Ladies, did you ever notice how a layer of dark pigmentation starts to deposit on your skin? This can be due to tanning. Yes, you heard me right! Tanning has become a very common phenomenon in our day to day lives and a lot of us tend to ignore this, but it shouldn’t be ignored because tanning affects our health too.
In this process our skin colour is darkened and it occurs mostly as a result of exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or from artificial sources. Sun exposure is necessary to a certain extent because it contributes in producing vitamin D in our body, but excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays has adverse effects such as sunburn, premature aging, skin cancer, actinic or solar keratoses, eyes damage and even affect our immune system.
The process of tanning
The pigment responsible for the visibility of our complexion is known as melanin which is produced by the cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes play the vital role in the growth of pigments which can be categorised into two parts: pheomelanin which is red in colour and eumelanin which is known to have a very dark brown colour. Usually the pigment differs from person to person depending on genes and hormones but it has been found out that people having darker complexion usually have more melanin than people having lighter complexion. As melanin is produced, the skin colour darkens, but the UVB radiation existing in sunlight may also be a reason for the cause of sunburn. The process of tanning may be developed by artificial UV radiation that can be transferred in frequencies of UVA, UVB, or in a compilation of the both.
Remedies for tanning
As soon as summer approaches, we all want to bask on the beaches, go fishing, or simply hangout with friends. But sadly, almost 90% of us forget to protect our skin from the strong UV rays. And as a result a dark reddish brown layer starts getting visible– a stubborn tan! But what can you do if you do not wish to sport the tan?
Ladies, don’t panic! Let us look to some of the home remedies for removing the stubborn tan:
Strawberry and milk
Oh yea, this tempting treat is enough to woo you into a strawberry shake feels, bet hey, did we tell you it’s a great tan removal home remedy. So, grind a few strawberries which are considered as a natural exfoliator that helps in removing the dead skin cells from your body and also helps in regenerating the new skin cells. Milk nourishes, smoothens and acts as an amazing melanin controller that causes darkening. So, make a thick paste and apply it all over your tanned areas, wash it off using cold water after 15-20 minutes.
Honey and pineapple
This is yet another effective home remedy to get rid of the stubborn sun tan. Take equal parts of pineapple and mix them with honey. Crush the paste to make it thick and consistent and apply it all over your face and neck region avoiding the eyes. You can leave it to get dried up and later, rinse it off using lukewarm water. Pineapples are loaded with Vitamin C and helps to prevent anti-ageing while also removing the contaminants on the top layers of your epidermis. Pineapples are a great source of reviving the skin by production of new skin cells and helps to nourish it from within.
Bitter gourd juice
However bitter this may sound, trust us this leads to sweetest results. All you need is a bitter gourd and juice it out, apply it on your face and leave it to dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse off using cold shower. Bitter gourd is treated as an amazing source of anti-oxidants and helps in relieving the burns. Massage your skin regularly for effective results.
Aloe vera and multani mitti
An age-old amazing remedy to treat the sun tan is by using aloe vera extract and mixing it thoroughly with MultaniMitti or Fuller’s Earth which is highly rich in magnesium chloride. It helps in clearing away the impurities, dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling fresh, soft, supple and youthful. While aloe vera has its own share of benefits that includes detoxification of skin and helps in repairing the clogged pores.
Place cabbage leaves on the sun tanned parts of your face and neck. Cabbage is known to have its anti-inflammatory properties alongwith being rich in Vitamin A, C, and K. You can repeat this at least twice a week for effective results. You can also include ice cubes in a muslin cloth along with cabbage leaves for better results since it will help soothe and provide relief to the sun burnt areas.
Wheat flour face pack
Wheat flour is well-known for its skin lightening and whitening effects. You can take some wheat flour in a bowl and add some water to make a thick rich paste and apple it evenly on the sun tanned areas of your face and neck. Rinse it off after 15-20 minutes. Wheat flour is known to have several anti-oxidants and helps in purification of skin inside out.
Saffron with fresh milk cream
If you’re a sucker of indulgent luxury, saffron and fresh milk cream face pack will be an idea face pack for a glowing, lightening skin. Blend a few high-quality saffron leaves with fresh cream milk and apply the luxe aromatic paste on the sun tanned areas. Saffron has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidants which helps in treating sun blotches, blemishes and acne scars alongwith exuding a glowing and radiant skin.
Almond and rose water
Almonds are not only the healthy dry fruit that helps in enhancing your sharpness and agility, it works wonders for treating burning sensation of sun tan and helps in removing the sun tan marks because of its inherited anti-oxidant property and bleaching agent. Grind 2-3 almonds and make a fine powder, mix it with rose water and apply it evenly on the affected parts. Allow it to dry and later rinse it off using cold water. Repeat this at least twice a week for effective results.
