If you have been out in the sun too long and are now dealing with the consequences, cucumber may be just what the doctor ordered. Cucumbers contain natural coolant properties, and when applied directly to the skin can help both in the reduction of pain, as well as increase the healing process of the damaged skin. For best results when treating sunburn, put some cucumber slices on it as soon as possible.
"Cucumber is one of the best cooling beauty products. It can be applied on the face, eyes and feet to reduce that heat-induced greasy feeling," says Mahima Trivedi, spa manager. To get rid of your tan, use a cucumber face pack, this acts like a natural bleach.
For oily skin
- Even if your skin is very oily in summer, don't discontinue the use of sunscreen. Use a gel-based sunscreen instead of your regular cream-based sunblock.
- Apply fresh, cooled cucumber paste to the skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Wash your face at least two to three times a day.
- Use a scrub once in 10 days, depending on the sensitivity of your skin.
- Aloe vera gel is also an excellent coolant and moisturiser for oily skin.
If you get a tan
- Rub your face with ice cubes to close your pores to reduce breakouts. Ice also soothes burnt skin.
- Cool your palms by lightly rubbing them with ice cubes. Lightly massage skin with a gel (combination to oily skin) or cream (dry to normal skin).
Use a mixture of honey, rosewater and lemon to get rid of a tan.
- A face pack of unboiled milk, turmeric and some lemon juice is effective for the face. You can also blend gram flour, lime juice and some curd to make a face pack.
- You can make herbal sunscreen at home by mixing sesame oil, almond oil and olive oil.