It is ironical that Westerners have invented tanning parlors to darken their skin and we Indians keep looking for ways to lighten our skin. The fact is that Indian summers are so harsh that we begin to tan as soon as we learn to crawl. Even if born with a porcelain complexion, we turn a few shades darker after a few years in the sun. Is there no way out of this "unwanted tanning" business? Can you do something to avoid turning dark this summer?
How To Avoid Tanning?
Avoid The Sun: This is the simplest and most obvious way to avoid tanning. So try to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. because this is the time when the UV rays are at their strongest. If you need to go out for any chores, try to fit them in the early morning or in the evening.
Use Sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen is extremely important. Apply a layer before going out in the daytime. Carry the sunscreen in your bag, and if you are out for a long period of time, try to reapply it every 2 hours. Don't let clouds fool you into believing that you don't need the sunscreen on a cloudy day. Remember that the clouds block only 20% of sun's radiations.
Buying A Sunscreen: When buying a sunscreen, look for an SPF of around 35. Any less, and it doesn't work. Any more, and you just rub oils into your skin without any extra protection from the sun. Also, make sure that your sunscreen protects you from both UVA and UVB radiations. Try to find one that is also waterproof, so that sweating does not rob your of your protection from the sun.
Dress For Coolness: Wear cool cotton clothes to stay cool. But make sure that your clothes cover more than they reveal. A layer of clothing protects you from the sun much more than a layer of sunscreen can. To protect your face, wear a wide brimmed hat and glares. The "daku haseena" look is not entirely inconceivable. So a scraf can also be worn around your face, revealing only your glares covered eyes.
Moisturise: Even after applying sunscreen and wearing long clothes, your skin still suffers from sun exposure. To minimize the damaging and drying effect of the sun, apply moisturise every night before you go to bed.
Drink Up: Drink loads of water during the summers. The water helps in maintaining skin tone and elasticity. Remember that you lose a lot of water in the form of perspiration during the summers. So it is necessary to replenish the lost water in order to remain hydrated and avoid dehydration.