People with pale skin cannot be exposed to direct sunlight for a longtime. This is because their skin tissues lack melanocytes, which are responsible for protecting the body against UV rays.
When exposed to sun rays, their skin darkens or they may get sunburns in severe cases.
Also, overexposure to ultraviolet rays can lead to various forms of cancer, such as malignant melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Despite these challenges however, we still need sunlight to get an unlimited supply of vitamin D and also to keep ourselves rejuvenated.
Why people tan their skin
There are ways pale people deal with the problem of direct exposure to sunlight.
One of the methods is by applying sunscreen on their skin to protect them from the UV rays. Another method is by covering their bodies with clothes. But, this method is not very effective because the face will still be exposed. Also, it is quite impractical to overclo the during the summer, when the temperatures are unbearable.
The last method is tanning. While some people tan because they believe tanned skin is prettier than normal pale skin, others do it as a way of preventing the effects of excessive sunlight.Methods of tanning include tanning bed, lotions and creams. Tanning the skin triggers hyper pigmentation, which is responsible for sun ray protection.
However, this protection is not 100% effective like in melanated skin and proper attire and sunscreen are still needed.
What about natural tan from the sun
Indoor tanning methods are encouraged because they are easily monitored and regulated.Natural tan from the sun is not reliable. Sun rays cannot give a uniform tan throughout the body. There will always be areas with excessive burns and others moderate. Some areas of the body remain completely untouched, for example, around the eyes, below the ears and under the chin.
Sun tans therefore offer quite an ugly sight.Furthermore, you can only be exposed to the sun for a limited period, which may not be sufficient enough to give you that golden hue that you desire. Basking for a longtime can lead to sunburns that result to ugly scars when they heal.
Homemade Remedies for Skin Tan Removable
Assuming summer is over and having a tanned body is no longer fashionable. You feel bad because you are still stuck with the golden hue and you are wondering what to do.
There are various DIY remedies that you can easily fix up to deal with the problem. Do not worry, the ingredients can easily be shopped in your local retail shops and grocery stores.
Exfoliation of Dry Skin
One of the results of too much sun exposure is dry skin. For your skin to bounce back to its former radiance, it has to be exfoliated properly.Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the body.
To avoid further injury and for the exfoliation process to be effective, the skin has to be healed from sunburns with no redness and scabs left.
From the various assortments of natural exfoliates, select one that is easily accessible. For this recipe, we will use sugar because it is inexpensive, easily accessible and dissolves easily in most solvents.
Sugar Recipe to Lighten the Skin
Naturally, the skin like all other body tissues takes time to heal and recover. This recipe therefore helps speed up the process of exfoliation.
- Normal sugar 1/8 cup
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- A small bowl and a spoon
Add all the ingredients in the bowl and then, mix them up with the spoon. Care not to overdo it, because all the sugar is not supposed to dissolve.
Once the mixture is ready, simply apply it on your face using your fingertips. You should put special emphasis on tanned areas of your face by gently rubbing the exfoliator on them. The whole scrubbing process should take at most two minutes.
Leave it on the face for five minutes, before washing it off.You can use the rest of the mixture on other parts of the body. Apply this mixture after every three days, until your skin is fully recovered. Avoid applying it on your eyes and hair, although you may use it on your lips, especially if they are dry.
The three main ingredients have specific functions. The sugar offers the coarseness that removes the dead skin. The lemon juice is used to lighten the skin, while the olive oil is a moisturizer.
Tan Removal Remedy
The exfoliation remedy may help get rid of dead skin, but it will not help with the tan.To get rid of the tanned skin, you will have to create a bleaching mask from natural ingredients that we will recommend.
Ingredients for the Tan Mask
- 2 tablespoon of gram flour/chickpea flour
- ½ fresh lemon juice
- Several drops of milk
- ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder
- A bowl
- Large makeup brush
Add all the ingredients in the bowl, except the milk.Then, add the milk few drops at a time, until a paste is created. The mixture should be spreadable, if not, then add more milk. Ensure however that it is not too runny as it will not stick on your face.
How to Apply the Tan Removal Mask
Kindly note that you should only prepare this face mask on an on-demand basis. Do not prepare a lot of it to store for future use. Make enough for a single session only.
- Using the brush, apply the paste to the tanned areas of your face.
- Avoid all untanned areas, including eyes, lips and hairline. The purpose of this face mask is to bleach the tanned parts. Applying it on untanned areas may lead to discoloration.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse it off your face with lukewarm water.
- Apply this face mask once a day for a week, then once after every two days for the next week. Reduce the frequency on a weekly basis until the tan wears off.
Other Remedies for Tan Removal
- Look for fruits and vegetables with vitamin C. Some of the best choices include tomato, cucumber and potato. Select either one of these and cut them into two. Using the cut part, apply the juices on the darkened areas of your face. Rinse after five minutes. Also avoid your eyes.
- Another plant with great skin healing properties is Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera can speed up the process of healing and recovery. If you can get the natural Aloe Vera plant, then cut open the leaf and apply the sap onto your face.Rinse after 10 to 15 minutes.
- If however you cannot get the natural plant, then look for Aloe Vera gels in the market. Make sure the gel contains at least 90% of natural Aloe Vera.
- Coconut also has great nutrients for the skin. The good thing about coconut oil is that you can apply it as many times, as you wish and you do not have to wash it off. Its moisturizing properties are great for the skin. Use a cotton puff when applying coconut water on your face.
Always remember that prevention is better than cure. Try to keep your skin away from direct sunlight for an extended length of time.
This include also the period you will be using these homemade remedies. Use sunscreen, wear a hat or even use a parasol, if you have to. The remedies will do nothing to safeguard your skin if you continue exposing yourself to sunlight minus protection. Remember, these remedies do not protect against UV rays.They only help restore skin to its former condition.