(Closed) Stubborn legs that never tan? ( kinda long :/ )

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
9082 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Try something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Banana-Boat-Tanning-Spray-8-Ounce/dp/B000142N3M

It is NOT a tanning spray. It does not contain color and if you spray it on you, it will not work like a self tan. It’s a tanning oil SPF that helps you tan.

I have a spray from the same company (it comes in like an aresol can) that I spritzed over myself when I went to work in the garden and I have a lovely light tan developing.

Post # 4
4040 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@princess-pea:  the only advice I have is STOP!!!!




i too am very fair skinned – strawberry blonde and freckies. if you don’t tan, there is nothing you can do to “make” your skin get used to the sun. It’s just not in your genetics. You are up just going to have to accept it and but sunscreen at Costco 🙂


Post # 5
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I too am one who tans like you do…

Walking around all summer… and my thighs have colour (probably from sitting) and my feet.  But pretty much NOTHING from knee to ankle.  Ugh.

Besides laying out “intentionally” to get sun on that part of my body… I also try to even things out (as best I can) by using a self-tanner.

Much safer than going the Tanning Bed route… or Baby Oil. 

(At some point with Baby Oil you are going to get a bad burn… because you aren’t going to KNOW how strong the sun truly is and become OVER EXPOSED).

Something to think about…

Hope this helps,


Post # 6
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Im not sure… I know my arms don’t like to tan, and I’m not really fair skinned, but not dark either. I do have red undertones in my skin, so I normally burn first then tan.

If you aren’t able to tan, have you thought about using tanning lotions? At least just on your legs to not look quite like a ghost!

Post # 9
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @adoc86:  Thanks for the link to the MaskCara website for tips on Self-Tanning… that was great.  Probably the most comprehensive, down to earth advice from a real person (vs a company) that I’ve ever seen.  Think I may give this a try as we get nearer to summer.

Thanks again.


Post # 11
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@princess-pea:  I wonder the same thing. I’ve never tried self tanning only because I felt I’d end up looking orange or streaky, but after seeing that tutorial I am dying to try it (I already ordered all of the products she uses!). I am worried about it coming off on my clothes though.

I am probably going to try it out first with some clothes I’m not worried about ruining(or maybe it just washes out?) and see how it goes. I would definitely do a test run before wearing your dress with it. My wedding is in October so I don’t want to be super tan, but I do think I look better with a bit of color so I’m hoping this works out

Post # 12
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@princess-pea:  You’re going to have to be willing to spend a bit more money if you want a nice looking fake tan.  Tanning in the sun or in tanning beds is basically the worst thing you could do for your skin.

Post # 14
384 posts
Helper bee

Ive been using Jergens sunglow or natural sun touch something like that but it is made by jergens. (comes in a brown/ tan bottle) Works like a charm! im so much more tan and its not orange at all. I apply the location once I get out of the shower then do the other stuff like brush my hair and teeth while it dries. Make sure you wash ur hands. It took me about five days for a good “base” tan look.

Post # 16
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory

i own my own spray tan machine and use fake bake solution, it has a green base as most have orange. ive spraied type 1 skin (pale that doesnt tan) and it came out great. if you go the fake tan route be aware it can come off (if you rub or get rubbed) if you swim in clorine. the reason your shins are the hardest part to tan is because it has less fat. i cant remember why fat plays a roll but it does.

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