Tuesday, January 10, 2012

To Tan or Not To Tan.

I have been living in Malaysia for about 4 years now and I walk every day in my neighborhood. Rain or shine. I can feel the hot sun beating down upon me and I also most always sweat profusely. When I returned to the US in August some of my friends mentioned that I was as white as when I left. I had no color. I had noticed this phenomenon before and have discussed it with some of my Western Caucasian friends, who also had no color. They couldn't explain it either. I have seen some Caucasian women with a very dark tan, who probably spent a lot of time lying in the sun. I haven't seen too many men with a tan though.

When I lived in the US, the months of July and August were much the same as the heat and humidity here in Malaysia. I didn't spend as much time walking in the sun in the US, but at the end of the summer I had a tan. When I returned to Malaysia from my 3 week vacation in the US I had a tan, which was quite noticeable by friends and acquaintances. Amazingly when I returned to my regular routine of walking in the sun every day, my tan faded. I don't get it. It's not as though I want to sunbathe all of the time to get a tan, that most people here were born with, but I don't understand why I don't get any color at all. Very strange.

1 comment:

  1. I think it's because the climate is very hot and humid that maybe we don't walk as far or as often as we often would. As it happens I saw a couple of exercise walkers yesterday out for a jaunt of some distance and they do it regularly, golden tans on both.

    Personally I quite like having a tan, I always feel (and likely look!!) a lot healthier with one. Maybe it's the Vitamin D. Now I'm settling more I plan to factor getting one into my routine. Maybe through cycling (now my ATB has arrived) for an hour or two, walking or even laying in the sun for an hour or two regularly. For cycling and walking I'd try to do the early mornings though, definitely not lunch time!!!