Our skin has its own defence mechanisms. Melanin, the pigment which gives skin its colour, protects the skin from UV rays. This is why dark-skinned people rarely get sun burns or skin cancer. When we are out in the sun for long hours, UV rays trigger the melanocytes present in the skin to produce more melanin. It’s the body’s way of protecting the skin. This results in a tan. A tan goes off by itself in about eight to twelve weeks. But if you continue to be out in the sun, a tan could persist. Sheets of melanin are laid down, leading to pigmentation.

Tips from the kitchen

Black tea

The chinese apply cooled black tea on sunburnt skin for ten to fifteen minutes. Tannic acid, theobromine and catechins repair skin damage, fight free radicals, cool the skin and prevent the formation of melanin.

Yogurt and honey

once tanned, apply yogurt with honey to your skin for ten to fifteen minutes and rinse. Yogurt has lactic acid, which is a natural skin bleach and moisturizer. honey is a soothing agent and will prevent any inflammation.

Lemon juice, Cucumber and rose water

Saturated lemon juice is good for removing tan, but it doesn’t suit everyone. So it is always advisable to go for a face pack made with lemon juice. This was just that. For this face pack, you need to mix one tablespoon of each of the ingredients in a bowl. Dab the face pack on the tanned areas keeping it for ten to fifteen minutes until dry. Wash off with cold water. The lemon juice will reduce the tanning, while rose water and cucumber soothe skin inflammation.

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