Now that the summer is here everybody is out on the beach or somewhere enjoying the sunny weather. It’s great to have some fun in the sun, but when you get sun burned and your skin starts getting too dark it’s not much fun anymore.
Many people get suntans and sun burns in the scorching heat during the summer. Nobody wants to have to walk around in public with an uneven suntan or a huge brown patch on their skin from excessive tanning.
What Causes Skin Tans
Excessive skin tanning is caused by cells in your skin known as melanocytes. The melanocytes cells will begin creating melanin to protect your body from the UVA sun rays by absorbing the solar radiation you’re exposed to. The other kind of radiation the sunrays contain is UVB, but this ultraviolet radiation will just burn the exterior layers on your skin.
UVA is the radiation the sun contains that will make you tan because these rays get deep inside the lower layers of your skin.The more solar radiation you’re exposed to will cause the melanocytes in your skin cells to create more melanin, which will then cause skin tanning. The more melanin your body has to produce the darker you will get. If you are person with dark skin your melanocytes will make more melanin than a person that has a lighter skin tone.
Problems with Skin Tanning & Ways To Protect Yourself
Sun burns and sun tans aren’t the only thing you need to worry about if you’re skin is exposed to too much solar radiation. You can run the risk of getting skin cancer, which affects more than one million people every year. This makes it even more important to learn how to protect your skin when you are outside having fun in the sun. Before you go out grab some sunscreen that can block both UVA and UVB sunrays.
Make sure the sunscreen you’re using has at least 15 SPF and apply a thick layer onto your skin. If you are outside for a long period of time put more sunscreen on every 2 hours. However, even though most sunscreens can protect you from UVB rays the UVA rays can still penetrate your skin and cause harm.
The sunscreen will help but you should try to take breaks from the sun periodically and go indoors to cool off. You could also find a hat that has a large enough brim to block you from the sun’s radiation.
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Home Remedies for Skin Tanning
You can’t get rid of a skin tan in one night, but with the right home remedies you can quickly remove suntans and recover your natural skin.
Check out below the 3 best household items you can use to get rid of your skin tan.
Lemons are popular for their citrus taste and the flavor they bring to our foods and drinks. However, lemons have great healing powers and can be used to get rid of your skin tan. Get some aloe vera leaves from your nearest store and then mash it up real good. Juice a lemon and combine the lemon juice with the aloe vera leaves you just mashed.
This will form an aromatic paste that you will then take and rub onto the area on your body that has a skin tan or skin burn. Leave this paste on and allow it to dry. You will need to apply this treatment a couple times each day until the skin tan is removed.
Potatoes are utilized in so many different dishes and they taste great. A great way to use potatoes to lighten your skin is by rubbing some raw potato skin or juice on the affected area. To increase the natural bleaching power of a raw potato juice you can mix in a little lemon juice with it.
Cucumbers may not be one of your favorite things to eat but they are great for removing skin tans. Put the cucumbers in a juicer and remove all the juice you can. Mix in a teaspoon of milk to the cucumber juice and then apply to your skin 2 times each day. You can also just mash the cucumbers up and then apply it directly to the affected area to help cool and lighten.
With these household items you can quickly start removing your skin tan. Also remember to do your best to protect your skin to begin with and avoid the problem.