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My tanning Issues

Ok it’s that time of year. I am gone beyond pasty with no sunlight in my near future. Now if you’re one of those ladies blessed with beautiful fair skin that stays that way all year round, I’m well jealous. At least you have skin tone consistency, so much easier to work with.

I am not so fortunate. My skins darkens quite a bit in the Summer and then fades gradually ’til February, when it can’t possibly fade anymore. The contrast between July and February is ridiculous. None of the make-up I bought works on my skin anymore. That aside, I look a little anaemic.

It has left me wishing that I had the sort of fair skin that doesn’t tan. I can’t seem to work with the colour of my skin at the moment, everything looks wrong. Every smidgen of discoloration seems more noticeable. I am so tempted to try a bit of St Tropez into my  moisturiser but I dare not go down that path. If I start, there will be no stopping me. My tanorexia days are done.

As you may already know, I was once a Winter self tan addict.  I needed a support group to ween me off the dark stuff. I haven’t touch the tan bottle in almost a year and am happy about that. I don’t miss smelling like biscuits, stained bed sheets, dealing with streaks or smelling like a rubber glove for a week. But I do miss the fresh face!

With Spring on our doorstep my commitment to the tan ban is waning. Must. Stay. Strong.

Are many of you relying on tan this season?

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  • Lainey

    I myself am trying to wean myself off the tan at the mo… I decided not to wear it at all this week but i’m having withdrawal symptoms!! It was such a big part of my life haha :)

  • Vera

    I have used the Jergens Natural Glow one and off for about two years. I tan pretty easily, even through spf, so I’ve used the Jergens to keep it even. It smells fine and it isn’t too dark. Plus its a gradual thing, so its gets darker if you used it more times a week. They have a face one too and that’s what I use in the summer if I don’t wear foundation. You should try it. I think you have a gorgeous skin tone regardless.

    • aoife

      where can you buy the jergens natural glow face moisturiser in Dublin ?

  • Joe

    I hate the winter pale look, I go snowboarding and blend into the mountains in every single photo! I used to be a fan of Dove summer glove but only when someone can put it on for me, otherwise I leave lines everywhere! I am even worse in the sun, i fell asleep last year on one of the meds hottest days in Cyprus and woke up giving a lobster a run for its money in a look-a-like contest.

    Bring on Summer!

    Liking the new website btw :)


  • Ciara

    Im off the tan!
    It started with a tan disaster(johnsons), some more put on to cover it up. That was disastrous! So i decided to try some Garnier spray one. I put a second layer on to even it up.
    So basically i looked like i had orange and white stripes. No more tan for me!
    Im naturally very pale so now i use a shimmery moisturiser to give a shimmery glow! :)

  • Aoife

    We all want what we don’t have!! I’d prefer to be sallow! But now that I think of it I do have two shades of my foundation so I do go a little bit (one shade!) darker through my spf too! God love my poor legs though there’s nothing pretty about ghostly white legs!! They were pointed out to me at tag rugby before!! Shameful!!

    I got Sally Hansen leg spray in a shimmer rather than a colour when I was in the States last year. It’s nice but a I prefer my Benefit stuff!!

  • metrochic79

    It was only last night when I was going to bed that I was thinking whether or not I should put on some fake tan for the first time in about 4 months… I must be like you in that I go very dark during the summer and it seems to just fade and keep fading for the rest of the year! I think I will have to give in to the bottle tonight though….

    • Amy

      @metrochic79 I’m so tempted!

  • Nicola Mitchell

    I must admit I can not live without my fake tan. It has got to the point where Im only doing it once every couple of weeks, but there is no way on earth I will EVER give it up. St Tropez is my fav, nothing I have used has ever come close.

    • Amy

      @Nicola Mitchell St Tropez is the king!

  • Aoife

    Nope! I can’t remember the last time I used fake tan. I think that’s mainly because I haven’t found one that I am completely happy with. Although Sally Hansen Leg spray in light does take the ridiculous whiteness away from my legs if I’m wear sandals in the summer!!

    I have fair skin but it can go pretty tanned in the sun if I let it. I don’t let it!! The last few summers and on holidays I have been slapping loads of high factor sun screen on because the damage. I know I have a bit of sun damage from a sun holiday when I was 15! It’s not worth the risks so I’m happy out to stay porcelain all year round!! The same make up & SPF works for me all year round!! Hassle free!! I also think a shimmery moisturiser can give a really nice glow without being any darker than you are – like Benefit Maybe Baby lotion and Body So Fine together work really well for me!

    • Amy

      @Aoife You’re dead right! I wore spf 40 last year when I was away but I still went brown. Would love to be naturally porcelain. I’m not even porcelain when I’m pale, I’m just ashy looking, hate it!
      The shimmery moisturiser mixture sounds gorgeous, I must try :) x

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