By Sherazade Khan
Whether your daily morning car ride scorches you like nobody’s business or your summer was spent on a gorgeous beach, it’s hard to escape the tan that’s ever so ready to creep on us. The thing with tan is that the sparkling bronze sheen looks great initially, but after a few weeks it morphs into a grey-blue shade, leaving you with a perpetually grimy-looking skin. That’s when our ammis, after ‘tch tch-ing’ at us, point us towards the kitchen.
Here are some easy tips and tricks for you to get your skin back to its radiant self.
When life gives you lemons…
Cut them in half and rub them all over! Sit like that for ten minutes (or less if the tingling turns into a burning sensation) before jumping in the shower and washing it all off. People with sensitive skin shouldn’t try this.
A bed of roses…
Mix a tablespoon each, of cucumber extract, lemon juice, and rosewater. Fight the urge to taste it, as it smells pretty darn good! Dab this concoction generously on your tanned skin. If you have time on your hands, leave it on for longer, otherwise wash it off after half an hour.
Khatti daal anyone?
This one is magical and gives instant results. Soak a tablespoon (or more, if needed) of masoor daal in water and turn it into a paste. Then add equal quantities of aloe extract (scoop it straight from the plant, if you have one) and tomato paste, and mix it thoroughly before applying on tanned areas.
Sit still for half an hour before washing it off with cold water.
Haldi Doodh for the face
I’m sure at some point of your life, someone has tried to pour the revolting mixture of haldi doodh down your throat. Our elders tell us it can cure everything and anything. Trust us, they’re speaking nothing but truth.
Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with milk to form a paste and apply it to your face. Let it dry completely before removing it with a damp cloth and then wash any remnants off.