I know, right? Shocker! In a country where majority of the women are obsessed with whitening their skin *cringe* it’s pretty surprising that it’s then all of a sudden “in” to be a few shades darker. But I’m not complaining, as I’m a strong advocate of loving your natural skin color. #MORENAbeachbum #morenaandproud
And as a proud morena, I feel I should give you ladies who are new to this whole tanning thing a few helpful tips on how to tan safely and responsibly.
1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. I can’t stress this enough as this is one thing that majority of the women forget to do. Get rid of those dead skin cells, girl and expose a new, healthy layer of your skin. Not only will this even out your skin tone, it will also make it easier for you to tan and make it last longer.
2. Pile on the sunscreen! Yes, you read that correctly. Putting on sunscreen before tanning is super important! It will not only protect you from getting burned (aka turning into a lobster), but it will also allow you to stay out under the sun a bit longer without suffering additional skin damage. Just make sure to RE-APPLY!
TIP: Put on sunscreen 15 minutes before going out under the sun and reapply every 30mins or after you’ve come back from swimming.
3. Oil up! After putting on your sunscreen, it’s now time to apply your tanning oil. You’re probably thinking, tanning oil on top of my sunscreen?! Yes! It absolutely, positively works. Trust me on this. #protanner
TIP: No tanning oil? No problem! Use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil or beer (Pale Pilsen or any “dark” beer)! They both work just as great.
4. Equal exposure. 15 minutes on your stomach, 15 minutes on your back. It’s all about getting an even tan.
IMPORTANT: Avoid sun exposure between the hours of 10am – 2pm. If you simply MUST soak up the sun during those hours, make sure to pile on that sunscreen, stay hydrated and only stay out for no more than 2 hours at a time.
5. Keep your face covered! Whether it’s through wearing sunnies, a baseball cap or a wide-brimmed hat, see to it that you keep your face covered, most especially your eyes! Make sure you don’t fall asleep though, or you’re going to end up with reverse raccoon eyes.