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Detanning 101: Everything Under The Indian Sun

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The bright Indian sun always hits us differently. Raise your hand if you, like me, have a darker forehead and tan around your eyes every time you remove your mask. The season of sun damage and hyper-pigmentation is here and I’m getting ready will full armour to combat these devastating burns.

First, step: SPF! Yes, prevention is ALWAYS better than cure. I’m keeping my Plum Green Tea Day-Light Sunscreen Gel SPF 35 PA+++ handy in my purse, right next to my sanitizer, and I’m slathering on the non-greasy Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 UVA/UVB All Natural Mineral Line on my body after every shower. But, if you’ve already stepped out and the sun is breathing fire on your skin, check out these easy and effective de-tanning formulas that will heal your skin and bring it back to its former glory.

1. Wonder Papaya

Papayas are truly superheroes. With their sweet, sweet taste, antioxidant properties, hydrating elements and fresh fragrance, papayas combat sun tan too. An enzyme specific to the fruit called papain has brightening properties that allow you skin to get back to your original, glowing complexion. A nice papaya based scrub should do the trick, or maybe a nice sheet mask.

Nykaa recommends: Biotique Bio Papaya Revitalizing Tan removal ScrubJovees Papaya Face WashMirabelle Korea Papaya Facial Mask

2. Turmeric Magic

Haldi or turmeric is the most frequently used Ayurvedic healing ingredient, and it’s our go-to element when it comes to suntans and burns. Just whip up some turmeric with yogurt (another de-tanning agent) and use it as a cooling pack to retain your original complexion. Best part: turmeric is great to reduce hyper-pigmentation as well.

Nykaa recommends: Mamaearth Vitamin C Foaming Face Wash with Turmeric, Forest Essentials SUN FLUID Tender Coconut Water with Turmeric & Basil Leaf SPF 50, Kama Ayurveda Suvarna Haldi Chandan Brightening Face Pack

3. Lemon & Honey

Dive into the citric, sweet goodness of lemon and honey after a long day in the sun. This quick and easy cure for tan will sooth your skin and help you get your glow back. Add these in a bowl to form a thin paste and massage it on the affected areas. Shower after a few minutes. Another lemon & honey hack? A tall glass of lemonade with some ginger in it that will cool you inside out!

Nykaa recommends: Biotique Advanced Organics Vitamin C Dark Spot Solution, Himalaya Herbals Oil Clear Lemon Foaming Face Wash, The Body Care Lemon Honey Face Pack

4. Aloe Vera

Burnt red? Your skin’s coolest friend is aloe vera. The soothing elixir will help heal your broken and burnt skin. It suits all skin types in all weather conditions too. Aloe vera is especially great for those who get acne breakouts due to excess heat. Go on, add some to your hair while you’re at it, your scalp will thank you later.

Nykaa recommends: Prakriti Herbals Anti Pigmentation & Sun Tan Papaya Strawberry Aloe Vera Face Pack, WOW Skin Science Aloe Vera Gel, VILVAH Aloe Vera Gel - 100% Pure & Cold Pressed

5. Coffee love

If it’s getting too hot for you to handle a steaming cup of caffeine, use this wonder ingredient to scrub off your tan. Coffee makes a great exfoliant and removes the different layers of tan. It’s great to protect your skin from sun’s UV rays. Just add a few drops of coconut oil in 2 tablespoons of coffee and use it as a scrub.

Nykaa recommends: MCaffeine Coffee De-Tan Face Polishing Kit, VLCC Coffee Sugar De Tan Exfoliating Scrub, St. Ives Energizing Coconut & Coffee Scrub

6. Tomato goodness

When you say de-tanning, tomato is the first thing your moms and grandmas will ask you to fetch from the kitchen. Tomatoes are enriched with healthy acids that break down the layers of tan off your face and help you achieve a beautiful radiance. All you need is fresh tomato pulp to use as a pre-shower mask on the tanned areas.

Nykaa recommends: Mirabelle Tomato Facial Sheet Mask EX, Nature's Tattva Tomato Gel, LUXURIATE Tomato Nourishment Face Wash

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