Remember those days of being a teenager and baking in the sun, covered with Hawaiian Tropic dark tanning oil or baby oil with iodine (what were we thinking?). No sunscreen in those at all. Sunscreen wasn’t even in our vocabulary then. We spent plenty of Saturdays at the beach when I was a teen in college in Florida and I can remember being obsessed with laying out in the sun, just laying there baking and it was SO hot. Oh my, the years I did that are just crazy, but honestly I don’t think we knew better at the time. I have since learned the hazards of tanning….
I do not tan at all anymore (on purpose anyway), except when I’m at the beach and put on a lot of sunscreen. I’ll sit out a bit in the sun, but do not let myself burn and get minimal sun on myself and I cover my face with a hat and sunscreen all the time when I’m out at the beach. I’m not so good about doing it around my house when I’m outside, but I really need to do it all the time. I’ve already had skin cancer about 15 years ago and hope that I don’t have more, although odds are I will. My fair-skin dad has battled with skin cancer for years and I totally have his coloring. So, it’s sunless for me these days. Luckily, the days of Q-T, the orange stuff (remember that?) is long gone and there are many great products out there.
My lily white legs are begging for me to get out the self-tanner right about now and everyone will thank me when I do it. Putting on shorts really calls attention to how white I am and that bit of color really helps a lot. I bought some Loreal Sublime self-tanner last year and liked it for the most part, but I thought I’d see what y’all are using, cause I know most of you probably do the same thing I do…self-tanner all the way! I don’t like to spend a ton on self-tanner, so let’s share some recommendations on thrifty finds, as well as the more expensive ones, if you like those too. I’m breaking out the self-tanner this week since I’m going to the beach, gotta have some color.
Any tips on keeping the streaking to a minimum? I know what I usually do….exfoliate, slather with lotion, then put on the self-tanner! The knees and ankles are the worst parts to get streak-free for me.
How about it? Are you ready for shorts, got your tan on lately??
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