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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Do or don't: Pale skin this summer

As summer approaches, I usually get a little shy about wearing shorts and exposing my so-white-they're-almost-blue legs. When I was in college, I even went fake tanning (yikes!) and slathered on orange self-tanner (not a good look).

But this summer, I've decided to embrace my pale skin and freckles. We've recently discovered two great natural, chemical-free sunscreens—Badger and the Yes to Cucumbers stick (which is super easy to apply on babies!)—and wear them everyday.

My darlings, this summer, will you rock the pale look? Would you prefer to get a tan? Have your feelings on tanning changed? What kind of sunscreen do you use? I'd love to hear...

(Photo by Garance Dore)

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Andrea said...

YES, I am embracing my pale and healthy skin this summer. I love that it is growing more and more acceptable.

wildchild said...

i wish i didn't, but i love being tan. i feel so much healthier and skinnier and pretty when i'm tan. my favorite part is that i don't have to wear make up when i'm tan. plus spending the summer on the french riviera is really not encouraging me to hide indoors most of the day :)

wonderchris said...

As a natural redhead...I go from white to pink to red in 10 minutes of sun exposure - so it is all about rockin' the PALE! :D

People used to think I was wearing white tights with my shorts in the summer. ;)

melanie said...

pale & proud :)

Joanna Goddard said...

wildchild, i agree, i feel so much prettier when i'm tan. but i'm going to try to focus on doing my hair and makeup to try to match that rosy-cheeked look! :) how LUCKY that you're in the french riviera all summer!!!!

Giulia said...

I have the same hair/skin color as this model & that's what I finally accepted. Plus, every time I tried to make it better, I made it worse. My French make-up artist friend can make me up very well but I am a disaster at it. And I am good at makeup otherwise. Leave it be...

Emily said...

Me too! This summer is the first time in my 33 year old life that I'm embracing my paleness and I love it. Pale is the new tan...pass it on!

Joanna Goddard said...

wonderchris, haha, me too!!! i go from totally pale to bright red back to totally pale :)

Diana Mieczan said...

I think that pale skin and freckles are adorable and I'm totally embracing my pale skin this summer...I usually use la roche posay sunscreen. It's great for sensitive skin and it's not sticky like most creams are. Btw: I had a very bad experience with tanning beds before..Yikes. Kisses, Joanna:)

Joanna Goddard said...

yay, emily! and susan, i love red hair :)

Aya said...

I'm a naturally tan gal, but I love when gals rock the porcelain--especially with freckles. It's beautiful! Despite being tan, I like to wear sunscreen. Kiehl's has a light SPF 50 facial sunscreen that is great under make up or alone and doesn't feel at all gooey. It's worth the price because I actually wear it.

Kara Gehret said...

PALE! I'm really really hoping people start embracing and owning their natural skin tone. I find it far more beautiful, and FAR more healthy. Let's make this the standard, gals.

Nancy said...

i'm a super pale girl myself! i have so self-aware of this that i get embarrassed! lately, and only within the last month or so, i've decided to try overcome my pale color and wear what i want (i.e. shorts, skirts, dresses). i used to slather on tanner but always felt so awkward with that as well. so...from a pale girl to another, would love to have more people embrace the paleness!!! =)

i don't want to spam you, but i have photos of me embracing my pale skin here! http://adoretoadorn.blogspot.com

Lisli said...

I was born a redhead. My hair got darker as I got older, but my skin hasn't! I burn easily, and I am not a fan of tanning beds/products.

So pale it is! I think it looks more fresh and interesting, especially because everyone else is going out of their way to get a tan.

Giulia said...

My mom does too...she hoped she'd have redheads because 6 out of 10 cousins have red hair. Two sister, yes, two were blond (turned darker). My mom wanted it so much, she dyed her hair so long that I only think of her as a redhead...& she bought an Irish setter. When my mom did something, she did it ALL the way:)

Gaia• Illustration said...

Sounds like we're similar: I really don't have a choice--Pale all year! lol. I don't tan, I burn. Or, turn orange with tanners:( Freckles and pale see-through skin, huzzah!
(A photog friend says she has to adjust the 'white balance' when I'm in a photo. ha.)

Cassie Boorn said...

I have tanned in a tanning bed forEVER. I have given it up finally this summer and I am trying to rock the pale skin. I am hoping I can stick with it. Or at least head down for a spray tan if I get too antsy..

Amanda Blair said...

As a native Californian I was used to being tan all year long and now that I'm a New Yorker, I've learned how to embrace my paleness. For one thing being pale is less of a skin cancer risk and less wrinkles! Win-win

Patricia said...

I usually embrace my skin in it's normal state, but I'm getting married in a month so need to get on the tanning bandwagon for my body till then :p

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elizabeth marley said...

I wonder when roasted skin became fashionable? A couple centuries ago, being tan meant you were low class. When did we make the switch?

Bronwyn said...

I am most definitely a pale girl! Somehow I got the Scottish-Scandinavian genes....
I'm also totally paranoid about cancer and burns (I never tan but I do burn) so I make sure to wear sunscreen whenever I go out! It's generally Neutrogena Sport sunscreen so that you can go running or swimming if you like....
I've never tried fake tanning though....
So yes, I think pale skin is a sure-fire do!

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Sal said...

Just posted about this very issue yesterday! Great minds, Joanna ...

Anonymous said...

Not be a downer but...
"Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors." -skincancer.org

Proudly rocking the pale skin from now on.

christina said...

I've been embarcing the pale/freckled look for a few years now. In the past I tried to tan, but never got very dark, so I decided whats the point of ruining my skin! Skin cancer is not attractive.

Natalie said...

I can't rock a tan to save my life. I'm meant to be pale. So. although I might like a choice in the matter, Pale it is.

La chica said...

I am a spanish unusual looking girl with pale skin, so the contrast is funny and sometimes embarrasing, specially in summer. But I love my freckles and my cat blue eyes. I suppose you can't have everything...

Roxanne said...

I carry a parasol for afternoon walks, which keeps me from getting burned as well as a bit cooler in Kentucky's 90-degree heat but also gets some strange looks! Good thing I'm comfortable in my (admittedly pasty) skin.

