What’s The Best Tanning Lotion For Fair Skin?
So Maui Babe is definitely my number one choice when it comes to tanning lotions but there are others out there that do a great job as well. After all, not everyone’s skin reacts the same.
Here are my top 3 favorite tanning lotions as well as what I did and did not like about each.
Also check out some useful tips on how to tan fair skin!
Banana Boat Dark Tanning Oil Spray SPF 4
I struggled quite a bit on whether or not to include Banana Boat Dark Tanning Oil Spray on my top list. The reason being is that the last time I used a Banana Boat product, I had an allergic reaction and broke out in a bad rash all over my body. So why would I include this? Well, prior to this incident, I have used many Banana Boat products and never experienced a problem. The particular product that gave me an allergic reaction was Banana Boat UltraMist Sport. I have used Banana Boat Dark Tanning Oil Spray many times and whatever ingredient that caused my skin to have an allergic reaction, must not be included in this one.
What are some things that I liked about this product? Well for starters, I love the fact that it offers a bit of protection with SPF mixed in it. That is vital for my skin (or anyone really) as I burn easily, even if I have a tan going on already. So that definitely helps. Another thing that I liked was that it smells really nice (like coconuts) and it’s affordable. It is also very water resistant which is great for not having to reapply tanning oil after you jump in the water.
What did I not like about this product? Honestly, not a whole lot. The only thing I did not like was that it was extremely greasy and yes, I know that is to be expected. The main problem was that I had a hard time trying to wash it all off in the shower and some of it remained on my skin throughout the day.
All in all I would say that this product definitely helps to accelerate tanning time. I did notice a difference, however I think it would work much better on someone who naturally tans easier and faster.
Australian Gold Cheeky Brown Tanning Lotion
Honestly, I usually don’t go for tanning lotion’s with bronzer in it but Banana Boat Dark Tanning Oil Spray received so many positive reviews that I had to check it out for myself. I’m happy to say that I’m glad I did!
What are some things that I liked about this product? I love the fact that you get a lot of bang for your buck with this tanning lotion. The bottle is huge but the price tag is not. Another great thing is that this lotion is versatile – you can use it indoors and outdoors. I’ve personally never tried it in a tanning bed so I can’t tell you how well it works indoors, but I thought it was worth mentioning. It smells absolutely delicious and it reminds me of applying lotion rather than tanning oil. It absorbs to your skin pretty quickly and doesn’t wash off easily.
What did I not like about this product? My biggest complaint about this product is that there is no SPF included. This is probably okay for most people but as fair skinned as I am (even when tanned), I need some sort of sunscreen. I would probably use this tanning lotion once I’ve got a little color first. Other than that I have no complaints.
The reason I ranked this as #2 is because I had slightly better results than the Banana Boat product. The first couple of times I laid out, I didn’t really notice a difference honestly. However, after a few more days, I could definitely see it. Like I said earlier, I don’t usually go for tanning lotions with bronzer’s in them but it actually worked well and did not look fake like I thought it would.
Maui Babe Browning Lotion
I first found Maui Babe Browning Lotion about a year ago and have only used this tanning lotion ever since. I am so happy that I did as I have finally found the perfect tanning lotion that works well for me and my fair skin.
What are some things that I like about this product? My absolute favorite thing about this product is that although it does not have sunscreen in it, you can apply any type of SPF beforehand and Maui Babe will still work 100%. This has reduced the amount of sunburns I normally receive in the summer significantly. My second favorite thing is that no matter how fair skinned you are, it starts working right away. After I lay out, I take a shower and notice the difference immediately. Another thing I love to do is use the Maui Babe Browning Lotion in combination with the Maui Babe After Browning lotion. The after browning lotion is amazing at re-hydrating my skin. I have applied this lotion on sunburns and it has saved me from peeling, instead turning the burn into a tan.
What did I not like about this product? The only problem I really found with this product is that you have to be careful about what you touch as it can and will stain things. Make sure you let it soak into your skin and dry first. It is a bit greasy but no more than any other tanning oils and it washes off right when you get in the shower. Another thing I will mention is that it does have a certain smell. Some people don’t mind it and others hate it. Personally, I think it smells like a combination of coffee grounds and soy sauce. Not my favorite smell in the world but it’s not terrible. Other than that, I love everything about it.
I honestly can’t recommend this product enough and in my opinion, it is definitely the best tanning lotion for fair skin. This cuts down the amount of time I have to spend laying out in the sun to achieve the color I want by almost half. Last summer I achieved the darkest tan I have probably ever had and it was all thanks to the Maui Babe Browning Lotion.