I’m all about tanning when I have the time. I was fanatical about it when I was younger, making random, at times even dangerous mixtures just to get that sun-kissed bronze colour I yearned for. I once went as far as throwing some Johnson’s Baby Oil, olive oil, carrots and Mercurochrome medicine (also known as dawa ahmar) into a blender, bottling my little creation and pasting it all over my body at the beach. I was a sight for sore eyes as I made my way back home, my color was an eerie orangutany one and my mother had banned me from all common areas in the house until she was sure I was no longer able to fade on the furniture. Once the dye left my skin I had to deal with the burns- yes they weren’t my brightest days.
Ever since then I’ve sought professionals for the right type of tan, paying a ridiculous sum of money for packages that seemed the most bronze-ish to me. So I was excited to try out Lebanon’s very own Beesline sun care product range this past weekend on a romantic getaway with the man.
I’m now a proud advocate of sunscreen, having learned my lesson the hard way and so I started things off with a generous layer of Beesline’s Ultrascreen Cream SPF 50, enough to make momma proud. I can safely say that my face was unaffected by almost 48 hours of scorching sun rays.
But if you think I came out of this looking pale, think again, I was pleased enough to have the carrot Suntan Oil and the Suntan Jelly on hand, dabbing generous amounts of both whenever I got the chance and smelling like a honey cone while I was at it. The stuff is hardcore, by the first day, I had already developed a lovely sun-kissed glow without the frying sensation thanks to all those anti-oxidants found in beta-carotene.
The next morning I was ready to do it all over again so I tried out the Suntan Oil Gold with tiny little shiny particles that left my skin with a deeper yet natural shimmer which went perfectly with the white little Zara number I wore for dinner in the evening.
The best part of it all? These Beesline products didn’t stain my bikinis, as soon as I got back to our bungalow I’d soak them in cold water and off they’d go. The downside is the insects you’ll attract with all those sweet smells. Nevertheless, if you wanna acquire a serious tan and fast this season, I definitely recommend you go local. Bisoux