Tis The Season… to Break Out the Sunscreen
So the summer season is officially upon us and Kuwait is now steadily heading onwards and upwards into the 50 degrees Celsius regions. Needless to say, we are all going to get served up on a platter next to our fried eggs and bacon in the morning.
The glorious desert sun will not show mercy.
And, I have to say, as a girl, the warmer the weather gets the more I hear this phrase come out of most of my girlfriends’ mouths:
“5ANSAWII TAAAN!” Translated: “let’s (make a) taaan!”
Now, you should know something about me: I am white. Not “peachy” or “sun-kissed”or, I don’t know, “salmon.” I am as white as white gets. Like, Casper would look like he belongs on The Jersey Shore compared to me. Yeah.
And, due to my excessively pale pigmentation, I also do not tan. Instead, I redden. I flare up, I get blotchy, and, sometimes, I shed skin. And, hey, I’m not bagging myself here or my very awesome SUPER-WHITENESS. I think that my very light skin goes perfectly with my chestnut hair and my hazel-olivine eyes. But, the fact of the matter is, I don’t really have the best luck in tanning.
And you know what? I’m kind of grateful. Because now I have an excuse when people tell me they want to go spend the day on the beach, frying themselves until they get that perfect “summer glow.”
Look, this is Kuwait we’re talking about. The heat of the sun in the summer months here is enough to burn the skin off of most mammals. Whether you like it or not, you are going to get a tan in Kuwait this summer. Even if you’re a Samurai Ninja and you cover your entire body in black–the sun will find you and alter your pigmentation someway, somehow.
So, girls (and guys), you don’t really need to spend any of your time lying down on a beach (or a barbequing tanning bed), sunscreen-less, and exposing your open flesh to the most deadly and frequent type of skin cancer.
If its a bronzer shade of skin that you’re hoping for then all you have to do is go stand outside for about 10 minutes every few days. And, hell, even then, with Kuwait’s insane heat levels, you still run the risk of turning yourself into something close to Leatherskin Lucy up there.
My advice? Break out the sunscreen and indulge in an easy, glowing, cancer-free spray tan. It’s safe and looks good on everyone–even us SUPER-WHITE (and super awesome) folk.
All my love!