While many pale-skinned beauties spend hours soaking in the sun to achieve that sun-kissed glow, those already blessed with a natural tan try to avoid it at any cost. I think tans look beautiful on others, but personally, I prefer my natural skin tone opposed to being a bit darker. Don’t get me wrong — I love tans, but sunbathing in my case, usually results in uneven skin tone, harsh skin, breakouts, as well as my dark circles becoming much darker. Not to mention lots of sun exposure leads to skin cancer, and that is why I try to avoid tanning as much as possible.
This past summer ended up being one where I was out in the sun a lot. My skin tone became significantly darker than it originally was. To help restore my natural skin color, I am using a few beauty remedies to help even out my skin tone, which I thought to share with my beautiful Brown Girls.
Some products and remedies I regularly use are:
1. Lemon and Honey
The citrus nature of lemon and the healing properties of honey make this an ideal combo to get rid of a tan. Mix the two products in equal portions and apply to face. Leave the mixture on for about 20 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. I try to do this every other day, but if I am feeling especially lazy, I apply lemon to my face and let it sit for around twenty minutes before rinsing off.
2. Haldi and besan mask
(also known as turmeric powder and gram flour)
These two powders mixed together and applied to the face really help clear your skin tone and gives your face a fresh glow. I usually apply the mask at least once a week during the summer. The recipe I use is as follows:
- 1 Tb of turmeric powder
- 1 Tb of gram flour
- 1 Tsp of milk
- ½ Tsp of honey
- 1 Tsp of lemon juice
Mix all the ingredients together until it is a thick consistency and apply to a thin layer of it on your face. Once it begins drying, apply some more milk to your face to ensure it is still moist. Leave the mask on for twenty minutes and wash it off. Also, please be careful with gram flour because many people are allergic to it without knowing it. Do a test on your wrist before to make sure you are not allergic.
Moisturize your skin with a product that assists in evening out skin tone. The biggest problem that occurs with tanning is uneven skin tone. I use Derma E’s Skin Lighten Natural Fade Age Spot Creme once in the morning and once at night. I applied it twice a day for two weeks now, and I see a slight difference in my skin tone.
4. Exfoliate Regularly
I try to exfoliate every day by using the Clarin’s Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System with a skin cleanser to make sure I am getting rid of my dead skin cells. I also use Freeman’s Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask for further exfoliation. Freeman’s Charcoal face mask is a must-have product. Not only does it exfoliate your skin, but it also leaves your face looking incredibly clean, fresh and polished!
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera does wonders for your skin! I swear by this product and religiously apply aloe vera to my face all year long. Not only does it help get rid of acne, but it assists in evening out your skin tone as well.
I would suggest scheduling an appointment for microdermabrasion towards the end of summer or buy a microdermabrasion machine yourself to get rid of all your excess dead skin. Microdermabrasion is a procedure that sands your skin with a special instrument, which makes room for a new, smoother layer of skin to replace the skin that has been treated. By sanding the skin, microdermabrasion removes the first layer of your skin, allowing for your natural skin pigment to seep through.
Sunscreen is a must-have all year round. I know sometimes the feel of sunscreen lotion is not the most appealing. However, in order to avoid skin problems as you age, protection from the sun is necessary. Many brands have solved the issue of sunscreen being too greasy for face application. Neutrogena’s sunscreen is great quality, and better yet, they also make a version labeled “dry touch,” which is specifically created to ensure your face does not feel greasy after application.
I hope these tips help those looking to get rid of tan, share secret beauty methods with us in the comments section!
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We’ve been seeing a lot of our products—especially cleansers and toners—do multiple things including balance our skin’s pH levels, but what does that exactly mean? To help shed light on this, we turned to Rachel Nazarian, M.D., of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York, to explain what’s behind pH, the impact it has on your skin and how and why balance is beautiful.
What is “pH” and what is its ideal “balance”?
Dr. Nazarian: The pH scale is a numeric scale (typically between 0 and 14) that measures how acidic or [neutral] something is. The skin, like every organ in the body, performs its best within a narrow ideal environment, especially when it comes to pH. Skin maintains its barrier best around 5.5—slightly acidic. At the ideal pH (5.5), the skin is able to maintain a good barrier and, together with natural oils, moisturizers and bacteria, function as a true protective defense organ. This collection of factors creating this shield is called the “acid mantle.”
Why is pH balance important to skin?
