Connect With Us

How To Get A Proper Tan In This Philippine Heat

How To Get A Proper Tan In This Philippine Heat

Read Time: 2 minutes

Don’t hurt yourself out there



Welcome to the Philippines: The Pearl of the Orient, the land of makeshift basketball courts and the country foreigners flock to for white-sand beaches and the chance to perfect their tans. But like a warning on a box of cigarettes, tanning can also turn ugly if you don’t know wtf you’re doing. So start taking notes because this is how to get a proper tan.


R And R Singing GIF by Walt Disney Animation Studios - Find & Share on GIPHY


RELATED: The Thing About “It” Summer Destinations


First: Use protection

There’s a lot of debate about this, but—let’s be honest—most of us just buy sunblock and apply once when we hit the beach. If you’re thorough, you apply sunscreen on your face every morning regardless of where you’re going. But if you’re looking to actually tan under the Philippine sun, save yourself some sun (and skin) damage and look for two words: broad spectrum.


Broad spectrum sunblock protects against both UVB and UVA rays. Sunblock needs to be reapplied every two hours and even more often if you’re dipping yourself in the water. SPF level tends to depend on your skin tone because this helps determine your level of melanin, but keep in mind that SPF15 blocks about 93 percent of UVB rays while SPF30 and SPF50 block 97 percent and 98 percent, respectively.


Uv Sunblock GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY


RELATED: Hair Cuts To Rock This Summer (And Beyond)


Second: Accessorize

In the same conversation of protection, it’s also important to remember to accessorize. The skin around our eyes, on our noses, foreheads and scalps are more sensitive to UV rays than the rest of our bodies. So put on those sunnies, a three-inch brim hat and some lip balm on; you’ll look great at the beach and get an even tan from your head all the way to your toes (swimsuit-covered parts not included, of course).


Third: Space it out

If you have the luxury of time, space out your tanning. Yes, laying out the entire day can give you that glow you want but it’s also coming around with a harsh slap of sunburn and a secondary hit of itchy peeling.


Thirty minutes to one hour is ideal (and yes, definitely not within the hours of 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon).


Happy High Heels GIF by Hilbrand Bos Illustrator - Find & Share on GIPHY


RELATED: Follow This Lip Care Regimen For A Soft And Healthy-Looking Kiss


Fourth: Ex-fo-li-ate

When you’re in the process of tanning, remember to gently exfoliate—everywhere. Otherwise, you might be left with an uneven tan as dead skin can block the rays of the sun. Worst thing is, you won’t even know how uneven until the dead skin is removed more naturally.


And fifth: Go au naturel

Because living in (and being in) the Philippines means you don’t need a tanning bed or spray-on tans. Take advantage of the tropics! Besides, it was confirmed by the University of North Carolina on 2015 that more than a quarter of a million cases of skin cancer were attributed to tanning bed use.


Drunk Zach Galifianakis GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY


Got it? Good! We’ll see you at the beach.



Art Alexandra Lara

About The Author

Made of sarcasm and expletives. Did three years for an economics degree, rewarded myself with three years in the insurance biz. Entered this world as a freelance writer for entertainment and news, now making a living on movies, intimate interviews and the hush-hush of relationships.

Post a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You don't have permission to register