A sun-kissed glow is a beautiful thing, but not everyone is down for tanning products that can leave marks or make you look more orange than bronze. Fair-skinned people have it particularly rough since they’re generally more prone to burning. But a nice-looking, natural tan is possible.

Things You'll Need

First, protection is a must for limiting sun damage. Put on sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before going out. Use an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15.

Avoid tanning in the bright midday sun, which is more likely to scorch your skin.

Set an alarm for about 15 minutes and put a towel or blanket out in a sunny area—your yard, the park, or the beach. Lie down face up at first to tan the front of your body.

After 15 minutes, reset the alarm and flip over so you get an even, natural tan.

Afterwards, go inside and shower. If you have to continue to be outside, wear sunblock with a higher SPF. This is to not only protect your pale skin but the tan as well. An amazing tan can easily turn into a sunburn if you overexpose your skin.

Repeat this process daily for a couple weeks. Even the lightest of skins should show a natural glow after this time. Once you’re bronzed to your heart’s content, repeat the steps only for maintenance a couple days a week.


  • Keep bottled water with you to stay hydrated.
  • Getting a natural sun tan also provides you with vitamin D.

References and Resources

Skin Care Tips: Tanning Tips