Dr. Nazarian: Any great deviation—either too high of a pH or too low—throws off the “ecosystem” of skin and causes inflammation and irritation when the natural oils and natural bacteria on the skin are disrupted. The connection between pH and bacteria comes from shifting the pH so far in either direction that the “good” bacteria are no longer able to keep inflammation and “bad” bacteria in check.
What are the signs of your skin’s pH being out of balance?
Dr. Nazarian: When people complain that their skin is too red, too dry, too itchy, too flaky, too oily—too anything—it’s potentially because the ideal balance of the skin is off and the pH has shifted, creating a cascade of inflammatory factors and unevenness in the natural flora. Although the concept of pH balance is still being extensively studied, the thought is that a pH that is too alkaline causes drying and decreased hydration of skin, leading to eczema flares and potentially highlighting signs of aging (like fine lines, wrinkles), while skin ranging too far low on the acidic pH spectrum creates increased redness and inflammation. The same is also possible internally: We have natural bacterial flora that helps boost the immune system and helps minimize bad bacteria. When we throw off this sensitive balance, newer studies suggest that inflammatory markers in the colon (and skin) increase, triggering acne, rosacea and perhaps other inflammatory conditions of the skin. Any deviation prevents skin from looking, feeling and performing its best.
What impacts the balance of skin pH?
Dr. Nazarian: The skin’s pH can be impacted by nearly anything: the skin care products you use, what you’re washing it with (classic soaps are too alkaline), how often you’re washing it and even what you’re eating. Similarly (and more commonly), if you’re using products that are too acidic or too basic, you could alter the skin’s pH. Patients of mine are always looking for “home remedies” or Pinterest-type skin care tips to naturally address skin concerns, but this is extremely risky because most home products, like kitchen and bathroom items, have a pH far varied from that of skin.
How can skin pH balance best be restored?
Dr. Nazarian: Probiotics can help restore the balance of skin and bacteria both externally and internally, but it’s important to adhere to a good topical regimen and diet to decrease the disruption of the good bacterial flora and pH as well. Many topical skin care products today contain probiotics or state that they are pH balanced: Both of these techniques will help regain an ideal skin environment. In addition, remembering to treat your skin delicately (not overwashing, overscrubbing or using random products) will help prevent the destruction of the sensitive acid mantle and will help protect your skin so it can protect you.
Home Remedies for Tanning: People always love to soak in the sun and they do all kinds of things in the presence of the sun. But so many don’t realize that in this process people can expose to the susceptible damage of their skin which is caused by the harmful sun rays.
The sun rays are always harsh, and they can harm your skin in lots of ways. One of the most common ways is skin tanning. When you got affected by sun rays, your skin loses all its moisture and the natural glow of your face. It that case your face will look like a dull and pale face.
Actually, this tanned appearance is common in western countries, and they do take this as a normal issue. But when it comes to eastern countries like India, China, Pakistan, Korea, etc. they don’t like this type of tanned appearance.
They simply consider tanned appearance as the unattractive and unaesthetic way. That’s why they always try to protect their skin from harmful UV rays.
Generally, whenever you are affected with skin tan, you should react appropriately at the earliest stage because it helps to prevent further damage. Although sunscreen lotions and other creams can protect your skin to some, the extent they can’t protect your skin 100%.
To cure this tanned appearance, you need to have patience. You don’t have to spend lots of money on expensive cosmetic products to get rid of the tanned appearance. All you need is to make use of some natural home remedies for tanning. These natural home remedies can help you a lot in getting your face glow back to normal state.
But it always requires some quality amount of time. Here in this post, I’ll let you know about the top 10 natural home remedies for tanning. You can use these home remedies for the tanning process, and this will work for sure.
When you think about the natural home remedies for tanning. You should think about lemon because this is perfect for curing suntanned skin. Lemon can heal this tanned skin because of its natural bleaching properties. That’s the reason why you should use lemon to remove skin tan.
- To remove tanned skin, first you have to take a fresh lemon, and then you have to apply lemon juice to the tanned skin area.
- After you apply lemon juice to the affected skin area allow that lemon juice to dry.
- Then wash your face to get the fresh and glowing skin. In this mixture of lemon juice, you can also add some sugar because sugar is a cleansing agent.
- Doing this process twice or thrice a week will give you fast results.
