I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am not a fan of cold weather and never have been, so when I read articles like ’10 Reasons Why I Love Winter’ and ‘5 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Season’ – I shudder. I even think the reason I have never watched a single episode of Game of Thrones is because the first one was entitled ‘Winter is Coming’ – I really shouldn’t live in England! Therefore, as the nights start getting darker and the weather turns, you will normally find me either on a beach somewhere, or scouring the internet for my next trip. Even though I love sunnier climes, I am in fact possibly one of the fairest skinned people in the world, meaning that a tan is normally not on the cards. Mr ESLT, on the other hand, simply looks at the sun and has the deepest golden tan imaginable (JEALOUS!). I’ll be honest, even when we do visit a hot and sunny destination we very rarely designate more than one/two days as beach or pool days, but when we do, we like to make the most of them and relax fully. If this can be done with a cocktail served in a hollowed out pineapple – even better!
I don’t know if it’s just me, but feeling the sun on my skin really rejuvenates me – gotta love that vitamin D! And having a healthy tan really makes me feel better about myself, especially in the darker months when the grey skies bring you down anyway. But as mentioned above, I have fair skin and am very conscious of looking after it and not letting it burn. So when I received some Zhuzh! tanning accelerator products to try, I was, at first, very nervous. However, after reading the explicit dos and don’ts of how to use the product, I decided to give it a go whilst in Malta last week.
As an avid Factor 50 wearer, it was important for me to remember that Zhuzh! has no SPF in it, so I couldn’t simply spray and go. Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator not only moisturises, but preps and primes your skin so that when you are out in sunlight you will start to develop your own richer tan much faster. It works by speeding up the process by which your body’s melanin reacts naturally to UV light, accelerating natural tanning. This delivers a far richer skin tone, whilst allowing you to spend less time in the sun, achieving maximum results fast – it is not a fake tan. Therefore, I followed the instructions to the letter when spraying Zhuzh! on my skin – it is a clear, non-sticky liquid which is quickly absorbed. I then applied my usual sun protection lotion. I was initially worried about using it on my face so instead of using the spray, I used the handy wipes I had received, and they worked an absolute treat. Although I don’t think I will ever obtain a dream tan, Mr ESLT did comment that I had the nicest tan I had ever had!
5 European Winter Sun Destinations
Having just returned from Malta, I can personally vouch that this is a perfect place to catch some winter sun. The island is located in the Mediterranean Sea to the south of Italy, and benefits from nicer weather during the winter months than northern Mediterranean countries. The average temperature in December is around 18 degrees, with approximately 7 hours of daylight per day. It is also a great time of the year to bag a bargain, with plenty of sandy beaches to relax on and sights to see. So, what are you waiting for?
Having recently visited Lindos on the Greek island of Rhodes, it is easy to see why this island, together with islands like Crete, is a great winter sun destination. When the weather is dark and dreary in England, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that a mere 4 hour flight away, you can find daily temperatures of 20 degrees. The islands are perfect for either chilling out by your hotel’s pool or on a beach, or even hiring a car and seeing what the island has to offer, especially as the winter months are classed as off-season, meaning less traffic and fewer tourists. Also, why not enjoy al fresco dining whilst you have the chance?
Having only ever visited Cyprus in the summer months, which if I’m being honest was hard work for me as temperatures hit in excess of 30 degrees, I personally think I would be more suited to a winter sun break here. With average daily December temperatures of 20 degrees around the coastal areas, it is a much more manageable climate for those who don’t like it too hot. In December, you will still receive between 5 and 6 hours of sunlight, however, it is also historically the wettest month on the island. But, if you are swimming in your hotel’s pool or in the still pleasant Mediterranean Sea, I doubt you’d even notice the rain.
The four main Canary Islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura – are located off north-west Africa, and are very popular with winter sun seekers due to their year-round warm weather. With beautiful scenery, beaches, attractions, and resorts – there is something for all of the family. Daily December temperatures average around 19 degrees, and with approximately 6 hours of sunshine per day and only four hours flying time from London, doesn’t it sound perfect? Also, as sea temperatures are still reasonably warm – Christmas day on the beach anyone?
Having never been to Madeira, following my research it is now firmly on my list. In December, you will find daily average temperatures of 19 degrees and around 6 hours of sunlight – perfect conditions to explore this beautiful Portuguese Island. Compared to the majority of the rest of Northern Europe, it has one of the nicest climates. With a flight time of just under 4 hours from London, it is the perfect destination for anything from a long weekend break to a 2 week family holiday. And, if seeing animals in their natural habitat is your thing, don’t forget to take a bird, whale and dolphin watching cruise.
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