SUN TAN – PREVENTION AND CURE.
Summer means lots of beach, smoothies, mangoes, vacations, adventures and what not. In this summer fun we often forget to prevent our skin from serious sun damage. Our skin needs to be protected from both UVA and UVB rays of the sun everyday! We live in the 21st century where logic should govern our way of living. Leaving the skin bare, without any protective layer of sunscreen, in the sun is a sin done to oneself. Protection doesn’t ask for occasions. So, stop looking for a perfect time and shop today for a good sunscreen with a broad spectrum of SPF of 30 and above.
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Pledge to yourself that you wouldn’t step out without wearing a sunscreen on your body. Don’t forget that even when it’s cloudy, your skin still is exposed to the UV rays. Even the Fluorescent Bulbs that we usually have in our homes also emit UV Radiation.
Unprotected skin exposed to the sunlight or UV Radiation in general can develop –
- Sun tan which results in pigmentation of the skin that darkens your natural complexion.
- Dullness of the skin because of the layer of dead cells.
- Freckles on the face
- Dark spots or patches on some parts of the face.
- Hyperpigmentation of the skin mainly seen near the mouth, around the nose or on the forehead and near the cheekbones.
De-tanning is the process which reverses the effects of sun damage and replenishes the skin’s natural features leading to an even skin tone. We may today guide you through the entire de-tanning process which you would find very simple and its suitable for both men and women.
The skin care routine, no matter what your need is, always begins with cleansing. Whether you want to target your face or any other body part, always make sure its free from dirt, grime or any lotion or creme that you may have applied anytime before.
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In a nutshell, tanned skin should get the benifits of Vitamin C and E which are great antioxidants and other skin brightening agents like Tretinoin, Kojic acid, Arbutin, Glycolic acid, etc. Here, skin brightening shouldn’t be confused with increasing fairness. You can not get a fairer skin tone than your original one. In stead, the skin brightening treatment would help your skin recover from the damage and dullness to give you your original beautiful skin back.
Before initiating the process, it needs to be clarified that tanning in the forms of freckles and dark spots can only be cured with the help of Lazers and Chemical Peels under a dermatologist’s supervision.
That’s said, let’s get going with the normal de-tanning routine. After you’ve cleansed the skin properly, start by applying a serum rich in Vitamin C and E both of which are excellent natural antioxidants and moisturizers.
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Vitamin C is responsible for boosting collagen formation that gives birth to new skin from within which is obviously brighter. Vitamin C and E give the skin a healthy, even-toned , natural glow. Vitamin C also prevents further damage to the skin by fighting the free radicals and toxins. Apart from these two there’s also Ferulic Acid which is again an antioxidant and plays an important role in the skin regeneration process when applied topically on the sun-damaged skin. When these three are combined in a blend, they give a synergistic effect on the skin. In the skin care routine, the first thing you apply on the skin is the one which directly deals with the problem that you want to tackle. That’s why we have kept this skin-brightening serum as the first step of De-tanning process.
As your next step, you may apply cremes which might be either medicated or cosmetic cremes. These cremes should contain skin brightening agents which work on the dark patches and fight the dullness giving you brighter skin. Let’s have a close look at some of the skin brightening agents.
KOJIC ACID CREMES.
Kojic acid, which is derived from mushrooms, basically helps in limiting the melanin formation in the skin. Melanin is a substance that gives our skin its natural color. When the skin gets exposed to the sunlight, there is excess formation of melanin which leads to dark spots. Kojic Acid has been dermatologically approved for skin brightening treatments. It lightens the dark spots when continuously applied on them. But, it is also renowned for its faster skin-brightening ability. It fights any type of pigmentation and enhances overall complexion.
Arbutin, extracted from the Bearberry plant, is also a skin-brightening agent but a gentler one. That means it is highly recommendable for sensitive skin. It lightens the dark spots for an even-toned complexion. Arbutin is also effective for reducing acne scars. Any skin lightening product having arbutin will give you amazing results. Roger that.
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GLYCOLIC ACID CREMES.
Glycolic acid works in a slightly different way. It has comparatively smaller molecules which penetrate deeper into the skin and works its magic from within. The best thing is while making its way into the skin it sloughs off oil and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. It also causes a tingling effect when applied. Products which are concentrated in glycolic acid should be used as a medicine and not cosmetic. By this we mean that you may only apply them directly on the target areas and in small quantities.
For India : Demelan Lite cream (20 gm), from Life Line Medicos (Kojic acid, Glycolic acid, Arbutin). BUY NOW
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JUST SO YOU KNOW.
There’s another amazing ingredient that can be added to your skin care routine when skin brightening is your concern – BEEVENOM. Yes, it’s the very venom which a honey bee injects when it stings. It is a collagen boosting agent quite similar to vitamin C. Including bee venom in your skin care helps in regenerating elasticity of your skin through collagen which will in turn, give you anti-ageing effects. Your skin remains youthful with no wrinkles or fine lines showing up.
For India : SECRET KEY Bee-Venom AC Control Spot Cream. BUY NOW
FOR US : GREENBOW Bee Venom Mask Anti-Aging Cream. BUY NOW
BEFORE WE END.
As you saw during the whole De-tanning process, we would be applying one product after another on our face. While layering products on your face, you may want to give a few minutes break between each one of them so that every product has enough time to get absorbed into the skin. De-tanning takes time when cured by cremes. Attaining bright skin is a natural process so make it your daily routine. In the words of famous dermatologist Dr. Bindu Sthalekar, cremes containing Kojic acid, tretinoin and glycolic acid are best used as night treatment while cremes with Vitamin C can e used as day cremes.
Bid your farewell to summer and sun tan too. Stay tuned with Impulse Luxury to know more about skin care trends.