Post # 1
So my Fiance has been bugging me about tanning with him. He hasn’t tanned yet & we leave in a week to Mexico from Oregon. He says that Mexico is closer to the equator, very sunny & we’re likely to burn. Its hard for me to burn, I can be in the sun all day & usually get nothin but a tan, no burn, no nothin :). However, there have been times when I’m over-confident & I’ll burn, but its rare. I don’t walk around town with my swimsuit & Fiance says that my body won’t be used to the sun & will burn really badly since I’ll probably be wearing swimsuits more often. Should I tan before I leave? We’re gonna bring sunscreen, but Fiance is paranoid we’ll turn into lobsters or something.
Post # 3
I think it is much easier to tan at the beach because the sand reflects the sun back up to you.
With that said, I think, as long as you’re being conscience about sunscreen, you shouldn’t burn so bad if you’re not prone to it.
Post # 4
I don’t really believe in tanning at all because of the skin cancer risk, but yes Mexico sun is very strong and it will be reflecting off the water and sand on you. Very easy to get burned. Even walking around town you still need to worry about any parts of skin that would be exposed…hands, face, tops of feet, legs. I would recommend not tanning and slathering on a good high spf sunscreen and don’t forget to reapply! I realize that lots of people are in to tanning though and will ultimately do it anyway.
Post # 5
I’ve been to Puerto Vallarta. It is true due to it’s location that the sun is harsher. You should wear sunscreen for sure.
If you don’t usually burn you probably won’t burn but if you haven’t had much sun exposure yet this year – you will be more susceptible. I’d tan at least once before I left if I were you (more if you had more time).
You’ll probably be spending more time outside than you would usually so for that reason alone you should take precautions.
Post # 6
Yes, you are far more likely to burn while in Mexico, largely because you will be on the beach (I assume).
Using sunscreen and using it correctly will provide you with much greater protection than tanning ever will. That means you must reaplly every time you get out of the water. If you do that, there is really no need to go tan. And this is the advice of the world’s second whitest woman (my mom being the first). I have travelled extensively in locations with greater sun, and constant use of sunscreen will serv you well.
Post # 7
Pre-tanning doesn’t actually prevent you from burning. With only one week to go, I would go with a spray tan and some sunscreen.