Lemon is such a product which can be easily found in almost every kitchen. Lemon juice is known for its vitamin C property and is often used for whitening our skin tone by reducing the melanin pigment under our skin pores. All we need to do is cut a lemon in two halves and gently apply it over the affected area, then leave it for around 10-15 minutes and finally rinse it off with cold water. If this procedure is repeated regularly, then a visible change will surely come within 4-6 weeks.
Pack of lemon juice, cucumber and rose water
Lemon juice works as a wonder for tanning, but it may not suit everyone. Quite often it has been seen that after the application of lemon juice, a caustic reaction immediately appears onto the skin. So in case if you feel any discomfort due to lemon juice like a burning sensation, or rashes; you can always opt for making a simple face pack out lemon juice, cucumber and rose water. For the preparation of this pack all we need to do is, mix together two tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of cucumber extract and 1/2 teaspoon of rose water in a bowl. Then gently apply this mixture to the tanned areas. The tan will get reduced due to lemon juice, while the cucumber juice and rose water will soothe your burnt and blemished skin leaving a soft and subtle effect.
Turmeric and bengal gram pack
If you are looking for gentle exfoliation of your skin, for the removal of dead skin and tan removal, this pack will work as a miracle. All you need to do is, combine two and half tablespoons of Bengal gram flour with a pinch of turmeric. Then add to this a tablespoon of rose water and milk, though milk is optional since you can also use just water instead of milk. You can further increase efficiency of this concoction by adding around half tablespoon of grounded orange peel. Apply this pack on the affected area and keep it for about 15 minutes. Once the pack dries up, moisten your skin with a few drops of water. Then simply massage your skin in a gentle motion in both clockwise and anti-clockwise direction and finally rinse it off with cold water. You may apply this pack four days a week for best results.
Aloe vera, red lentil and tomato pack
Red lentil which is the other name for masoor daal, has tan removing agents which if applied as a pack along with a mixture of Aloe Vera and Tomato juice, can effectively reduce the tanning effects.
For the pack all you need to do is soak about 2 tablespoon of masoor daal overnight and make a grainy paste of it. Then you need to add equal quantities of tomato paste and aloe vera extract. Then simply apply it on your face and let it rest for half an hour before you clean it off with cold water.
Honey and papaya pack
Papaya is one those ingredients which is very popular, not only for its nutrient values but also for its cleansing property. All you need is a few spoonfuls of papaya, and you will be set for having a radiant and healthy skin. Along with papaya, honey makes the skin softer and supple. So together they make an excellent home remedy. All you need to do is mash half a cup of ripe papaya with a tablespoon of honey. Mix it well and apply on your face, then keep the face pack on for half and wash off with lukewarm water for best results.
Buttermilk and oatmeal pack
Buttermilk, which is also known as “chaanch” is great for soothing the skin and healing blisters, leaving our skin soft and bright. Oatmeal is also another ingredient which can be used as a scrub for exfoliation of the dead skin pores. Together, these two ingredients make for an incredible face mask. For making the skin mask, mix 3 tablespoon of buttermilk with 2 tablespoon of oatmeal. Massage the concoction into the affected areas in circular motions. Repeat this procedure every alternative day for best results.
A pack of yogurt and tomato
Tomato is known for having citric acid which is great for removing tan. If you want to reduce pigmentation and dark spots, then this pack will act as your saviour. The extracts of tomato works on spots and pigmentation. It also works as a toner, opening up the pores of the skin and removing the excess oil naturally. Also, yogurt works as a natural bleaching agent and allows removing tan effectively over a considerate span of time. Combine together one tablespoon of each and apply the paste on your face. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash with water. Chances are that you may feel a slight tingling sensation, but that simply means that the pack has begin to work.
Sandalwood is natural agent for soothing your skin, and sandalwood paste is what you need if you have returned from a trek with a bad sun tan. Just apply the sandalwood paste every day before going to bed. You can either clean it off once it becomes dry or you may also keep it on overnight for best results.
Coconut water and sandalwood
Being filled with medicinal properties, sandalwood makes for an affordable yet a brilliant tan reducing product if mixed with the goodness of coconut water. Coconut water is considered as the purest form of natural toner which helps for removing tan. In a bowl, add around 2 tablespoon of sandalwood powder along with few drops of coconut water. Together, this mixture will not just brighten and cleanse your skin, but also heal your sunburns and remove tan naturally. Thus, I would recommend this as one of the best home remedies for all skin types.