The most common beauty woes during the summer season is skin tan, sun burn, and inevitably dehydration!. The Sun tanning is the most common skin and beauty problem, one encounters during the summers. The harmful ultraviolet rays (UV rays) in the sun are more violent and at their peak in summer months. So, in order to prevent future skin complications (mostly skin cancer) and to get flaw less glowing skin, some precautions have to be taken. Here, we learn some skin rejuvenation and protection techniques to get rid of summer tanning.
Skin Tan ?
Skin Tan or simply tanning is a process whereby skin color is darkened.
As the skin covers the whole body, it is prone to expose to various harmful environmental and chemical substances despite having a strong layers.
Structure (anatomy) of skin
The skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total length of about 19-20 square feet. It protects us from sunrays, microbes, and regulates temperature (thermogenesis as well as thermostat). Skin is also an organ of sensation of the touch.
The skin is has three layers:
- The epidermis: This is the outermost layer and provide protective water-proof barrier to the skin. It creates skin tone.
- The dermis: It is beneath the epidermis and contains sweat glands, hair follicles, and tough connective tissue.
- The hypodermis: It is a deeper subcutaneous layer made of fat (adipose) and connective tissue.
In the epidermis, special cells namely melanocytes are present which produce a pigment melanin. The melanin is responsible for our skin color.
Causes (Etiology) of skin tan
- Prolonged exposure to the sunlight
- Ultraviolet radiation (UV rays)
- Prolonged bathing daily in Sunlight
- Exposure to tanning lamp.
How to control skin tan?
To get rid of this nasty tan, let us know some techniques
- Slice the lemon (acids in the lemon act as skin whitening agents) and rub it on the tanned skin area.
- Leave it on for a few minutes and wash thoroughly.
- Repeat this once or twice a day.
- Squeeze a small or medium size tomato and apply it on the tan.
- Leave it for 15-20 minutes and wash off. It is better to use refrigerated tomato.
- Do this regularly for quick results.
- Clean the tanned skin and apply milk (lactic acid present in milk fades away sun tan).
- Allow it to dry and wash off. Do this twice a day.
4. Coconut milk
- With a cotton ball, apply liberal amount of coconut milk (high fat content in coconut milk act as hydrating agent) on the affected area.
- Keep it on for 10 minutes and rinse well.
- Repeat this every day until the tan fades away.
5. Raw papaya
- Paste the raw papaya (remove tan effectively with its exfoliating and brightening enzymes), and apply this paste to the affected areas.
- Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
- Repeat this everyday or alternative day until you get desired results.
6. wheat flour
- Take two table spoons of wheat flour (improves skin tone) and make a thick paste.
- Apply it as a thick layer on tan surface and leave it for about 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse well with water and repeat this process once or twice a week.
7. Baby oil
- Take liberal amount of baby oil (removes tan caused by sprays and creams) and rub gently on tanning surface.
- Leave it for 15 minutes and shower as usual.
- Do it often when required.
8. Plain yoghurt
- Before a shower, gently apply yogurt/Curd over the affected area as a thick layer.
- Leave it for 10-20 minutes and wash off.
- You can apply honey on the yogurt layer for smooth and glowing skin!
- Use suncream with sun protection formula (SPF).
- Carry an umbrella or were a hat during the summer season.
- Avoid exposure to the sun between 10:30am to 3:30pm as UV rays intensity is high during this time period. So, plan your day well in advance.
- Wear full-sleeved dress when stepping out to avoid tan on the hands.
- Cover hands and face properly and try to wear woven fabric clothes as it cast a dense shadow and protect your skin from exposure to the dense sun’s glare.
- Every night, apply the moisturizer to the face and hands.