Burn Baby, Burn: Tanning Safely and Responsibly

Morenabeachbum’s favorite tanning oils, sunscreens and after-sun lotion: L-R: Happy Glow Lucky Bronzing Creme by Nature’s Gate Organics, LeTan Coconut Sunscreen Oil SPF30+, Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Lotion Sunscreen SPF6, LeTan Coconut Lotion SPF30+, Hawaiian Tropic Aloe After Sun Moisturizer *NOT IN PHOTO: Amazing Maui Babe Browning Lotion (I ran out! eep!)

With temperatures rising well into the mid 30s, there’s no denying that summer is finally here! And with the hot weather, comes sun worshippers. And quite a few of them, too.

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.

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About morenabeachbum

i love the beach--sand--sun--waves--tan lines--the sound of the waves--the feeling of sand slipping through my toes--i love the OCEAN!--i am an island girl through and through--i LOVE the PHILIPPINES--i am a FILIPINA--i love the smell of fresh cut grass--i love being outdoors--sitting or lying down on the grass is fun--soaking up the sun is even better--i love FOOTBALL--best sport in the world!--i like to think about the good times and smile about them--i wonder a lot about the could have beens in my life but i DONT REGRET--im secure with myself--i say what i wanna say--i'm liberated--i hate people who are "fake"--i'm very straight forward--i am vain--i love taking pictures of myself #selfie--im MORENA (Spanish for tanned/dark (dark hair, eyes, skin)) & i love my skin color! #notowhhiteningproducts #blech--i love love LOVE to shop--i'm actually an impulsive buyer *cringe*--i love learning about other people's cultures--i love traveling--wanderlust--i love learning new languages--im thirsty for adventure--i also love gummy bears, almond snickers and gushers--cheerios is the best breakfast cereal ever--i love green apples dipped in peanut butter or cookie butter from Trader Joe's--i also love peanut butter sandwiches with slices of banana in them--random... very random I am--i love looking for the best bargain places--i never hold back when it comes to love--i love with both my heart & my soul (take it, just take it all! LOL)--im a hopeless romantic--i can be pretty moody at times so i suggest you steer clear of me when i'm at that point (just sayin... you have been warned)--i miss playing football (aka soccer) regularly--i miss my college football team and my teammates (hey guys!)--i am enjoying my life--i'm crazy--hyper--im short--im talkative--i'm real--i'm a bit of a neat freak--bossy, too at times (oh well, just keepin' it real)--i am ME-- xoxo, morenabeachbum
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