The sock tan is similar to a farmer's tan (also sometimes called a farmer tan), and the result of being out of doors and under the sun with... (oh my goodness!) clothing on. A farmer's tan usually includes a sock tan as part of the package. Outdoor sports athletes (e.g., tennis players) often have a reputation for particularly egregious sock tans and may be ridiculed for wearing socks when they are not wearing any (because their feet are still so white in comparison to the rest of their legs). Always wearing socks will prevent this kind of harassment, but it will also exacerbate the problem. Wearing ankle socks can ameliorate a sock tan, by lowering one's tan line level, but it is not a cure. Sitting partially shaded with the untanned feet sticking out into the sun for long periods of time is another possibility.

always wear sunscreen.

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