Post # 1
I have pale skin. I’m pretty much always the second shade in foundations for example. So I googled tans for pale skin and have been trying them, but so far it’s been a disaster. A disaster as in: look orange and can’t leave the house.
I tried Vita Liberta and it came out like the worst orange I’ve ever seen. It was also patchy on my face. Then last night I tried L’Oreal Bronze sublime gel (which everyone raves about) and again it came out as orange (though not as bad as Vita liberate) and patchy. It particularly seems to get patchy around my forehead in between my brows and goes darker on my nose. I do exfoliate and moisturise like crazy so don’t get it.
In the past the only thing that looked half decent on me was St Tropez, but it only lasts two days and we are having a destination wedding. We are leaving on the Wednesday and getting married on Friday, and guests will be all around till the Monday. So I need to look tanned for a week basically.
I’m pretty stressed about it all. At this stage I’ll be getting married looking like a ghost. And my MIL to be told me I was a “plain Jane” when she was drunk, so I don’t want to feel even more unattractive in front of FI’s family.
Can anyone recommend any good tans for pale skin? Should I get a spray tan and pray it lasts?
I’m also considering sunbeds, but don’t know if they’d work on my skin. *No lectures please*.
Post # 3
@Bainise2013: Jergens natural glow!!! It’s awesome!
Post # 4
The first time I used Jergens Natural Glow it looked nice, but the second time it was orangey and streaky. It may have been because the bottle was old, not sure.
I only ever used it on my legs. I used to be quite tan but I like my paleness now. I have a bronzer that works well with my pale skin (not to dark/orange) and it gives me enough colour on my face.
Post # 5
I used a tanning bed before the wedding. Unfortunately that’s all that really works for my skin. Even jergens natural glow rubbed off of my skin, leaving horrible patches everywhere. It was disgusting.
Post # 6
Are you pale skinned? If so, how many sessions and how long each time?
Post # 7
I love SunLabs self tanner. I order it on Amazon. It isn’t streaky at all because the color is instant and you see exactly where its going and where you’ve missed. It works great and lasts for about 4 days. I guess for a week you’d have to reapply half-way through, but it literally takes me 10 minutes to do.
Post # 8
@Bainise2013: I’m having the same issue. I’m having a destination wedding and the wedding is the third day we are there. I have done the airbrush tanning before, which worked out very well, looked natural, so I think I might do that, but it will probably fade by the end of the trip. I guess that isn’t a huge deal, most important is the wedding.
Post # 9
@Bainise2013: yeah I’m pretty pale naturally. I started tanning probably a month or two before the wedding and didn’t go very long in the beginning. You can slowly work your way up. The tanning salon workers know there beds and will be able to tell you exactly how long you should go for. I went about three times a week.
Post # 10
I’m pale too but have gotten some sun this summer than I plan on building up in the tanning bed pre-wedding.
Post # 11
What is so bad about pale skin? I’m paler than you. I said screw it, I’m embracing it.
And no, tanning beds won’t work for you. They’ll make your bright red and painful 🙂
Why do you want to look different for your wedding? People will only giggle because you’re trying too hard to look tan.
Post # 12
I tried Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion more than a couple times and every time it came out orangy and VERY streaky/blotchy.
Post # 13
@Bainise2013: I would suggest a gradual one; I don’t know what’s available where you live but over here Garnier do one, as well as other brands. Basically, it’s a moisturiser with a small amount of fake tan built in, and you build up the colour gradually, so you can get the colour you want.
You could try a spray tan; but I would advise trying this now so you can see what colour you’ll get; they can come out very dark.
Re sunbeds, I’m not going to lecture: just be aware that it can take a while to build up colour, esp if you’re pale. Again, you would need to start now if you wanted to achieve a reasonable colour. I also personally can tell a sun bed tan apart from a real tan a mile off: for some reason, they look much more orange than natural tans. So, also bear that in mind.
Finally, you could just embrace your natural colour. There is nothing wrong with being pale, at all; and unless you often have a tan, I find it weird to get one specially for your wedding day. I want to look like ‘me’ on my wedding day, not a whole different person.
Post # 14
I am also very fair skinned and I love to tan (in tanning beds) In my town we have a tanning salong called Palmbeach Tans. I just started tanning about 2 years ago and they were extremely helpful.
I only tan during the spring and summer, I start in March and tan till July and after July I stop.
But how i tan is i gradually work myself up, when I start tanning. Ill start off as tanning for 3 minutes, thats how light skinned i am, ill tan for 3 minutes for about a week and then the next week move up to 5 minutes, then the next week, 6 or 7 minutes and so on.
Laying in tanning bed does not only help you get tan but its also very relaxing.
If you have a tanning salon in your area just tell them your situation and im sure they will be glad to help, just remember, only you know your skin. When you get in a tanning bed and you feel like your burning, get out and if you do burn, skip the next day.
Theres also tanning lotions that will accomidate your skin type.
Hope this helped and good luck!!!
Post # 15
I am doing spray tan. Since, you pointed out, it doesn’t always last a week, why don’t you see if there is someone at the place you are getting married that can do it? It may be a little more expensive since you may have to do a custom one where they do it for you. But, it’s your wedding! Totally worth it!
Post # 16
I am a huuuuuge spray tan advocate but I’m opting not to do it for my destination wedding. I always get them before trips but find with the salt water and the pool water and sweating like crazy, they NEVER last very well. usually day 2 or 3, the tan in my cleavage and my elbow pits (is that a thing) and my neck creases is completely gone. I hate the way it looks while fading.
I really don’t like tanning beds but I think it’s the only way I can get any colour and not feel like a pale monster while away… and guarantee a tan that lasts and looks (is) natural. I’m pale like you too and it usually takes me A LONG time to get a base but I’m going to suck it up, pay the money and hit the beds.
If you are deadset on a sunless tanner, i REALLY like the victoria’s secret one. but i haven’t tried it out on vacay yet so not sure of it’s lasting power.