On our first morning on holiday in Gran Canaria we attended the obligatory "welcome meeting" where we had a strange encounter:
After telling us about our hotel and resort, our Thomas Cook rep introduced us to Glynis, our "Sun Care Advisor".
"New to me, " I thought, "Must be making sure people stay safe in the sun. Very responsible."
How wrong I was.
Firstly, Glynis told us that the sun tan lotion we had brought from the UK wasn't good enough for Gran Canaria, being so much nearer to the equator than mainland Europe. It would melt in the heat and we would burn in patches.
At this point daughter got quite anxious that we were all going to burn so I quietly told her, "Don't worry, Ambre Solaire worked perfectly well on me and daddy when we walked along the Equator in Kenya. You won't burn."
Then Glynis proceeded to tell us how that we would be much better off using the sun tan lotion that she had to sell to us.
"I see, " I thought, "It's just sales pitch for her own lotions"
But what then alarmed me was that she was selling factor 12, 8 and 4 lotions and pre tanning products to help you achieve that deep all over tan, especially in those areas that are difficult to tan.
Is that legal?
I don't use anything less than 30 on myself and 50+ on daughter.
And a deep tan?
Don't we go for 'gently sunkissed' in the 21st century?
There was no mention of covering up, staying in the shade, going indoors during the hottest part of the day.
In other words, protecting your skin.
I thought I'd stepped back into the 1980s!