Post # 1
Our wedding is coming up here and that also means so is the honeymoon! I’m very fair and never really lay out, but since we’re going to Florida, I want my skin to get the chance to get semi used to the sun. I know to wear tons of sunscreen and reaply often (I’m really good at taking care of my sensitive ultra fair skin), but being this fair washes me out with my blonde hair and blue eyes, so I think a touch of color would be nice also for the pictures (:
Anyway, my legs are next to impossible to tan. The tops of my feet and from my knees and up tan, but my calves and shins never take to the sun. Since yesterday was the first day it was above 50 degrees and sunny (warm enough to lay out in direct sun) I did just that, and also today. My arms, back and shoulders got good color, but of course my legs got nada! I even used baby oil (please no lectures, I’ve never done it before, and I know it’s not healthy, but I’m desperate!)
It was during the peak hours (10am-12pm, then I got so warm I couldn’t take anymore!) so it shouldn’t be that I wasn’t out long enough (or at the wrong times, etc). Should I use some sort of tanning oil or what? A black towel behind my legs to catch more light? I was actually thinking I’m just so fair the light was bouncing right off my skin… haha (: When I was younger I could get a good health glow (I’m opposed to tanning beds because it’s free on my deck and I’m lazy, a germaphobe, and any other excuse you can think of) so I know it’s possible… it just seems to be getting mre difficult the older I get!
Advice? Suggestins/recommendations? Thanks bees!! (:
Post # 3
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
@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
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
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 # 7
What about doing this girl’s regimen? I think her tan looks amazing and its all fake! A lot of the comments are from fair skinned girls who tried it and had fabulous results.
Post # 8
all great ideas/helpful advice, thanks! I’ve tried numerous self tanning lotions/sprays and it just stinks (as in smells horrible) I’m cheap and don’t wanna spend any more than $10 on a product and only if I absolutely need it.
@Hyperventilate: I love the idea of a tanning oil spf. two in one! thanks (:
@This Time Round: Good point about the level of the suns rays. I won’t do the baby oil again for the simple fact it didn’t work today and you’re so right about that. thank you!
Post # 9
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.
Post # 10
@adoc86: I thought I posted a reply but I guess it didn’t go through! That was an amazing diy tanning tutorial, thank you! this just made me think of another thing – will the lotion come off on my dress? it’s satin so heavy and Iwill definitely be sweating in it!
Post # 11
@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
@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 # 13
@adoc86: let me now how it turns out for you! like I mentioned, I’m much too cheap for it, and if it does come off all over my clothes I would feel terrible!
@peachacid: I do know this, and I love my fair skin, but I figured once in my life I can have a nice natural glow. I’m not trying to be dark by any means (my Fi is quite fair hmself), just a hint of summer (:
Post # 14
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 # 15
@skipanther: does it stink really bad or rub off on your clothes? I used it in high school and it smelled sooo bad! I’ve heard it’s better now, but since you brought it up, is it?
Post # 16
- 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.