Needless to say the sun’s willingness to shine doesn’t always align with our desire for a sun-kissed tan. Add that to the mounting case for that risky skin cancer thing and you’ve got quite the conundrum as to how exactly you plan on glowing this spring. While some of us ladies have gloriously porcelain skin to simply enjoy all the year round, and others are pleasantly gifted with cocoa-colored complexions, the ones caught in between, like me, are faced with this dilemma ever year: To fake-bake or not to fake-bake?
Whenever I mention it, people’s unanimous response is: “No! Your skin is so pretty! Why do you want to be tan?” And the answer is a) They’re just being nice. My skin is milky and mostly see-through. It shows every blemish and pimple and bruises like a peach; and b) I love being a little tan because it makes me look healthy. Like a fed person. Plus I don’t have to wear as much makeup.
But oyyy the headache of maintaining a faux-bronzing job. The telltale smell of the chemical itself renders a person unable to actually go somewhere. Then it likes to mix with your sweat and that’s an even grosser smell. Not to mention the instant bronzing chemical in most of them “to let you see if it’s applied evenly” is a glittery brown dye of sorts that rubs off on everything you touch. Then there’s the faux-tan-faux-pas: the tan legs and pale body, the crinkled coloring at the wrists and underarms, the mismatched face makeup post-tan. It really is a lot of effort to do it right.
The results of a really good spray or lotion tan are amazing, though. They’re not to be undersold. Being tan gives me a boost of confidence — I can show my legs! — and just makes me happy. I don’t really tan naturally in the sun. I wouldn’t dream of hitting a tanning bed. So what’s a girl to do? Just stomach the unpleasantness of the maintenance, or just get over it and be pale?
Do you fake-bake? What’s your strategy for maintaining it?