Haley said...

Two years ago I got sun poisoning (which included blistering over most of my skin), and permanently damaged the top layer of my skin. As much as I love the look of tan skin, I've had to learn to embrace my paleness..its really not so bad, and its much healthier :)

marissa at the boot said...

i am so over the tanning crazyness and ready to embrace paleness! skin/sun damage is no joke!

Kelly said...

I'm also rocking the pale skin and freckles. I used to slather on self tanner and get spray tanned, but then I decided that breathing in and having all those chemicals on my skin could not be any better for me than the sun!

DENISE. said...

Wildchild said exactly what I was going to say, except for the French Riviera part! I'm pale but was super bronzed naturally as a kid so just feel more youthful when I look like that. So I spray tan. And wear Clarins self tanner on my face. But I love the look of pale & freckles and think you should rock it :)

Jesse @ Happy Go Lucky Vegan said...

I always feel confident about feeling pale and freckled, until I run into someone who has achieved the perfect summer tan. But I vowed this summer I wouldn't risk premature wrinkles and I'm wearing sunscreen. I'm also embracing the rosy cheeked look!

Sara B said...

I am naturally pale and as much as I'd love to embrace it, I just can't :( I love being in the sun, even though I know it's bad for me. I do try and wear sunscreen as much as possible, and have switched to self tanners instead of fake baking, but there's just something about being tan that makes you so happy :)

Maggie Rose said...

Another redhead who turns bright red and back to white in the summer. I've just accepted it :) Funny enough, when I was a teen and SO embarrassed about being glowing white, I spent a summer in California (slathered in sunscreen) and I got so many compliments (from adults) on my beautiful complexion and skin. In Seattle, where I live, random people on the street say "girl, you need a tan!" Grass is greener?

Tania said...

wow, thank you so much for the natural-sunscreen recommendations. i am also super pale and in a cruel twist of fate, also allergic to most sunscreens. this summer i decided to switch to natural sunscreens, hoping i wouldn't be allergic to them (fewer chemicals, etc.) and was looking for recommendations. i am definitely going to try some of these! thanks so much for this post :)

Jessica Ochs said...

I have come to terms with the fact that my skin will never tan. I embrace my paleness.

Jesse said...

my skin is almost olivey and i tan really easily, but still since hitting 30 i've been pretty rigid about putting on sunscreen daily. i love neutrogena products!

Sidereal Day said...

I've always liked getting a little bit tan in the summer, but now at age 41 I see all the sun damage and wish I'd been a bit more careful. So, for me it's all about embracing the pale.

Rose said...

Elizabeth Marley: being pale meant being beautiful not that far ago. We only made the switch when, in the 1920s, Coco Chanel returned from France with a tan. And then bam!, being tanned meant being beautiful.

I am pale, freckles and straight dark brown hair. People always say I should sunbath but never ever enjoyed being tanned. I think my natural pale skin is beautiful and definitely not worth damaging due to society's concept of beauty.
I am seventeen years old and love my delicate skin.

jenny said...

My friends and family make fun of me for being so pale. I used to be a MAJOR sun-bather, but one summer a few years back got sun poisoning. Now I might lay out for an hour or two, but I lather on that sunscreen and then hang out under the beach umbrella. (:

TEAM PALE! (:

shoegirl said...

I've always been super-pale & worn facial sunscreen every day since I was 15 (made me real popular in high school, let me tell you.). I've let myself get a little tan when on special holidays, but I always wear suncreen if I'm going to out for long. I used to swear by Neutrogena, but now that I live in Europe, I've discovered Garnier Ambre Solaire - it's the best stuff ever!

Thanks for tip on Badger sunscreen. It's always tough to find good-for-you products that work just as well as the stuff full of chemicals!

Tali said...

I've given up tanning :) I'm pretty pale, and it's not worth it in my opinion. I've started trying to make a habit of exfoliating/moisturizing so my legs look and feel pretty even though they're stark white :) I received a sample of Fresh sugar body scrub recently, and although I don't usually spend much on bath/beauty products, I might need to go get some after my teeny sample runs out!

Caitlin said...

I'm definitely embracing the paler color! I'm naturally an olive tone, but have slathered on the tanning oil in the past to get a deep tan. This summer I'm all about sunscreen and shade. I think a person's natural color is always the most attractive. My favorite sunscreen this summer is a Hawaiian Tropic with shimmer. I like the extra glow it gives!

Sadie said...

Oh, my poor dad would kill me if I tanned. He's got a benign form of skin cancer, but has had dozens of surgeries. I've also had to have moles removed, and it's not an experience I want to repeat! I've made peace with my skin tone (I'm also so-white-I'm-almost-blue).

Glenda said...

I'm naturally caramel complexion so half hour in the sun and I'm tanned.

I still protect my skin and especially my face with Neutrogena 50 sun screen.

Jori said...

Thank you for writing such a responsible post. I was diagnosed with melanoma 3 years ago. It is such a scary disease! Survival rates for melanoma are worse than breast and ovarian cancer. It does not respond well to treatment. I have had surgeries and am doing really well. It is well with it for me to me pale and alive!

miss sarah said...

Oh, I'm afraid I don't have much choice in this matter. I tan, even with copious amounts of sunscreen! But sun protection is a must under all circumstances. If not for health reasons, then for long-term beauty reasons.

But I do have a horrifying two-tone problem.From the knees down my legs are one colour, and my thighs are glaring white, which also makes them look bigger (DISASTER). So I apply self tanner only to my upper legs to even out the tone.

Lauren said...

This is the first summer that I've decided to rock the pale look, and I'm loving it! I've been wearing baby sunscreen, and I must tell you that my skin has never been softer or smoother! Plus it's a bonus not to feel burnt all the time!

Lauren
mildmediumhot.blogspot.com

Heba said...

definitely pale

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Karsen said...

I'm a natural redhead so I have no idea what it's like to be tan! I actually have a slight sun allergy so it's all about long sleeves and hats for me. =)

Jill said...

I am pale and have learned to embrace it. My husband calls me his little vampire when we go the beach and I sit under the shade of an umbrella. I just feel too exposed laying in the direct sun. I just figure that I will have beautiful skin when I am older!

