Sayonara Tan Lines

Japanese summers are extremely hot with lots of bright and penetrating sunshine. It is common to see women walking around town with parasols to beat the heat and avoid sun damage. I’ve never really been too concerned about sun damage since I have darker skin. I usually just lather on sunblock and go about my day. That is, until I bought a strapless wedding gown.

I’m a preschool teacher, and this means that I spend a considerable amount of time outside. Even with sunblock, I always end up getting a farmer’s tan—a tan that covers only my arms and neck—toward the middle of the summer (it usually fades away by mid-autumn). I never really cared much about it because it’s so slight, but my wedding dress prominently displays my arms and neck and I am stressing about having my tan lines show up in my wedding photos.

Hive, I’ve taken extreme measures. Besides sunblock I have started to wear “sun sleeves.” I’ve never really seen these in the States, but many women use them in Japan, and probably throughout Asia.


Sun Sleeves image via

They are basically pull-on sleeves that cover your arms when you are wearing a short sleeve shirt. I always thought these looked kind of silly, but the tables have turned and I wear them every day when I go outside with my kids.


Rocking some sleeves at work

I even wear them when I go out on the weekends.


I’m hoping that a combination of sunblock and sun sleeves will prevent me from getting tan lines so I can look stunning on my wedding day.

What are you doing to prevent tan lines on your wedding day? Is anyone taking extreme measures?


Mrs. Gondola

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 8:44 pm

    Ah… the good ol’ days in Japan! I, like Mrs. Camel, am a very pale person and don’t tan easily. People in Japan always admired that. I did go in for the big sunhats, though, because full on sun is just too hot.

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    missslipper 55 posts, Worker bee @ 9:57 pm

    Hey! Gotta do what you gotta do!I need these

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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 7:09 am

    One of my students bought me those as a present during my first year teaching! I had NO CLUE what they were (as the packaging was not English), but my guess was pretty much correct.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:21 pm

    I’ve never heard of that, so interesting!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:40 pm

    @Mrs. Blue Whale: You were not crazy! I totally back you up on the parasol.
    @Blonde17Jess: I always thought it was silly too, but once you get a wedding dress your perspective changes!
    @Miss Rucksack: Oooh, I’ll try the daily glow. I’m still getting a slight farmer’s tan so I think I might need something to balance it out.
    @Samantha: Lucky!
    @Kit_Kath: @jilleeann: @Reeniero: @MissSlipper: If you’re interested they sell them here:
    @Mrs. Penguin: Thank you, I still feel silly wearing them though!
    @RoadWarrior: I know, having the pictures forever puts so much pressure to look perfect. @Mrs. Camel: Yes, I have to buy all my skin care stuff from the states because everything seems to have whitening in it. Mr. G suggested using whitening cream for my tan lines and I was like “No Way!” Who knows what is in those creams and what reaction I would have to it/ @Mrs. Bracelet: We are right in the middle of summer now, you can imagine how hot and sunny it is right now. It is Obon and I’m only leaving the house in sleeves and a hat!
    @DaniLyn: That’s kind of them. Did you wear them in the states? Did you get strange looks?
    @Mrs. Waterfall: Thank you!

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