Natural Beauty Care Guide
 

SunBurn and Tan

Having a clear, glowing suntanned skin is the desire of most women. True, the rays of the sun are an essential revitaliser, they are good for the body as they help in the formation of vitamin D; however, over-exposure to the rays of the sun can also lead to many problems. It can cause sunburn, redness, sores and even blistering. Thus, some people with delicate skin types need to use a good and effective suntan oil. In cases of over-exposure, tanning and sunburn, here are a few excellent remedies.

CUCUMBER AND MILK :

Take a cucumber, skin it and chop it finely and put it in a blender. Make a puree and add one tablespoon of chilled milk. Mix well and apply all over the face, neck, arms and areas scorched or burnt by the sun. Leave on for 15 minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Repeat this treatment twice or thrice during the course of the day. Its soothes the skin and helps in alleviating sunburn.

OATMEAL AND YOGHURT :

Take 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and 3 tablespoons of yoghurt. Mix and add one tablespoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of olive oil, Blend and whisk well together in a bowl. Wash your hands and then apply over infected area first, then all over the face. Leave on for 5-7 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Very effective for blackheads.

VINEGAR AND WATER :

Take 2 tablespoons vinegar and add 2 tablespoons of water. This solution is an ideal cure for suntan. Dab on gently with cotton wool over sore areas. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash off.

ONION :

Take 2 onions, skin and chop them fine. Put then in a mixer and grind to a paste. Tie this in a muslin cloth and squeeze out the juice. Add to the juice a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of milk. Take cotton wool pads and dab over the sunburned or tanned areas. Leave to dry. Dab the juice again and repeat till the complete solution is used up. Let it dry on your skin. Rinse with cold water. It's best that you make it a routine after coming in from the hot sun.

CUCUMBER AND TOMATO WRAP :

Take 2 tomatoes, puree them. Take a cucumber, peel and puree them too. Mix the purees and add to it the juice of one lemon. Mix well. Apply this paste all over the suntanned and sunburnt skin. Let it dry. Dab the puree again. Repeat 3 times and let it dry thoroughly, then rinse off. Use this treatment for a week and see the difference. It not only helps to soothe the burnt area, it adds a glow to the skin too.

CABBAGE :

Take a handful of cabbage leaves, boil them and drain out the water. Mash the leaves and apply the pulp all over the tanned and sunburnt areas. Leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with cold water. Repeat this treatment at least for a week. This acts like a protective and soothing balm. Use whenever you have been exposed to the hot sun.

GREEN GOURD :

Cut green gourd into thin round slices. Rub quickly all over the affected areas. Repeat 3-4 times. Leave it on and wash off at bedtime. Soothes burnt skin.

ALOE VERA :

The most natural and soothing cure for sunburn and tan. Just pluck a few leaves of the plant, mash or puree them. Add the juice of one lemon. Apply this jelly like solution all over the affected areas. It cleanses, clears and nourishes the skin.

ICE :

Use ice cubes all over the sunburned skin when you come from the hot sun.

HONEY AND LIME :

Take 2 tablespoons of honey and add to it the juice of one lime. Mix well apply over the sunburned or tanned skin areas. Helps to lighten and soothe the skin.

LEMON AND SUGAR :

Take the juice of one lemon and add to it a few grains of sugar. Rub this lotion all over the sunburned or tanned areas. Keep rubbing in circular motions. Let it dry and then wash off. This not only helps to remove tan but exfoliates the skin very gently too.

TUMERIC POWDER AND MILK:

Take 3 tablespoons of milk and add to it one tablespoon of turmeric powder. Apply all over the face or affected areas. Leave it to dry. Rub in circular motions and then rinse off. It not only helps to remove tan it also helps remove fine facial hair.

TOMATO AND OATMEAL :

Puree 2 tomatoes. Add 2 tablespoons of curd and one tablespoon of oatmeal or wheat porridge. Mix to a smooth paste. Apply all over suntanned or sunburnt skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with cold water. Helps in exfoliation too.

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