The lack of melanin can sometimes be a pain to us pale-skin dwellers. Melanin is known for affecting our mood and protecting us from certain skincare conditions. Hyperpigmentation from sun exposure and sunburn are to name a few.
However, we are not here to give up. Neither can we really lock ourselves within the confines of four walls until sunset like some vampire from the middle ages. So we have to prevent our skin from burning!
In this excerpt below, we will give you some of the common codes known to every skincare enthusiast about protecting their pale skin from the sun.
What Does Very Pale Skin Mean?
A very pale skin is defined as skin that lacks melanin in the subdermal (under the first layer of skin) layer of the skin. This gives the skin that noticeable;e white and almost translucent skin color.
Because of the lack of melanin, these skin types are more prone to sunburn. A strong SPF of 50 or more is always a part of their skincare.
How To Protect Your Very Pale Skin From Sun
Here are the other skin care precautions you can take in order to protect that pale perfection.
1. No Matter The Weather, Apply Sunscreen
Whether you can clearly see the scorching sun or it is hidden behind massive clouds, you shouldn’t miss out on SPF. It helps protect your pale skin from red lobster sunburns and affects aging (i.e., decreasing signs of aging caused by sun exposure).
On the other side, a good SPF can also protect the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, which is becoming a leading cause of cancer. Along with application in the morning, you should also carry sunscreen with you at all times.
If you are going out bare face (without makeup), apply sunscreen every few hours.
2. Try Vitamin C Serum For Pigmentation
Vitamin C serum is known for providing extra protection from the sun. That being said, you still have to apply SPF after the serum. The serum prevents the already existing hyperpigmentation and acne scars on your face from worsening with sun exposure while treating them.
If you have existing blemishes on your pale skin, we suggest adding a small concentration of vitamin C to your skincare routine. It increases the production of Tyrosinase, which is known to lighten pigmentation.
3. Keep Reapplying Sunscreen
As we discussed before, if you are out in the sun all day, you have to apply SPF every two hours. This is because the sun makes you sweat, which leads to you literally sweating off your sunscreen.
Plus, sweat can also produce sebum and clog the pores. Therefore, one will keep washing their face to keep it clean. Therefore, wash and reapply every hour. If you are indoors and the sun exposure is minimum, then do it twice until sunset.
4. Talk To Your Dermatologist
If you are facing allergies, excessive dryness, and itchiness on your pale skin, the issue could be underlying. This is when you should stop trusting agents like unprofessional advice and the internet. It is time to go to an expert.
A dermatologist will be able to provide you with a test to understand the tissue, provide treatment based on that, and prevent issues in the future.
5. Cover When There Is A Heat Warning
A heat warning is worst for pale skin since there is no layer protecting us from the scorching heat. This is when protecting our first dermal layer becomes a priority. It is not just the pigmentation but the painful burn one has to suffer from.
This is why you should either not leave the house if you can. Or, protect your hands with layers and covers. For your face, apply a double layer of thick sunscreen.
Go To A Dermatologist Regularly
Pale skin is, unfortunately, more susceptible to skin diseases caused by the sun. This is one of the reasons why you need to visit the dermatologist once a month. Take it like your dentist appointment (which you should also take regularly).
The professional should be able to check hyperpigmentation and freckles on your skin and give a detailed analysis of your risk factors. Some treatments from an aesthetician, like cooling facials, should be able to minimize most of the sun damage.
Protect Your Eyes
You do not always have to invest in an expensive eye cream to protect your eyes. However, you should be investing in a good pair of sunglasses and not leave the house without them. The skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, and pale skin can lead to a more veiny texture upon sun exposure.
Just like sunscreen is not optional regardless of the weather, so it shouldn’t be your sunglasses. Get a bigger frame that covers most of your optical vision. Not only will it protect your pale skin, but it will also protect you from migraines and headaches from constant sun exposure.
Carry Something For The Burns
Another very unfortunate commodity of pale skin is sunburn due to overexposure. Sometimes you can do everything and yet end up with a lobster burn. Here are some things you should and shouldn’t do in terms of a nasty sunburn.
- Apply products containing aloe vera and calamine. Carry them along with you wherever you go so that you do not have to begin treatment once you return home.
- Try to avoid any product with alcohol in them.
- Do not put direct ice in them.
- Try not to resume any professional beauty treatment for at least another two weeks.
- Keep yourself internally dehydrated, as it helps with the healing.
Protecting Is Reversing (Anti-Aging)
The more you protect yourself from the signs of sun exposure, the more you can protect yourself from anti-aging.
Excessive sun exposure with no barrier can eventually thin out your skin, making it lose its elasticity. A loss of elasticity can lead to early signs of wrinkles, loose neck, and crowfeet around the eyes.
Protect your paleness at all costs!