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28Dec/100

Tips for a great winter-sun tan

Time for some beautiful winter sun and all you need is the perfect tan formula. Not the splotchy burns or tan lines of last year, but an even, healthy golden glow all over your body. Tanning salon? Spray on lotions? Those are definitely options, but if you love the feeling of a natural tan at the beach, and the ambiance of lying outside near the surf, read on.

Yes, it’s a fact the sun’s natural rays can be harmful. Skin cancer is rising, and sunburns are a constant threat. Does this mean the end of feeling the sand beneath your toes and listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean? No, of course not! You can tan more safely. There are a few easy steps to take beforehand to prepare yourself:

  1. Smooth yourself – A few days or weeks before you head to the beach, before you shower every morning, buff your skin with a body brush in gentle, circular motions to ensure smooth skin and better circulation. During your shower, exfoliate with a soft body scrub to brush away dead and dry skin. This will give your skin a soft, even surface for your tan.
  2. Moisten – After your shower, take the time to apply a rich body cream to seal in moisture and keep your skin feeling smooth. A daily moisturizer is essential to minimize damage to your skin from UV rays. After tanning, it doesn’t hurt to apply a cream to your skin again. If you’re on vacation, you’ll probably shower before heading out for a night on the town, so this would be the perfect time for a moisturizer.

Once you’re in the sun, limit yourself to a few hours a day, and try to avoid sun tanning during the peak hours of 11 AM and 2 PM. Always use sunscreen, as a full sun on unprotected skin is bad no matter what. A lotion with SPF 6 to 15 will still allow you to tan, based on your skin type. A good tan should take a few days. Tanning too fast is dangerous and could lead to burning and long term damage. The idea is to tan slowly. Because the act of tanning is your body’s defensive response to the sun’s rays, you don’t want to overdo it. Gradually, as you get darker, your skin will raise its natural SPF to about 3 or 4. Certainly not enough to protect you for prolonged periods, but enough for your body to know it’s hot out there. The idea is to look like you’re enjoying your summer. Keep practicing step 1 and 2 every morning before you go out.

The perfect tan means minimizing tan lines. One method is to wear a bikini and periodically adjust your straps. Another idea is a tan through swimsuit, which allows part of the sun’s rays to penetrate the fabric. The straps will still need periodic adjusting due to the knitted seams, but you have the ability to tan your entire body, even while wearing a 1-piece bathing suit, should you so desire.

Practise this daily regime, and you’ll have a great tan by the end of the week. If you treat your skin right, the sun will again be your friend. Have fun at the beach.

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11Dec/100

How not to remove snow from your roof!

If your roofs covered in snow its probably best just to let it nautrally melt away - however some people cant wait for that to happen. Check out this funny video clip which is a good guide for 'How not to remove snow from your roof'

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4Dec/100

Is this the stupidest snow story so far?

MISSING! Have you seen this snowman? Average height, pound coins for eyes, twig arms and answers to the name of Dave.

STUNNED police officers have branded a woman "completely irresponsible" — after she phoned 999 to report a stolen SNOWMAN.

Cops said she thought it needed their involvement because she had used pound coins for the eyes and teaspoons for the arms. Now the caller, from Chatham, Kent, has been "spoken to" by officers to advise her about what counts as a real emergency. Kent Police issued a transcript of the call which they received overnight as they fielded thousands more from people due to the sub-zero conditions.

In it the woman tells the operator: "There's been a theft from outside my house.

"I haven't been out to check on him for five hours but I went outside for a fag and he's gone."

The operator asks "Who's gone?" and the woman replies: "My snowman.

"I thought that with it being icy and there not being anybody about, he'd be safe."

The incredulous operator asks her: "Do you mean an ornament?" The woman replies: "No, a snowman made of snow, I made him myself.

"It ain't a nice road but you don't expect anybody to nick your snowman."

The operator then tells her that it is an emergency line and she should not be ringing it to report the theft of a snowman.

Kent Police received more than 8,000 general and 999 calls in 48 hours, double the normal amount.

Chief Inspector Simon Black said: "We do have powers to prosecute people for misusing the 999 system, but in this case the woman genuinely thought this was a theft that she should report because she'd used pound coins for the eyes and teaspoons for the arms.

"This call could have cost someone's life if there was a genuine emergency and they couldn't get through. It was completely irresponsible.

"We have spoken to her and advised her what is a 999 call, and this clearly was not."

Is this the stupidest snow related story so far? let me know if you have any others we can share. Meanwhile if you want to get away from all this winter snow why not grab a touch of winter sun then why not search Bargain Villas

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30Nov/100

Oh snow! Not again…Time for a bit of winter sun!

Yes, its snowing in the UK again. And if you are anything like me the slightest hint of the cold is enough to send you into a big fat grump. Its at times like this that i'd like to fly off and enjoy a little bit of winter sun. I was speaking to a friend of mine at the weekend that spends 8 weeks of the Great British winter at his Villa in Tenerife.... jealous? Not, not at all...not a bit...I like the UK winter....did I mention that I now hate this friend after our chat? ;)

Anyway, with this in mind I have been taking a look at some of the properties available in Tenerife in amazing places like Playa De Las Americas. Tenerife is one of the best winter/sun destinations in my opinion as its cheaper than a lot of the luxury destinations and it still great value.

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