Thursday, 26 September 2013

Kitchen Beauty : Get Rid Of That Tan!

This post comes on a readers request who also is a good friend of mine. I had to put it up. You see in our 5 years of college most of us got horribly tanned walking around in the sun everyday. So here are some of my tried and tested tips to get rid of the tan! (they helped me a lot back when I made my arms and legs bad from all the swimming and they are helping me now as well). Here is a list of some kitchen ingredients that work wonderfully well for tan removal!

  • Curd
  • Tomato Juice
  • Cucumber Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Honey
  • Buttermilk
  • Fresh coconut water
  • Papaya 
Let me just begin by saying that if you are allergic to any of these ingredients, please do not use them. Lemon juice can be harsh for some people, so be wary of that.

Coming to the packs now. You can use the above mentioned ingredients in different combinations to make pack that suits your skin type. But here is a small list of packs that I used :
1. The good old UBTAN (there is a reason people have been using this for centuries! It works!)
Curd+ Turmeric powder (haldi) + Gramflour (besan). Mix them and apply for atleast 20 mintues before your bath (or until it gets dry). Moisten it and scrub it off with cold water. Use this atleast twice a week. You can substitute curd with milk/milk cream of you have dry skin. 

2. Honey+ Lemon Juice pack. 2 tbsp of honey and only a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this to the affected area daily for 15 mins. Wash off with cold water. Please do not use a lot of lemon juice at it can be harsh. 

3. Buttermilk + Oats pack. Buttermilk will soothe your skin and make it soft and oats help in exfoliation. 

4. Use Cucumber Juice, Lemon Juice and Tomato Juice alone (they work great by themselves). 

5. Alternatively you can make a mixture of Cucumber Juice + Rose water; Lemon Juice + Cucumber Juice ;
Honey + Lemon Juice, Curd + Tomato Juice; Tomato Juice + Cucumber Juice. You get the idea right? Lots of combinations that you can make. Apply them to the affected area for 15 to 20 mintues 

6. Soak cotton balls/pads in fresh coconut water and dab it all over yor face and neck or the affected area. Give your skin enough time to soak it up and wash off with cold water. You can do this everyday.

7. Rub mashed papaya all over the affected area. Papaya is loaded with essential antioxidants and vitamins A and C.  The enzymes it has help to lighten the skin. Or you can use Mashed papaya + Honey and some turmeric as a pack. 

8. For the dry skinned women, Mashed banana + Honey works well too. 

9. Rub aloe vera gel (get if fresh form the leaves if you can because that is best) to the affected area. It works really well to soothe sun burns. 

Also, use a sunscreen. ALWAYS! I cannot stress more on this other than saying "use it always". Not just on the bright sunny summer days. You have to use it on cloudy days, rains and winters too! And keep reapplying it every few hours. UVA rays cause long lasting skin damage (wrinkes and aging) and UVB rays is responsibe for sun burns (and worse.. skin cancer). And they are always out there ready to attack you! I never used a sunscreen before and my skin has taken a toll in the long run but I am getting really regular now. 

There are quite some anti tan products available in the market. After sun gels and anti tan facial kits/face packs. I have never used them but sure if you want to, give them a try. I do always recommend and prefer using home made herbal products even though they take a longer time to show the results. You just need to be patient and consistent :)

Lastly, these are just some of the remedies that have worked for me. There are plenty more out there, but I have not tried them. (Do not use any of the the above packs of you are allergic to the mentioned ingredient). 
And if you know any more remedies that have worked out for you, do share them below, it will be really helpful :)