How to de-tan naturally, this summer


It’s as hot as it can get and while you may hear all about why you should stay out of the sun, that’s close to impossible. The chances of getting sunburnt are also at an all-time high during this time which leads to skin tan. Affirms consultant dermatologist Dr Shefali Trasi Nerurkar, “Though in Mumbai we face the sun for most of the year, tanning takes place the most during this season and October when skin tanning increases by almost 70 per cent. The UVA rays can break down the skin’s collagen, causing it to age prematurely. Exposure can also cause acne flare-up. Thus, one must treat skin that’s bombarded with these rays.” She shares why it’s necessary to do something about it.
Peels and facials There are two ways in which we tan. “One is the immediate tan, which could be after being out in the sun in the morning or after a quick holiday. In both cases, we must do something about it. The first thing of course, is physical protection, via sunglasses or a hat and the other is chemical protection, where you use a lotion or sunscreen, which however lasts just five hours. The other option is to go for peels — glycolic, lactic, citric, kojic or azelaic ones. One may even opt for other treatments to beat a tan, such as microdemabrasion or skin polishing, vitamin C facials and other whitening facials.”
Hair gets sunburnt, too
It’s not just the skin, hair also gets a beating at this time. Explains hair expert Nalini Naegamvala, “The sun heats up the hair, making it very dry and brittle and thus using a leave-in conditioner is crucial. Also opt for a hair mask and a serum. She has a tip to share. “Try an easy upswept hairstyle instead of leaving it loose.” For this, throw your hair upside down, use a texturiser or leave in treatment and a hair drier. Then twist the hair into a loose bun on the head. Henna is a big no-no. “It’s avoidable as it just dries the hair and looks bad,” she says.
Why we need skin pampering at this time
Not only do facials and spa treatments help you detan, but they also nourish the skin and soothen it, reducing the effect of harsh sun exposure.
Aloe vera
Fresh aloe vera gel is one of the most soothing skin agents and lightens the skin. It also acts like a protective layer on the skin and moisturises it.
How to use: Add aloe gel on its own or mixed with lime juice. Leave on and rinse with cool water.
Honey-lemon Lime juice contains ascorbic acid which de-tans the skin. Mix it with honey.
How to use: Mix one tablespoon of honey with a few drops of lemon juice. Apply on the face and rinse off.
In season: mangoes
The King of Fruits is in season and packs a host of benefits to the skin. Says beauty expert Amyn Manji, “Apart from being the tastiest, mango is also one the most healthiest fruits. It is beneficial to the health, hair and skin being an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamin C too, which is very essential for healthy, glowing skin. It treats pigmentation effectively and brings the glow back after a tan, improving one’s skin complexion. In fact, several skincare products have mango as their key ingredient. Mango exfoliates the skin and keeps it hydrated, making it feel nourished and relaxed. The best part is that it suits all the skin types, even the sensitive ones.”
How to use: Mash the fruit and apply it on the skin. Rinse off.
Tomatoes have lycopene which acts as a natural sunscreen fsor the skin. The antioxidants in them also work well to fight celluar damage and lessen skin inflammation.
How to use: Apply the pulp on your skin, leave on for 10 minutes, rinse.
Potato juice
Potato is another effective de-tanning agent.
How to use: Blend sliced potato (without the skin) with a water and lime juce. Apply this on the skin and rinse off after 20 minutes.
Lime-sugar scrub
Sugar and lime work have a dual action — to exfoliate the skin and de-tan it.
How to use: Mix sugar granules with lime juice and apply it on the face in slow, circular motions. Add some glycerin to this if you have dry skin. Rinse after 15 minutes.
Fresh coconut water
Did you know that good ol’ coconut water also helps to remove skin blemishes and in reducing tanning?
How to use: Apply coconut water on its own or with fuller’s earth to make a paste. Apply, let it dry and rinse off after 10 minutes.
Papaya is also touted as a quick and effective glow-getter. It smoothes the skin, giving it a radiant look.
How to use: Cut a chunk of papaya. Mash it in a bowl and apply the mix on your face. Rinse in 10 minutes.

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