Excessive exposure to UV rays leads to many skin problems and skin tanning is one of them. The melanin in the skin increases and leads to pigmentation and it also causes rapid aging, fine lines, wrinkles and leathery skin. For Indians who already have a dark complexion it is very necessary that they prevent their skin from tanning. Dr Swati Srivastava, Sketch Clinics from Mumbai shares tips to fight tan during the summer season. Wear full sleeves clothes if you are going to be out in the sun for long time.
Least the exposure, less will be the tan. Use hats and caps whenever possible. There is nothing better than a umbrella on a bright sunny day. Avoid sun between 10am – 3 pm. The UV rays are at their maximum intensity between this tie.
Don’t forget the sunscreen. A broad spectrum sunscreen covering UVA & UVB of any SPF above 15 should be applied 20-30 mins before going in the sun on all exposed areas. If you have been out in the sun, immediately rinse your face with cold water after coming home . This will minimize the tanning. If you will be in water or swimmimg, sunscreen needs to be reapplied every hour. A water resistant sunscreen should be used.
You can put aloe vera gel on all exposed areas.
Mix turmeric powder and lime juice and make a paste. Apply this thrice a week.
It will help in reducing the tan. Antioxidants in diet (in fruits and vegetables) or as supplements will help in maintaining the quality of the skin.