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Loving your Pale Skin

By 9:30 AM


When you're a redhead (like I am), being pale is just part of the territory. And I'm pretty sure I speak for ALL redheads when I say that we've all been insecure about having pale skin at some point in our lives.

I used to be horribly insecure about being pale. Living in Alabama where it's usually fairly sunny (and terribly hot in the summer), you get used to seeing bronze, glistening girls everywhere. And I'm just not one of them.

I don't really know why, but our generation has become OB.SESSED with getting as tan as physically possible. From tanning beds to spray tans, it seems the more tan you are, the better.

When I was in high school, I spent a fortune on spray tans. And let me tell you, it did NOT work for me. (I tried to find a picture to show you guys what I mean, but clearly I removed all evidence of my "tan" phase ... how unfortunate).

Also, can we just talk about how annoying spray tans are? You have to take a million precautions to avoid messing it up and still usually end up with weird pale patches on your skin, not to mention the awful smell. But I digress.

Anyway, over the years I decided to try to accept my skin the way it was, rather than trying desperately to change it. Here's what I learned, if you're struggling with it too.

You were born pale, and there's NOTHING wrong with it. (In fact, it's beautiful!)

Some people were born with tanned skin, and let's face it - we're not those people.

We were born with pale skin - therefore, that's what fits us. It makes us .... well, us. 

Did you know that during the Renaissance time period, people who were pale were actually considered royalty while tanned people were usually peasants?

Yep, that's right - peasants. (No offense to my tanned readers out there!)

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If you still feel weird about being as pale as you are, I do suggest spending a little time outside every day to get some good vitamin D and give your skin a little sun. Just DON'T overdo it. Always use a little sunscreen and don't stay outside longer than 20-30 minutes at a time with minimum skin protection.

Also, feel free to use one of those gradual tanning moisturizers. I've used one by Jergens before and it's a nice way to give your skin some color without going overboard.

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I know being pale is annoying, plain and simple. You constantly deal with people commenting on how pale you are (as if you weren't painfully aware already), you feel insecure when you hit the beach with your tan friends, and you just feel even more awkward than you did otherwise. But pale skin is gorgeous and you have no reason to feel insecure about it. If anyone gives you a hard time about it, just call them a peasant and walk away. 



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