We don’t remember who exactly made tanning the ‘it’ thing but let us tell you a fact, tanning is just harming you. Today’s tan lines are tomorrow’s fine lines and saggy skin. In case you’ve tanned due to an active lifestyle, we’re listing the simple factors that you can take care of to get rid of your tan!
1.What happens to the skin when we tan?
Let’s understand what your skin goes through that leads to tanning. If you’re out in an unsuitable environment like extreme heat, UV rays, poor air quality, polluted water, etc then you’re likely to be tanned. It starts with irritation and that generates an inflammatory response. This inflammatory response leads to the activation of melanocytes which generates melanin. So the right action to prevent tanning is by using heat and sun protection, a good dose of Antioxidants, and everything that can soothe your skin from time to time. Tanning can happen pretty quick for Indian skin. Ideally, the skin burns first and then tans. The time between this transition is small for Indian skin type and the weather that India typically has.
2.How to get rid of tan?
In case, you’re overwhelmed with the surplus of DIY tips on tanning, you’re at the exact space to know the right action plan. The first step is to protect the skin from further damage so that your treatment can show results. This is the reason why we preach using sunscreen indoors and outdoors. With sunscreen, you also need a good, rich dose of antioxidants. Free radicals are always sitting around to stress your skin, beware. To neutralise the effect of pollutants and heat that generates free radicals, you need antioxidants. Antioxidants also help in increasing cell turnover which can help you get rid of tanning. At night, you can add chemical exfoliants which can exfoliate the dead skin to increase cell turnover. Here’s what you need to add to your routine to cover all these factors:
- Antioxidants: Active ingredients are rich in antioxidants so using Niacinamide, Centella Asiatica, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C in the daytime routine can be a good cover for your skin to soothe and combat tanning. You can also include a DIY routine of icing your face for a couple of minutes with cucumber juice or potato juice to soothe your skin.
- Sunscreen: Sunscreen with physical blockers like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide can do wonders for tanned skin. Zinc Oxide specifically, has anti-inflammatory properties which can soothe your skin and reduce melanin production. What if we tell you that we know of a perfect sunscreen for tanned skin? Perfect sunscreen for tanned skin is not just physical filters but also has active ingredients to brighten your skin. Enters, Sunny side up that has Niacinamide, Tomato Extracts, Centella Asiatica, Vitamin E along with Zinc Oxide to brighten and protect your skin with SPF 35+ and PA +++. Thank us later!
- Exfoliation: Gentle chemical exfoliants when formulated with nourishing ingredients can be a perfect match for your skin to improve cell turnover, eliminate dead skin, and inhibit melanin production. Certain fruit extracts like Tomato, Berries, Pineapples, etc are excellent to exfoliate the skin. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to use gentle chemical exfoliants over physical exfoliants to ensure that you’re not irritating the skin further.
If you’re an amateur in the skincare game and you have tanned skin, then you can also use Retinol or Retinol Liposomes that can rapidly increase cell turnover and improve the overall health of the skin. A convenient item to throw in your bag is our Light it up spray that has Retinol Liposomes, Berry Extracts, Bakuchiol, and Vitamin E to lighten pigmentation and also protect your skin since it has UV filters. It is one of the simplest yet effective and travel-friendly items to use every day on tanned skin. The thought behind dealing with tanned skin is always being gentle!