Ban the Tan!

Summer’s here, and lot of us love to spend time at the beach on a bright sunny day. But sometimes we don’t realise that the sun’s powerful rays can take a toll on our skin. Overexposure to the harmful rays of the sun can lead to major skin problems, most notably skin cancer. From a cosmetic standpoint, sun tan is also a concern for some people. Avoiding a tan entirely can be tricky, but there are ways to mitigate or remove the tanning effect. This week we give you a rundown on a few natural home remedies for getting rid of a summer tan.

Sandalwood Powder and Coconut Water- Sandalwood powder is among the oldest and safest ingredients known to alleviate a variety of skin issues, including sun tan. The natural oils present in sandalwood act as an anti-tan agent, and can give one healthy glowing skin. Do you know coconut water is equally good for the skin? Along with sandalwood powder, coconut water is an effective natural remedy for lessening the effect of a tan. Coconut water consists of minerals and vitamins that are good for the skin.

To make the pack: Take one or two tablespoons of sandalwood powder and a few drops of coconut water and mix well. Then apply gently over the tanned areas. Leave it on for a few minutes and wash it off with luke warm water.

Pineapple Pulp and Honey- In addition to being one of the tastiest fruits, pineapple is known to have numerous skin benefits. The enzymes in pineapple help remove dead cells from the burnt and tanned areas of skin. This fruit is also rich in vitamin C which helps bleach the skin. One of the best and widely used home remedies for tan removal is honey. It promotes healing by providing nutrients to the damaged tissues.

To make the pack: Take the pulp of pineapple and mix well with one tablespoon of honey and apply on the affected areas. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash your face with cold water. Apply this face pack once or twice a week for best results.

Tomato Juice and Chickpea/Gram Flour- The citric property of tomato juice acts as a natural tan removal. Tomato cools the skin and neutralises the surface. On the other hand, according to age-old traditions chickpea or gram flour can be used for skin lightening.

To make the pack: Grind one tomato into a smooth paste, add two teaspoons of chickpea/gram flour and mix well. Apply this pack and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse with water. Apply this face pack twice or thrice a week to notice a significant difference.

Potato Juice and Lemon- Potato is not just a treat for your taste buds; it also works as an excellent remedy for tan removal during the summer. The zinc in potato protects and heals the damaged tissues, while mild bleaching properties including citric acid and vitamin C help lighten the skin.

To make the pack: Make juice from a medium-sized potato, and then add one tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply the paste on affected areas and leave on for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Apply twice or thrice a week for best results.

Yogurt and Mint Juice. The cooling, rejuvenating, and cleansing properties of mint can help alleviate the effects of a suntan. The yogurt contains zinc, which reduces the burning and itching sensation. The zinc is also known to suppress the UVB production of melanin.

To make the pack: Mix 3 tablespoons of chilled yogurt with 2 tablespoons of mint juice and apply on the affected areas. Let it sit for 10 minutes and wash your face with cold water. Apply this pack twice or thrice a week.

So the next time you step out on a hot summer day, be sure to take proper care and protect yourself from the sun. And follow these simple home remedies for an after-sun relief.

–Akhila