Nothing beats lying in the sun. That feeling of hot rays caressing your body. For me it's a form of meditation. Lying still, in just a bikini, the smell of coconut sun screen, a gentle breeze wafting over your skin, just simple, quiet relaxation. Ahhhh....
What gets under my skin is people asking me why I don't 'just get a spray tan' and then launch into a skin cancer health warning... yes they may 'mean well', but listen - I've heard it all before, and yes I know the risks, but I don't care, thanks but I'll risk it. Getting sprayed in a cubicle is just not the same.
I actually find it frustrating when I have to hunt down factor 15 sunscreen and always feel disappointed when I have to apply SPF30.
I usually launch into a well used excuse about being English and having to worship the sun as it doesn't appear (over there) very often. And it's true. I was brought up to love the sun. In fact as a teenager, my mum would often wake me up to tell me the sun was out and to get outside (to sun bathe).
And yes, I have to admit I still get anxious if I don't get my dose of Vitamin D on a regular basis. I get twitchy. At the end of winter, when it heats up and the real tanning weather starts, I wake up excited to see the sun, even though, now living in Australia, I wake up to the sun most mornings.
So here's to healthy, bronzed skin, I love it, and I'll stick to getting it natures way!
Note: when it comes to the kids - yes I am a good mother and of course feel very protective of their skin, so in case you are shaking your head and tutting at what a bad influence I am, yes I always make sure they are sun smart.
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