The Art of the Tan

This is not an image of Erin

This is not an image of Erin

I know it’s not politically correct, or even medically healthy, but I am a sun-tanning die-hard. In fact, I consider sun tanning a lost art and I am happy to share with you the best way to achieve an all-over bronze.

There are 3 key steps:
Patience: Start slowly and build up a base tan over time. I know this is difficult to do when you only have a 1-week vacation, but limit yourself to only 2 hours a day during non-prime time sun (12:00-2:00 pm). Gradually increase length of time in the sun and exposure to the full range of prime-time sunning hours.

Protection: Wear 30 spf all the time. No exceptions. And wear a hat too.  I always travel with several long sleeve shirts and sarongs to cover up when I’ve had my share of sun.

Posing: An even tan is hard to get. First, buy a bikini without weird straps. Then be sure and spend equal amounts of time on your stomach and back. And here’s the clincher: Don’t forget the insides of your arms! Flip those paws over to tan the sleek white insides of your elbows. Perfect!

This entry was posted on Friday, May 15th, 2009 and is filed under Erin Now.

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