When warm weather beckons, it’s easy to forget about how much time you spend outdoors. Like many people, your favorite warm weather outfits probably include a T-shirt. Spend enough time in the sun without the proper protection and you could end up with an ugly farmer’s tan. In case you aren’t sure what that it is, it’s a semi-tan that leaves your neck, half your arms and upper torso white. According to the Skin Care Foundation, your warm weather routine should include generous and frequent sunscreen applications. This may help protect you from skin cancer later. If you tend to sport a farmer’s tan or have the beginnings of one, learn what you can do to reverse it.
Begin with Sunscreen
Start by applying sunscreen to your upper body before you get dressed. That way, any parts of your skin that inadvertently or on purpose become exposed remain protected. You need to reach for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Give your skin 30 minutes to absorb the product before you venture outdoors. Carry sunscreen with you because you need to reapply it every two hours. However, if you sweat a great deal, take a dip in the water or get wet at all, you’ll need to reapply as soon as you dry off. Frequent applications will keep the farmer’s tan away.
What to Wear
T-shirts allow you to keep cool but for better protection from the brutal sun’s rays, keep a long-sleeved shirt handy. Certain fabrics, like tightly woven denim are best for blocking the sun. Keep the collar flipped up to protect your neck. Ladies can add some style to their wardrobe and protect their face and neck with a wide-brimmed hat. A hat with a 3-inch brim works best as a sun shield.
Even if you’re vigilant you may notice these unwanted tan lines; if you do, even out the tan lines with a self-tanning product. First apply the product to the light areas, then blend where your pale and tan skin meet. (Do read the product suggestions and always wash your hands.)