Yogurt is another excellent dead skin remover. This is very useful in minimizing suntan, and it helps to remove pores as well. Regular use of this yogurt can improve your skin and helps you to get rid of the dead and tanned skin.
- Take a cup of yogurt and add some fresh juice of one tomato.
- After adding tomato juice just add one cucumber juice to the yogurt mixture.
- Now add a half cup of gram flour and mix the whole mixture.
- Apply the slurry paste on your face and suntanned area.
- Leave your face for at least 30–35 minutes.
- Then wash your face with Luke warm water.
This mixture can be applied to face, hands and feet as well. Yogurt mixture will act as a scrub, and it removes tan quickly. Using this on a daily basis will give you fresh and glowing skin.
Tomato is another natural sun tan remover which you can use to get rid of tanned skin. Generally, tomato not only removes tan and dead skin but it also gives the glow to your skin because of its natural properties. That’s the reason why I have included tomato in this home remedies for tanning list.
Tomato is the oldest remedy to repair your skin, and it also helps you in reducing the aging process as well.
- Just take a fresh tomato and extract the juice from the tomato.
- Now after extracting juice simply apply on your skin.
- Wait for at least 10–15 minutes after keeping the tomato juice.
- After that wash, your face with water or you can wipe it off using a tissue or cotton.
As tomato is rich in mineral complexes, you don’t have to add any other mixture in this juice. Tomato itself can work efficiently and can reduce your damaged skin.
Are you thinking about lightening of your skin and reducing tan? Then make use of Aloe Vera gel. This will help you to clean and nourish your skin.
- Apply fresh Aloe Vera gel on your affected Skin areas.
- Always apply this gel when you are going to bed.
- Wake up in the morning and wash your skin thoroughly.
- This process will make your skin glow and also remove tan.
Most of you might already know about this process, but still, I will list it in this list. It is because the potato is rich in vitamin C and it also works as natural bleach. Potato helps your skin to remove sun tan.
- Take two or three potatoes and just peel off the skin of potatoes.
- Cut the potatoes into the chunks and put them in a blender.
- Just make them into a paste and apply it on your skin generously all over your tanned skin area.
- After that wait for at least 20–30 minutes to dry your skin.
- Then just wash it with cold water.
If you want to get better results than just make use of lemon juice. To make your skin more lighten and to remove sun tan.
Gram flour is another natural and useful item which helps you to remove dead skin cells. This gram flour helps your skin to brighten up and also removes suntan. If you want you can use a paste of whole green gram.
- Take the gram flour and mix flour in water.
- Rub it all over the suntan affected area.
- Just wait for 20 minutes and then wash with water.
If you do this twice or thrice a week, then you can get some great results. If you want you can mix tomato juice or yogurt in this gram flour.
These are the best and natural home remedies for tanning. Make use of these processes and get rid of tanned skin without using costly and expensive cosmetics.
I have been receiving tons of emails (literally!) from the readers requesting for skin fairness tips! According to them, white skin is equal to fair skin. I somehow do not agree with it!
Many of you have emailed me for home remedies and product suggestions for tan removing, skin lightening and dark patch removing. I wondered how people are much aware about the ‘skin complexion’ thing than the health and smoothness of their skin! Not just women, men too equally queried about getting back their lost skin complexion. It’s reasonable if you want to brighten your skin after a bad tan, but I guess it’s unfair to change your natural skin color for any reason! For the nth time, paleness of your skin doesn’t decide it’s beauty. Smoothness and the firmness does.
Our day today life is often stressful these days making us experience the dust, pollution and harmful UV ways. There’s no way we could totally escape from them but we can protect our skin up to an extent to lessen skin damage, uneven tanning and darkening. People gradually lose their radiant baby complexion by staying in sun for a long time, playing outdoor games, swimming etc. When they look years back, they would have had very even soft skin but all left now would be that patched, unevenly dark and rough skin.
There isn’t really a magical overnight cure for this skin condition but you can gradually remove the tan and get back your baby complexion. All you need are patience and dedication for this. If you are still going to be under sunlight everyday, then these ideas below may not work effectively; so as the first step, avoid Mr.Sun and don’t show your skin to him (expect for a mild morning and evening sunlight)
Exfoliate Twice a Week
Being a athlete, I used to have very dark and unevenly toned skin 2 years back due to my everyday practice under sun in the stadium. I did not crave for fair or whiter skin that time but just wanted to have a clear, radiant and mainly that ‘even’ skin tone. When nothing helped much to achieve that, exfoliation helped me a lot. Believe me, it worked like a charm in clearing out the uneven tone of my body and facial skin.