~Jill
http://stuffjillloves.blogspot.com/

Daniella said...

Pale skin for sure :) There's no sense in burning and damaging your skin! And most bronzers and tanning lotion look fake anyway, lol...

Cheryl said...

We are all beach babies in our home.... some had no choice see my post from yesterday a coastal point of view ... but living by the ocean makes it hard not to be there when the weather allows.
We use oodles of sunscreen, but still tan...

nickandnoragettingmarried said...

Pale ladies, the more we show off our awesome skin, the more people will realize how gorgeous it is.

Kelly P. said...

I've always been super self conscious of my pale skin but recently i've realized that when I see another girl with pale skin I don't think 'eww pasty' but 'ooh pretty!'
Learning to embrace the pale! :)

jana Miller said...

Trying out Badger sunscreen today:)
xo jana

Rachael said...

Sticking with the color nature gave you is the best look you can get. I love to spend time outside in the summer (unless it involves yard work) and while I apply sunscreen religiously I develop a golden tan. I love Neutrogena's Oil-Free Sunblock Stick SPF 30 and carry it in my purse - just in case.

Hilary Nicole said...

One thing I loved about France was the people. They were so comfortable in their own skin and no one looked like Snooki. I never use tanning beds so I am also pretty pale. Now I know being pale isn't a bad thing since we are suppose to be pale.

XO Hilary Nicole
http://thehippinista.blogspot.com/

Stephanie said...

I am a HUGE fan of La Roche Posay sunscreen because it blocks UV A and B rays and it is wonderful on my sensitive skin I use the tinted liquid on my face and the SPF 60 milk on my body. I try to get it on sale at CVS.

Chapstick Fanatic said...

I actually did a post on sun care a few weeks ago. http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com/2011/06/sun-care.html

i don't mind a little color but i definitely dont go tanning anymore and i make sure to wear at least spf 30. also i highly recommend colorscience mineral sun protection(i have it pictured in my post.) it is actually a powder (which is great for hair lines) but is water proof and organic.

saraalana said...

Badger is great...I spent a few years teaching at a 'farm school' with many earth-conscious/organic families. Badger was very popular among the parents.

If you have an I-phone you should get the GoodGuide app. You can scan the barcode of a product and they have information about it, such as how good (or bad) it is for the environment and your health.

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Sarah Morgan said...

I love this! I admit that I would prefer to be tan if I could be, but that's not something my pale English skin allows. I'm either pale or red -- so I think I'll stick with pale!

janel said...

I think pale skin is lovely! I would love to stay pale for the summer but my kids have different plans. They want to go swimming everyday! Since they're only 5 and 2, I need to swim too! So most likely I'll be tan for the summer . . .

Hannah J. Holmes said...

i also have pale skin and freckles. i say, embrace it. right on, joanna!

Anonymous said...

I say embrace and flaunt your fair skin! Don't you think a fair skinned woman in a lovely sundress looks sophisticated and chic...and smart? When I was younger, I thought tan looked healthier...and now at the ripe old age of 26, I know better and feel differently. I think flushed, rosy cheeks (Toby style!) is the prettiest summer look.

Aya said...

Elizabeth Marley--Coco Chanel made the tan popular after returning from a holiday. Pale once meant that you were rich enough to not have to work in the fields. After Coco, being tan meant you could afford to lounge about.

JaneG said...

Being an Aussie and living near the beach most of my life, I spent so much time in the sun especially in the 70s/80s when no one much wore sunscreen. I was always brown and used to have tanning contests with friends. I look back at some of the pics now and it's just too much.

I am a reformed tanner and have not tanned in almost 10 years because of the fear of melanoma and of course vanity, I used to be a make-up artist and saw so much sun damage it was horrifying. (ladies be especially careful of your neck/chest area as it may permanently turn a reddish hue as you age).

I live in northern California now and my husband believes i'm sunphobic. I'm not as I love summer the most of any season, I just love to protect myself with sunscreen (every day of the year on my face), umbrellas, hats etc. I even bought a rashguard so when I'm at the water's edge with my 3 year old, my back and it's many moles are being protected.

My son wears a long sleeved rash guard always and a hat.

Melanoma is such a horrific cancer and it seems to be affecting so many younger people these days. I think we should embrace whatever colour we are and when in doubt, spray tan or fake tan!

MJ said...

I'm a fair-skinned gal and I burn easily, so it's sunscreen for me all summer. I love the Neutrogena UltraSheer sunscreens...they smell nice, don't leave a gnarly residue, and work really well.

For my baby boy, I use Mustela, which is a zinc-based sunblock. My brother swears by using pure zinc in the SoCal climate where he lives...that's going a little overboard for me.

lindsey said...

thank you for posting about this. it's a very important topic that people often shrug off. i'm definitely pale as well as my sisters.

and on the note of sunscreens, consumer reports just did an article about sunscreen effectiveness...see it here:


http://www.consumerreports.org/health/healthy-living/beauty-personal-care/skincare/sunscreens/best-sunscreen/index.htm

badger was one of their top ones. they found that the generic brands of sunscreen were often more effective than pricey sunscreens. stay sun safe!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

I love Emily's "pale is the new tan" I am a red head, no chance of ever being naturally tan. I'm going to write that on the chalkboard in our living room right now:)

That's Not My Age said...

I like the pale look, much chicer than my sun-damaged complexion!

Joanna Capriola said...

Joanna - Think about how much better you will look in 20 years versus all your "tanning" friends! I know its hard because tanning is instant gratification - but youll thank me in 20 years when your skin doesnt look like leather. I live in Sunny California and Im saying that! Its a tough world out here for us pale girls!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

no more tanning for me! im finally embracing my true color and staying out of the tanning beds. so happy to finally be taking care of my skin. xo jillian

crystal said...

Yes, pale skin is a do!!!! Im so happy to hear that from so many of your commenters, yay! lets bring the pale (aka: healthy!) skin back :)

Christina said...

i, too am quite pale-skinned!! i wear a 36 tinted sunblock on my face that i got from my dr's office and an australian, zinc-heavy sunblock on the rest of myself called blue lizard. i can get tan if i lay out, but dont really have the patience or time. i do however ride my bicycle to work every day so get a little color, like it or not... especially in santa monica, where thank heavens, the sun pretty much always shines!!

