Sunbathing is the science of exposing our body to the sun so that we can absorb the sunlight and put it to effective use. Our bodies need the sunlight for developing Vitamin D out of it, which helps in the storage of calcium in the bones and improves the growth of teeth, muscles, and bones. Along with that sunbathing helps in maintaining a healthy heart. The process of Sunbathing is simple. All you have to do is sit or lie down in the sun during the well lit hours of the day for a short period and your Sunbathing session is done.
The healthy duration for a sunbath
Sunbathing for a long duration can get harmful for the human body considering that the UV Rays are very strong. So the healthy time duration for which a person can enjoy Sunbathing is 15- 20 minutes. A 15-minute duration is enough to accumulate all the Vitamin D that our bodies need. It is always better to start with a short duration like 5 minutes so that your body gets accustomed to it.
Benefits of Sunbathing
- Increases the amount of Vitamin D in the body.
- Sunbathing improves the texture of the skin.
- It is good for your heart health.
- It enhances the health of your hair.
- It helps in weight loss.
- Sunbathing helps babies grow tall.
- Boosts the immune system.
- It is also useful in unclogging blood vessels.
However, Sunbathing also leads to the problem of tanning. Tanning is the darkening of the skin that happens due to exposure to the sun. It is the genetic damage caused to the outermost layer of your skin due to overexposure to the sun. The skin prevents this from happening, which results in the production of melanin causing the darkening of the skin. However, there are ways of tackling tanning through natural methods.
Natural methods are much better than the synthetic ones when it comes to working for our body. And hence today we will talk about some effective ways of tackling tanning through natural methods.
Papaya and Honey
Papaya can be mashed and mixed with honey to create a paste. This paste is then supposed to be applied to the area affected by the tan and left for 5 minutes. Then it has to be washed off. Papaya has a type of enzyme called the Papain Enzyme which is known for its skin lightening property, while the honey works to make the skin supple and together they help in curing the tan.
Tomatoes and Yogurt
Take a tomato and peel off its skin, now blend it with 1-2 small spoons of yogurt. Your tan removal paste is ready. Apply this paste on the affected area and let it stay for up to 20 minutes. Then wash it off. Tomatoes have a lot of antioxidants that are known for their skin brightening properties while yogurt is a source of lactic acid that makes the skin softer. Thus becoming a way of tackling tanning through natural methods.
Using a potato to get rid of tan is easy. You can simply juice a potato in a juicer and rub the juice on your face and arms. Or you can simply cut the potato into slices and place it on the affected areas. This will give your skin a soothing feel and potatoes are known to have a bleaching effect. Hence it becomes a way of tackling tanning through natural methods.
Aloe Vera is a very beneficial natural ingredient. Its gel is known to be a cure for multiple problems. One of them being the removal of tan. Aloe vera gel can be applied to the tab affected area, it will not only lighten it but will also give a cool, soothing feeling. This is how it helps in tackling tanning through natural methods.
Multani Mitti and rose water face pack
Mix Multani Mitti with chilled rose water and make a paste. Apply this paste on your face or any other affected area and let it dry. Once it has dried up, wash it off. Multani Mitti has a soothing effect plus it brightens up the skin. This face pack will add radiance to your skin.
So these were some fairly easy remedies that you can prepare at home with everyday ingredients to cure your tan. These home remedies ensure that you can enjoy your regular Sunbathing sessions and not be worried about your skin getting tanned. Are you still avoiding a good sunbath due to fear of a tan? No worries. These techniques will help you in tackling tanning through natural methods.
- Is a Sun Tan permanent?
Suntan is seen as a natural way to darken one's skin in many parts of the world. However, it is not permanent. It mostly affects the topmost layer of the skin which rejuvenates over some time. Nonetheless, you can try some very basic home remedies like tomato and yogurt paste, potato juice, or aloe vera gel on the tan to cure it.
- How long does it take for a tan to heal?
If it is a normal sunburn, it will take about 3-5 days to heal. But a suntan can take a little longer and a little more effort. Different remedies take different amounts of time, like aloe vera gel if applied daily can heal it in a week. It also depends on the degree of the tan and your skin sensitivity. But all in all, it doesn't take a very long time to heal.
- What happens to the skin during a tan?
On getting overly exposed to the sun, the UV Rays tend to cause genetic damage to your skin. The skin tries to prevent this from happening. In an attempt to do so it releases melanin which results in the skin getting darker. However, it can be cured by easy to make home remedies.
- What to do after a sunbath?
It is advisable to drink lots of water during and post the sunbath, as during the sunbath your skin dries out and loses moisture. Take a refreshing shower with lukewarm water. These are some of the things you should do after a sunbath.
- When should one shower after sunbathing?
You can take a shower nearly 20 minutes after a sunbath. Since there is no synthetic process involved, your skin is only producing melanin, the shower will not affect your skin.