It is better to exfoliate your skin twice a week with good exfoliating products or you can just simply make your own skin exfoliating recipes at home. For face, use the mixture of rice powder, gram flour and rose water to scrub and exfoliate the unwanted dead cells and for my body, loofah works best. Loofah is nothing but a dried fruit fiber which you can get from super markets easily. If your facial skin is extra dry, add few drops of olive oil to your scrub recipe. Remember, do not overdo exfoliation as it might turn your skin more prone to sensitivity. Twice a week is more than enough.
Moisturizer & Sunscreen
These two are the basic and still the most important steps of anyone’s skincare routine. These two should never be skipped if you wish for a healthy glowing skin. Use good face and body moisturizers with high SPF hence you do not need to layer up two different products (Moisturizer and sunscreen separately) on your skin. Whatever skin type you may have, moisturization is a must. I have been experienced this; regular moisturization made my skin smooth, clear and soft. Though moisturization doesn’t lighten or whiten our skin, it makes skin super healthy and soft. You have to try it to believe it; so do not skip moisturization at any cost even if you have the oiliest skin.
Oily skin types need light moisturization whereas the dry ones would need heavy creamier moisturizers to balance the skin dryness. If you are going to step out without sunscreen, then forget about getting your complexion back. Even one day out in sun without your sunscreen will spoil all your effort so make sure to wear your sunscreen everyday. If you are out in sun for more than 2-3 hours continuously, then reapplication of your SPF lotion on both face and body is a must as well!
DIY Tan Removing Facial Every Weekend
To remove facial tan and brighten your skin complexion, you can prefer weekend facials. This would remove any excess dead cells present on the surface your skin and helps to reveal the original glow. Performing a facial routine yourself isn’t that a tough task. All your need are a facial cleanser, a scrub, a face pack, a toner and a moisturizer. You need to choose of them depending on your skin type whether oily, dry or sensitive.
Cleanse your face without any traces of oil, leftover makeup and such. Apply a good facial scrub and exfoliate your facial skin. This process would open up the skin pores and helps in better face pack penetration. After scrubbing, wash your face and smooth your face pack evenly on your face and neck. I highly suggest a tan removing face pack for this. There are many tan removing face packs available in the market today; choose one which suits your skin the best. Alternatively you can also combine a teaspoon of fullers earth with a teaspoon of sandalwood powder, half a teaspoon of tulsi (basil) paste, required rose water and few drops of glycerin to make a muddy tan removing face pack in minutes. This would do wonders on your skin! After face pack usage, dab the toner and moisturize your skin. You’re done with your quick and natural weekend DIY tan removing facial.
This facial should be followed at least once every week to get back your complexion soon. For faster results, you can even perform this twice every week. Applying a thin paste of sandalwood + rose water mixture on face for 15 minutes every night would ensure quick tan removal. This process would also calm down and soften your skin to help it stay young forever.
Eat in time, sleep in time and drink lots of water everyday. 3 liters of water a day would do wonders on your health and beauty if regularly followed. Not only in the morning, have a bath before your bedtime too to ensure dirt and sweat removal from the skin. Follow all these steps for a month or two and come back here with your results. Forget about chemical skin bleaches and other artificial treatments. Go natural and achieve the clearer skin tone. Get back your complexion by following a healthy skincare routine as instructed above. These remedies are also suitable for brides.
As much as we love the sun, the sun has mixed feelings about us. Sure, it warms us and helps grow our food, but spend too much time basking in her glory, and you may end up with burns, blisters, aging skin or cancer.
Sun damage can happen in as little as less than an hour, particularly for folks with the fairest skin. But even if you’re cautious and avoid burns, the cumulative effects of sun damage can be lasting.
As with other poor choices we make about our skin — teardrop tattoo, anyone? — sun overexposure may feel good at the time, but is best approached with commonsense prevention. Just don’t do it. Whether you’re after a golden tan or if you just forget to apply sunscreen, the potential for lasting effects is similar. And while you can’t completely undo sun damage, there may be steps you can take to mitigate its negative effects.
What You Need to Know
Everyone is susceptible to sun damage, but the fairer your skin, the greater your risks.
