Rarely do people want to get rid of tanning. Nowadays, people resort to the services of a tanning bed. Although exposure to ultraviolet rays accelerates the aging process of the epidermis, leading to its pigmentation, dryness, and peeling. Often the natural tan is uneven, or the skin gets an unwanted intense dark shade. In such situations, it is advisable to lighten the skin if we are talking about a tan and not a burn when there is pain and redness.
Ways to remove a tan from the face can be divided into three main categories:
- Home treatments
- Cosmetic products
- Salon procedures
Removing The Tan At Home
You will not be able to help much at once, but gradually you will see the result. You can mix the ingredients or use each one separately.
- Lemon juice. You need to squeeze half a lemon, dilute two teaspoons of water and apply, without rubbing, on the sunburned areas. The skin on the face is delicate, so keep the composition for 2-3 minutes maximum. Then it should be rinsed with warm water, washed with a cleanser, and used as a moisturizing cream. Owners of dry skin with caution should use such a mask.
- Fresh cucumber. You can cut it into circles, grate it, and apply it to your face. Such a mask further refreshes and tones your face, and walk with it for 10 minutes.
- Sour cream and other dairy products. Apply in its pure form, leave for 15-20 minutes and wash off with warm water.
- Parsley. Suitable for any skin. And if chopped with the addition of sour cream or honey, you can get a perfect consistency.
- Clay. White and blue is best. It can be diluted with parsley or cucumber juice or water, and add a couple of drops of lemon juice. The mixture must be rinsed before it dries. Otherwise, you can over-dry the skin.
Salon procedures will be the most effective and safe. At the same time, they are pretty aggressive and are not recommended for use in the spring and summer periods and have contraindications. Therefore, choosing the best methods of removing tanning and preparations from a cosmetologist is best. They are aimed at increasing exfoliation – exfoliation of the epidermis. The most effective are:
- Mesotherapy is a vitamin cocktail, the composition selected individually by the doctor, usually including nicotinic acid, amino acids, biotin, and magnesium. The primary role played by vitamin C, thanks to him, the skin lightens. This procedure is perfect for hyperpigmentation and freckles.
- Laser whitening. Cells with a high melanin content absorb the laser beam’s energy, which leads to their exfoliation within a week. It can be used locally – on tanned areas.
- Chemical peeling. Glycolic, lactic, salicylic, and retinoic acids are applied to the skin. They dissolve keratinized skin scales and stimulate regeneration processes. The doctor selects the concentration and type of acid depending on the specific reaction. For example, retinoids have the fastest effect, but it is dangerous to be exposed to UV rays for 5-7 days after using them because of the possibility of getting pigmentation.
The highest effectiveness is achieved using acids. In-home methods and salon procedures also realize the effect through the action of different acids. In commercial products, their concentration varies. The “beginner” is not recommended to use cosmetics with a high content of active ingredients because there is a risk of damaging the skin. When choosing a product, you should look for the following components:
- fruit acids;
- azelaic acid;
- licorice extract;
- salicylic acid.
There are whole ranges of both budget and expensive ones. They differ in composition and concentration and can be in any form: toner, mask, lotion, cream, or scrub – acts as mechanical exfoliation.
All methods have a whitening effect on the skin in one way or another. It only differs in intensity. The best option – is procedures at a cosmetologist. But no matter what method of skin lightening you choose, the next time, you need to keep in mind some recommendations that will help extend the youthfulness of your skin and avoid the consequences in the form of excessive tanning:
- Limit the time you spend in the sun, regardless of the time of day or weather. The sun’s rays affect your skin, stimulating melanin production.
- Use sunscreen throughout the year. Just choose an SPF cream with less protection in the winter.