Memories are not the only thing you bring back home from sun-soaked adventures at a beach- for sun tan is another baggage that comes with it. It is a common occurrence for people working or traveling outdoors. Its most visible sign is the discoloration and hyperpigmentation of the skin. But excess exposure to the sun can end up damaging your skin. It also accelerates the process of skin aging. Without a safe and effective tan removal cream, prolonged exposure to the sun may add extra years to your face and affected areas that make you look older than you are.
There are several homemade remedies for removing sun tan in India. Traditionally, turmeric and milk have been used to remove tans. Moreover, in our culture, ubtan (a turmeric face pack) has also been a part of wedding ceremonies. These remedial measures gently exfoliate your skin, remove dead cells, lighten sun tan, and leave your skin fresh and glowing.
However, not everyone has the luxury of time or familial support where homemade remedies can be made easily available and on demand. But worry not! Several over-the-counter tan removal products are available to address your tan issues and restore your skin’s radiance.
How do sun tan and tan lines happen?
Before we get down to choosing the right de-tanning product, let us first understand how tanning occurs. Tanning refers to the darkening of the skin over regular or prolonged exposure to direct sun rays. You might be wondering why our skin turns darker under the sun. Well, our body’s defense mechanism is taking over to keep us safe from the harmful effects of sun rays.
Beneath your skin’s epidermis lies a special breed of cells known as melanocytes. When threatened by extended exposure to sunlight, these cells get activated and start producing a pigment called melanin. Melanin is the brown pigment that starts to spread in the area exposed to the sun to prevent further damage to the skin than has already precipitated. This is how you get sun tans and tan lines.
Shortlisting the most effective de-tanning products
Any tan advertised as safe is subverting the truth about skin damage. The fact that there is tanning on your skin means the body is trying to repair itself. The best you can do for your skin is to help accelerate its healing process.
Here is a quick guide for de-tanning essentials that you should have handy for healing your skin pigmentation and sun tan.
- Face scrub
A good face scrub is the first step to de-tanning your skin. The pronounced appearance of sun tans due to exposure to the sun can leave your skin drained of moisture and make it irritable. Cleaning your face, neck, and arms with a gentle scrub exfoliates your skin and removes dead cells. In addition, it rejuvenates your skin by bringing out a new layer of the epidermis, thereby reducing your tan lines and blemishes.
- Face mask
When your skin feels slightly pigmented and exposure to the sun is not acute, a face mask with natural ingredients can help reduce the dark patches on your skin and make your skin radiant and fresh. Face masks come in as a handy weapon against tanning. They do not take much time and are effortless. Depending on your choice, you can opt for a sheet or peel-off mask. The skin absorbs the active ingredients in the mask, which help you get rid of hyperpigmentation.
- Face pack
When trying to get rid of a sun tan, it is always recommended to go for a natural face pack. Anti-inflammatory and de-tanning ingredients such as turmeric, milk, sandalwood, and multani mitti can help your skin with their high concentration of antioxidants. They help the skin cells fight free radicals and even your skin tone. The traditional formula of ubtan helps remove dead skin cells that block the pores and do not allow your skin to breathe.
- SPF cream
Do not forget to apply an SPF cream before leaving for your chores or travel. A light SPF 50 cream that works for a minimum of 6 hours is a must-have in your anti-sun tan kit. It creates a protective barrier around your skin and prevents it from the harmful effect of UV rays and free radicals.
- Bleaching cream
There are several options available for skin whitening and bleaching. Mostly sold as creams, these bleaching products leave a visible difference in your skin after use. They are formulated to reduce tanning with immediate effect and leave you with a fairer and even skin tone after use.
If you want a holistic de-tanning experience, check out Mamaearth’s Tan Removal Regimen Kit. It is packed with the goodness of natural ingredients like turmeric, saffron, carrot oil, and almond beads. The kit contains Ubtan Face Wash, Ubtan Face Scrub, and Ubtan Face Mask. They are Made Safe certified, which promises only natural goodness and zero toxins.
Your hair is constantly exposed to the sun and your face and skin. When outdoors, your hair also takes the maximum brunt of the sun. This, coupled with the harmful effects of pollutants, dehydrated scalp, and lack of hygiene, can lead to hair loss. Mamaearth’s exclusive range of shampoos designed to arrest hair loss can be your go-to friend to keep your scalp clean and combat hair fall.
Which is the best hair fall shampoo to try?
While choosing the best hair fall shampoo, go for the ones with natural ingredients. Such a hair care product should not contain harmful toxins like SLS, parabens, or mineral oils. We thus recommend you opt for Mamaearth’s Onion Shampoo With Onion and Plant Keratin for Hair Fall Control. It strengthens and softens the hair, stopping frequent and excessive hair fall.
Easy and effective tan removal
There is no such thing as a good tan. If you have visible tan lines and sun tan on your body, you should immediately seek to diminish the effect of the harmful rays that have penetrated your epidermis. Mamaearth’s Tan Removal Kit is loaded with antioxidants from walnuts and turmeric. It gently exfoliates your skin, clears the pores, and frees it from toxins. In addition, the face pack’s antibacterial properties and face scrub make your skin blemish-free and glowing.