Although summers are all about soaking up that sunshine and getting all the Vitamin D, long time exposure to the Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays results in an increased production of melanin which causes increased pigmentation in the skin. This is why in summers, light skinned people get “sun burnt” or red whereas dark skinned people also get discolouration and dark patches on the skin. To help, there are some tried and tested remedies for sun tan.
Here are some easy and quick home remedies for sun tan to help you achieve that perfect summer skin and remove sun burns or dark patches.
1- LEMON JUICE
Lemon juice contains citric acid and it has natural bleaching abilities. It has been used to lighten skin colour naturally for years. It’s bleaching properties can help you fade away dark patches or discolouration of the skin.
All you need to do is:
Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a bowl, then add a couple of drops of rosewater to dilute the acidity of the lemon juice a little bit.
Soak a cotton pad with lemon juice and apply directly to the affected area.
Let sit for about 10 to 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
Apply a toner or moisturiser afterwards.
Repeat process for a few days until a noticeable difference is observed
2- VITAMIN E
You might have read that eating your Vitamins helps you achieve the flawless skin you desire. But what you probably don’t know is that you can fade away tans by using Vitamin E because of it’s antioxidant properties.
You can apply Vitamin E oil directly to the sun damaged skin. The oil heals the damaged skin cells by hydrating them and removing toxins.
3- ALOE VERA
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant with magical healing and hydrating properties. It’s cultivated worldwide for its agricultural and medicinal uses. The fresh green plant produces cool gel that helps soothe the pain from sunburns and hydrates the skin, leaving it feeling moisturised and healthy.
You can get the gel from a fresh aloe plant by slicing it in half and scooping the gel into the bowl. Or for convenience you can get it from your nearest drugstore.
It’s quite cheap and extremely effective in dealing with irritated summer skin.