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Best Tanning Lotions for Fair Skin

Updated on October 22, 2019
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Ben has been a geek all of his life, and as such, his expertise tends to fall into gaming and technology.

Summer has arrived, and everyone wants to show off their perfectly tanned bodies. If you have pale skin, you know how hard it is to get a tan without getting sunburned. That’s when you turn to a capable tanning lotion.

There are some products designed with unique ingredients that will help you get a fantastic tan in a natural way. You can use them in a tanning bed and get the same or better effects than sitting under the sun all day, all while protecting your skin at the same time. Toward that end, check out the following best tanning lotions.

Ed Hardy Coconut Kisses Golden Tanning Lotion

The Coconut Kisses golden tanning lotion by Ed Hardy is one of those products that really deliver as promised. It's a high-quality lotion that helps you achieve a dark golden tan by using only natural ingredients. The lotion is designed to stimulate natural melanin formations in your skin, effectively accelerating the tanning process.

The lotion uses proprietary ingredients called Melactiva and BodyFit. Melactiva is a melanin synthesizer that accelerates the tanning process and provides long-lasting results. BodyFit, on the other hand, reduces the appearance of cellulite and tightens the skin. The lotion also ensures fantastic skin hydration so that the end result is soft and tanned skin, none of that dried dark yellow skin that your friends (or your mother) might have warned you about.

The coconut fragrance is intoxicating, and it will stay on your skin for hours. It also protects tattoos from fading while you sit back in the sun. It's one of the best tanning lotions you can buy at the moment.

Pros

  • Maximum hydration
  • Sweet scent
  • Proprietary ingredients
  • Promotes tanning

Cons

  • On the expensive side
  • Not suitable for an intense dark tan

Australian Gold On the Prowl Advanced Bronzer Tanning Bed Lotion

If you want to get the best tanning lotion for fair skin, On the Prowl by Australian Gold is an excellent choice. It features the company’s Fierce Colors Complex that uses a fusion of potent natural bronzers and erythrulose to provide you with an even and deep color of long-lasting results. It is the perfect lotion for the tanning bed that offers impressive results after a few uses.

The exclusive machakanni extract in the lotion is combined with other Fierce Colors Complex natural bronzers with DHA that work together to give you a healthy tan that lasts longer than what many similar products offer. One of the best things about this product is that it fills in all imperfections to result in an even skin tone all over your body.

It also offers fantastic hydration for your skin, and the Sweet Seduction fragrance works its magic to make your skin even more attractive. The lotion has all of the vitamins and oils you need for a healthy, hydrated skin that glows like never before.

Pros

  • Fast results
  • Ideal for tanning beds
  • Fantastic fragrance
  • Natural ingredients

Cons

  • Not for dark skin

Australian Gold Cheeky Brown Tanning Bed Lotion

No one likes using bronzers that leave you with a fake-looking tan that washes off in a few days. If you're sick and tired of running into all kinds of hyped-up products that may or may not work as promised, the Cheeky Brown accelerator and bronzer by Australian Gold will be the best thing you've ever seen. It's a product made from natural ingredients that provide impressive results on tanning beds and in natural sunlight.

The Cheeky Brown tanning lotion delivers as promised. You will get that beautiful natural-looking bronzed tan in a few hours. It’s rich in vitamins E and A that slow down the aging process of your skin. The lotion has a nice consistency, and it gets absorbed quickly. It doesn't leave an oily or greasy feel on your skin. It provides the hydration needed to hydrate your skin and make it softer than ever.

Like most Australian Gold products, the Cheeky Brown comes with a sweet fragrance. It offers excellent value for the money, and it provides a natural dark brown tan that will have your friends wondering if you had just spent a week at some paradise island. (To which you might answer, ‘Yes, it’s off the Australian Gold,’ pause, ‘coast!’)

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Provides a fine base tan
  • Doesn't leave stains on clothes
  • Feels great on the skin
  • Sweet scent

Cons

  • The smell can be too intense
  • Not ideal for dark skin types

Hempz Hypoallergenic Dark Tan Maximizer

Hempz products are all infused with hemp seed oil, recently known as an excellent additive for cosmetic products. The products are full of protein, iron, minerals, nutrients, and vitamins. This is not a self-tanner that darkens your skin when applied — it's an accelerator that only boosts natural tanning and helps you get a darker tan.

The hypoallergenic Dark Tan Maximizer promotes natural tanning, but it also protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays for extended periods. You can use it at the beach or the pool deck, but you'll have to reapply some lotion when you get out of the water because it can wash off. Otherwise, the lotion goes on smoothly and is quickly absorbed by the skin. It's not too greasy and it doesn't irritate the skin, so it's perfect for people with skin conditions.

Pros

  • Natural ingredients
  • Great results
  • No orange tones
  • Safe for people with allergies

Cons

  • Not a traditional tanning lotion
  • Limited shipping

Swedish Beauty Bronzer Shea You Want Me

Getting a tan can be a real ordeal if you have pale skin or if your skin quickly becomes dry. Many bronzers and tanning accelerants only make your skin drier. Swedish Beauty’s Shea You Want Me is the best product for dry skin and tanning. It's made from natural ingredients that work together to soften dry skin and provide you with a beautiful summer tan.

It can transform pale skin into a gorgeous dark and radiant color while shielding you from harmful UV rays. The A-O'Shea Moisturizing Complex is made from apple, oatmeal, and shea butter to keep your skin moist and soft. Furthermore, the Eco-Trio Tanning blend of Aloe Vera and vitamins A and E works to eliminate cellulite and revitalize your skin, slowing down the aging process.

Added to the mix are natural melanin enhancers like cocoa, banana, orange, and Angelica, which also prepare your skin for healthy tanning indoors or outdoors.

Pros

  • Hypoallergenic product
  • Long-lasting results
  • Great for sensitive skin

Cons

  • Not easily available

Final Verdict

As you can see, all of the products are considered to be top in their class, and they are all made from natural ingredients. My girlfriend is a redhead and she's always concerned about burning. Given that I've always been interested in tech, I delved into all areas of tanning. My final vote for her lotion had to go to to the Hempz Hypoallergenic Dark Tan Maximizer, even though it’s fragrance-free, because of the very healthy formulation and fantastic results.

The product is made using hemp seeds, and it gives a nice tan and soft skin after only one use. If you don't mind the fact that it has no smell, which is my personal preference, this product will provide you with the best results that last.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Ben Martin

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