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Expert Tips: Caring for Pale Skin

Caring for pale skin

There is no doubt that pale skin is beautiful, however those who have been blessed as fair-skin beauties know all too well that caring for pale skin takes extra time and attention. 

Pale skin has some very special characteristics that make it unique:

  • Pale skin burns easily and rarely tans
  • Freckles and sun spots appear quickly
  • Redness, pores, and blemishes are more visible

In order to maintain a healthy ivory glow, incorporate these simple skin care tips into your daily routine:

Know your skin type

If you have pale skin, you fall into the Type I or Type II categories of the Fitzpatrick skin typing scale. The Fitzpatrick skin typing scale is a numerical classification schema for human skin color that estimates how your skin will respond to ultraviolet (UV) light.

  • Type I (scores 0–6) always burns, never tans (pale peach; blond or red hair; blue eyes; freckles).
  • Type II (scores 7–13) usually burns, tans minimally (peach; fair; blond or red hair; blue, green, or hazel eyes)

Apply sunscreen to exposed areas every day

Whether it’s an impromptu lunch on the patio, a stress-relieving walk at work, or catching up with an old friend in the grocery store parking lot, you may not have planned to be in the sun.  By adding sunscreen to your daily routine, you will always be prepared for the unexpected.

Quick Tips:

  • Look for SPF protection in products that you use every day.
  • Keep a Colorescience Sunforgettable self-dispensing mineral powder sunscreen brush or EltaMD sunscreen in your handbag, desk drawer, or glove compartment. 
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
  • Don’t forget your lips. Use a lip balm or gloss with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Cover your face with a great hat and drape a light, airy scarf over your shoulders.

Wear sunglasses that block UV rays

In addition to reducing glare and protecting your eyes from sun damage, sunglasses also help prevent squinting that causes fine lines and wrinkles.

Quick Tip:

  • Use NEOCUTIS Micro•Eyes to minimize fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

Conceal or treat redness

Rosacea tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose.  Redness from rosacea is more noticeable on pale skin and can be challenging to conceal without your makeup looking heavy.

Quick Tips:

  • Use a daily sunscreen to prevent sun damage.
  • Use a color-correcting concealer to help even out the skin tone.
  • Talk to your dermatologist or skincare specialist about laser treatments to treat rosacea.

Beware of vitamins and other prescriptions that increase photosensitivity

Some vitamins, such as vitamin A in the form of retinol, and certain prescription medications are known to make skin more susceptible to sunburns.

Quick Tip:

  • Be extra cautious with sun exposure and increase your SPF protection anytime you add, change, or discontinue a vitamin or prescription drug.

If you want a sun-kissed glow, fake it

If you are a Type I or Type II on the Fitzpatrick skin typing scale, it is unlikely that that your pale skin will tan easily.  Furthermore, any tanning that does occur is usually the result of prolonged sun exposure that is both dangerous and damaging. 

Quick Tips:

  • Opt for tanning products to give your pale skin a healthy glow and help camouflage redness and other imperfections.
  • Exfoliate prior to applying tanning products to prevent dark patches.
  • Avoid tanning beds, as they are just as dangerous and damaging as the real thing.
  • Remember that you still need sunscreen, even if you have a base tan.

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