Molliee said...

yay for bronzer and sun protection!!!

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Marie-Eve said...

I don't tan ever and do freckle a little. My skin is very sensitive to the sun, so I always wear a very high FPS sunscreen. Looking back I was a little jealous of my friends tan but now I do embrace my pasty skin tone. And it's so much better for my skin !

janis said...

This video completely changed my perception of tanning:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4jgUcxMezM (Dear 16 year old me)

I get choked up even thinking about it - my fiancé has pale skin, moles, and red hair and I want him to be around as long as possible. I have become a sunscreen nazi!

janelle said...

I was never a big fake-baker, but have fair skin and never wore sunscreen, often burning a couple of times in the summer with jobs outdoors. Then I was diagnosed with skin cancer (age 25!) and it made me a lot more mindful of being careful. I now realize my pale skin is part of my look, by necessity :)

Tonia said...

I used to fake-bake in college, too. :( Bad, bad, bad news. These days I am much more careful, and grateful that my sordid past hasn't seemed to age my skin very much (phew!) I am, however, wary of chemicals in most SPFs. I use coconut oil all over my body on a daily basis- it provides enough protection for running around town.

But if I'm going to be out gardening all day or at the beach, I use Badger sunscreen. It's main ingredient is Zinc Oxyde, which is a great natural sunblock...the downside, though, is that it makes your skin look really white! Not a great look...but better than wrinkles and age spots!!

I also love Josie Maran's tinked moisturizer with Aragon oil in it for my face- it's SPF 30 and all-natural.

rebecca said...

Thanks to my sweet boyfriend, who insists he loves my pale skin and doesn't want my skin damaged, I'm embracing my untanned skin this summer! And slowly building a color base while using healthier sunscreen. :) & What a lovely Garance Dore photo!

Darling J said...

Definitely a "Do!" I have been pale my entire life -- and sigh-- I also spray tanned and slathered on the faux tanning lotion in college. But, since moving to NYC -- I finally embraced my pale skin and dark hair! Pale can be sexy and gorgeous...look at Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie!

Holly said...

I also sport the pale legs but you gotta own it! There are too many Melanoma psa's circulating around for me to skip the sunscreen!

Hannah Q. Parris said...

Coming from a family with a long history of skin cancer, I've learned to embrace my pale skin, and recognize that protecting it now will keep me looking younger later on...added benefit!

Megan_Marie said...

As the older I have gotten the more I have embraced my lighter and freckled skin. When I was younger, as in grade school, I was often made fun of for my light skin and freckles, so I rarely wore shorts in the summer at school. Sad for a 4th grader. I grew up in a town in Southern California where there were not a whole lot of kids who looked like me. But the older I got, and the more mature my peers got (and more confident I got), I embraced who I was, and didn't care as much anymore. And on a funnier note, the same boys who made fun of my freckles back in the day were the ones who all of a sudden liked me in college. Weirdos.
I love the beach and the river as does my family, whom by the way is WAY darker than I (not fair! haha). But, I lather on the lotion, get a fair amount of "tan" for about 3 months out of the year and then I'm back to my paleness. lol.
So I say embrace the paleness, and stay away from the ORANGE PLEASE! haha.

lady lee said...

I've been embracing the pale for years now. I actually wrote a post about it: http://ladyleeinprocess.blogspot.com/2009/11/your-epidermis-is-showing.html

Andrea said...

freckles all day long! in fact, my boyfriend even calls me his "freckly lady" and I love that nickname!

Alexa said...

I am in my first year in NYC (I am from the south, where I spent a lot of time outside), so my skin has reached a new level of pale I didn't know it had. My blonde hair has gotten a little darker, too. So far, I love it!

nicole said...

I have fair skin, too. I wear SPF 50 on my body and SPF 70 on my face (I like "Neutrogena ultra-sheer dry-touch sunblock" best). I apply it 30-minutes before getting out in the sun, and I reapply often, especially after swimming. I haven't burned at all this summer, and I have developed a nice subtle tan. xo.

Erika Peterson said...

I've learned to embrace my pale, which is essentially translucent. For special events, I get a spray tan for fun. Other than that, I'm one white lady!

beluga said...

Blonde hair, blue eyes, the kind of skin that is not only pale but so translucent you can see all my veins (ick) -- I use sunscreen religiously, and most of the year my fair skin isn't even something I think about, but I confess that for the past few weeks I've been slathering on the self-tanner and bronzer, and am truly loving having a slight golden glow when wearing skimpier summer clothes. It feels fun and different. In all likelihood, of course, I'll become far too lazy to maintain this even through July, but I'm enjoying it for now...

M. said...

Yes yes yes yes yes! I have even been rubbing a little coconut oil onto my legs when I bravely wear my summer shorts (careful, though--coconut oil is apparently comedogenic, so use caution if you have sensitive/breakouty legs at all).

Megan said...

I'm naturally VERY pale and I always embrace it. I've done a bit of self tanning before and it just never looks right on me. People say I suit my pale skin, so I'm just going with it! xxx

Michelle said...

I'm so pale, I reflect light. But I embrace it and HOPE that the sun tans my skin through the 30 layers of sunscreen I put on when I go outside.

leathergal said...

I'm naturally fair and get compliments on my complexion all the time. I tell my husband that because I take of my skin, I don't have any wrinkles near my eyes or on my face:) Also, I use Jergens Natural Glow on my legs, works pretty well!

tc said...

i grew up in brazil and probably got a life's time worth of sun exposure before i was 12. now i try to stay covered and swear by shiseido sun block (spf 50) ... it's not greasy and works well as a primer under makeup.

leathergal said...

oops, *take care of my skin

Taylor @ TheProposalEnthusiast said...

I am embracing the pale skin look. I have tried unsuccessfully for many years to get a tan but it just isn't going to happen for this fair skinned girl. I'll be using my SPF 50 at the beach this summer!

gianna caputo said...

tough call....i turned 30 this year and am finally starting to take care of my skin....however, being sicilian and dark haired/olive toned, i feel better tanned...i recently bought the st. tropez bronzer so i'm gonna start there :)

Lola Storm said...

