“White skin is now thought to be culturally ugly by the mainstream,” say 80% of regular people. We like the way I look when we’re bronzed. Here’s what comes into our minds “I’m vain. I guess that is what it boils down to.” (Don’t we always want what we don’t have?) Or the night you have to wear that superb satin dress and you’re white as snow or, better, tanned with lines. Us mortals find avoiding tan lines one of the most hard existential quests at the beginning of the summer interval.

Tan lines are hard to avoid. Whether you’re sunbathing or simply outside working or playing, you’re bound to come home with tan lines in the strangest places. We know the remark “What in the name of God?!” hasn’t strike you as odd too many times…but what remains to be done in order to avoid this?

  • Cover up — or get naked. The best way to prevent tan lines is to cover your body fully in loose clothing, or let it all hang out and soak in the sun’s rays evenly. Since it isn’t typical to be naked outdoors, loose clothing will help prevent tan lines since the clothing will shift, which will alternate the areas of your skin that are exposed to the sun.
  • Use a good sun block and use it everywhere. You’ll help prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of tan lines.
  • Pull the straps off your shoulders while sunbathing, and unclip the back of your bikini top when lying face down.
  • Stay out of the sun during “hot hours”. When the sun is most powerful, from noon until 3:00 pm, it is most likely to burn and damage exposed skin, resulting in even more dramatic tan lines.(or the more commonly known “roasted effect”)
  • Apply a self tanner to the unexposed areas to even out the tan and camouflage tan lines. Be sure to use gloves when applying so as not to tan the palms of your hands (a clear enough signal that you cheated and used an artificial tanner).

And as a last resort: cover up! We know it sounds awful during summer, but if nothing else comes in handy, adopt SOS measures. Put aside the tank top and opt for a long sleeve gauze or linen shirt or apply makeup to lighter areas so they more closely resemble the color of your tan.

Whether you see them as strategies or SOS tips, these are what we consider to be “tan saving techniques” when it comes to your summer appearance.