Where Skin type 1 are the fairest of the fair, the skin type 2 is fair, but not as “white”, when compared to the skin type 1.

Many of the challenges that are presented with skin type 1 can happen with skin type 2, plus a few additional.

Skin is white, fair to pale cream tones, and often has light beige undertones. Foundation makeup shades are usually fair, light, or pale beige.

Eyes can be any color, but are most often blue, green or hazel.

Hair can be any color, light to dark, but is most often blond, red, or lighter brown shades.

On occasion, a Skin type 2 may have very dark to very dark brunette hair (Typically personified in the cartoon character depiction of Snow White with Dark hair, blue eyes, and very fair skin.)

Skin is always on the light side.

When this client is exposed to UV light, they usually burn, though they can tan lightly with repeated exposure, and with difficulty. They do not get a deep dark UV tan.

This tanning ability, is what differentiates this client from a Skin Type 1, who never to almost never tans.

Spray Tanning concerns with this client are:

  • Fair to light skin which is more prone to orange or brassy tones and uneven fading.
  • Tans tend to develop gold or fade to yellow easily.
  • Client may have freckles which can over darken with self tanner.
  • Client can usually where higher DHA levels then a type 1, but too high a DHA level can fade very fast or unevenly.

Celebrity examples of this client would be: Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Anniston, Brad Pitt, Zac Efron, Lucy Liu


Product Recommendations/Tips:

The low to light medium level blends will work best on this client, depending on the fairness of their skin.

If they turn orange easily, or find that their tan fades very fast or unevenly – use the lighter blend ranges. Adjusting the shower off time to 4-6 hours for a slightly lighter tan, may also produce better coloration, and fading.

For clients who turn yellow easily, use lower/lighter DHA level products. Or switch to ether a darkly tinted blend such as Tan Envy 7.5% (the bronzer will help stain the skin) or a Violet based blend such as Veneto 8% (the violet tones will help counter the yellow tones)

As always, make sure client is well exfoliated pretan. A large amount of color buildup from continual back to back tanning can also cause tan to look a bit orangy with time, as you are reapplying fresh product to old layers of color. Eventually you can get “to much” color, which can look a bit orangy and brassy in some cases. So regular exfoliation, and adjusting application amounts when “old” color is present on the skin, can help offset any tendency toward off coloration.

Because of this clients fairer skintype, it would be difficult to obtain and keep a very dark sunless tan with self tanners only.

The tan will not usually develop “super dark”, use caution to prevent tan from turning yellow, brassy or orange. A to dark tan will often fade very fast and unevenly.

To maintain a dark tan, client would need to reapply product every few days. After a few weeks of continual back to back reapplications, tan may start to look very crackled and “rusty”. At this point the client will need to exfoliate skin over a week or so, to remove 75% or more of the built up tan. The less product that is on the skin the better.

Then the client would need to be resprayed again with fresh product, and start the cycle over.

What About Freckles?

Freckles can ether “blend” into the skin better, when a client has a sunless tan, or can temporarily darken slightly.  The difference really depends on the clients skin and freckle texture.  Dryer skin, or freckles that are more raised, dryer, rougher, or a different texture than surrounding skin may darken slightly with a self tanner. (this will fade as the tan fades, but can take a few weeks longer for all excess color to leave the freckled area)

Those that are deeper, smoother, and the same texture as surrounding skin tend to “blend” more with the slightly darker tanned skin.

Using a moisturizer blend (like Tan Extraordinaire) will help buffer the tan coloration, allowing it absorb more evenly into the freckled skin. This will provide more “blending” compared to use of a quick dry solution.

Spray tanning will not make freckles disappear. Because the tan is a sheer product, all skin “imperfections” will still be visible, though they may be blurred more. A make up product, or concealer would be needed to completely “cover/hide” freckles. This is what is normally used for stage ware or photo shots, and can be purchased in both facial and body makeup products lines.

When the skin is tanned, the contrast of the freckled skin weather they (freckles) are darken or not, will tend to look more “natural”, as tanned skin often does have more freckles naturally from cumulative UV damage.  (Freckles are a result of UV damage). Therefore, freckles, when seen on “tanned” skin don’t look “odd” but rather as a result of a natural UV tan.

Because freckles are from UV damage, diligent use of sunscreen everyday will allow freckles to fade with time, as UV exposure is removed. Cosmetic products and treatments are also available to speed the fade rate, but daily high SPF sunscreen is a must.  A sunless tanner will provide a low spf level of about 4, but this is not enough for adequate UV blocking.