Best Self Tanners for Pale and Fair-Skinned People

If you ever have been self-tanning, you must have gone through some horrible experiences of ending up with an orange-colored skin, zebra-like blotches, and an unnatural-looking fake tan. If you stopped doing fake tan a long time ago because you don’t want to look like a tangerine, you should get back to it ASAP. Reason? Self-tanners have literally been perfected in the past few years, eradicating all their downsides and delivering a healthy, long-lasting bronzed look.

Self-tanners for fair or pale-skin may sometimes feel like they have been made for every skin tone except for the fair one. Getting a self-tanner without proper research can be a hit or a miss. Of course, who wants to look like a burned orange in their prom photos?

List of Best Self Tanners

So, to save you from the hassle of getting a self-tan, using it and realizing that this is not for you; we have come up with a list of best self-tanners made for fair-skinned people. These self-tanners have been tested and reviewed positively in giving the skin a sheer, healthy, and, bronzy glow. Take a look at them, get the one you think will suit you best, and get a better-than-sun-tan-tan.


  • St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse:


This St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse is a favorite of a lot of people and is considered an overall best self-tanner for pale or fair-skinned people. The color of it is a very natural-looking bronze that perfectly mimics the actual suntan. You can apply it before going to bed and can wake up to a bronze-looking body in the morning. Throughout the day the color will gradually develop. Another good thing about it is that it doesn’t transfer on sheets and it doesn’t smell like you have put on a whole bottle of chemical.


  • Coola Organic Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist:


If you want a tanned body, but not of the kind that looks too tanned or much darker than your natural skin tone, get this Coola Organic Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist. This is perfect for people who do not want a tan that lasts a long time, who want to add a natural glow to their skin and who want some level of hydration in a self-tanner. It is infused with argan oil; vitamin C and chamomile extract and topped with a fragrance of pina colada and cocoa that does a perfect job of camouflaging the self-tanner smell.


  • Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer:


The best budget and the best drugstore self-tanner is this Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer. It is made for people who do not want to put on a self-tanner and wait overnight because the application of it is really simple and doesn’t require washing off.  You can simply apply it on wet skin, pat it dry with a towel and, get dressed without the need to wash it off. People like to apply it in the mornings before going out for work. It is formulated for people with fair and medium skin tones.


  • Sun Laboratories Self-Tanning Lotion:


This one is for people who are concerned about the composition of skincare and beauty products as it is paraben and cruelty-free. This Sun Laboratories Self-Tanning Lotion is very effective in giving the lightest and fairest skins a glowing bronze color. It has no side-effects as it is made from natural ingredients like coconut, aloe vera, and almond oil. The only downside is that it is not transfer-proof, so you need to use a mitt to prevent it from coloring your palms. Also, remember to exfoliate beforehand for a smooth and nice application.


  • Tarte Brazilliance 2HR Express Deep Foaming Self-Tanner:


For deep and dark tan lovers, this Tarte Brazilliance 2HR Express Deep Foaming Self-Tanner is a must-have. Fair-skinned people often go through the hassle of using a self-tanner only to see their bodies turning orange in color. And, if such people want to fake a deep tan, they need a product like this one. The application is simple; apply, wait for two hours, rinse off. The formula is non-gradual and hydrating as it is made from jojoba oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera juice. The hydrating and soothing agents prevent any kind of itching and tightness that can occur afterward.


  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body:


Doing the job of both an exfoliator and a self-tanner, these Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads are very easy to use. The application is clean and simple as you just have to use the towelettes all over your body (preferably start with your legs), covering every part that you want to tan and you are good to go. Some reviewers are so happy with it that they even use it on their faces. It gives a very natural and bronzy tint to your body, provides a healthy glow, and exfoliates your skin at the same time.


  • Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Mousse in Light:


Reviewed to be the best self-tanning mousse by self-tanning fanatics, this Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Mousse in Light is a relative newcomer in the self-tanner industry. But, they have made a lot of fans in a very short time due to their extensive range of effective self-tanning products. It is free of harsh chemicals (like parabens, sulfates, and formaldehyde), is cruelty-free, and provides hydration to your body. It is safe to use on face so you can perfectly fake a suntan without scorching yourself to a crisp to get tanned the good old fashioned way.


  • Tan-Luxe The Body Illuminating Self-Tan Drops in Light/Medium:


These Tan-Luxe The Body Illuminating Self-Tan Drops are made to be used with a moisturizer. You just need to mix a few drops of it with your regular moisturizer and apply it all over your body to get a subtle to deep tan. It is especially recommended by users who want somewhat of control over their tanning color because the more drops you use of this self-tanner, the deeper your tan will be. So, it is perfect for days when you just want to look a little less pale and also for days when you want to nail a bronzed body.

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Suhira Munshi

Suhira heads the editorial department of SheBegan Magazine. She joined SheBegan Magazine as an author in 2017, and her writings also appeared on cosmopolitan, lifefalcon and other mags. Suhira loves to write on wellness-related topics, skin/hair/beauty tips, relationship advice topics, and bridal grooming niche. Later, in 2019, she became the head of our editorial board and also holds the position of Growth analyst. Having had sufficient experience with fitness and nutritional balance. Suhira has worked as a fitness trainer at local Gyms, we utilize her experience in our fitness and nutritional recommendations.

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