How to prevent your skin from getting tanned?

When you read about protecting your skin from the sun, you may feel that you have heard it all before.

The worst thing is, Ultraviolet rays of the sun are not visible and cannot be felt. The best way to protect your skin is to seek shade when the harmful Ultraviolet rays are at their peak. And if you are heading outdoors, you must wear protective clothing, a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Here are a few simple points you need to keep in mind.

Plan your day well in advance. The best thing you can do for your skin is to avoid the sun from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.

It is best to wear loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Check the kind of clothes you are wearing — closely woven fabrics that cast a dense shadow when held up to light are perfect to protect you from the harsh glares of the sun.

Protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses that wrap around the sides of the face so that Ultraviolet rays don’t reach your eyes.

If your skin burns easily, the best way to protect it is to use sunscreen. A generous application of a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen would do. Reapply it every two hours.

Always apply sunscreen before stepping out. Prepare a mixture of yogurt and lemon juice and apply it daily on your skin before taking a bath.

Rubbing peeled potato skin over the affected area helps reduce tan.

Applying cucumber on the affected area is also good.

Prepare a paste of sandalwood powder, coconut and almond oil, and apply it on your skin for half an hour.

Applying Aloe Vera gel daily helps protect your skin from tanning.

Papaya is a natural skin-lightening agent. Rub papaya pulp on tanned skin.

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