Tanning may be an important part of summer for a large percentage of the world, but not for redheads. Nope, we can sit in the shade safe in the knowledge that no matter what the weather brings, we’ll stay pale. Or if not pale, then probably pale to lobster, and then back to pale again.
But what if we fancied getting a summer glow? Freckles are inevitable, but how about going off-white, just for a change?
Sitting out in the sun is off limits, but that doesn’t mean the helpful hand of fake tan can’t be of use. I know, I know, you’re probably picturing streaky orange legs and dirty, patchy elbows, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve rounded up some of the best ‘light fake tan’ products that work well for redheads, and don’t making you look like a traffic cone.
After all, we shouldn’t make it too easy for non-redheads when they hold their arms up to ours to make themselves feel tanned. Let’s give them a run for their money.
Ambre Solaire After Sun Tan Maintainer
Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Fair to Medium Skin Body Lotion
St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion in Light
Garnier Summer Body Lotion in Light Sun-Kissed
Top tips: before applying these products, exfoliate and moisturise your skin the day before. This will make sure the fake tan doesn’t cling to the drier patches of skin (namely elbows, knees, etc).
When applying for the first time, do so in a thin layer so you can judge the darkness, or mix the lotion with your regular moisturiser to further lighten the shade.
Use a baby wipe or piece of tissue to rub off any accidental fake tanning from any body parts where people wouldn’t normally tan, such as the underside of your forearms, palms of your hands and between your toes.
Happy tanning or staying perfectly pale – whichever you choose, we approve of both!