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Summer skin dilemma for the very pale

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QueenofallIsee Tue 07-Jun-16 10:26:58

So I glow in the dark am pale . I do catch the sun on my face and arms (never legs) occasionally but in all honesty, I do not really suit a tan. Even natural suntan makes me look grubby. The number of salon tanning disasters I have had over the years are numerous, I cannot apply fake tan myself (or the 'gradual tan jobbies') without serious streaks and ultimately the same grubby look. So, I am pale and that's that. The thing is though, the likes of Anne Hathaway and Nicola Roberts are my hue but their skin is all the same colour..mine is not, I am pale but uneven mottled and a bit patchy! (I realize I sound lush)

So I want to show more flesh in the hot weather, have given up on tanning..is there a miracle out there that evens skin tone? what do other pale folks do, or am I the only one for whom pale skin doesn't mean flawless, even ivory whiteness?!

specialsubject Tue 07-Jun-16 10:46:46

Have you met those slebs in person? No one has flawless skin.

Slap, Photoshop, good lighting.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Tue 07-Jun-16 10:52:08

I'm like Casper the ghost.

Embrace it. Many cultures love love love pale skin.

Tan looks grubby to me too and I don't really like how it looks.

Suntan develops because your skin is suffering and it's trying to protect itself. Basically a living bandage. Not sure how that caught on as a trend.

Get your legs out. You'll look great.

MyBreadIsEggy Tue 07-Jun-16 10:55:27

Embrace the pale grin
I glow in the dark too. I do not tan. But I wear so much factor 50 I don't burn either - Yay!
Get your legs out and enjoy the sun (safely of course grin)

Tate15 Tue 07-Jun-16 10:59:44

Just add a couple of drops of fake tan to your usual body lotion and you will see a natural looking colour with no streaks.

Micah Tue 07-Jun-16 11:03:14

Yep, embrace it smile.

Most people's skin is mottled and patchy if you look close enough.

Voteforpedr0 Tue 07-Jun-16 11:06:46

The garnier summer ? lotion with gradual tan is really good for not streaking and very subtle, takes away the white white look. Just make sure you exfoliate on the shower then apply. Honest it's the only one I'll use that doesn't make me look as though Im a 7 year olds antique map project grin

squoosh Tue 07-Jun-16 11:15:22

Very few people have a uniform skintone. Once you get used to flashing your skin in its natural state you'll stop feeling self conscious about it.

BumbleNova Tue 07-Jun-16 11:18:13

how about a regular exfoliate and moisturise? i find that really helps my also glow in the dark skin. I have come to the conclusion that i also look crap with a tan and I'm too damn lazy for fake tan. if I am desperate not to frighten people though, the wash on wash off stuff is good,

Savagebeauty Tue 07-Jun-16 11:18:29

No fake tan works on me. All orange.
I'm embracing the pale.
I just don't care.

Destinysdaughter Tue 07-Jun-16 11:21:29

I wear lovely, pretty long skirts and relish the fact I look younger than my age through not sunbathing in my youth!grin

squoosh Tue 07-Jun-16 11:23:06

E45 do a nice shimmery body lotion that I put on my legs to give it a nice pearlescent effect. It gives your skin a nice shimmer without adding any colour.

crayfish Tue 07-Jun-16 12:21:18

I do take a good tan on my arms but my legs are like corned beef. I used to sweat away in jeans or tights in the summer, but as I've got older I realise that nobody cares about my legs and I'd rather be comfortable. Get yours out, honestly nobody is looking, and even if they are - it doesn't matter.

1moreglassplease Tue 07-Jun-16 13:21:40

Never tanned and never wanted to. I embrace the pale and don't care what anyone thinks. Life's too short for damaged skin.

SymbollocksInteractionism Tue 07-Jun-16 13:25:17

I'm also really pale and have given up on fake tan. I mix some foundation with body lotion which evens out skin tone and I put it on my upper arms and legs to make them less blue!! 😀

QueenofallIsee Tue 07-Jun-16 14:50:01

Thanks all! I am just glad to know I am not alone! All these folks who fake tan and whose skin is a lovely sunkissed colour say to me 'ooo just get a bit of Saint Tropez and you will be grand' I do that and I am a weird yellowish brown colour, like I need a good wash. I have a similar issue with foundation but that at least you can get in ivory/transparent shades

QueenofallIsee Tue 07-Jun-16 14:50:48

Good tip on the foundation mixing in with your body lotion!

PurpleDaisies Tue 07-Jun-16 14:54:17

I'm another milk bottle. You can see veins because I'm almost translucent. I have the same cool ivory tones so fake tan always looks bad on me.

Since my friend died from melanoma aged 30 I don't even bother with fake tan. It doesn't suit me anyway.

issynoho Tue 07-Jun-16 14:55:51

Get your colours done - loads of advise about where/how to do it.

I had mine done about 2 years ago and wearing the right colours really evens out my blotchy, pale skin even without fake tan.

issynoho Tue 07-Jun-16 14:56:22

that should read 'advice on here'...

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Tue 07-Jun-16 15:00:05

I'm a total milk bottle. You can see my arteries through my skin, and let's not even start on my thread veins...

At the age of 45 I'm finally embracing it. Fake tan makes me look like a need a wash, I'm so over it. The one thing I do is moisturise before I get my limbs out, I find a sheen of moisture covers a multitude of sins whereas my normally super-dry skin does look very patchy (and sometimes flaky, which is nice). So yeah. Handful of E45, rub up and down, put on skirt, go out is my sun routine smile

squoosh Tue 07-Jun-16 15:03:00

It's a bit like wearing bright lipstick for the first time. You think 'oh crumbs, everyone is going to stare at me and my bright red lips'. But they don't.

PinkPlaid Tue 07-Jun-16 15:09:50

Embrace the pale, I say!

I got teased a lot by colleagues when I was in my twenties (Caspar comments etc), so I shelled out for sun beds. Guess who ended up with malignant melanoma? angry

Now, I have dyed my hair copper and wear a lot of greens and cobalt blues. NO ONE has commented on my paleness since, and I've even been complemented on occasion for my Celtic complexion grin

Rock it luv!

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