I’ll be the first to admit that I am a member of the Pale Girls Club. I may even be the leader. My mom is Irish so it just sort of runs in my blood. Thanks, genetics. It is super hard for me to get any sort of tan in the summer despite my every year goal of getting the most tan I’ve ever been. I have been tan before so I want to share my tips for my super pale sisters out there.

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  • Be careful, there are some risks involved. Skin cancer, sun spots, and premature aging are not cool and can be attributed to sun tanning. Know the risk involved and try to avoid tanning beds. I’d suggest reading this page from the American Skin Cancer Foundation as they know a bit more than I do.
  • That being said, wear sunscreen. I’d recommend wearing it always especially on your face, but during sun bathing it is specifically important. You’ll still get a tan! Just look a bottle that says “sunscreen” and not “sunblock”. If you’re super pale like me, I’d recommend not using tanning oils. One time, I used tanning oils and sunscreen and I had a painful burn that lasted for weeks.
  • The fastest way to get a tan is to hang out near or in water. The water acts as a sort of prism and will give you a more even tan. This helps with some of the boredom you may experience while tanning, just make sure you apply sunscreen again when you come out.
  • Wear the smallest bathing suit you can. Got a cheeky bathing suit? Perfect! No one wants tan lines that they can’t hide. If you’re worried about privacy, take the tanning to your backyard.
  • Start slow. Sitting outside for 3 hours your first tan is a surefire way to get burnt. Start with 20 minutes on each side and add 5-10 minutes each time. If you start to feel hot or notice your skin is red go inside, under an umbrella or a cabana.
  • Keep a water bottle with you. No one wants to be dehydrated. If you hate drinking hot water, fill the whole bottle with ice and half way with water. You’ll have cold water all day.
  • You won’t tan over night. If you want a deep tan, you have to sit out every day or at least every other day. Your tan only stays on as long as your skin cells, so tanning new cells is important for keeping your tan. There is no point of tanning for a long time in one go thinking that this will make you more tan. It won’t, you will just burn.
  • Moisturize your tan. Using after sun right will help repair your skin from any sun damages or burns. Moisturizing your tan after showers will help keep your skin cells healthy and your tan on longer.
  • If all else fails, fake tan. I recommend the St. Tropez Self-Tanning Mousse*. It is not streaky and orange. I find mousses easy to apply because you can see where you’ve already tanned so you won’t miss a spot.

Hope you enjoyed these tips! If any of you have any other tips, just comment them down below. I and your fellow pale skin people would really appreciate it! Love you all, see you tomorrow.



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