(Closed) How to tan when you're super pale?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MiraJo:  the only thing that will tan easier is what you’ve already tanned. So no the rest of your body won’t tan easily because your arms are tanned. I think your best bet is going to be a spray tan. 

going to a tanning bed starting at 4 minutes then 6 then 8 etc would also work but I don’t feel comfortable suggesting you do that because of the health risks involved.

Post # 4
14 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

I hear ya on this one! I am very pale!  I am planning on trying a spray tan within the next couple weeks to see how it goes and if I like it I will do it closer to the wedding. 

I have tried a tanning bed before but if you are as pale as me you would have to go a couple times a week to get a good base tan.  Plus the health risks dont make it favorable. 




Post # 6
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Don’t Tan. If you are very pale thats good! Go to a professional that can spray tan you (not the booth kind) and let them work their magic! 

Post # 7
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Hey I’m pretty pale over here, burn easily lol! Melanoma runs rampant in my fam but i loooove being tan so i do it slowly and carefully! If you have time to lay out, just do it with SPF 30, you’ll still tan it will just be slower, and if you keep applying it in the time you should you won’t burn. I always find if I burn my skin tans less, so if you make sure not to burn you’ll tan!!

Post # 8
1552 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Airbrush tan, by a professional, not an automated booth. Lifechanging. 

Post # 9
8066 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Don’t!  Just go the airbrush route.  If you don’t want to do that I would say embrace your natural color.  And use sunscreen.

Post # 10
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch

Make sure if you try an airbrush tan to try it once before your wedding (like a month in advance).  I had an airbrush tan done and for some reason the tan doesn’t stick very well on my body.  Within a couple of days I am spotty and blotchy.  Thankfully I tried it the beginning of this month and not a couple of days before my wedding.


Post # 11
4076 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - Canada

I’m very pale and freckly, so I go to tanning beds. I buy good lotions and work my way up to longer tans really slowly. I also don’t go more than once a week.


 I’ve also had a spray tan from those booths quite a few times and always had great results, but that won’t give you any “base tan” for a sunny destination. 

Edit: I FAR prefer the booth tans to the airbrush tans. The airbrush tan got all scaly and flaked off. It looked terrible. the booth tans just fades away

Post # 12
5995 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Embrace the pale – I’m pale and happy with it! Tanning has too much skin cancer risk. Use 30+ sunblock on your honeymoon.

Post # 15
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MiraJo:  A spray tan will NOT protect you against the sun (but thats what sunblock is for) a REAL tan will only protect you from the sun SO MUCH, you can still get burnt. 

It will last in the water for sure! Just don’t exfoliate as much. I would suggest getting your legs waxed before the honeymoon and then getting a spray tan so you wont have to shave and then use sunblock.

Honestly its a win win because you will look like a glowing goddess but still have GOOD HEALTHY skin! Trust me on this, I used to tan and had to have skin cancer removed and now have a big ugly scar about 4 inches above my belly button. Now I am VERY happy with spray tan! 

Post # 16
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

zero! embrace the paleness. spray tan NEVER looks good.

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