Friday, 21 July 2017

Why I no longer sunbathe

"A suntan may be cosmetically desirable, but in fact, it is nothing but a sign that your skin has been damaged and has attempted to protect itself."

I am definitely a member of the pale girl club with skin so pale I will always come back from holiday as milk bottle-white as when I left. I have always loved the idea of having a golden glow and I think a lot of us will agree that we feel more confident and happier in ourselves when we have a tan, I certainly do. I find my skin looks better and more even, clothes look better and I just have a much healthier glow about me. 

Genetics wise, my mum has more olive skin that tans easily but my dad is a freckly redhead and it's safe to say I have definitely inherited his genes when it comes to my hair/skin colour and therefore I don't tan, I just burn. Badly. Lots of my friends/family have oily, olive skin which after a day in the sun will turn into a golden tan but I have drier, paler skin which is just not made for naturally tanning, no matter how hard I try and this is just something as a paler girl you have to accept.

When it comes to sunbathing I have made my mistakes and learnt from them. I used to naively believe that I wasn't going to tan if I wore suncream. I assumed less sun cream = more tan, to the point where I lay in the sun all day on Abersoch beach without sun cream and burnt my legs so badly that I was in so much pain I couldn't even walk... not cool and definitely not clever. I can't count the number of times where I've burnt so badly I was in utter agony and couldn't touch those areas for days. Now, instead of being a sun worshipper, I admire the sun from the shade instead of sweating it on the sun bed. 

Another common myth I believed was that if it wasn't sunny, then sun cream wasn't necessary. This definitely isn't true, as clouds only filter out roughly 20% of the solar radiation. Even when it's cloudy, SPF still needs to be worn to protect your skin. I have recently switched to the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo with SPF 30 (I was previously using the one without SPF, which I now just use at night). I use this every morning, whatever the weather, for extra protection from the sun. I also make sure I'm wearing a foundation or BB cream that contains SPF.

Instead of baking myself in the sun, I now take the sunless route and use fake tan. The fake tan sector has really grown in recent years alongside a boom of people realising how bad the sun can be for your health. There are now so many fake tans that give you the same appearance of a natural tan but without the unhealthy side effects and it is by far the quickest and easiest way of getting that all-over golden glow. 

Keep an eye out for a new post coming soon on my top fake tan tips!



  1. This was so interesting to read! I love tanning in the sun but rarely do it because I know it's so bad for your skin! Fake tan is such a lifesaver! X

  2. Nice article! Personally, I don´t like tanning or anything connected with it. I prefer to have a pale white skin during the whole year. And I don´t even mention how much of a sunscreen I´ve been using, haha!


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