We all know summers are fun and showing off a glowing skin is one of the absolute must. Who doesn’t love a bronzy-dusky skin; but those tough tan lines can ruin your whole ‘Instagram’ look. Tan all over your body is an Instagram trend this summer ’19, but an uneven arm or shoulder tan can ruin it. Tan is caused when our skin gets exposed to ultraviolet rays for a prolonged while. The color of our skin is determined by the deposition and the amount of melanin, which is a natural pigment, which is also the reason for a nasty tan.
So spending your coins on salons and extensive procedures is so last season! The DIY trend is taking over the beauty industry and WE are not going to miss it. Here are some products and DIYs that are getting rid of the tan and not breaking your bank.
Packed with natural antioxidants and vitamins papaya is a natural detox. If you have sensitive skin getting rid of tan always is harsh for you, papaya is the best fruit out there. It has minerals like potassium and magnesium which helps remove sunburns and help skin heal from damage.
To make a skin pack take some aloe-vera pulp as a base and mix papaya in it, make a paste for the same. To make a papaya scrub mix papaya pulp with oats or brown sugar and add honey in it to help nourish the skin. Oats mildly scrub the top layer of the skin off and brown sugar softens the skin. If you’re looking for instant results, mix papaya paste and aloe-vera with baking soda. Baking soda has a mild exfoliating property and helps oxidize the dark and dry tanned skin off naturally.
TURMERIC AND BUTTERMILK
Turmeric has been an all-time staple for any problem ever. Due to its antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties turmeric is a very versatile spice. Adding buttermilk to the solution helps tremendously with tan; not only does it helps reduce the effect of UV on the skin; the lactic acid helps removes the darkened dead skin build-up over the skin. Buttermilk also helps in boosting collagen levels.
The results with this aren’t super quick and readily visible but definitely the most long lasting ones. If you have sunburns and damaged skin this is the perfect combination. Mix curd or buttermilk together with half a tbsp of turmeric powder, if you also wanna address dryness and a lack of glow along with tanning you can add thick cream (malai) in the paste. Finally, add rose water to soothe the tanned skin. PS- since turmeric stains, your skin, does not keep it on your skin for more than 5-6 minutes.
POTATOES AND ORANGE PEEL
Tanned skin needs to be bleached and what better bleach than potatoes. By using grated potatoes on your skin; the skin retains its glow and moisture, it also boosts collagen and the overall elasticity of the skin that a tanned skin lacks. Potato has starch and stored minerals and surprisingly a sufficient amount of vitamin C to boost the growth of new cells. Orange or lemon peels are bitter in taste because they’re packed with antioxidants, citric acid, and vitamin C; which in turn gets rid of the stubborn scars, stretch marks, and uneven skin tone.
Grate some potatoes, add a tbsp of orange or lemon peel, mix well and add coconut oil for moisture. Apply as a pack/mask or even as a gentle exfoliating agent. Your skin will literally glow instantly.
ALOE VERA AND TOMATO
Aloe vera is a very potent anti-inflammatory. When your skin gets sunburn or a tan the skin cells lose their elasticity and bounce. Aloe vera is a super-hydrator and instantly brings back the lost moisture. The mild acidic nature of tomato chemically exfoliates the dead skin and penetrates the skin making it gain a healthy glow. Aloe vera not only soothes the skin but also helps keep it moisturized throughout the day.
Mix aloe vera pulp with tomato paste, add two tbsp of honey and one tbsp of rice flour or gram flour (besan) to make a thick paste gently exfoliate all-over. gram flour is a great exfoliating agent and also doesn’t dry the skin up if you have oily skin use rice flour as it exfoliates the sebum and is great for uneven tanned skin.
MULTANI MITTI AND COCONUT MILK/OIL
Fuller’s earth or Multani mitti is an all-rounder when it comes to skincare, it helps reducing dark tan lines and soothes skin, be it pore reduction or skin tightening its versatile. Due to its alkaline nature, it’s helpful if you have oily or sweaty skin. Coconut milk is an ultra-hydrator because of the presence of fat and long chain fatty acids. If you have oily or combination skin, don’t go for coconut oil but rather coconut milk.
Mix Multani mitti with coconut milk/oil and whisk it till its smooth paste like consistency, add crushed dried green tea leaves if you want a scrub. Green tea being high in antioxidants will help replenish the natural texture of the skin and have it impart a natural glow.
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