The summers are here and you are out in the sun for a very long time, which means tan. Even those living in the colder region tend to get tanned because they soak in the sun very often. Nevertheless, there is no denying that tan and sunburn are something that most individuals have to deal with frequently. Tanning basically means darkening of the skin, while sunburn is a term used for defining a more acute form of tanning.
Usually sunburn is associated with peeling of skin but most remedies used for tanning work for sunburn too. Here are some recipes and remedies that you can try at home to get rid of sunburn and tanning the natural way.
Following Natural Remedies For Sunburn And Tan:
Nothing works like a natural scrub and this remedy is perfect because it helps to get rid of dead cells from the top layer. Soak some dried apricots in warm water for about 10-15 minutes. If you have fresh apricots then you can simply used the pureed fruit on its own. Rub and scrub gently all over the body and face. Let it stay for a while and then wash off. Repeat daily for quicker results.
Tomatoes contain natural acids that help to balance the tan and sunburn. It also contains vitamins, which helps to get rid of the tan and help you get fairer skin. Fresh tomato pulp can be applied or scrubbed on the skin. You can use it with peel and seeds to get optimum results.
Yogurt like tomatoes contains natural acids along with probiotics that works wonders for the skin. The best part is that it has cooling properties too that helps you combat the stinging sensation one gets because of sunburn and tan. You can use yogurt alone or mix it with gram flour and tomatoes to make a pack. Make sure that the yogurt is applied for at least 30 minutes for best results.
One of the best remedies at home to cleanse the skin, get rid of tan and prevent sunburn damage would be gram flour or besan. However, it should be remembered that it works best when you combine it with one or two other ingredients. For instance, a thick paste made of gram flour along with tomatoes and curd or yogurt works much better on the skin. You can add a few drops of lime or lemon juice for added fairness. Leave the pack on till it dries and then wash off with cold water.
Potatoes have natural bleaching agents that not only lightens the skin tone and fights tan, but also helps in preventing and treating blemishes. You can rub potato slices over the affected areas or also use the juice of raw potato. Either ways, the juice should stay on the skin for at least 20 minutes. Repeat daily.
Like potatoes, the slices or juice of cucumber help in lightening skin tone. Along with this, cucumber has astringent properties or cooling properties, which soothes the sunburn. This works best when applied with some lemon juice and drops of rose water. Leave the pack on for at least 30 minutes and wash off for radiant results.
Oats And Buttermilk
Want to get some instant relief from itchiness due to sunburn, then combine some oatmeal (you can use churned oats t00) and mix with fresh buttermilk. Apply the pack before you take a bath and leave it on for about half and hour. Then wash off without using any soap.
Coconut Water or Cream
Take some coconut water and keep applying on the skin at least 3-4 times a day. You don’t have to worry about too much greasiness here because usually the water doesn’t leave behind any residue. Nevertheless, wash off the face after 10-15 minutes. The pulp or malai that comes from the coconut too can be used for getting fairer skin and removing tan.
The paste of sandalwood powder or even fresh sandalwood is one of the most suggested remedies for getting rid of skin woes after tan. Sandalwood has cooling properties that not only helps your skin to lighten but also prevents rashes and irritation that are common after a severe tan or sunburn. Take a paste of sandalwood and mix it with some rose water to sooth the skin. Leave it on the face till it is dry and then wash off.
Extra virgin coconut oil is easily available all over tropical beaches and can be found in many homes. If you don’t have access to extra virgin coconut oil then make use of the regular one available. However, coconut oils meant specially for hair should not be used on the body. As the regular coconut, the oil too has soothing and cooling properties. Apply the oil all over the body, but make sure that you don’t step out in the sun, because that causes more damage. Take a bath after a while.
Raw and unboiled milk has been used for centuries to get fairer and clear skin. Cleopatra used to soak in a raw milk bath to get rid of tan and get fairer skin. Of course, if you don’t want to bathe in litres of milk and waste the same it is understood. Simply take some raw milk in a cup and apply over the affected areas with a cotton swab. You can add some rose oil or rose water to the same for fragrance. Wash it off with lukewarm water and don’t apply soap after the process.
Strawberries And Orange
Strawberries and oranges are rich in vitamins and have a light acidity to them, which helps in getting rid of tan and getting brighter skin. You can use the pulp of both and make it thick by adding some cornflour or even gram flour to it. Then apply it generously all over the body, face or affected areas. Leave it on for at leas 20 minutes and then use some raw milk or even fresh cream to scrub it off. This will get rid of dead skin layers, while providing a soothing affect. If oranges or strawberries are not available, the paste can be made using either one fruit too.