PROS- It's natural. I don't have to spend tons of money to try and make my skin look this way. It just is. I also don't waste money trying to tan it where clearly I look more orange than natural. It's my skin and I am now more focused on taking care of it (stay away wrinkles!) then I am trying to make it darker.
- You can see my freckles. Another thing about me is that I have many freckles (Irish blood). I love my freckles! That was something I didn't want to change about my skin; however, when I tried fake tanners you couldn't see my freckles as prominently. It definitely helped push me to stop. Now I try to wear a more natural makeup look that lets my freckles shine through.
- Can pull off looks others can't. This is true for all women. Some women can pull off trends or styles that others can't which is why you should love what you have. Certain colors look better on fair skin versus a darker skin tone. My sister has the figure that can wear pretty much anything whereas I have voluptuous curves so I'm always encouraging her to wear the trends I can't. Not sure if this logic makes sense to you but I think since other women are coveting what you have, you owe them a service to work it! I'm always encouraging my natural hair friends to wear their afros because I've always wanted one. Now I can at least look at their pretty hair (creep much?). So don't complain that you can't pull off what other women can because I'm sure there's something you can pull off that they can't.
|Some of my favorite fair skin beauties: Dita, Christina Hendricks, Christina Ricci, Anne Hathaway|
CONS- There's no hiding! One of the biggest downsides is that it is very hard to hide "flaws" such as stretch marks, blackheads, or blemishes with fair skin. Even when I shave my legs, you can still the root of the hair which is why during the summer I add self-tanner to just help disguise them because I don't want it to look like I didn't shave. However, with this, fair skin women have to work harder to be flawless and for me it has instilled a more disciplined beauty routine.
- Can't leave the house without SPF on. Speaking of beauty routine... unlike those with darker skin types that easily tan, they tend to be a little more lax on the SPF whereas me, I burn after 5 minutes in the sun. On the flip side: because fair skin people do know the power of SPF, we tend to have a head start on the anti-aging routine than most.
- When we're cold, we look we have no circulation. For some reason when pale people are cold, our skin turns an ugly blue shade. Kind of look like zombies or people with no blood circulation. If someone could please explain why this occurs and how to prevent it, I'd love to know! lol
- Hard to find a shade of makeup to match your skin. I have the opposite problem of dark skinned women have but where we both can't find a shade to match our skin color. Makeup companies used to never make a shade light enough for my skin. Now they see the market to expand their lines but it's still a select few that I can turn to. I need to know Dita's secret!
I think all women are beautiful no matter what shade they come in, but I'm just glad I'm finally accepting my own shade and that's what this post is about.