The acute effects of sun overexposure include an inflammatory reaction to ultraviolet radiation, leading to a visible burn, pain and blistering, and can be treated at home over the days following exposure.
The long-term effects of sun damage include premature aging, dry skin, wrinkles, discoloration, and increased risk of skin cancer. While these are more difficult to treat and repair than a sunburn, there are some options.
Prevention is the best way to deal with sun damage. Though you may be able to treat the visible damage, cellular damage and thus cancer risks cannot be undone.
How Sun Damage Happens
There are two types of UV rays that reach the earth. A third, UVC, is blocked by the ozone layer.
UVA rays penetrate the skin to its deepest layers, into the dermis and damage the cells there, which is where most skin cancers occur. UVB rays have a shorter wavelength and don’t get past the epidermis; they’re largely responsible for sunburns. Both UVA and UVB rays do damage and both can lead to premature aging, mutations, and cancer.
People with fairer skin are most at risk of sun damage and its effects. That’s because melanin, a pigment, helps block UV rays. This doesn’t mean people with olive and darker skin tones aren’t at risk for sun damage, but that their skin is less sensitive to the sun’s powers and the risks are lower.
Treating Acute Sun Damage
If you’re unfortunate enough to end up with a sunburn, whether intentionally or unintentionally, you’ll certainly regret it within a matter of hours. Just know the effects of an acute burn are not short term. You’ve done lasting damage.
Still, in the interest of minimizing your suffering, here are some tips for managing your bad decision:
Get out of the sun. If you have any inkling that you’re burning, remove the thing that does the burning.
Cool your skin. You can do this with a cool shower or bath, or compresses with cool, wet cloths.
Reduce inflammation. If the pain is intense, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen may help ease your discomfort.
Keep your skin hydrated. Gels containing aloe vera are a great option that cool and moisturize sunburned skin. Reapply them frequently.
Hydrate internally. Sunburned skin essentially draws the fluids from your body to the skin’s surface in a sort of emergency response, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.
Let blisters heal naturally. If your skin blisters, treat it gently and don’t manually peel your dead skin off.
These steps may help you feel better and the short-term effects of a sunburn may disappear within a week, but the damage you’ve done isn’t as fleeting as it appears.
Treating Long-Term Sun Damage
If you’re an adult, you likely have some sun damage. Even kids do — freckles may be a tell-tale sign. In those of us over the age of 20, such damage looks like aging skin. Wrinkles, age spots (bigger, not-as-cute freckles), thickening skin, etc. — these may all be signs of lasting sun damage. So, what can you do about them?
Exfoliate. Assuming you’re not nursing an acute sunburn, removing dead skin cells can even your skin tone and leave your face looking smoother. You don’t need a sandblaster or abrasive cleansers to achieve this — a clean washcloth used daily will do the trick.
Moisturize. Dry skin looks older. Keeping your skin hydrated with a high-quality moisturizer can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you have oily skin, look specifically for oil-free and noncomedogenic products.
There is some evidence that a vitamin-rich diet can reduce UV skin damage, according to the.
Repair. Topical retinoids are the “gold standard” of repairing sun damage, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation
. They work by increasing collagen production and cell regeneration, according to the organization. They are backed by a significant amount of research, too. One such retinoid, called tretinoin, has been shown to reduce wrinkling, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), and roughness, according to the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging.
Laser treatments are another, albeit more extreme, option for men wanting to reverse the signs of sun damage. These treatments can be obtained through a dermatologist and can target melanin, the pigment responsible for dark spots.
An Ounce of Prevention…
The best way to deal with sun damage is not to get it in the first place. Because even if you’re able to lighten your dark spots and heal your latest burn — you can’t undo the increased risk of skin cancer that sun damage has delivered. The damage is done, but you can make an effort to prevent future damage.
Wear sunscreen daily. Using a moisturizer with at least an SPF 30 makes this step easy.
Minimize sun exposure. If the UV index is moderate to high (5 or greater), limit the time you spend out in it. You can find the UV index in most weather apps.
If you have to be out in the sun, wear a hat and consider UV-protective clothing.
Skip tanning beds. If you “need” a golden glow, look into spray tans. They deliver the color without the increased risk of skin cancer and sun damaged skin.
fewer wrinkles or your money back
This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.
Many things cause our skin to age. Some things we cannot do anything about; others we can influence.
