01 May 2013

Image-conscious Indian women have been given a series of tips for removing tanning marks by one of the country's leading cosmetic surgeons. Dr Manjiri Patanmar Puranik says that signs of a tan can take up to a week to fade, and warns people not to resort to using products containing bleach to remove any marks caused by the sun. The doctor, who runs clinics in India, Dubai and Kuwait, suggests exfoliating the skin to remove top layers of dehydrated skin, which will result in a more even skin tone. For dealing with uneven skin tone, Dr Puranik recommends a course of microdermabrasion, which cleanses and moisturises the skin below the surface. Longer-lasting results can be achieved through the use of chemical peels, the doctor says, at the same time warning that people taking this option need to increase the measures they take to protect their skin from sun exposure, and use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30. Laser treatments also fix uneven skin, Dr Puranik adds, with the added benefit that they can be used to precisely target specific problem areas. But for anyone considering even moderate exposure to the sun, she finally suggests, in addition to using sunscreen daily, staying hydrated, eating mineral and vitamin-rich fruits, and moisturising nightly.