Many people in today’s society like a tanned skin, but what do you do if your skin is fair? Fair skin burns far more easily than it tans, and it is difficult for most people with fair skin to tan effectively. It is not impossible, however. Here are some tanning tips for fair skin to get the tan you desire.
What is Fair Skin?
First off, it’s important to know just what fair skin or light skin is. Fair skin is skin that does not have any natural darkness or rosiness to it. Also commonly referred to as ‘pale skin’, fair skin is notoriously difficult to tan without burning, and often, once someone with fair skin actually has achieved some kind of tan, it merely peels off a few days later, and returns to its’ former pale or fair coloring. Why is this?
The reason people tan is because of the melanin in their skin. There are two types of melanin that the human body produces – eumelanin and pheomelanin. To describe the difference in simple, easy to understand terms, a person with more eumelanin being produced in their body than pheomelanin will have darker skin. A person whose body produces more pheomelanin than eumelanin will have a lighter skin tone. This also means that people with more eumelanin will tan more of a brownish hue, while those with more pheomelanin will ‘tan’ a more ruddy, reddish color.
Fair Skin and Safety
One of the essential things to remember when trying to tan fair skin is to take it slowly! Your body’s naturally light skin can, in fact, take a dark tan, but you don’t want to try to do it all overnight – the only thing you’ll get doing so is an extremely bad sunburn, and possibly a hospital visit for sun poisoning. While it may seem a bit nonsensical to wear sunblock while trying to tan, it’s very important for someone with fair skin to do. The important thing to remember here is not to overdo it – tan every day, just a little, right up until the point where you are beginning to get a sunburn, then stop and do it again the next day, a bit at a time.
Trick Your Body
What you essentially want to do is to trick your body into producing more eumelanin than pheomelanin – opposite of the way it is right now. To do this, choose a sunblock that protects from UVB rays, while allowing the UVA rays through. The reason for this is that UVB rays cause the body to produce both types of melanin, while pheomelanin breaks down with exposure to UVA rays. What this means is that the body will start to produce more eumelanin, or ‘brown’ melanin, and your skin will get darker.
When using a sunblock, make sure you choose one with a lower SPF rating every week or so, to gradually ‘teach’ your body to become darker and more protected from the sun.
Another option is to tan while behind glass, such as using a sun room, or other room of your home that has a large window, as a tanning room. This works because glass also blocks UVB rays without blocking UVA rays.
Best Tanning Lotions
1. One company, Designer Skin, makes a fair skin tanning lotion called Luminary which comes highly recommended for cheaply tanning fair skin. (buy here on Amazon.com)
2. Another good tanning lotion for those with fair skin is Fiesta Sun Pink Pineapple Tini accelerator tanning lotion. (buy here on Amazon.com)
3. Fake Bake Fair Lotion, a tanning lotion for people with fair skin complexions. If you reapply this once a week you’ll keep your tan looking great. (buy here on Amazon.com)
Speaking of lotions, it’s also important to keep your skin hydrated with moisturizers when you are trying to achieve a tan with fair skin. Remember, prolonged exposure to the sun will dry your skin out, and moisturizers will help to counteract this.
Following these tanning tips for fair skin and we will ensure that you have a healthy, beautiful tan in no time at all!