One thing that we cannot change is the natural aging process. It plays a key role. With time, we all get visible lines on our face. It is natural for our face to lose some of its youthful fullness. We notice our skin becoming thinner and drier. Our genes largely control when these changes occur. The medical term for this type of aging is “intrinsic aging.”
We can influence another type of aging that affects our skin. Our environment and lifestyle choices can cause our skin to age prematurely. The medical term for this type of aging is “extrinsic aging.” By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects that this type of aging has on our skin.
How to prevent premature skin aging
As people age, it’s natural to experience thinner, drier skin and an increase in wrinkles and other signs of aging. However, your environment and lifestyle choices can sometimes cause your skin to age prematurely. To prevent premature skin aging, board-certified dermatologists recommend following these simple tips.
11 ways to reduce premature skin aging
The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin. Other things that we do also can age our skin more quickly than it naturally would. To help their patients prevent premature skin aging, dermatologists offer their patients the following tips.
Protect your skin from the sun every day. Whether spending a day at the beach or running errands, sun protection is essential. You can protect your skin by seeking shade, covering up with sun-protective clothing — such as a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses with UV protection — and using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher), and water-resistant. You should apply sunscreen every day to all skin that is not covered by clothing. For more effective protection, look for clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) label.
Apply self-tanner rather than get a tan. Every time you get a tan, you prematurely age your skin. This holds true if you get a tan from the sun, a tanning bed, or other indoor tanning equipment. All emit harmful UV rays that accelerate how quickly your skin ages.
If you smoke, stop. Smoking greatly speeds up how quickly skin ages. It causes wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion.
Avoid repetitive facial expressions. When you make a facial expression, you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscles for many years, these lines become permanent. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce lines caused by squinting.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Findings from a few studies suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Findings from research studies also suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging.
Drink less alcohol. Alcohol is rough on the skin. It dehydrates the skin, and in time, damages the skin. This can make us look older.
Exercise most days of the week. Findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more-youthful appearance.
Cleanse your skin gently. Scrubbing your skin clean can irritate your skin. Irritating your skin accelerates skin aging. Gentle washing helps to remove pollution, makeup, and other substances without irritating your skin.
Wash your face twice a day and after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin, so you want to wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
Apply a facial moisturizer every day. Moisturizer traps water in our skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
Stop using skin care products that sting or burn. When your skin burns or stings, it means your skin is irritated. Irritating your skin can make it look older.
Note: Some anti-aging products prescribed by a dermatologist may burn or sting. When using a prescription anti-aging product, this can be OK. Just be sure to let your dermatologist know.
Never too late to benefit
Even people who already have signs of premature skin aging can benefit from making lifestyle changes. By protecting your skin from the sun, you give it a chance to repair some of the damage. Smokers who stop often notice that their skin looks healthier.
If signs of aging skin bother you, you may want to see a dermatologist. New treatments and less-invasive procedures for smoothing wrinkles, tightening skin, and improving one’s complexion are giving many people younger-looking skin.
You’re never too young or old to see a dermatologist
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A mum is issuing a warning to sunbed users, after she was diagnosed with skin cancer.
Paris Tippett, 25, from Berkshire, used sunbeds on and off from the age of 18, but started going twice-weekly for up to 14 minutes a session last year.
Paris was diagnosed with skin cancer after using sunbeds (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
But after four months of regular sessions, Paris noticed a tiny freckle on her right shin while moisturising her legs.
The mum went to her GP and was referred to a specialist who removed the freckle and sent it for testing.
Two weeks later she was given the devastating news that it was cancerous and she had stage-two melanoma.
“I first started using sunbeds when I was 18 as I wanted to try them,” said Paris.
“From then I’ve just gone in and out of using them in my life. I haven’t used them solidly every week of my life, I tend to use them just before I go on holiday or for summer.
Paris noticed a tiny freckle on her leg (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
“They also make me feel a bit better. Sometimes when I’ve been feeling a bit down in the past, I get SAD [seasonal affective disorder] and it has made me feel like it’s helping me.
“When the doctor told me it was melanoma, a vicious one, I just sat there and was beside myself. I just cried and said ‘is this terminal?’
“I was using sunbeds more so in between lockdowns because I didn’t know when I was going to be able to get a sunbed again.
“From last summer I upped it to two [sessions] a week, sometimes three for 12-14 minutes a time over the course of four months, and that’s when a little freckle on my shin came up that winter.”
