Summer Skin

April 7, 2011 at 7:29 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | 9 Comments
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this should be me

It’s that time of year to start working on your summer tans! Nobody wants to walk on to the beach looking like a ghost.  What may be even worse are those who don’t tan correctly and show up looking like a farmer (that’s never happened to me, though I did once go tanning wearing flower print shear undies, and ended up with a garden butt for like a week — hey, I was an amateur!)  You want to have a good tan, so you don’t want to be sloppy, or wait until the last minute either.  A good tan takes time.

And since it’s not quite warm enough to lay out in the sun, it’s time to resort to some form of indoor tanning.  I can hear the naysayers scolding me now — “Tanning beds give you cancer, it makes you look old,” on and on and on.  Well guess what? Just about everything gives you cancer.  It’s all about moderation and being aware of your body (and knowing when to stop).  You can’t live your life avoiding everything that may lead to cancer.  Of course tanning and being tan isn’t for everyone, either.

I do remember a time when the only way I got color was from playing in the sun.  As kids, we didn’t really care, but we did see stuff on TV that we would mimic to be cool — laying out in the sun was cool! Using Sun-In to make your hair blond was cool!  As I got into high school, I was very concerned with my looks, like any teenager.  I would go tanning once or twice a week.  By the time I was a senior, I was at my best — tan, skinny, and full of promise.

As I refocus on getting back my high school body (don’t laugh) I’ve started tanning once a week.  It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to wake up my skin for the pending summer sun.  I know I won’t do it forever and I’ll never be a Jersey Shore kid, but for now it works for me.  I have yet to explore the spray tan phenomenon but know that at some point my fear of getting wrinkles from the booth will take over.

And at some point I won’t care at all.  My attention will be focused on a billion other things.  It’s so easy to stop tending to your beauty needs as you get older, so I want to try to look my best for as long as I can.  So if that means tanning occasionally, then tanning it is.  And I’ll keep the lotion on hand, and the aloe near by.  I’m not stupid.

What are you doing to prepare for the summer?

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