture of your skin. Milk is considered as a balanced diet and it does the same for skin too. Very oily skinned beauties should not use full cream or whole-fat milk.
Honey – Enzymes present in honey clarifies your skin. It heals your skin and provides deep nourishment. Raw manuka honey is considered as the best variant for best results.
Potato – It has vitamin B6 and bleaching properties which will help in lightening your tanned skin.
Oats – The best natural scrub which absorbs excess oil from your skin. Oatmeal has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is ideal for sensitive skin, to treat a variety of skin disorders like sunburns and eczema .
2. Always keep cleansing wipes:
Every time you expose your arms and feet to harsh sunlight make sure you clean them with moisturizing wipes as soon as you get inside (because you can’t really wash them every single time). You will instantly get rid of dust, pollution and dead skin before they all start forming a stubborn tan. Also, you will feel refreshed and comfortable.
3. Keep your sunscreen with you all the time:
Reapply your sunscreen in every 2 hours if you are outdoors. Else do apply them after cleansing as I mentioned above. There are many spray variants for quick and hassle free application.
4. Avoid sun:
It is not always possible but do try to avoid as much as you can. Avoid peak hours of radiation i.e. the afternoons.
5. Wear sleeves:
Sleeves can be worn to add a protective layer of clothing to reduce the affect of UVA radiation.
6. Go for salon treatments:
Busy beauties can book appointments and head to salon for relaxing professional tan removal treatments. I am already writing a detailed article about salon treatments for tan removal to help all you damsels in distress. They make you feel pampered too, so that’s a cherry on the cake.
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Detan
Biotique Anti Tan Facial Kit
Pond’s White Beauty Tan Removal Scrub
2 Easy Homemade Tan Removal Treatments: Do-it-Yourself
Homemade Tan Removal Pack
An Excellent DIY Tan Removal Pack with Tomato, Carrot Juice and Detox Water
Tan Removal Scrub for Hands: Do It Yourself
Effective Face Pack For Removing Tan – Do It Yourself
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