Or rather … The Pale Girl’s Guide to Faking A Perfect Tan.
Here’s the truth: I’m pale. So pale, I match my husband’s white cotton Hanes t-shirts. Casper pale. Like white on rice.
I identify with this scene from the movie The Waitress (which, if you haven’t seen, you must):
Becky: “As you can plainly see, my right boob is much higher than my left boob. And Dawn here has pasty, pasty skin. I’m stuck in a marriage to Droolin’ Phil the Invalid, and Dawn eats TV dinners alone, but still, we wouldn’t rather be you.”
Dawn: “I do have pasty, pasty skin.”
So you see, tanning beds, beaches, and outdoor exposure without a pound of sunscreen, an umbrella, and J-Lo-worthy hat, are out of the question for me.
But even I recognize the benefit of a sexy summer tan.
So I fake it.
A few tips for using sunless tanning lotions + sprays:
- — exfoliate before you apply product – you may even want to exfoliate well, several days before application (focus on areas that tend to be dry – i.e., elbows, knees – these are the areas where the tanning lotion appears worst)
- — moisturize like crazy, for the same reason
- — don’t apply sunless tanner right out of the shower – any moisture will cause the color to drip (think sweat as well)
- — take your time when applying
- — wash your hands frequently throughout application
- — wait at least 15 minutes after application before putting on clothes
- — look for “gradual color” tanners so that you can’t mess up too badly – I like the subtle gradual color tanners that give more of a shimmer (the dark tanners are great too, but they require a whole lot more patience … be warned!)
Do you rock the sunless tanner? Any brilliant tips or tricks?
Read up on all of my Philips summer “beauty cheats” here.
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