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Screen the sun

Sunscreen protects the skin by copying the function of the body's natural screen, melanin. When picking a sunscreen, you should look for protection from both UVA and UVB rays. A sunscreen within the range of SPF 15-30 is ideal for the Indian skin. The SPF value that you pick should depend on the amount of sun exposure you face.
Sunscreen should be applied at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun. In case you have very oily skin and the sunscreens make you sweat, you should apply a light moisturiser with adequate UV protection.
Re-apply the sunscreen every four to five hours, irrespective of its SPF value, to ensure proper protection from the burning sun.
Select a sunscreen with moisturiser or wear it about 10 minutes after you apply a moisturiser.

Wrap yourself up

It is best to wear cotton clothing in summer. Avoid silk or synthetic clothes since they can irritate the skin. If possible wear full-sleeved clothes to prevent your arms from tanning.
Cover the exposed parts of your body with an umbrella, a hat or a scarf.
Wear proper sunglasses to shield the sensitive skin around your eyes from the sun.

At home: Use household products to keep your skin looking fresh


When the sun brings you down, flaunt your flawless skin to lift your mood. But don't forget to first reverse the damage the sun has already done.

Can the tan

To reduce the tan, use a natural bleach. Curd helps reduce the tan drastically but you will need to repeat it for a few days.
A temporary sun tan will fade on its own within two-three weeks. However a deep tan may require exfoliation treatments such as body polishing, mild face cleaning, herbal facial with fruits, natural and organic ingredients, manicure and pedicure.

Replenish the moisture

Dehydration affects the skin the most during summer months. Due to the heat, you sweat and your body ends up losing water as well as necessary minerals. The skin needs a light moisturiser to replenish and retain its natural moisture content. Even if it's oily in summer, use an oil-control moisturising cream that will help your skin remain smooth, supple and look fresh.

Cool home remedies

Mash ripe papaya and apply it on the face. Leave for 15-20 minutes before washing it off.
Use a paste made of two spoons of besan, a pinch of turmeric, raw milk and lemon juice.
Apply aloe vera gel to reduce and ease the inflammation caused by sun burns.