By Gwen Lewis
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Christina Hendricks is basically the #beautygoal for many pale girls out there. She rocks her fair face and ruby locks with style and class, and she looks as though she’s never even been in the SAME ZIPCODE as a sunburn. However, I must confess that my pale self gets envious of those who have seemingly effortless clear, Snow White-esque skin. But repeat after me… trying to tan yourself into an even skin tone that can hide imperfections isn’t the answer.
Sure! It feels good to be tan! And if that’s your natural look, rock it. But there’s no doubt that too much time in the sun can really wreck your face and body.
If you’re pale but prone to redness, blemishes, or hyperpigmentation, fear not! You can get a flawless, even complexion like your favorite celebrities without breaking the bank. Here we’ll break down the ways to get #flawless skin on any budget.
Invest in a Good Exfoliation System
It’s time to find your method of exfoliation (and no, it shouldn’t involve an irritating scrub full of harsh microbeads.) I’m talking about physical exfoliation versus chemical methods?
“Let’s Get Physical” (or Chemical!)
Which one is right for you? Every person’s skin is unique. However, as a rule of thumb, it’s my experience that those with oilier skin do better with a combination of both physical exfoliation (think of a washcloth, a clarisonic or similar cleansing device) and a chemical exfoliant (salicylic acid, BHA or AHA like lactic acid). If you’re prone to clogged pores, there’s a good chance that your skin is what Lisa Eldridge might call a “lazy exfoliator.” In order to achieve even, glowing skin, oily girls and boys might just have to try a little bit harder.
There are a lot of drugstore, old-school products that get the job done for less than you’d expect. For example, Stridex pads, though lacking in luxe packaging, are surprisingly effective at exfoliating (especially legs, helping you to avoid ingrown hairs and shaving bumps). Remember to do your research and experiment until you find your dream product lineup.
Fade and Prevent Acne Scarring and Sun Spots
If you’ve ever experienced severe hormonal acne, you might have come away with some scarring in the form of dark spots or uneven skin. Thankfully, there are ways to fade these dark patches, giving your skin a uniformity. Look for a formula that has kojic acid, a powerful, natural ingredient that helps to combat hyperpigmentation and Vitamin C, which keeps the skin healthy, reduces sun damage, and nourishes the skin.
It’s also important to be diligent about sunscreen, especially if you are using any products that contain retinol, which make your complexion more sensitive to sun damage. If you find regular sunscreen to be too overwhelming, mix some in with your morning moisturizer and let it set for about 10 minutes before your foundation or primer application. Remember to use sunscreen on your hands (this will help to reduce age spots) and neck (a particularly sensitive area that shows premature signs of aging).
With these simple tips, and adequate makeup and accessories, you’ll be looking like a pale goddess in no time, no glam squad required.
ABOUT GWEN LEWIS
Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.