We all panic before we shoot off to hotter climates, not just about the queues at the airports and missing our flight, but also about burning and damaging our skin.
Locals would look on in confusion at the pale British traveller descending the aircraft steps and heading straight for the beach in the hottest part of the day cooking away like sausages in the sun. Then you have the problem of the scorched skin in the evenings to deal with. Rows and rows of restaurants with pink British holiday makers looking and feeling very sore.
Well if you have become a consistent tanner (HERE) you will know that if you have prepared your melanin to the skin surface (HERE) prior to your break then you will have the base ready to accommodate those powerful rays.
It is worth remembering however that you can only take so much UV rays regardless of your skin type (HERE) and that’s why the locals abroad are normally not out during the hottest part of the day. The old phrase ‘mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun’ is testament to our behaviour abroad because we feel we have earnt our break and will try to get the most of it.
Have a think about hitting the beach in the morning and late afternoons only and you may end up coming back to the UK looking like a local on holiday over here! If you also consider that you are probably out and about relaxing more than the locals abroad then you can buffer those rays with a proper Sun Protection Factor lotion (HERE) that will filter the sun to your skin and then you have a better chance of not being caught out. If you are a lower skin type (HERE) then you can also buy these with a skin bronzer to help your colour appear greater than your skin type. And if you get caught out look for a freeze gel (HERE) that will help cool and hydrate your skin quickly and more comfortably. Your skin is your body’s largest organ so hydration in a hot climate is most appropriate. You need to keep drinking plenty of water to keep your skin and body hydrated as much as possible.
We hope you enjoy your holidays abroad this year and keep watching this space for more news and tanning tips!