I don’t know about you, ladies (and gents!), but when I’m back in the comfort of my own locale, keeping to a regular rhythm and schedule, I take special care not to stay out in the sun for too long. I’ve worked out that a tan isn’t very complementary to my skintone, plus that also means sun damage of course.
But when I’m away on holiday, I tend to be more lax. Yes, I slather on the sunscreen on face and body and I wear a hat or carry an umbrella, but I’m always out and about even if it means walking for miles and miles under the hot sun. I think its also partly to do with feeling “kiasu” * and making sure I see and do everything I possibly can while in a foreign locale 😀 Get my money’s worth y’know? 😉
So after my recent jaunt to Shanghai in a hot hot end of summer, I returned home a little tanned. Not much, but enough to raise comment. 2 weeks after coming home, I seem to have lost it! Having to be holed up in the office in the day does help of course, but I thought it quite interesting. This isn’t very unusual to me. Ever since school days, when I used to be recruited into the marchpast for school sports day (I was a lousy sportswoman and couldn’t do any other sport) I’d be tanned by the sun during practice, but about a month after that, I’d lose the tan. Same with hitting the beach. 2 weeks is about all the time a tan will last on me.
I recently discovered this bottle of Garnier Body Light Extra Whitening Repairing Milk Lotion in my cupboard, so I’ve also been using it off and on in the evenings before bed. To be honest, I don’t know if it helps. My personal history has proven that I lose a tan quite quickly with or without help. But I quite like this lotion 🙂