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So I am one of the few brides who actually likes her pale skin. I just don’t think I look right with a tan. My skin is supposed to be pale, and I think it is pretty. <br />The thing is, I am getting married on August 23, and usually by that point I have gotten a terrible sunburn at some point in the summer, and the lines last for months. By the end of the summer I usually have various lines from different tops I wear. And I am wearing a strapless gown. Originally my plan was to just religiously apply sunscreen and attempt to stay in the shade, and invest in a strapless bikini for when I do go to the beach. Maybe some strapless sundresses.
But it just occured to me that I am going to Africa this summer for 5 weeks (Because I got an offer for an internship I just couldn’t turn down, and crazy me thought it was a good idea to leave the country right before I get married-another story) and wearing strapless clothes will not be an option where I am going to be for safety reasons. <br /><br />I am going to have a farmers tan. I know I will want to cover my shoulders just to limit how much I stand out, and I will be hot, so long sleeves probably wont be possible. <br />Any tips on how to avoid getting tanlines when I know I will spend extended amounts of time in the sun wearing t-shirts? or how to fix them when the inevetable happens? I really don’t want to have a farmers tan on my wedding day. <br /><br />Thanks, Bees!
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- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
MrsCaribou: Sunblock every hour or two, wide brim hats, and long sleeve linen shirts. When I went to the Keys for a week one summer I wore 45 everyday all over and reapplied 3 or 4 times during the day and I still tanned so the long sleeve linen shirts are going to be key.
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beachbride1216: +1. If you are really serious about avoiding the farmer’s tan, loose fitting long sleeve shirts will be the way to go. And plenty of sunscreen on your hands. They make some that are made of moisture wicking material and have mesh vents in the back so that you are not as hot. something like this: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/exofficio-gill-shirt-upf-20-plus–long-sleeve-for-women~p~5509p/?filterString=s~ex-officio-long-sleeve-shirt-womens%2F&colorFamily=07
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MrsCaribou: I’m pale as well and I really don’t like to sunbath as I so easily end up with a sunburn. Now, it’s mostly OK since I live in Canada, but I once spent 3 weeks doing fieldwork in Australia and that was a totally different business. I tried sunblock and a t-shirt one day and that was such a bad idea… major burn. So for the most of the time I was wearing loose fitting shirts in light materials such as linen and cotton. Nothing polyester! It was the only thing that prevented me from burning to a crisp.
Oh, and be careful with your legs. They’re easy to forget about, as they don’t tan as easily, but my dermatologist told me it’s the most common location of skin cancer for women.
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this is actually something I’m trying to avoid also lol. I run and get pretty awesome tan lines during the summer. I’ve just recently tried to spray tan my feet,oh boy…they are still orange lol. I use sunscreen,that just prevents sunburn.i still get darker…lol oh well. Good luck, have fun in Africa
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if u wear really loose long sleeved shirts in white and a light material, you might be surprised at how cool they are.
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I’d wear loose long sleeved shirts. I live in an agricultural community and that’s what everyone wears when they are going to be working in the fields in direct sun. Keeps you cool and keeps you from burning. I don’t think you will look weird or anything, and I think your pale skin will be happy that you don’t let it bake in the sun!
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MrsCaribou: I currently live in Africa (and will be up until 2 months prior to my wedding) and trust me, normal shirts don’t help. I STILL get bra/tank top strap tan lines and the sleeve tan lines are the WORST! You have to wear sunscreen and the long-sleeved shirts. Plus, get a big floppy hat because the neck tan lines will happen (I have long hair but still manage to get the neck tan lines) and you don’t want that on your wedding day! Also, the long-sleeves are hot, but just trust me, it’s worth it to avoid the farmer tan lines.
As far as legs, mine are super pale because I lived in a small community for 18 months and wore long skirts and pants every single day. I have an issue with feet tan lines, but if you wear socks and closed toed shoes that should be fine.
Don’t forget to sunscreen your hands!
I think that’s all, but happy to answer any other questions if it might help 🙂
Post # 11
Like everyone else said, loose long sleeve shirts, wide brim hat, and tons of suncreen!