Once upon a time, when I was a young girl, I would frolic outdoors everyday in the summer. And I would develop a beautiful tan. In a cool twist, a portion of my hair in the front would get bleached by the sun. It was awesome.
As I got older, I spent less time frolicking outdoors and more time indoors, studying and then working. I would go on vacation and try to come back with a bronze glow. Instead I would come back painfully red. To add insult to injury, the painful redness would simply disappear, leaving me pale as ever.
It took many years, but I finally came to accept the fact that it was best to remain pale on vacation than become sunburned for no reason.
Here are my tips for my fellow pale travelers:
- The shade is your friend. Walk in the shade. Put your beach chair in the shade. Make sure to eat in the shade. Try to wait in lines that are in the shade.
- Use strong sunscreen applied multiple times a day. I always use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100+ with Helioplex. I know that anything above SPF 50 is marketing BS, but I can’t help myself.
- Good outerwear. Clothing with UPF50. A hat. A swimsuit with maximum skin coverage (it’s really difficult to put sunscreen on everything if you’re traveling alone). A swimsuit cover-up with UPF 50.
- Medications that warn you about greater sun sensitivity are not joking around. I got a slight burn on my face because I forgot to put sunscreen on it in the morning when I was taking malaria pills. The pain was unbearable that day.
- Don’t worry about looking foolish. No one looks more foolish than me!
Did I miss any tips? Please share below!