Hurray for pale! I was 19 when I realized a) even after trying a whole summer to tan, no one could tell, and b) I was going to look old before my time if I kept it up. Eleven years later, still going strong! Product I love: Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs in "Light Glow." Gives pale legs a natural, super-sleek look (if you're not planning on going in the water)!

Ashlee Dearie said...

I think pale skin can be really lovely, however, just not on me. I have dark brown eyes and dark brown hair. I'm 1/4 Asian and though I don't much look it, I tan like a fiend without really trying. I'm tan/bronze almost year around and especially in the summer. My mother however, is very pale and embraces it. She's beautiful. I give props to you all with such lovely creamy looking skin! <3

Emily said...

It's so funny, I'm white and grew up in Maine, college in NY and now I live in California. In the northeast, where more people are pale most of the year, I was often told, “oh you need some sun” or “you really need more color if you aren‘t wearing nylons” so I was always trying to tan whenever I could in the summers. Now in California, where we have more access to the sun (and maybe celebrate diversity a bit more?) it’s like hip to be pale and I haven’t once felt weird about my also almost blue paleness! I get compliments all the time about my “fair” or “porcelain” complexion whereas before it was like, “dude you are the palest person I know.”

I say embrace it girl, we all got to work with what we‘ve got, and light skin is beautiful too. And cancer-free skin is even better!

Kristin H said...

YES! To pale skin and freckles!!! Fake tans are the worst!!

Sarah said...

Yes to pale! I too did the try-to-pretend-I'm-not-really-pale thing in college and beyond with fake baking and self tanners. But then, 2 years ago, a beloved sister in law passed away at the age of 47(!) from stage 4 melanoma. She had less than a year between diagnosis and death, and the doctors never found any outward sign (crazy mole, etc.) of the cancer. Apparently that happens in some cases. Anyway, pale is beautiful if it means I get to live. So pale pale pale for me and my family!

Jennifer said...

I grew up in Arizona, so it was just a matter of location that I was always out in the sun and tan without trying to be. Now that I live in Chicago, my skin isn't used to the sun anymore and I burn more easily than I ever used to. I just started using Clarins UV PLUS Protective Day Screen SPF 40 and I LOVE IT. It is the first sunscreen that I have really used everyday on my face. It isn't greasy, in fact it actually mattes the natural shine on my face. Makeup goes on easily over it and there is no white tint to my skin. Pricey, but worth every penny. Try it!!!

Emma said...

I lovee being pale, and I don't want to tan at all. I love being out in the sun so I'm being super careful to slather on the sun screen.

Julie Kaye Davies said...

I'm a redhead, pale, and proud of it. Because tanning's never been an option for me (only a sunburn), I have stayed out of the sun most of my life, and I look much younger than my actual age (39 next month). If I do have to venture out, I use Keys Soap Solar RX as my sunscreen of choice. Very natural - no yucky chemicals.

Emily said...

Pale Pale Pale! I have a weird combination of freckles on my arms, face and shoulders and am bone-white (yes, almost blue) everywhere else. I'm lathering on the sunscreen. Plus, my husband loves my pale skin! Thanks for the post reminding me of how pretty pale skin is!
Emily

P.S. An elderly man stopped me in the street yesterday to make sure I was wearing sunscreen. I guess I am pretty pale all over :)

imaginethemorning said...

I've been rockin' my pale skin for about two years now. I used to be self conscious about it, but I've realized it's what makes me, me. Also, a lot of my guy friends said they find paler skin more attractive than tan, because it looks more natural. Also I'm a safe-sun-freak, and I preach to my friends all the time not to fake tan and to wear sunscreen. (:

Amory said...

I lived in China for a year and my pale skin was revered there! In fact, when I had a friend visit from the States, she was really tan and I could hear the Chinese people talking (in Chinese) about how ugly they thought her skin was. I come back to Hermosa Beach where I live now and being pale is like having some visible skin condition that grosses people out. I just don't understand. I want to embrace being pale (because I do believe it's beautiful and more importantly, healthy) but the stigma IS there and I definitely feel inclined to believe that having a tan (fake or real) is prettier. How can we work on changing this notion?

- A Seriously Untanned Strawberry Blonde Living in Southern California

Sherry said...

I am not a sun worshiper, but I do like a little rosy color, so the sun I get watering my flowers, playing morning tennis, and sitting in the shade is fine for me. Porcelain skin is way more beautiful than tan wrinkles.

MaviDeniz said...

being pale is always a dont in my book. before self tanners i would totally understand people being pale year round because the sun is so bad for your skin. since there are so many options available now there's no need to be pale. unless of course you like that look. I for one look horrible pale :P

Xo

Miss Bibliophile said...

I have those "nearly blue" pale legs, too. My feelings change every summer- some years I just let them be pale, others I use those gradual self-tanning moisturizers. Right now I'm liking Nivea's Sun Kissed Radiance lotion. It looks quite natural.

mary.cate.javedcott said...

As a child I tanned easily and as I got older I didn't. I would love to get some healthy colour, but I'm very careful in the sun. I love California Baby Super Sensitive sunscreen and Badger sunscreen too. VERY SAFE to use! I also like Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter (not really a butter and has some slight shimmer.) It's great on my Casper legs ;) xx

Liz said...

As a natural redhead, I struggled all through my childhood and teens with having pale skin. Oh how I wanted to lay out and tan with my friends!! Now, though, I have learned to embrace the pale. It's just the way I am.

Whitney said...

Embrace your pale skin! My favorite family picture ever is one with my very jcrew family in Mexico. Everyone is tan as can be and wearing next to nothing except for me in my light long sleeves and huge hat and I have a feeling I still managed to get burnt that day.

I took on Nicole Kidman as my role model for porcelain skinned ladies and haven't looked back.

Sarah said...

Definitely pale! As a redhead with freckles, I avoid the sun as much as I can (rashguards, hats, etc.) I'm 39 and have had skin cancer twice (basal cell)...probably from all the accidental sunburns in my childhood. I do wear self tanner on my legs (Clarins)....another great product (for giving your face color) is Fresh's High Noon primer - from Sephora.

