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Dear those of you who tan, I hate you. Sincerely, those of us who burn.

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It's not a secret: I'm pale.  Really pale.  The kind of pale where I burn within minutes of walking outside in the summer.  The kind of pale where I literally glow in the early spring.  The kind of pale skin that doesn't tan, it only burns and peels away.  The last few days have finally been nice, albeit windy.  So I didn't think much of sitting outside reading today, seeing as it was only 18 degrees.  But low and behold, I now have a sunburn.  A very red, itchy, painful sunburn.  It never fails.

The problem is, I want a tan.  Really.  I've always erred on the side of caution, and smothered my skin with high SPF lotions (I use to have a spf 110 when I played sports) to avoid damaging my skin.  But there must be a happy medium, right?  A way to get some colour in the summer, and avoid irreversible damage?

Foundation: 1 // 2 // 3
Moisturizer: 1 // 2 (also this or this
Lips: 1 // 2 // 3
Sunblock: 1 // 2 // 3 (also thisthis or this spf 50 if you need something a bit stronger) 

The facts: Ultraviolet (UV) B rays cause sunburns and immediate discomfort, whereas UVA rays lead to long term skin damage, such as premature ageing.  SPF products, which stands for Sun Protection Factor, originated in the 1960's, and were designed to measure the effectiveness of the product against UV rays.  In simplest terms, the SPF of a product is calculated by taking a control group of sun-sensitive individuals (hey, pick me!), and measuring how long it takes for them to burn without the product (au natural), and then again with the product applied. 

Obviously, the amount of time you can spend in the sun differs from person to person, by the following calculation is often used as a guide for how often you should reapply sunblock: 
Minutes to burn without sunblock X SPF number = Maximum sun exposure time.  

And don't forget to protect all of your body.  Most of us think about lathering sunblock on our arms, legs, and face before we go out, but your lips and eyes are equally important.  I had a sunburn on my eyes from outdoor swimming lessons when I was younger, and take it from me, it's very unpleasant.  

Until next time,

Happy tanning,

xoxo K