Bridal Beauty Basics: Ban The Tan And Get Fairer Skin For Your D-Day

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Dreaming of fairer skin and more radiant complexion for the D-Day? Then you need sun protection, baby! Read on, we have simple tricks and home remedies to help you protect your skin from the harsh sun and also give you a radiant and fairer complexion.

Everyday Tips to keep the skin from tanning

  • Avoid going outdoors between 10 am to 4 pm especially in the summers. This is time when the suns’ UV rays are the harshest.
  • Carry an umbrella or wear a broad rimed hat or cap. Choose hats with more than 3” of brim to help protect the face and neck.
  • Avoid getting sunburnt. Not only can this cause the skin to peel, it can lead to ugly blotches, marks and redness.
  • Stay away from tanning beds and other artificial means of getting a sun kissed glow. Use a good bronzer instead-that can achieve the same effect.
  • Wear clothes that help cover up all exposed areas of the body. Long sleeve shirts, long pants, especially denim, can provide dependable sun protection.
  • Choose polarized sunglasses which can block 99 to 100% of sun’s UV rays.
  • Wear a sunscreen fastidiously. Choose one with SPF of 15++ or higher. This can help prevent over 93% of UVB rays. Do not forgo the sunscreen even on overcast cloudy, rainy days as UV rays are still rampant in these conditions. According to the Skin cancer prevention society, dermatologists recommend wearing at least 2 tablespoons of sunscreen daily before going out.


Other reasons behind Skin pigmentation

Apart from sun exposure, some other conditions that could lead to skin pigmentation are hormonal imbalances, stress, underlying health conditions (diabetes), or even the use of certain cosmetics, dyes etc.

Dermatologists usually recommend skin creams containing Pure vitamin C extracts, topical retinols, AHA or alpha hydroxyl acid based creams as well as Kojic acid (used by Japanese Geishas to achieve a white look) to reduce hyper pigmentation. If these do not work, one can opt for slightly invasive and expensive options like Laser therapy, Skin chemical peels and microdermabrasion. When opting for these, plan to have them done at least 6 months before the wedding as they require multiple sittings and often peel the skin to work on the inner skin layers.

Home Remedies for Fairer Skin


Brides to be can also use some common kitchen remedies to reduce skin pigmentation.

  • Rub some lemon juice on the marks. Be careful while stepping outdoors after using this remedy: Lemon is highly acidic and can increase skin’s sun sensitivity.
  • Apply a paste of milk and honey on the face and leave on for 10 minutes before washing off. This remedy is proven to lighten skin provided one uses it daily. This is more effective for dry skin.
  • Make a face mask of turmeric, lemon juice and some gram powder/besan in milk, rosewater or plain warm water. Apply this over the face and keep for 15 minutes. Wash off.  Repeat once a week.
  • Tomato juice is another proven remedy for banning the tan. Apply a mixture of tomato juice and lemon juice with some besan/gram powder for 10 minutes daily before bath.
  • Body massages with warm oils (coconut oil or olive oil) can also be beneficial in reducing tan.
  • Make a fruit mask consisting of mashed Papaya or banana along with some honey, Multani Mitti (for oily skin) or cream (for dry skin). Apply all over the face and wash off after 20 minutes. The natural acids in the fruit can help reduce marks and pigmentation.

Along with these face masks and daily sun protection measures, follow a healthy diet consisting of loads of water, fresh fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables. That, along with adequate exercise, is sure to give you a healthy, glowing and fairer skin in time for the wedding.

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