Before I sound like I don’t like the sun – I love it. I just don’t like the way Britain loves the sun.
The sun has been out for the past few days in the South Coast, as well as the majority of the UK but that doesn’t mean it’s hot.
I’m not one to complain when the sun does come out, to be honest its beautiful. I love how it instantly cheers me up. How it makes me feel energetic and want to exercise. I love how it brings people together. How it socialises the communities we live in.
What I don’t like is the sudden wardrobe change. While every girl (or nearly every girl) loves to be able to wear shorts and skirts, without tights, it’s got to be warm to do this. The South Coast has seen highs of 16 degrees the past few days, and while this is warm compared to what we have been having, it’s still not bikini weather!
I went for a 5 mile walk today. Something I only ever do when:
- The sun is shining;
- I’m feeling spiritual; or
- I just need an escape from reality
Today, it was reason a.
However, I thought about this. Although there was beautiful sunshine, I knew it wasn’t going to be hot, so I wore leggings, t-shirt and a blazer and I was comfortable. Not too hot, not too cold! But the number of people I saw in shorts and crop tops was unbelievable. Then to add to that, the number of topless men, and girls in bikinis was surprising! To add to this, it was around 6 o’clock in the evening so it definitely wasn’t peak time for the sun!
I understand why people go all out, it’s because they want to make the most of what we have while we have it. I mean just 5 weeks ago the South Coast was covered in snow – talk about global warming, ay!? But that doesn’t mean we should all strip down to our bare skin.
The other issue is that while its great to be in the sun, people don’t realise that you can get sun burn in the UK. I can safely say I have seen several handfuls of ‘lobster people’ today. All of which, have spent the day on the beach, with barely any clothing, and no sun cream on.
I will admit it. I love to have a tan. But there’s a massive difference between a beautiful, sun kissed tan, and the colour of a tomato.
My tips for all you sun loving Britons – wear a bit more clothing. Now I’m not talking coats and scarfs (although I did see quite a few of those today too – talk about opposites!?) I’m talking more, t-shirts, and leggings. Or a dress? Bare those legs if you feel the need. But if you do, please, please, please don’t add to the list of lobsters that are taking over our country – put some protection on. Even if it’s just a little bit of suncream before you go out, it will be better than nothing. And trust, me, it will be worth it! I mean we would all prefer to be brown than red? Don’t take the risk!
We all dream about being tanned and a little bit of suncream will give you that dream.