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

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

If you’re worried about the spray tans, there are also those lotions that gradually build up a fake tan.  A little bronzer on the face and even shoulders also goes a long way!

Post # 19
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@MiraJo:  I was allergic to the scent so only tried it twice, but I think it was made by Jergens.  If you start a new thread for it, you might get some more suggestions!

Post # 20
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Honey bee

I wouldn’t go for a spray tan or lotion because the chemicals in them are nasty and some are carcinogens. If you have been told you look sickly, what about a bronzer on your face daily? That’s what I do when I’m feeling too pale (I’m very fair skinned).

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m super pale, so I empathize when you say people ask if you’re sick. I hear that a lot. honestly, in high school i used it to my advantage! On days when I would want to get out of class, I just would skip makeup, and say I felt faint. My teachers would be like, “OMG you’re SO PALE. YOu may be on death’s door. Go lay down or go home”. SCORE. I’ve learned to love my pale skin, but when I do want color I go for a spray tan or use self tanner (I love Bare Escentuals Faux Tan – they have a self tanner and one that is a powder bronzer. I use both. I use the powder most days, but the self tanner all over when I want more color. I feel like my legs are really pale lately so I’ve been doing it just on my legs about every other week). My step mom has a tanning bed in the basement and I tried to use it twice – both times I couldn’t deal with the coffin like feel, but the second time i got burnt in only a couple of minutes. I highly suggest a spray tan or self tanner b/c you won’t deal with any sun damage. I rarely go outside without a high SPF and reapplying (I tend to avoid the sun during it’s worst hours – sun can actually make one of my health issues go out of remission, so yeah… good reason for me to avoid it!). When I do get sun, I burn. As much as I rarely go out in the sun… i had a skin cancer scare three years ago, and now have a huge scar on my back.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MiraJo:  It was a mole, but the doctor attributed it to the sun. No fun. You can look healthy and not get a real tan. It just causes so many issues… cancer, wrinkles. 

Do what you want. But when I can advice people against tanning, I will. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Hello fellow pale person!  As a near-ghost and science grad student, let me throw out some info for you.

“Base tans” don’t really work.  You can still burn with them- they have a limited effect on preventing sunburn.  You’ll still need to wear sunscreen.  And by getting a base tan, you’re already damaging skin.

How does sun damage skin?  (This is the fun part.  For me.  I like science.  Science is cool.)  Sunlight contains UV light.  Let’s call it what it is- it’s UV radiation.  UV radiation is actually classified as a carcinogen in some circles.  (Though in California, pretty much everything is a carcinogen, so take that with a grain of salt.)  There are three main types- UVA, UVB, and UVC.  UVC is essentially filtered out through the atmosphere- it isn’t too much of a worry, though technically is would be the most dangerous.  UVA is connected to long-term skin conditions (i.e. wrinkles), and play some role in skin cancer.  UVB is considered the big contributer to skin cancer, and is also the major cause for sunburn.  Without going too much into the actual mechanics of it (though I’d really love to), UVA and UVB can damage your DNA.  DNA is used in cell reproduction (replacement).  If DNA is irreplaceably damaged, you can get cancer.

So yes, the more sun exposure, the greater the cancer risk.

Should you avoid the sun?  No, cause there are many benefits of sunlight.  (Especially for us northerners, there are emotional effects… Winter blues are real.  Another topic for another day.)  But at the same time, overexposure can be a terrible thing.

Honestly, it’s like smoking.  One cigarette a year will increase your chances for lung cancer marginally- basically, it won’t kill you.  One a month increases it more.  One a week more… One a day more… Two a day more… You get the idea.  The more sun you are exposed to, the more risk you take (though comparitively it’s safer than smoking- some sun is good, some cigarettes are not).  Now remember, that’s a risk, not a guarantee.  There’s no magic amount of exposure than equals bam, cancer.  Just like how non-smokers get lung cancer and pack smokers don’t get lung cancer at all- it’s all based on a game of chance.  It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact reason for a cancer case, but if someone with skin cancer was an active tanner, chances are it’s from tanning.

I’m not a spray tanner, so I’ll let others talk for that.

All in all, it comes down to what you want to do.

I don’t care what anyone else says- I’m happy with my pale skin.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am ghost pale and a red head- 10 mins of direct sunlight and I am a sexy shade of lobster red. 

However, thanks to some Native American genes ( thanks dad!)  I do tan a bit. Not a lot but  definitely a bit. Sit in the sun for 5 mins at a time. Longer if you wish but go inside often to see if your turning red. If you do start to turn red  take a. Cool/ cold bath or shower. This keeps your skin from continuing to cook and prevents/ minimizes the burn. Repeat for a week or two. 

 

Its slow but it does work

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

@MiraJo:  California is messed up, ha.  I remember walking into a restaraunt, and there was a sign that said something like “This location contains carcinogens known to California.”  Like, what?  No.  Calm it down, California.  Calm it down.

I’m glad you’re only going for a sun-kissed look.  I missed reading the part that you weren’t looking for a drastic change…  For some reason, I always assume the worst and think people are trying to bake until golden brown, and that’s not good.  Sorry. 🙁

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MiraJo:  I’ve not been airbrushed and then swam much afterwards, so I can’t speak to it personally, but a co-worker got hers done right before spending 10 days in the Dominican Republic and she said it stayed just fine.  As long as you follow the aftercare instructions (don’t exfoliate, use lots of moisturizer, don’t use harsh soap, etc) I think it would be awesome.

To be sure, I’d get a few test airbrushes before the big day.  I tried 3 different salons until I found one that I LOVED.  Of course, it was the most expensive of the 3, but worth the money in the end.  I also take offense to folks who say spray tans *never* look good.  It’s all in the details– an airbrush tan, with high quality ingredients, an experienced and patient stylist and following directions makes for a great tan.

For reference, I’m a very pale woman myself, with very very Irish skin.  Here’s my everyday/normal skin:

And here’s my wedding day, with a medium airbrush tan:

The little bit of color did WONDERS.  Good luck!

Post # 28
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Blushing bee

Most certified spray tan technicians will recommend you lay in the tanning bed at least 2-3 times before a spray tan (along with exfoliating like a fool!) it really helps the color to look more natural. That said, if you want to tan, and you’re pale, you should lay for a few minutes a few times a week in a tanning bed. Tanning beds get a bad rep, but it will help you get a base of a tan and be less pale, it also helps your skin to not burn in the natural sunlight during the summer months. You could always do at-home sunless tan, there are brands out there that look pretty darn convincing, and the Natural Glow daily moisturizer is also a good option if you aren’t wanting to tan in a bed. If you do go for a pro spray tan, make sure you get someone that is trained properly and follow their instructions.

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve got a question for all of you airbrush and booth tan ladies.  Did the color come off on your dress at all???

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Sweetnsassy:  Mine did not.  I was airbrushed on Friday morning for my Saturday noon wedding.  I did an “express” airbrush, which allowed me to shower 3 hours after the tan.  I showered Friday afternoon before rehearsal and again on Saturday morning, but only used Cetaphil cleanser on my body/face.

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think pale is gorgeous… so I vote just stay that way 😛

 

Sorry, not helpful, I know.

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