Filipinas aren’t big fans of dark complexion. Just look at the many advertisements that tell us we should have fair skin (although we’re naturally brown), and you’ll know what I mean.
However, I realized that with the kind of weather that we have, it’s near to impossible to have super fair skin. Although my complexion is within the lighter spectrum of brown, I still don’t think that I’ll ever achieve the kind of complexion showbiz actors and actresses have.
So I made this decision to simply embrace my naturally brown skin. But I don’t just want to be brown. I want a perfect tan that is even all over. I’ll be heading off to an island-hopping experience in Davao this weekend to get the perfect tan. I’ll make sure I won’t get to the Davao International Airport without the following tips that will result to a complexion that suits me well:
- Exfoliate. Remove all dead skin cells by exfoliating your skin prior to tanning.
- Moisturize. This should be part of your daily skin routine, whether or not you want to get a tan.
Getting the tan:
- Apply sunscreen. Just because you want to get a tan doesn’t mean that you should skip the sunscreen. Sunscreen is imperative, as it protects you from the harmful rays of the sun. You don’t want your skin to ache all over after tanning. There are tanning sunscreens that are designed specifically to enhance tanning while protecting you from the harmful rays of the sun. Just a note though: If you are getting a tan in between swimming, make sure you choose waterproof sunscreen.
- Choose the time of tanning well. Don’t bask under the sun from 11 am to around 3pm, as these are the times when the sun is at its harshest. Wake up early and bathe under the sun in the morning. This way, you also get your daily dose of Vitamin D.
- Cool off every hour. If you spend four straight hours under the sun, you’ll get dehydrated and you might even suffer from heat stroke. Take a dip in the pool and spend some time in the shade every hour or so.
- Take a bath. After spending time under the sun, take a cool shower to close your pores. Don’t forget to moisturize after, as sun exposure can dry up the skin.
- Enhance it. Give your tan a glow by using lotions and moisturizers that enhance it. For your face, use a bronzer that will make you look effortlessly sun-kissed. This way, even after a month of getting tanned under the Boracay sun, you’d still look like you just got back from your trip.