Star Shaped

Sunbathing tips, . Photo by Tony Dynamou, Model Rachel Lane, Paphos

Catch some rays
After an excusable, hard night partying, and if you can drag yourself out of bed early enough to catch some rays, you’ll be pretty much guaranteed to get a fab tan.  However … be warned!  yeah we know, boring, boring, boring, but please take note, the sun in Cyprus is incredibly strong.  In May it’ll reach up to 35°C in the shade, that’s 100°F in English, especially between 11:00 and 14:00, and the air is clearer, so the sun is stronger, and whatever you do, don’t let those cool Mediterranean breezes fool you!

Drink lots of water
So in direct sun, it’ll be hotter especially as there is little heat haze, so clearer skies and very little, if no humidity, and hence a very deceiving sun.  So it doesn’t matter how easily you tan if you don’t use protection you WILL burn!  My suggestion is first, make sure you drink lots of water, which naturally helps to reduce the dehydration factor.  Average ‘burn time’ is about 20 minutes, so use a sun cream with a UV factor of at least 30 for the first couple of days, gradually lowering throughout your holiday.

Reflection factor
You’ll even tan sitting under a brolly … honest!  And be careful in the sea and pools, as the reflection factor enhances the sun’s strength.  Don’t think you’ll get away with it on a bike, quad or in an open-top car either.

Straight from the fridge
If you do burn, try Natural Yogurt.  Spread it straight from the fridge all over the hot bits, or get someone else to do it for you, the mind boggles? allow to dry to take out all the heat, shower off and cover yourself in chilled after-sun lotion, or pure Aloe, and drink loads more water.  Then avoid the sun for at least a day.

A gradual tan lasts longer, avoids discomfort, peeling and a shitty holiday!.

Weather forecast for Cyprus:

Daylight hours: May … apx. 5:30 am to 7.30 pm