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

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 32
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It’s killing me all the people who are saying a base tan is good.  Any tan is damage to your skin.

I have done spray tanning and it’s come out great.  I am super pale.  I met my DH with a spary tan and when we went on a date he was actually surprised at how pale I was because the tan was so good.  I have never had the flaking that anyone has mentioned and it’s never looked bad.  You’re suppose to rinse the tan after a certain amount of time and I went out without rinsing it and everyone just though I looked really dark not like organe or spray tan color.

As far as not reapplying sunscreen – that’s just unavoidable unless you were a full body suit.  However, you should apply your sunscreen before you leave the hotel or house.  It will have time to absorb.


Post # 33
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I have super pale skin, so I can really identify with you.  Somehow my sister tans really easily and never burns.  So, when we were going to go on vacation together to Miami, I wanted to tan a little.  I “tanned” in a bed for 3 months before going, and wasn’t the least bit darker.  I never burned, though, which was nice.

I did do a spray tan the day before we left, so I would look tan on the beach.  I was really happy with the results and the color, but mine wore off in about 3 days.  I followed the care instructions, but it didn’t really last that long.  In fact, when I woke up in the hotel, there was a perfect tan imprint of me on the white sheets.  (Disturbing to the maid, I am sure.)

I have heard really good reviews of Sally Hansen Airbrush legs!  It is inexpensive and you can get it just about anywhere.  Maybe you could pack this for touch-ups on your honeymoon.  I also used the Jergen’s lotion.  It works, but it takes a LONG time.  I wouldn’t recommend it.

Good luck!

Post # 34
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@MiraJo:  I’m super pale in real life, and I was on the fence about getting a fake tan before our wedding. In the end, I didn’t – I just went au naturel – and I’m so happy that way. I felt comfortable and like myself on our wedding day, I’m so happy with all the photos, I didn’t have to worry about the spray tan rubbing off on my dress (or about the health risks of tanning beds), I didn’t waste money on the fake tan… I’m so, so happy with my decision.

Plus, I’ll be honest, if you are NEVER tan, it will look weird for you to have a fake tan on your wedding day. I have a lot of friends who have tanned for their weddings, and a lot of their wedding photos look unnatural – their skin looks too orange, or just a little off from how they normally look. Don’t feel like you have to tan!

Post # 35
7384 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Bleh, just get used to it. I’m super pale, cannot physically tan. I tried getting a little color in a high pressure tanning bed before our cruise a few years ago. I barely got anything, and I went 10+ times. Waste of money. After that I just decided to be pale and screw everyone else. I looked fine in our engagement pictures, for the record.

Post # 36
2468 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Just embrace the pale! Pale is Pretty!!!! I slather on spf 30+ all summer long (making sure I reapply, reapply, reapply)… and somehow get a slight tan through that. Not much of one.. but I don’t like getting burnt.. and I don’t want skin cancer. I don’t really care if I have a tan or not and I love my pale self.

Post # 37
1580 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@MiraJo:  Haha, I hear you about reflecting sunlight right off you! I’m not usually as pale as I am this year due to spending way more time indoors as usual, but right now I’m almost translucent. I have a camping holiday coming up in 2 weeks though so I will go to the pharmacy tomorrow to pick up some beta carotene pills because I’ve read that they can help produce a light tan – I will still be using tons of sunscreen to prevent sunburns though! I hope I don’t end up looking like a carrot – but if it turns out great, I’ll let you know, okay? 🙂

Post # 38
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

Cancer research nurse here — don’t tan. Just because we’re making great strides in the fight against melanoma doesn’t mean you should risk it.

Post # 39
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MiraJo:  If you want to have a sublte glow, I recommend getting the Jergens lotion that lets you gradually go from fair skinned to medium toned. Of course the medium tone isn’t that much, but it does give off a nice sublte tan sort of look.

The other product I use when I’m going out or showing my legs is the Sally Hansen leg tanning spray. It makes your legs look AMAZING!! 

However if you want to be tanned for a small period of time all over very quickly, I would get a spray tan. Ask the girl to give you just one coat. Wait at least 10 hours before taking a shower. I always shower the next day. It washes all the bronze off and you are left looking tanned. Girls appear orange because they’ve either gotten really bad spray tans, as in a bad product was used on their skin, or they just got too much.


Post # 40
3 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am also very pale and was worried about spray tanning until I saw my dermatologists office was offering a 4 for $60 deal on spray tans. They use a great system called SunFx. The first time I went I asked for as light as she could go, looked nice, covered up some of my skin imperfections (acne scars) etc. but didn’t really look tan. Next time I asked to bump the color up one notch and it was perfect for me. IDK if you can see my tan in the second picture but I am on the right and this was about 4 days after I sprayed. I am usually more like the first picture.. very pale. Jus make sure you follow instructions for the spray tan and do at least 1 trial run. I exfoliate with aprocot scrub for a few days before, shave the day before. Don’t sweat or shower for 5 hours after. After your first shower it stays pretty well. I would look to see if anyone in your area does SUNFX as I have gotten good results that I am happy with. As others have said spray tan is just pigment so it won’t help with burning and you will still need to apply sunscreen.

Post # 41
2 posts

Same is the problem with me. No matter how much time I spend outside in the sun I just dont get tan, while being so pale I used to become the laughing stock in my group. But I started using spray tan solution at home and it is easy and much effective, but I took a training on it before using it on my own or else you can try it on some experts shop. It will solve your problem.

The topic ‘How to tan when you're super pale?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors