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Old February 18th, 2004, 06:27 PM
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I live in a colder climate and have never had a tan (yes I said never). How can I prevent getting burned on our cruise ths spring?
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Sunblock over 30 and shirts are the only thing other than staying out of the sun.



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Old February 18th, 2004, 07:08 PM
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If you've never had a tan before....could this be due to your skin-type? I know some of my dearest Irish-American friends only get beet-red during summer, but simply can not produce a tan.

If not, then you can begin going to a tanning salon. The clerk will best be able to advise you on frequency and strength etc. You will most likely have to commit to every other day for a few weeks all the while increasing the amount of time you are in the booth/bed. It's a very controlled situation but best for those who do not wish to burn on thier first day in the Carribbean sun!!

I usually start my tanning-before-a-vacation about 2 weeks before and I go about 6 times in that time. I tan often and well, however, so your experience may be different.


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Old February 18th, 2004, 08:00 PM
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Hi Kate,
I go to the tanning salon once a week starting about a month before cruise, then twice a week the week before cruising. I get a nice base and then no burn, you may want to give that a try for no more than 10 minutes and see how you do, you sure don't need to go on a cruise and get sun burned, its not fun at all.

Also, remember that once you are cruising, still use a high spf, the sun if very strong down there and you may not feel it at first.


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Old February 18th, 2004, 09:47 PM
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Even my husband (who tans easily) goes to a tanning booth a few times prior to vacation to get a "base" tan because the Carribean sun can be brutal compared to Minnesota! I'm more fair, so I start about a month ahead of time and go sllloowww! I buy an unlimited month package so I don't feel like I'm wasting my sessions when I only go 10 min in a 20 min bed. The gals laugh at how quickly I'm in and out, but I don't let myself burn and never increase my time until I can handle it without getting pink. If you have NEVER tanned, you may need to start at less than 10 min even. Good luck!


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Old February 18th, 2004, 10:28 PM
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If you're worried about being lily white while everyone else on the ship looks native to the Caribbean, forget it. You will be amongst the majority.

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Use sunscreen and stay out of the sun during the middle of the day. Watch yourself carefully at other times and cover up as soon as you start to turn a little pink. Sunscreen does not prevent a burn, it just means you can stay in the sun longer before you get one. Personally, I am afraid to try a tanning salon. Have a great time.
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I agree with tanning salon. If you are very fair, then I would start 3-4 months ahead of your cruise.

I am medium skin but takes a long time for me to get a tan. I cruise in 10 weeks and have just started my tanning prior to my vacation.

On the other hand, my husband tans easily and starts about 1 month prior to vacation and has a great base when we leave.

Definitely you don't want to end up with a bad sun burn your first day of vacation. Even with 30 spf you can burn.

Start early in a tanning bed, then use 30 spf on your trip.

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Old February 20th, 2004, 02:48 PM
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How about "Tan in the Can"?
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Old February 20th, 2004, 08:19 PM
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Don't forget a hat of some sort....unless you are blessed with really thick hair.

We use sunscreen and find shade when at all possible.
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