For my kids, I go for sun protective clothing and mineral sunscreens like Badger and California Baby - and avoid the beach between 10 - 4.

agapelife said...

i have also decided to embrace my paleness.
Been a redhead my whole life, and my dad had melanoma so I'm trying to be careful
pale is the new tan!

Ally said...

For some of us (I am a very pale redhead) it's not so much as a do or a don't as an is. It just is. No matter what I've tried in the past pale is the only thing that is unless I want to look like an orange mess. I'll be honest at this time of year I always wish I was a bronzed goddess but as I get older I have embraced the pale. What else can I do? We are what we are.

Krista said...

I'll be rockin' my pale skin! I've always been pale..and got made fun of a lot due to growing up in Southern California. But now I'm creeping on 30 and I still get mistaken for being 21. So who's laughing now? I love the skin I was given. Not going to change it.

Krista

Lazy Saturdays

kate said...

I love the pal skin look! So beautiful.

hip hip gin gin said...

That photo is amazing!! So gorgeous!

And I say a total YES to pale skin all the time, even in summer. I'm super pale also and I embrace it and try to protect it as much as I can. I don't get embarrassed by my pasty limbs. I figure by now we are all so aware of the dangers of tanning that no one out there would judge me for being too pale.

Now, if getting a tan was healthy, I'd be all over it, but not really because I think it is more beautiful than being pale (both are nice, just different), but because putting on all that sunscreen gets to be a real pain.

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I am embracing my pale! I took this pledge this week to be a sun savvy blogger! http://www.elleinadspir.com/2011/06/let-sunshine-let-sunshine-in.html

Christina said...

Embrace! Sun exposure is so awful for your skin.

Kerri Lynne said...

So glad to see so many other people embracing the pale skin this summer! And you're right, Joanna...that fake tan look really isn't cute!

My father passed away from Melanoma four years ago, so I have first-hand experience with how important it is to embrace beautiful, natural, pale skin :)

Benay said...

If I looked as good as the girl in that photo I wouldn't hesitate to embrace my paleness! I would probably tan all day and every day if it weren't for the fact that I'm terrified of getting skin cancer. :S Just not worth it to me! I'm pale, and I figure as long as I'm reasonably fit, my white legs don't look half bad! I just wear colors that flatter the paleness. :-)

Rachel said...

While I know too much sun is bad for you, yadda yadda, when I was in high school my friends mom said as she went out to tan, and I quote, "brown fat is prettier than white fat." I have stuck by the mantra ever since!

thrillofthechaise.com said...

I have no choice but to rock my fair skin :) I always was so self-concious about it come summertime but I love it now! My skin is healthy and happy.

Kate

www.thrillofthechaise.com

ag. said...

I'm SO rocking the pale skin!...mostly because I don't really have a choice as I'm pretty much the palest of the pale but also because I just feel it's so much better for my skin. Skin cancer kinda runs in my family and I'd rather not have wrinkled skin when I'm older if I can avoid it. Of course, I wouldn't have minded if I had a darker complexion but because I don't, I've embraced being pale!

Madeline said...

I like both pale and bronzed skin. But I think I'll go for tan this summer. I just like it better on me. :)

Sage Crown Parker said...

color has nothing to do with beauty.
just embrace!
i'm tan year round for the first time in my life (all be it the last 5 years) being pale is not an option where i live.

i use ocean potion face 45 clear zinc oxide cause it doesn't hurt my eyes when it runs and i can get it at the drug store.

enjoy summer and don't worry about the small tings!
xoxo

Sarah and lily said...

I am a pale blond and get sunburned easily and want very much to have healthy skin my entire life. However, I do not shave or wax my legs and my legs look much nicer when they are tanner (I can't say that they ever get truly tan). In addition, one of the main activities at my camp is sunbathing on the docks... but I know that it is so much healthier, and pale skin, too, can be beautiful. My favorite sunscreens (paraben free, of course) are Alba Botanica and La Roche Posay for my face. They aren't chalky and thick like many more natural sunscreens. You can find out how good (or bad) for you your sunscreen is at http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ . Have a lovely summer!

Kate said...

I can't help it, I grew up on the beach in Australia and I love having a tan - even though I know how bad it is for me.

On a side note, I swear I just saw Toby on a walk (in his pram of course) down 7th Ave. If it wasn't him then he most definitely has a twin!

persimmonly said...

Embrace your natural beauty all the way ladies! When I lived in Hawaii, I was a tanned beach bunny, but years later I now see the negative results - sun spots, wrinkles. I have very pale skin too and always try to use (non-toxic) sunscreen. Badger's is pretty good. The sunscreen I'd love to try next is Loving Naturals. Just wrote about it here if you're interested on the natural perspective: http://persimmonly.wordpress.com/

Ramblings of a Redhead said...

Go get it girl!!! As a redhead, I am as pale as the day is long. *sigh* I've also always been incredibly embarrassed/shy about my white see-thru legs, and even with my husband pushing me to rock the look, I'm still hesitant. But your confidence has inspired me. I'm going to try. I might start with a LIGHT spray on tan (sadly, I still rather be ORANGE than WHITE/BLUE)...but maybe as it fades, I will fade with it and embrace the white w/ freckles. :)

amourissima said...

I'm fair and proud!

Ramblings of a Redhead said...

And - as a side note - it's so sad to me that as a society, the pale skin for so long has been shunned. Why have we let other people influence us so much to the point of being uncomfortable with our own skin color? You have also just inspired me to write on this dilemma. Gracias, as always.

tamara said...

I'm pretty pale, but I like to tan naturally during the summer--I put on plenty of sunscreen when I'm at the pool and I usually manage to get some color. And I definitely live for bronzer! I'm in my mid-twenties now and I do worry about it being bad for me, but I like the look of having a little bit of a glow, at least compared to my usual paleness.

kater said...

Pale always! Tanning, in any amount, is skin DAMAGE. Even if you're wearing sunscreen if you're tanning through it you're not getting good sun protection!

