Why do Legs Take Longer to Tan?

July 31, 2018



Summer is quickly dissapearing! But for most parts of the country, it’s been quite  HOTTTT! ....  We all ditch the  leggings, yoga pants, skinny jeans, for some shorts and dresses!


But, yes legs can be  SO PALE! They can seriously blind a baby! And, no matter how you try to get a sunkissed glow on your legs, they don’t seem to tan anymore?!


So, that had me wondering – why do your legs take longer to tan? If you are wondering the same, stick around as I’m here to answer that question......


Supposedly, there is a saying that says that the further away from your heart a part of your body is, the harder it is to tan. I don’t know about that, but it is a pretty common problem for a lot of people! 


The skin on your legs is thicker than other parts of your body, so it takes a little longer for the sun’s rays to penetrate it. Also, your legs may not produce as much melanin as the other parts of your body. True !!!


If you want tanned legs you need to avoid…


Wearing tight pants! Having your legs exposed to oxygen assists with the tanning process. Wearing tight pants can constrict the blood flow to your legs, where it’s needed to produce that tan. BYE BYE leggings, see you in the winter!


Another thing to avoid if you want tanned legs is shaving… well, at least try to cut back on shaving. When you shave you are also lightly exfoliating your skin, removing some of the tanned skin. You can also consider waxing so you won’t need to shave as often. Be sure to shave your legs on the days you do plan on tanning your legs and use a gently sugar and salt exfoliating scrub to remove any dead skin cells. 


See my favorite Scrub here












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