Get that Glow Girl

Waking up to the first day of summer is probably one of my favorite days of the year.

First off, let's talk about why us girls are so obsessed with tanning. It's not just about the sun-kissed glow; it's about feeling confident, sexy, and ready to take on the world. I mean at least that’s how I feel; I don’t know about the rest of you, haha. There’s this undeniable allure to having bronzed skin that makes us feel like we're living our best lives, whether we're lounging by the pool or out on the water. It's like a confidence boost wrapped in sunshine, giving us that extra oomph to rock our favorite summer outfits with sass and style.

But beyond the sheer joy of looking like a total beach babe, tanning comes with some seriously sweet benefits too. I mean, who doesn't love soaking up those warm rays and feeling like they're on a mini-vacation? I definitely do. Plus, there's something about the sun's glow that just instantly lifts our spirits and puts a smile on our faces. It's like a mood-booster in a bottle (or, you know, in the sky), making us feel happier, more relaxed, and ready to conquer the world.

Now, let's talk about the not-so-glamorous side of tanning: the risks. Sure, we all want that perfect golden glow, but overexposure to UV rays can wreak havoc on our skin. From sunburn and premature aging to the big C-word (yep, skin cancer), there's a lot at stake if we don't play it safe. That's why it's crucial for us girls to take extra care when soaking up the sun. Slathering on sunscreen, rocking cute protective gear like hats and sunglasses, and staying hydrated are all non-negotiables in the quest for that flawless summer glow.

To achieve that perfect tan, it's all about finding that sweet spot between sun exposure and protection. Start by prepping your skin with a gentle exfoliation to remove any dead cells and ensure an even tan. Then, apply a generous layer of sunscreen with a high SPF to shield your skin from harmful UV rays. Opt for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection and reapply every two hours, especially if you're swimming or sweating. When tanning, gradually increase your exposure time to avoid sunburn, and remember to flip over regularly to ensure an even tan. And don't forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to keep your skin moisturized from the inside out. With a little patience, sun-safe practices, and some self-care, you'll be rocking that golden glow in no time!

So, yes, tanning is our ultimate summer obsession, but it's all about finding that perfect balance between soaking up the sunshine responsibly and protecting our precious skin. With a little bit of caution and a whole lot of SPF, we can rock that summer glow like the queens we are, all while keeping our skin happy and healthy. 🌞✨

The Essentials

When I tan, there’s a few essential things that I usually can’t go without.

The number one thing I need is my Stanley for water. 💧 Definitely can’t do without hydration while I’m tanning. It’s especially important to drink water while you’re soaking up that sun because you’re dehydrating your body at the same time. It also prevents dryness and peeling of your skin and helps regulate your body temperature to decrease sweating.

For sun protection and tanning oils, I use Sun Bum EVERYTHING. I’ve been using it for about 2 years now and it’s the holy grail to getting that tan and protecting my skin from that harsh burn all together. 🧴

I also grab a book, sudoku, and JBL speaker to keep myself entertained as I’m lying there.

I already know that some of you might ask about the shoes too. It’s the trendy UGG Goldenstar Clog. 🤩 And I’ll tell you already, it’s definitely worth the purchase! If you know me, I’m not one to wear a casual shoe like this ever, but this is what I will throw on if I have a quick errand to run, or even if I’m just headed to a friends’ house. This is how I will now be styling up my sweats and sweatshirts. I got the Chestnut color and it goes with literally anything. College friends, if you do purchase this through UGG, make sure to use the student discount! You get 10% off for each purchase! 🤑 It’s so worth it.