Paris says doctors were not initially worried (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
Paris explained when she first noticed the freckle, she decided to keep an eye on it, and continued to use sunbeds with a plaster over it.
At first, Paris says doctors weren’t concerned, but because it was new, it could be removed if Paris wanted.
“She said that because it was new and I didn’t feel comfortable with it, it could be removed if I wanted,” Paris explained.
“I know my body and I just got that feeling and I knew something just wasn’t right. I had it removed in July and then I got my results back two weeks after that.
“I was a little bit apprehensive about getting it removed, but it was better than leaving it. Waiting a couple of weeks for the results to come back was just hell.
“I wasn’t myself, I was all over the place. I couldn’t focus on work, I couldn’t concentrate at the gym – I would just go and sit there, I couldn’t focus.
“I was just so worried. I was so petrified when I got the results, it was like I’d been put in someone else’s life. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”
Paris underwent surgery after the diagnosis (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
After the shocking diagnosis, Paris had a second surgery to remove lymph nodes and a wider section of tissue – to ensure the cancer hadn’t spread further.
“Stage two melanoma is a fast-spreading cancer. It’s all about time with melanoma, if you catch it fast you’re lucky,” she said.
“This mole was probably only on my body for six months and I had to go through what I had to go through and that was really lucky.
“Whereas if it had been there for years it could have spread to my lungs, it might have got in my blood, you just don’t know. I’m so thankful I did listen to my body and got it removed.
“Three weeks later [after the diagnosis] I had surgery, it was a really difficult time. I had days I didn’t even want to be here – really, really low days when I thought I couldn’t cope.
The mum says getting the all clear was like 'winning the lottery' (Credit: Kennedy News and Media)
“They removed lymph nodes from my right groin and removed quite a wide area, going down to the bone in my shin, to make sure it hadn’t spread.”
After hearing her results were all clear four weeks later on September 23rd, Paris described it as being like ‘winning the lottery’.
“When they said I was all clear it was priceless, it felt like I’d won the lottery, you can’t put a price on it,” she said.
Now, Paris will have regular check-ups with her dermatologist and surgeon and has vowed to never go on sunbeds again.
“I couldn’t believe that sunbeds could do this. I’ll never get on one ever again, it’s not worth it,” she added.
“The thing with melanoma is you don’t know you’ve got it, it’s a silent killer. It doesn’t show necessarily in a mole – it can be a patch of skin, uneven patch of skin.
“I would say to anyone who is thinking of using sunbeds to invest in an amazing tan – there are some amazing tans out there.
Moisturizer isn’t the only solution for more supple skin.
One of the first places we start to notice the years gone by is our skin. Aging skin dries, thins, and loses some of its resilience. The skin care regimen you used in your 20s or 30s won’t yield the same results today.
Here are eight effective strategies to help your skin look its best.
1. Shield your skin. Exposure to the sun prematurely ages skin and contributes to fine lines and wrinkles. One of the best skin protection products you can buy is a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Add another layer of protection by wearing a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses when you go outside.
2. Keep showers (and baths) short. A quick, five-minute shower will hydrate your skin. Staying in there for more than 10 minutes will start to leach moisture away.
3. Turn down the temperature. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils. Keep the water temperature comfortably warm, but not scalding hot.
4. Moisturize. As soon as you step out of the bath or shower, apply a layer of moisturizer to your body to seal moisture into your skin. A thicker ointment or cream can be more soothing—and less irritating—to dry, sensitive skin. Look for ingredients like dimethicone, glycerin, mineral oil, or hyaluronic acid, which hold moisture in the skin. Don’t forget about your face, either. Use a facial moisturizer designed for your skin type—dry, oily, or combination.
5. Keep it mild. Stick with a gentle cleanser that’s free from strong fragrances and alcohol that can dry out skin. Be wary of anti-aging products with ingredients like retinoids and alpha-hydroxy acid, which can increase irritation.
6. Humidify. In cold weather, turn on a humidifier to add moisture to the air of your home.
7. Wear gloves. Your hands can dry out, too, especially in winter. Gloves protect your skin against the harsh weather.
8. Don’t smoke. In addition to causing cancer and many other diseases, smoking reduces blood flow and prematurely wrinkles the skin, giving it a leathery appearance.
For more advice on caring for your skin and keeping it healthy, buy Skin Care and Repair, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.
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