3 tips to get a glorious tan
Is it safe to say that the majority of us who vacation in Playa del Carmen are interested in getting a nice, golden tan while we are here? Probably pretty safe!
If you’ve made the trip before, you may have noticed (or even personally experienced), there is a bit of an art to getting a good tan and not getting a good BURN!
First of all, one common mistake is underrating how powerful the sun is in Mexico. You might get away with a few hours in direct sun back home without getting a bad burn. But allow me to be the one to tell you—here you will not fare so well!
Overdoing it is a big mistake for a couple of reasons: 1) you want to be tan, not red; 2) the sun now is your enemy; and 3) it hurts like the dickens.
Don’t underestimate the tropical sun, even on a fairly overcast day! Depending on the fairness of your skin, start off your vacation using a higher SPF sunscreen.
For your first day in the sun, use perhaps a sunblock with 30 or 40 SPF. (Don’t forget to use water-resistant sunblock if you’re planning to be in and out of the pool and sea). Then as the days progress and your skin gets used to the sun, you can move to a lower and lower SPF rating.
Prime burn time is generally between 11am and 2pm. It’s a good time to find a shady spot under a palapa during those peak hours when the sun is most intense.
Make sure you (or someone else you’re very comfortable with touching you), apply sun screen evenly on your body! We have all seen the folks who go for the quick, sloppy DIY application and later get the hand print tan lines and streaks…and ya, we want to avoid that look. Don’t forget the tops of your feet and ears.
If you are a fella, and are maybe starting to get a lil thin up top, put sunblock on your scalp. The sun will still burn you through your head of hair if it is a short haircut. I advise getting a fresh cut right before your trip—you don’t want to get a haircut right when you get home from vacation and reveal your beautiful tan lines!
For the ladies, a floppy wide-brimmed hat can protect your face and keep you looking great at the same time. A flowy, flattering tunic is a good idea to shield delicate skin on your shoulders and collarbone area, too.
Maintaining your tan is the last piece of the puzzle! Aloe vera or good moisturizing lotion will help you hold on to your color as long as possible. (I suggest putting your aloe vera in the fridge, just for the awesome feeling when you put it on.) It is very humid here in Mexico so your skin will stay well moisturized naturally. But once you leave, it will begin to dry out since most of us live in far dryer climates.
Make the most of your trip to the Caribbean and return home with a golden tan that you can show off!