I went on a cruise years ago – my first. I bathed in sunscreen every day. I came home after three days with a horrific sunburn.
A year or two later – my second cruise. I went to a tanning booth for a few weeks before my cruise. I bathed in sunscreen every day. I came home with a great tan. No sunburn. No pain.
Want to guess where I stand on tanning before spending a week in the tropical sun?
It’s so bad for you.
That being said, I have a method. And it’s slightly ridiculous, but I have a nice, even tan by the time I’m finished. I’d like to think I’m not the only one who goes through these motions.
When I’m on my side (above) my head is lying on a pillow, protecting my face from the light on one side. I have a towel draped over my face to protect it from the light above. I stay here for 5 minutes.
When I’m lying on my belly I have my chin resting on a pillow, thus protecting my face from the light. I stay here for 5 minutes.
Once I roll onto my back (pic above and below) I take the towel off my face. I only expose my face to the light for half the time. That’s my compromise with tanning. I don’t want a wrinkly old face from tanning so I do take some measures to protect it. It probably sounds weird to wear sunscreen when you are going to a tanning booth, but I keep 20spf on my face when I tan. I wear a tinted moisturizer that helps hide the fact that I only tan my face half the time.
In these last two positions I stay right facing and left facing for 5 minutes each, for a total of 20 minutes of tanning time. When I’m right facing, I tilt my head towards the right, and the same for my left facing pose. I never face straight forward. My nose is too prominent and it seems to take all the color. So I point my nose away from the center of the light.
Whew! I tell you, it’s an ordeal! But I plan on being pain free for my week in the sun. So, do I buy my cancer? Yes. Do I know it’s not good for me? Yes. Do I care if you judge me for it? Not really. And you know what? I’ll go through the same process in June before my baby’s wedding, and again in September before my oldest’s wedding.
Buying cancer – one tanning session at a time!