I’m pale. Like, really pale.
I don’t mind being fair-skinned most of the year. I know my skin-tone goes well with my hair color and I like having freckles, but in the summer when you have to bare so much skin and mine is just so pale, it’s not my fave.
The problem is twofold: first, tanning is not the best choice for keeping skin healthy and second, even if I wanted to tan, my skin just won’t. So I’m left with either blinding the world with my fair skin (which I do most of the time and I’m learning after 36 years that I’ve just got to go with it) or fake a tan.
I’ve talked about self-tanners on here before (right here) and have tried out a handful of different products to see which ones work best for me. I have used Jergens Natural Glow for a few years but the application process is less than appealing. It’s hard to get it on consistently and it smells a little weird and takes a bit to dry. Not deal-breakers, but I was determined to find something better.
After hearing from a few different sources about these tanning wipes by Dr Dennis Gross, I decided to give them a try. They are a little bit spendy, but I found them on Amazon for less than other sites and figured if they worked on me like everyone raved about in the reviews then it was worth a shot.
I purchased the glow pads for body – which are 8 x 10 inch disposable cloths that you wipe on your skin (think large baby wipe with tanning solution instead of soap). There is no lotion or mitt or spray involved and after applying, your skin is dry within a few minutes. It’s a little tricky to get it perfectly even, especially around the knees and ankles. There is a slight fragrance that isn’t terrible, but after several hours of letting the tanner do it’s thing, I like to shower off.
I took after photos the day after using self-tanner and here’s how it looks:
The color is definitely a bit on the orange side (especially on super pale skin), but it’s passable. I like how the tan camouflages all my old-lady veins and gives my skin a nice glow. My knees, ankles and feet aren’t perfect so I think next time I’ll apply moisturizer to those areas before using the wipes to ward off so much absorption. It kind of looks like I missed my shin in the photos, but I think that’s just a reflection.
I used one wipe for my whole body – legs, arms, torso, back and chest. I started with my legs, which is probably why the color is a little more saturated on them so keep that in mind when using the wipes. After four days, the color is still apparent and as it fades, it looks a little more natural. You could probably just reapply once/week to keep a nice fake glow going all summer.
TIPS FOR USING SELF-TANNER
(in particular, the Dr Dennis Gross Glow Pads)
- The wipes are textured to act as an exfoliator, but it’s a good idea to exfoliate before applying. While showering, use a washcloth to gently scrub off dead skin.
- Apply the wipe in a circular motion to avoid streaks and missed spots.
- You’ll only need one wipe for each application.
- The color looks best and most natural (at least on my pale skin) a few days after applying. If you have a special event you’re preparing for, plan to apply the self-tanner a day or two before.
- Let air dry for 5 minutes before dressing.
- Apply moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and to maintain color.
So while my kids get browner and browner all summer long, I’ll stay my true fair-skinned self with loads of freckles and an occasional self-tanner glow.
Do you have a favorite self-tanner? Any tips or tricks to getting a smoother application? Please share!
P.S. I also ordered the glow pads for face, but after using them twice and both times breaking out, I’ve figured out that my sensitive skin does not like them. I’ve heard great reviews, so don’t let my warning stop you if you need face tanner – they might be just right for you.