If you have fair skin, a tan might sound like a scary idea, but there are many benefits you might be missing out on! Most people who have had a tan report that it made them feel more attractive, healthier-looking and confident. So how can you get the tan that suits you in your own home? Here are 5 great tips for self-tanning with paler skin...


Shaving at least 24 hours beforehand is important for creating a smooth surface. Removing even small hairs means it’s less likely the tan will skip over parts of the skin which will leave you with a patchy finish.


Exfoliation is crucial in preparing your skin for a tan, both at home and with a professional. Exfoliating your skin helps to buff away dead skin cells and give your tan a smooth canvas to work with. There are many exfoliating products out there that can help you prevent a patchy result, like our Exfoliating Body Scrub!


A lot of what goes into the perfect self-tan is great skin prep! It’s important to make sure your skin is clear, smooth and with as little excess oil as possible. To help with this, you can use a skin priming product like our Prep Spray with Aloe Vera, this product helps to remove excess oils left naturally by the skin or by makeup, as well as the residue left from razors, to smooth the skin for a perfect tan!

Patch test

Patch tests are important if you’ve never self-tanned before, and especially for those with paler skin. A patch test involves applying some product to a small amount of skin, in an area that can be hidden, to test the skin's reaction. When it comes to tan, you are looking to make sure the tones in the tan match your skin's natural tones – this will help you avoid turning orange!

Take it slow

It is important for beginners and especially those with pale skin, to take it slow and build up to what is comfortable. This can be done with gradual tan lotions which will build up over time and usually will give your skin a natural glow. It is a good idea to patch test gradual tans over time so you can be sure it’s right for you!

So if you're ready to take the plunge, why not take a look at our range of paraben-free and skin conditioning self-tanning products to give your skin the bronze glow you’ve always dreamed about?

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