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 :)

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