It’s summer, a fun time! Like me, most of you might have had flashing dark and light stripes on your body after exposure in the sun for hours. Suntan of skin is a natural process that protects itself from the harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays of sunlight. Upon exposure to sunlight, skin produces a brown colored pigment, called melanin that provides dark color or tanned look to the skin. Once you have Suntan, it is not easy to bring your skin back in normal state. I don’t think that any cosmetic cream or lotion can effectively treat sun-tanned skin. However, here are few tips that can help you lighten the tanned skin color, if not remove completely.
Yoghurt + lemon bleach: Mix yoghurt with lemon juice and apply it on your skin daily before bath. This is one of the best remedy for reducing sun tan.
Cucumber juice: Apply cucumber juice on your face for 10 minutes after tanning. Vitamin C in cucumber juice can moisturize your skin naturally and help you improve your skin tone. You can also rub freshly cut slices of cucumber on your skin.
Paste of cucumber and honey is also very useful for soothing the redness due to sun-tan.
Sandalwood powder: Mix sandalwood powder with coconut oil and almond oil to make a paste. Apply this paste on your skin and leave it for half an hour before washing off with cold water.
gel: Apply aloe vera gel on your skin regularly to help soothe the skin and remain hydrated. Aloe vera gel is a good treatment for sun tanned skin. You can also opt an easy remedy; just take few leaves of Aloe vera plant and mash them. Mix lemon juice in it and apply the puree to the affected areas. It also helps to cleanse clear and nourish the skin.
Besides these skin care tips for removing tanned skin, you can follow few defensive measures to protect your skin from sun exposure:
- Always use sunscreen of SPF of 15 or more. To know more about selection of sunscreen and SPF, click the link Know How to choose best sunscreen.
- Avoid going outside during scorching summers or limit your time in the sun
- Wear clothing that covers your body
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your head and face
- Wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV
I believe the above mentioned skin care tips will help you to treat the sun tanned skin and regain your lustrous flamboyant skin. In spite of the dry and sensitive skin, I always get relief from these natural skin care treatments. I personally like yoghurt plus lime combination and the turmeric remedy. Though all the remedies have shown relief to skin. Mind it these are all the natural remedies have been in use for so many years.