Sarah said...

I don't tan anymore but, once you've had three kids, your white and blue legs with varicose veins (thank you. my cutest of cute third child) will demand some Jergen's Glow or L'Oreal Body Sublime Glow Daily Moisturizer. It's just the way it is.

Nomadic D. said...

I never have much of a choice, I am so pale I'm transparent! I usually use some of those gradual self-tanners on my legs, just so I don't scare away children and small animals. I feel like those get me to a place where I feel ok about my legs, but I still get 10 comments a day on how white I am! This year they seem to have taken them all off the shelves here in Madrid, so, so far I'm just my natural pale self. Might as well embrace it, certainly too hot to wear pants!

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Erin said...

Oh my gosh, THANK you for writing this! As a very, very pale blonde, I have given up on trying to ever achieve a tan. And I've also stopped letting comments about how pale I am bother me. You just have to embrace what you have and make the best of it, right? I think your hue is perfect!

ElizabethB said...

It's difficult to remain pale but I wear pantyhoes with dresses. Legs are the only difficult part of being pale to me.

Susannah said...

My mantra since high school has been "pale is the new tan"! Being a redhead, I've always been pale and prone to burn so very easily. So sunscreen daily is essential (i've been through one too many bad burns to even question whether or not use sunscreen daily). I learned to embrace my pale skin and love it no matter what people say. The way I see it, why would i want to try to turn my pale soft skin into dark tanned leather - tan wouldn't look good on me anyway!

margaux said...

embracing. i did the same last year. defied convention and got married in a white dress without getting a TAN (AND with short hair to boot). i'm crazy like that.

fave face sunscreen is la roche posay spf 60 http://tinyurl.com/3fv4l9e.

and here's a great resource for low-hazard sunscreens/sunblocks: http://tinyurl.com/3vufcfn

Anonymous said...

Won't lie, I'd love to get tan...I have no patience for laying out in the sun, though! I start to feel like a baked potato. Pale is just as beautiful as tan. :-)

emily said...

I tan naturally and easily...my family is from southern france, near Spain. I live in the UK though, so most of the year I look yellow and green! So I have to say, I look forward to looking alive again!

Laura Hoffman said...

I'm definitely sporting the pale look this summer. A fake tan has never looked natural on me and the real thing is pretty much out of the question. I love the Neutrogena Cooling Mist in SPF 70, it doesn't even have a hint of that yucky sunscreen feeling. Also, a touch of liquid bronzer mixed with a dollop of moisturize works wonders on the legs!

karigee said...

Thank you, thank you! Someone needs to stand up for the pale (and the freckled). This cultural tan-mania is not only depressing and frustrating on a socio-psychological level (why must we all look the same? who says? aren't there infinite standards of beauty in the world?), it is desperately unhealthy as a physical goal. The toll that the sun takes on your body is so harsh—not only re: skin cancer but simple aging. In the long run, only smoking will age you faster.

And on a personal level, as someone who went through a skin cancer scare last summer (and has the scar to prove it), I beg you: keep getting the word out there. It really does have the potential to save lives.

Blue Is Bleu said...

I'm always pale because I hate being in the sun, and I don't find tanned skin very attractive. Most likely because the only thing that pops in my head is "melanoma"! I'm just fine exposing my white limbs, mostly because I don't think they're weird at all. I use Neutrogena Ultra sheer 85... I also have the spray kind for when I don't want to get my hands all icky.

Ashley Blossom said...

As much as I loveee to lay in the sun in the summer time. Ah, GUILT.

I hate, hate, hate tanning beds and refuse to enter them. I feel as though cancer is seeping in by the second.

Naomi said...

I've kinda decided recently that I should just embrace my natural palor - and even play it up! porcelain skin looks so elegant anyway!

HiLLjO™ said...

I am the same color all the time: creme with freckle. I have no choice but to bare it or sweat my bum off.
My mom says "You should tan." and I think "WHY?" I'm healthy and just fine the way I am.

Mandi said...

Another redhead freckle face here. I have been sporting the pale, sun screen streaked skin for 26 years now and I'm rockin it!
I used self tanner once...for my wedding...i think i look like i have jaundice. ha.

Rebeka said...

as a fellow ging I have really no choice but to rock the pale skin (as my skin really doesn't tan) but I do like to put on a little self tanner because it makes me feel prettier/skinnier - dumb, I know, but golden goddesses are goddesses for a reason, right?

Erin (Out on a Limb) said...

Someone who speaks my language! I'm pale. I have the Irish curse and have been called everything from whitey, freckle-face and pale-blue skin, growing up.

At 35, I've finally embraced it (I think). A tan would be pretty, but it's not in my DNA. I love all of Neutrogena's sun care line: it works well, is reasonably priced and isn't too sticky. Have a great summer (in the shade!)!

a. said...

i have always, always desired for the gorgeous porcelain pale skin you speak of..as a child, i used to point to the bath tub and tell my mom i wanted to be that color. but, as i get older {and possibly, wiser? ;)} i am learning to embrace my darker/tan skin. logic: i can't do anything about it! i have to stop comparing a trait that i once considered a 'negative' to someone else's 'positive', because that's an unequal comparison... long time fan of yours, aw <3

fleur_delicious said...

I stopped sun-worshipping when I was 20, because I got wise and realized, hey, I'd rather have fewer wrinkles when I'm 80 than a tan now. I live in the NW, and it never lasts, anyway - what's the point?

However, that said, I am building up a tan this summer (I actually do tan pretty easily) because we are bound for the deserts of the southwest in September for a week of hiking and mountain biking and a tan AND spf 50+ will be necessary to stave off burns there.

But yes, otherwise, I am all about rocking the pale, healthy skin for life!

Love Camie said...

I say if you have light skin embrace it! Me being from Hawai'i I'm constantly in the sun, so pale skin isnt a luxury I can afford.

If you have it, love it!

Love,
Camie

http://lovecamie.blogspot.com

Chels said...

As a health-nut, I can't help but love the pale skin. It is so much healthier to slather on sun screen, avoid "laying out" and to keep your skin protected. Since I live in Arizona and am in my early twenties, this definitely brings me some funny looks, but I could care less. I can't afford to get skin cancer and hey, it also means I can use the same shade of make-up year round :) some of my friends have to use a different color in the summer.

