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Summer Q & A : Uneven tanning

Uneven colouring is a common tanning frustration. But applying less sunscreen is not the solution.

The bottom half of my legs just won’t tan. Can I use a lower SPF on them?


Definitely not. This is an area of the body that is exposed to damaging rays throughout the harsh New Zealand summer, and it is crucial to protect it.

On a daily basis, your upper body will be exposed to the sun more than your lower, simply because we are usually standing rather than lying prone. But that definitely doesn’t mean that you should be using less protection on your legs. Rather than reducing the protection on your legs, you should be increasing it on your face.

The New Zealand Cancer Society recommends applying a SPF30+ sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Reapply after swimming or contact with water.

To even out the colour of your legs, try a self-tanner with a touch of shine, or a brush-on bronzer.

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