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Under the Sun

Summer is now here and we can already feel its warm touch. Tanning season is open — are you going for the sun-kissed look?

In some cultures, tanned skin is not synonymous to beauty. However in most Western countries, summer is the right time to dispense with a washed out look.

A coral dress will shine better, yellow gets brighter and blues catch our attention when in contrast to the skin. As warm days are the best time to take colours out of the wardrobe; teaming them with tinted skin results in a stunning look.

The bronze colour is also an indicator that you have some spare time to sunbathe, implying a great lifestyle and, finally, it means that your pocket has disposable income. Of course, this statement is not necessarily true. You can absorb the sunbeam on your rooftop and the results will be just the same. But, nobody needs to know!
But before you run outside, here are a few considerations to think about.

Sunbathing
At this point, it must be a cliché to talk about the importance of sunblock. Sunscreen is essential to protect your skin.
You won’t regret it. Alongside all the benefits of sunlight, there is also a downside. The rays from the sun burn your skin and make it look older. When the colour fades out, it won’t be shiny and glossy anymore.

Fake Tan
Another way of getting the bronzed look is to use a self-tanning product. The body and facial bronzer lotions deliver a summer look without exposing your body to the harmful effects of the sun.

You can find these products around town to get a glowing effect. Rub it on before going to a party; it is certainly not permanent. You will probably have to reapply it every other day and avoid hot showers, but it’s worth it if you want to impress.

An important tip is to be very careful when spreading it to get uniform coverage. You also need some help getting to the parts you can’t reach. Otherwise you will look tanned coming and pale leaving!
The tanning bed is another option, if you are an enthusiast of this technique.

Getting Ready
Before you decide whether you will go for sunbathing or fake bronze, you can prepare your skin by exfoliating it first; either way it will produce a quality tan that will last longer.

Use a salt-free product and give special attention to rough areas. The exfoliation removes dead skin cells which not only reflect light but also can’t tan. It will help increase your circulation and oxygen levels.

Moisturise after exfoliating to maximise your tan; this helps improve the health of your skin and protects it from harmful agents.

Final Word
No matter what you choose; wear sunscreen! Actually, always, during the Gulf summer. Apply it not only on your face, but also on your arms. No matter the tone of your skin, the protection is not to avoid pigmentation, but to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

If you want to sunbathe, the best time is in the early hours of the morning.

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