While we all start preparing ourselves to beat the heat even before we step into summers, skin darkening, tanning and sunburns cannot be avoided whatsoever.
These simple beauty tricks that emerge from your kitchen will help you get rid of the annoying sun tans or sunburnt skin, that most us face, in spite of using the best suncreen or anti-tan lotions.
ALOE VERA – gel A perfect cooling remedy for sun-burnt skin, is the gel from a freshly plucked aloe vera leaf. Take an aloe vera plant (found easily at your local plant nursery) and squeeze some of the gel out of the leaves onto your burn. Rub the gel in gently. It causes your blood vessels to constrict, soothing a painful burn.
GRAM FLOUR FACE PACK – Gram flour will help you get rid of an unwanted tan. You just need to mix some besan, a few drops of lemon juice and curd. Apply it to your face and other tanned parts of your body, rinse off with cold water after it gets dried. A 10-day regimen will help you get your tan off.
HONEY AND LIME – Mix honey with a teaspoon of lemon juice and apply it to your face after coming in from the hot sun. It will considerably reduce redness and darkening of skin.
ICE CUBES – It’s not just drinks that ice cubes are known to cool; they are a very useful beauty remedy as well. Freeze one part of milk mixed with three parts of water; cover these ice cubes with a cloth and rub it over your face; it will help cure sunburnt skin.
TUMERIC MASK – A mask prepared by mixing fresh turmeric powder and milk can help you get rid of a stubborn tan.
TAKE A BATH – Take a cool bath — not cold — to soothe your skin. Don’t use soap, and leave the loofah behind. You don’t need to irritate your skin at all right now!
For some added comfort, try adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to your bath water. Another soothing option to add is oatmeal: add 1/2 to 1 full cup into the cool bath to soothe your skin. With all forms of bathing, keep the water cool and don’t linger longer than 15-20 minutes or you’ll risk drying out your skin. Always pat dry, do not rub.
PAT DOWN WITH POTATOES – Yes, you read that right! Take 1-2 small potatoes and blend them until they are in liquid form. If necessary, add some water. Once they’re completely blended, pat your burn with the mixture and allow to dry. Take a cool shower to rinse the potatoes off your skin.
APPLY A COOL COMPRESS – This one’s simple: just like when you have a fever, zap some of the heat from your skin by applying a cool, soft washcloth. For extra relief, add a dash of baking soda to the water you’re soaking the cloth in, and hold gently on your burn.
APLY VINEGAR – Soak a cloth in a solution that is half vinegar(try Apple Cider Vinegar), half water and apply to your burn. There isn’t much science behind it, but lots of people swear by this fix!
SOOTHING TEA BAG – Tea seems to be a miracle-worker, and not just for your cold. When you have a burn, try soaking tea bags in cool water and then applying to your skin. Look for tea that contains calendula, which has soothing properties. Mint tea is cooling, and will help as well.
DRINK UP – Heal your burn from the inside out: hydrate your body. Drinking lots of water will help you heal, because it replaces moisture that the sun has stolen from you.
Add Some Vitamin E
Vitamin E isn’t just essential for consuming, it can work wonders on your skin topically too. Break open a capsule and apply the vitamin directly to your burn to encourage the healing process. One editor of ours has even used vitamin E capsules to make a scar disappear faster — and it works.