Sun Tan - Shahnaz Husain

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Sun Tan

by Shahnaz Husain

Categories:   Blogs , Skin Care
Sun Tan

Sun tanning is one of the immediate effects of sun-exposure. What causes tanning? Exposure to the sun increases the production of melanin, which is the skin’s pigment, or colouring matter. Melanin actually protects the skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Once melanin is produced in the lower layers of the skin, it moves up to the skin surface. Since it is dark in colour, the skin also becomes tanned. In India, a high premium is placed on fair skin, so sun tanning causes much despair!

So, what is the answer? At the moment, physical protection from the sun’s rays is the only answer, by applying sunscreens, wearing a hat or carrying a parasol. Also, try to avoid sun-exposure between noon and 3 p.m., when the sun is directly overhead. Anti-tan sunscreens are also available, including products to be applied after sun exposure.

Removing tan and lightening the colour of the skin becomes an important concern. Using a facial scrub is useful. You can buy a facial scrub according to skin type. If the skin is dry, a scrub should be used only once a week, but for oily skins, it may be used more often. The scrub should be applied and rubbed gently on the skin with small circular movements. Then wash it off with plain water. This helps to remove dead skin cells, along with their contained pigment. The skin becomes brighter and the tan is gradually removed.

You can make a scrub at home with kitchen ingredients. In fact, many such ingredients can be applied on the skin to gradually remove tan and also soothe the skin, in case of sun burn.

Here are some home remedies:

Scrub: Ground almonds (badaam) make a good facial scrub. Soak the almonds in hot water till the skin comes out easily. Then allow them to become totally dry. Grind them into a powder, making sure to follow absolute hygiene and cleanliness. Keep this powder in an airtight jar. Every morning, add a little curd or cold milk to two teaspoons of the powder and rub the mixture gently on the skin. Wash it off with water. Mixing rice powder with curd and using it as a scrub helps oily skins.

To remove tan: Add a pinch of turmeric (haldi) to curd and apply daily. Wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes. Or, mix one teaspoon honey with two teaspoons lemon juice and apply daily on the face, washing it off with plain water after 20 minutes.

Cleansing and Skin Lightening Mask: Mix cucumber and papaya pulp with one teaspoon curd, one teaspoon honey, 4 teaspoons oatmeal and one teaspoon lemon juice. Apply on face and neck, twice a week and wash it off after half an hour.

 

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