legs not tanning

(15 Posts)
BlueLeafTea Sun 22-May-16 18:45:45

Does anyone have the problem that their legs never tan. It's like I have a different type of skin on my legs that means they'll never tan.

When I say never tan I mean not in the sun nor with fake tanner. I've been using gradual tanner recently and my feet are now brown as berries and my legs are still milk bottles. I'm increasingly looking like coco pops and milk, which is not what I want...

Has anyone else had this problem and how do I get around it?

perpetuallybewildered Sun 22-May-16 18:49:05

I've got the same problem and have no idea what to do about it. sad

OnlyHereForTheCamping Sun 22-May-16 19:18:17

I started using cocoa brown 1 hour tan last year. It is good. Just takes the edge off without looking ridiculous. My feet are the only part of my body that really tan. It is odd

MizK Sun 22-May-16 19:20:38

Same problem here, weirdly mainly my shins stay pale! I usually use a dry mist tanner just on my lower legs after the first coat of tan has completely dried and it works ok. Never achieved a uniform flawless colour though sad

thenightsky Sun 22-May-16 19:28:59

I have the same issue.

I read somewhere recently that the lower legs (shins especially) do not have the melanin(?) in sufficient quantity to brown up like forearms, chest, thighs, etc.

I can be chestnut all over, but my knee to ankle region is white as milk.

WellTidy Sun 22-May-16 19:32:57

Yes, I've had this for years. My solution has been to use wash off fake tan. It's just make up, so it doesn't react with your skin I like proper fake tan, and so you won't be different colours in different places. I also use st tropez in the shower fake tan and I find that this takes better on my shins than traditional fake tan.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sun 22-May-16 19:34:40

I'm exactly the same. Wash on, wash off is the only stuff which works. The gradual tanner doesn't work on my legs.

NapoleonsNose Sun 22-May-16 19:35:10

I'm exactly the same. I don't really tan anyway but do get a little bit of colour on my arms and face. My legs, however, refuse to do anything but stay milky white. The only time I've ever been truly brown was when I had a spray tan - I think they used Fake Bake.

StrawberrytallCake Sun 22-May-16 19:36:09

Are you making sure you exfoliate there enough and that they are moisturised most of the time? Mine haven't tanned in the past because they were too dry and a bit scaly, yum.

justaweeone Sun 22-May-16 19:37:37

I have noticed this over the years, they used to. Is it because of age ( 50 soon)?

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sun 22-May-16 19:44:02

I never exfoliate or moisturise my legs, maybe I should. Got my legs waxed once and the woman made snarky comments about how dry my legs were!

ThisIsNotARealAvo Sun 22-May-16 19:46:57

Also if you put on fake tan and get dressed to soon it doesn't really work as it runs off on clothes eve loose ones.

StrawberrytallCake Sun 22-May-16 19:49:43

That'll be your problem then WhoTheFuck! I didn't moisturise mine once this winter and just trying to catch up and get all the dead skin off before the sun comes out.

There are some melanin stimulating sun creams with SPF - I think L'oreal do one which are supposed to be good.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sun 22-May-16 19:50:09

It's probably because your legs are dry. Dry dead skin reflects sunlight and although it will absorb fake tan, the dry skin will rub off on clothes.
Since using body butter on my legs, they are a lot more tanned. smile

StrawberrytallCake Sun 22-May-16 20:47:04

But don't use the moisturiser immediately before putting the fake tan on - it will just slide off!

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