Be honest, now: Are you embracing the pale?

By Lynnie | April 12 2011 | 90 Comments


There’s nothing quite like hearing Irish bodies by a pool in Orlando being described as a row of frozen chips on sunloungers to make a girl question her decision to go au natural for her holliers in the Florida sun.

Well, Reader, last week I was that girl.

I’d like to say that it was a deliberate two fingers to the fake tan that’s ruled every other holiday I’ve ever been on. I wish I could tell you that I was being oh-so-SS11. The truth, however, is that a last-minute, mid-packing discovery that one night of the trip would require a cocktail dress sent me into a full on “ohmyGodIhavenothingtowear!” tailspin and completely scuppered my plans to layer on a little self tan the night before we went away.

I thought about pulling an Aphrodite and getting my golden glow on when we arrived – I even bought some St. Tropez and a mitt in the airport – but never quite got around to actually doing it in the end.

Using a bit of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs on the night of the fancy dinner was as close as I came to being tanned all week, and the rest of the time I felt hyper aware of my frozen chip-alike whiteness.

How well are you honestly doing at embracing the pale?

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90 Replies to "Be honest, now: Are you embracing the pale?"

  • Simone G says:

    I am embracing it big style. The weather here is banana’s hot so I don’t go out in it that much. That, couple with all the shrivelled up old women I have met who say “Oh, I’m only 32″ has inspired me to avoid the sun like the plague!

    I have *tried* a few different tanning products but they just never work so I am officially going for the pale and interesting look!

  • Ailsa says:

    Very well – I never use fake tan or golden glowers or owt. Sometimes while away you do get stared ourravit alright but I simply cannot be bothered changing limb colour. Although as a ginger I might get away with it more readily than others.

  • Aifs says:

    I’m totally embracing the pale. I’ve never been a huge fan of fake tan because firstly, I don’t think it takes to my skin very well and secondly, I have a foundation that matches my skin perfectly and I don’t fancy buying one that’s darker than my natural colour. I will admit to not having my milk bottle legs on display without tights right now. When they do come out, I will have to put a small amount of Sally Hansen in Light Glow (NOT deep glow that I saw someone layer on for the first time last weekend! EEEEK!) It takes the blue look off my legs and matches my tanless arms.

  • Pinky says:

    just enough to take the blue/grey look off me. i’ve bleached blonde hair. i’ve noticed i look albino in photos if i don’t have some semblance of colour. cant be doing with an fake-tanning of a random wednesday. can’t STAND the state of my bed sheets/underwear.

    I’m not brave enough to embrace the pale totally.

  • Niamh says:

    I’m just back from Krakow and was staying in a hotel with a pool. I haven’t worn tan since last summer but bought some to bring with me. It is still however unopened – I got into my bikini without tan and felt fine. We’ll see if it lasts all summer though!

  • lainey316 says:

    I’ll wear tights (M&S) for work all summer, partly the office is cold, partly I cannot be doing with tan. i can never be bothered with it on hols because it won’t last the week and occasionally reacts with sunscreen.

    Will probably pull it out from an evint tho – have some St Tropez everyday that is quite good. I only ever use the everyday ones, never the full-on tan.

  • joanne says:

    Unfortunatley my legs are so white people have openly laughed at them so will have to do some fake tan. not for another month though, still in the winter attire. Bought Rockstar mousse on sale in debenhams hopefully will so the job

  • Aifs says:

    joanne – same here. I played tag rugby before and the guys were actually laughing at them. “Aifs has the whitest legs in all the land….” Couldn’t be bothered with fake tan playing sport though. I only use it on my legs the odd night out/special occasion.

  • I’m totally impressing the pale, though out of necessity more than anything else because I’m allergic to every fake tan I’v tried (including Sally Hansen ) and I burn to a crisp at the slightest whiff of sun.

  • alchemystee says:

    On hols I tend to layer on the Johnsons gradual tan moisturiser at night and use sun factor to stay safe during the day. A happy medium, me thinks :)

  • Lava Girl says:

    I am tanning for this weekend for the first time since Xmas, I have loved embracing the pale. I am still debating if I will go for Fake Bake tan or just a bit of gradual Xen tan. I would rather not bother but as the weather is getting nicer the black opaques will be gone so I need to do something to these milk bottles!

  • CiB says:

    No fake tan for me – I can’t understand why people thinks its ok to laugh at someone because they’re pale! I think its weirder to rub something orange/brown onto your natural skin!! If I was meant to tan, I would get one in the hot weather, but I don’t and I can live with that. I was feeling bad about how white my legs were in a dress recently but realised that I have no reason to feel bad about my natural colouring, its me. Besides, I’ve never seen a fake tan that looks real, it does just look fake!

  • AnnieGotGun says:

    Oh i permanently look deathly pale and folk regularly ask if Im unwell; that was until I discovered LaVera self tan from local health food shop! Only put a little on once/ twice a week. It doesnt streak, looks natural (on me anyway) and is very moisturising with a lovely fresh smell – not that burned biscuits bang you get from regular tans! Its totally natural and vegan so it does me nicely on all counts!
    Would not have the guts to go bare…
    Any recommendations for horrible vein on leg that stops me from bearing legs a little above my knee??? Dont like the hassle of rubbing in Sally Hansen, plus I always seem to cover the whole bathroom in that stuff :(

  • joanne says:

    Aifs-snap, have gotten comments like that before too. its quite hurtful really. I rarely go swimming or wear shorts in the gym because couldn’t face having the white legs out and couldn’t be arsed doing fake tan in the winter esp.I embraced the pale in Australia a few years back and constantly got remarks like hope your wearing sunscream etc

  • Gee Gee says:

    I haven’t used fake tan since September and even that was only a quick application of Rimmel SunShimmer mixed with moisturiser for a wedding. Just can’t be bothered with the hassle of it, I prefer being pale now, looking for MAC face and body, up my end of the country for the days when I feel like getting my legs out during the summer, to even my skin tone and keep the paleness.

  • Simone G says:

    Wooo everyone seems to be embracing the pale! Look at Nicola Roberts!!

  • Baglady says:

    I use a little self tan, I hate the look of my freckly arms without it. I may try the Mac F&B too Gee Gee for my legs, let me know if you try it.

  • Macloon says:

    I’m a whitey too and I don’t care. I can’t be bothered with fake tan – it’s too much hassle and I really hate the way it settles into the pores in your legs and makes them look really stubbly

    I might use some in the summer, depending on the weather and if I get the inclination / time

    BTW ladies, if any of you caspar-faces have been accused of looking peaky or ill, try some iron supplements. Apparently something like 50% of Irish women don’t have enough iron.

    My GP told me I was peaky-looking and I insisted that it was just my pale complexion. He was having none of it and told me to take iron.

    I’ve been taking it regularly and it’s made a huge difference – the dark circles under my eyes are considerably reduced and my skin is more glow-y and healthy-looking.

  • Aifs says:

    Gee Gee – have you tried Sally Hansen Light glow? You’ve seen my paleness. :) I find it really good to just give my legs an even look and it’s more widely available. Might have a look at MAC F&B too though.

    joanne – oh no. I never really let it put me off the gym or pool. It’s just me!! My legs only bother me when the skin looks uneven so that’s where Sally comes in for me rather than the colour. I bought a shimmer one in America and I’ve worn that just on it’s own sometimes. That or Benefit Body so Fine.

  • sexyspecs says:

    Ladies, on the topic of pale, my hair dye accidentally went black and I am ghostly white, so I look like Morticia Adams. Wedding in two days. Freaking OUT. Advice???

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