The scorching sun of Pakistan is not at all our friend. Specially if you are a university student and stay outdoors half of your day. The continuous exposure of the sun increases the production of melanin in the skin that causes our skin to darken and sometimes leave splotchy marks that are nowhere apealing. Sun tans can be an agony to get rid of but with a few home remedies, proper lifestyle and maybe a few products, one can surely get rid of the unwanted tan.
The most basic way to avoid direct sun exposure is to keep yourself covered. Wear full sleeved clothes of breathable materials like cotton or lawn and a hat to give you shelter while you are outside. Remember, Prevention is better than cure.
Keeping your skin hydrated will help rejuvenate it and cause it glow from the inside. Drink plenty of water and add fruits, rich in water to your diet. This will accelerate the tan fading process and give you a healthy flush of pink on your skin.
Always Wear Sunscreen:
Regardless of what time of the year it is, do not skip the sunscreen. It will shield your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun and prevent it from tanning or getting burnt. It creates a barrier between harmful sun rays and our skin and prevents skin cancer. So, The next time you head outdoors, don’t forget to slather on some sunscreen. I love Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 45.
Scrub It off:
Ok, so you have tan. Now what? You can slough off the upper, damaged layer of your skin by using a gentle scrub. It will help you get rid of the tanned skin (to a small degree) and draw out the fresh new skin. I recommend using St. Ives Invigorating Apricot scrub once or twice a week in the shower. It can be used on face and all over the body too.
Note: Excessive scrubbing can cause skin irritation.
NATURAL BEAUTY TIPS:
Lemon is rich in Vitamin C which is very beneficial for skin whitening. It is a natural bleaching agent that cuts down the tan and reveal fresh and fair skin. Dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply it all over the affected/ tanned area for about 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it with tap water or you can apply it directly from the bit of lemon. Make sure to not expose your skin to direct sunlight for at least 5 hours after treating your skin with lemon as it makes your skin photosensitive.
Rose Water, Lemon & Multani Mitti Mask:
1 tablespoon Multani mitii.
1 teaspoon lemon juice.
Rose water (As required)
Blend all the ingredients together to form a thin paste. Apply this mask and keep it on until it dries, then wash it off. You will notice a visible change in your complexion.
Gram Flour & Turmeric Face Pack:
2 tablespoon Gram flour.
1 pinch Turmeric powder.Rose water (As required)
Mix these ingredients and form a thin paste. Apply it all over your face and neck and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water to reveal glowing skin.
Best Tan Removing Mask:
1 table spoon Gram flour.
1 table spoon Multani mitti.
1 tablespoon Lemon juice.
2-3 table spoon Cucumber juice.
1 tea spoon Aloe Vera gel.
Rosewater (As required)
Combine all the ingredients together and apply it on the tanned area and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off and spritz rosewater on your face and you are done. I swear by this mask for removing my tan and it has never disappointed me.
Potato & Lemon Juice Mask:
2 tablespoon Potato Juice.
1 tea spoon Lemon Juice.
Mix them both together and apply the blend on your face or any affected area. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash it. It is a very easy and gentle way to get rid of tan.
Orglow Face Mask:
Orglow instant face brightening, organic mask that you can buy from their Facebook page. This mask truly does what it claims to do. It instantly whitens up the complexion without any side effects. Click here for review.
COSMETIC BEAUTY TIPS:
Pakistani markets are overflowing with skin whitening creams and lotions. These creams and lotions have special ingredients like lemon extracts, synthetic bleaching agents, soothing gels like Aloe Vera and so forth. All these ingredients helps, lift off the tan, making the complexion lighter. Then again, some creams can be truly harsh on your skin. Therefore, It is always recommended to buy reputed skin care products. I found Pond’s white beauty range to work best with me and my sister’s skin.
Chemical bleaches specially designed for the delicate skin our face and body are used to instantly lighten the skin color. However, it is not the safest way to whiten your skin. No matter what the formula is, I have constantly found it to be harsh for my skin at least. If you still choose to bleach your skin, then do not go out in the sun for 4 to 5 hours at least. Because using bleach always makes the skin sensitive to UV rays of the sun.
Get Whitening Facials:
A lot of salons offer special whitening facials now a days. They are quite effective and relaxing. On the off chance that you need to save a trip to the parlor, then you can give yourself a whitening facial at home. It will save your time and cash as well.
I hope you find it beneficial. If you want me to do a guide on how to do a facial at home, then tell me in the comments down below. 🙂
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