Summer Is Tan Line Season for Some
Summer is the season for spending time at the pool, going to the beach, or hiking up the side of your favorite mountain. It is also the season for tan lines. Those of us who spend a tremendous amount of time outdoors during the summer finally come to realize at the start of autumn just how much sun we soaked up. The mirror tells the whole story.
Aside from the obvious risks of excessive sun exposure, it can be somewhat amusing to step back and observe just where our tan lines appear. Sun exposure can leave some pretty crazy patterns on various parts of the body, depending on what we choose to wear. The first thing that comes to mind are those bathing suit lines.
Perhaps the easiest tan lines to get away with relate to swimwear. After all, there’s only one way to see those tan lines easily (use your imagination). People who frequently sport swimsuit tan lines also tend to have similar lines on the face caused by their sunglasses. Lines on the face are easily seen.
The people at Olympic Eyewear, a wholesaler of designer sunglasses, say that the best way to avoid tan lines on the face is to keep the sunscreen flowing throughout the summer. Make sure the face is protected whenever you are out in the sun. The one caveat here is to avoid the skin directly around the eyes. That skin is super sensitive and may not react well. Don’t worry though, your sunglasses will protect around the eyes.
Other Tan Line Patterns
Looking beyond the tan lines caused by swim wear and sunglasses, there are some other interesting patterns that can be somewhat amusing. Below are just a few:
- The Tank – Spend all day on the beach in a tank top and you are likely to develop The Tank. This tan line pattern emphasizes pale white strips across your shoulders along with a nice, bronze plunge that goes halfway down your back and chest.
- The Dive Mask – If you snorkel or scuba frequently, you have probably encountered people who have been out in the water and sun for too long. They take off the dive mask only to reveal a pale white blotch right across the eyes and nose. This is one that is really hard to cover up once you have it.
- The Lifejacket – People who spend a lot of time on personal watercraft or water skis are prone to developing The Lifejacket. One of the more interesting aspects of this tan line pattern is that it differs according to the type of lifejacket worn.
- The Skullcap – Wearing a skull cap out in the sun for too long can leave a thin, white line across the top of your forehead. How thin the line is really depends on how low you wear your skullcap. Bandanna wearers tend to develop this tan line pattern as well.
- The Sandal – Sandals and flip-fops leave their own interesting tans lines. If you think untanned feet are ugly, just wait until you ‘catch’ this one.
- The Reverse Baseball – Last is The Reverse Baseball. This one is the result of wearing a baseball cap backwards all day. You will have a fairly dark face along with a splotch of dark at the center of your forehead. That looks cool, doesn’t it?
Tan lines are part and parcel of summer. Whether you wear sunglasses and sunscreen or not, just be careful not to expose yourself to so much sun that you burn. Your skin will thank you for it.