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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Summertime glory, PART 8 - Let the Sunshine!

Hey all!

Summer is  in it's peak (except for my friends in the Antipodes, who are in the middle of winter!). The temperatures are high, but that does not stop me - quite the contrary: being safely hidden in my room, I've decided to write about something Summer is all about. 

For the eight installment of my Summertime Glory series, I'm giving you a SUN TAN.

YES, it's a light-bulb.

Personaly, I don't manage staying in the sun long, that is why I'm spending this lovely day indoors. 
Look at the table below (Yes, it's from

Type IPale white skinAlways burns, never tans
Type IIWhite skinBurns easily, tans minimally
Type IIIWhite skinBurns minimally, tans easily
Type IVLight brown or olive skinBurns minimally, tans easily
Type VBrown skinRarely burns, tans easily and darkly
Type VIDark brown or black skinRarely burns, always tans, deeply pigmented

Being Type II doesn't give me much Sun-time before I start burning. I order to save myself  the inconvenience (and more!) of the sunburn, I'm sharing some basic tips here.

♥♥ Tanning tips

1. If beginning your sun tanning routine during peak summer, begin with only 10 or 15 minutes of exposure to the sun or a tanning lamp to acclimatize your skin to the heat and gradually increase the time as your body becomes more tanned.
2. Remember to choose the right sunscreen with an SPF factor of under 15, but no less than 8 so that you get the minimum necessary protection while taking care not to de-limit your bodily benefits from being sunny side up!

Skol suntan lotion ad, 1944.

 3. Take care to ensure that your skin is moisturized with after-sun lotion; opting for a lotion that contains aloe will help make your tan last and also cool the skin since aloe is rich in skin soothing properties.
 4. If you are on acne medication, do consult your health care provider before venturing out for a sun tanning session as certain types can lower your resistance to sun.

Elizabeth Arden sunless tanning lotion ad, 1946

 5. Those with a fair complexion are more prone to sunburn than people with darker complexions and therefore must avoid direct sun exposure during peak hours of 10:00 to 2:00, when its rays are the most harmful and can penetrate the light skin most.
 6.Remember to wear sunglasses while tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed as your eyes are precious and can be easily damaged by the scorching rays of noonday sun.

 7. The cream or spray-on tanning lotion is the best variety for optimal sun tanning. However, skin care experts advice that one must always test the product on a small area of skin to check for any signs of adverse reactions.
 8. Prepare your skin before applying sun-tanning lotion. This can be done by scrubbing away dead skin with a loofah pad before rubbing the lotion on thoroughly. Sun tanning lotion must be applied in slow, deliberate movements to the back of your knees, elbows, ankles and tan lines.

 9. Wipe away extra lotion so you do not become a victim of ‘creased tan’ and get the bronzed look evenly-and compliments about your sunny disposition too.
 10. Do remember to wash hands or gloves thoroughly with soap and water after applying sun tanning lotion and wait at least 15 minutes before getting skin wet.

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 11. Find out about the option of using tanning pills, which contain color additives, before trying them out.
 12. If there are certain areas you’d rather keep light, you can pre-apply baby oil or lotion to such regions like the knees and elbows, then use sunless tanner on them to keep them from getting too dark.
Good luck!

OK, you know I just have to post this last one, right?

What is your opinion on tanning?

♥♥ Pinky Honey


  1. Hehe I am an antipodean girl and as of this week it is summer! Or at least it feels like it in the part of Australia that I live in ;)
    I don't mind a healthy natural tan (not the spray can oompa loompa look!), you've got me all excited for the beach now!

    1. Oh, dear!
      There's a reasone to celebrate!
      All hail summer...

      Thank you for stopping by.


  2. fun collection of pictures ... great post. :)

    1. Thank you ever so much, deat!