I have used Jergen's lotion a few times to even out accidental tan lines from shirt sleeves, socks, etc, since it seems to be a safe alternative with pretty good end results! Otherwise, I'll keep rockin' pale skin.

Chels said...

Also - I love the Neutrogena spray-on sunscreen! It's 50 SPF (I think?), smells great and sprays on everywhere really easily. It also has a bit of shimmer to it. I buy it in bulk (and cheaper) at Costco!

Mona said...

My mom's a redhead and even though I have dark hair and dark eyes my skin is very fair. My boyfriend is Spanish, and his whole family get tanned just thinking about being in the sun. When I first met his father, he nicknamed me "coloretes", which is Spanish for blush (like the make up - apparently my rosy cheeks stand out because of my fair skin). Wasn't really sure how to feel about this until my boyfriend told me that his father called his exgirlfriend "Pinochia" because of her big nose. So yeah, rosy cheeks all the way! Pale is the way to go!

Eliz said...

Pale and proud, and even moreso now that my mother has survived Stage 4 skin cancer. It's just not worth it, especially since you always look best with your natural skin color!

Closet Cravings said...

I love beautiful, pale skin. That being said, not all fair skin is fabu. Some people have porcelain skin while others have white skin with pink undertones that is not as lovely. During the year, I either use fake tanner or hide the white with long sleeves and jeans. I'm not looking to be tan, just have a little bit of glow. During the summer, I don't go out and bake. But I will allow myself to go out and get a bit of a glow. I envy those with beautiful, flawless skin. =)

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Sandra - If it comes in pink said...

I like to have a tan but I hate sun bathing ;D

Jen said...

I am the poster child for skin cancer with fair skin, light eyes, and lots of moles (which I hate), so I embrace my pale-ness and wear lots of sunscreen, big hats, and light long sleeved shirts. Hopefullly this will keep me looking young...and of course cancer free!

Taylor said...

I used to go tanning! But now I am paranoid of getting skin cancer so I haven't tanned in like... two years! I have an olive skin tone, so I can get tan in the sun if I want, but my paleness isn't too pasty, so I don't mind it! It's healthier! I wear sunscreen every day :) No wrinkles for me when I'm older (hopefully haha)

Moonlight said...

I'm also extremely pale, but I tan relatively easily.
Living in a country where loads of people have orient like colours, I feel like the outcast all year long....so when summer comes (and we get 40degrees Celcius here), I do tan...but always as carefully as possible!
I use the classic Nivea sunscreen for as long as I remember and Im really happy with it!
I do wear sunscreen on my face daily though, throughout the year!

Eliza Ligaya said...

Pale all the way! it is my goal in life to protect myself from the sun so much that my skin, combined with my naturally youthful-looking face will make me look 21 forever! (although frankly I am 21 now and dont look it, so I'll have to wait until I actually do.)

sara said...

i'm quite freckly and pale too so of course i always wear sunscreen, but i do like to get a bit of a golden glow as i'm not a fan of my paleness, really!

Amy said...

I've been bookmarking images of pale legs for the past few weeks - maybe I should send a few your way for empowerment (and inspiration)! It's tough, depending on where I live - in my native Minnesota it's VERY difficult, but in Seattle it's much easier to feel comfortable in my own (SO PALE with gray undertones don't make foundation my color) skin. Rock those glowing white legs!

Lauren said...

Being 21, it's almost impossible to not feel pressure to be a bronzed goddess among peers. All of my friends are so tan year-round thanks to tanning beds and spray tans. Over the past few years I've decided to cut out the fake tanning and embrace my natural skin color. In the summer, however, I do like to get a nice glow but always opt for SPF 45 just to make sure I'm not frying my skin in the process.

lingismyname said...

It's funny how Asians favor the pale/white skin while Westerners favor tan skin. I'm all about rocking whatever your shade of skin! Not only because I'm a fan of natural beauty, but rocking your natural skin color also means you're not over or under-exposing your skin to the sun and there is something to be said about having healthy skin!

morgan said...

I'm always rockin the pale look ;)

Mary said...

I don't fake bake, but I do like to be out in the sun. Sometimes for special occasions, I will spray tan. It actually works pretty well and looks natural. A little sun is good for you-- Vitamin D; most doctors say 15 min a day.

Mersey said...

I used to tan a lot because it would hide all of my flaws (especially on my legs!) and make me feel skinnier. This summer, I started using Jergen's Natural Glow plus Firming lotion, and it's amazing! It doesn't make you look orange like other self-tanners. It only adds a hint of color and a little bit of sparkle. It is just enough to make me feel pretty and comfortable with my natural skin!

Also, I read a recent study where people looked at pictures of someone with a tan and then someone with a glow from eating lots of veggies, like carrots. Most people thought that the person with the glow from veggies looked healthier and more attractive!

Maggie said...

No matter how hard I try, I'm ghostly pale and freckly - so I'm pale and proud this summer, as always!
PS When I was little I HATED my freckles, until my genius Dad told me they were angel kisses. Props, Daddy-o :)

Jamie B said...

Joanna,

I've been in the pale-all-summer camp since about the age of 13 (which is now almost 20 years). Although I can get tan and I have dark hair/olive undertones in my skin, I like to keep my skin light and hydrated. I think of it as an investment in my overall skin health. I do spend time outside to soak up the sun and vitamin D, but I'm sensible about it and I don't lay out unless I'm at the beach. It may not be en vogue, but it is and has long been my style. :)

Aside from that, isn't there something so radiant and beautiful about the girl in the photo you included? It looks like it suits her.

xo
Jamie B.

Tigercat said...

As someone else said above, rock what is you.

brightbit said...

i am SO into embracing the pale skin. its not worth it to be tan (the burns, cancer, etc.) besides pale skin, freckles are gorgeous and unique.

i even posted about it: http://www.thebrightbit.com/?p=564

Stacey said...

I actually love being pale! I think it's a beautiful look, and I feel healthier that way. I've never used tanning beds or spray tanners or bronzers or anything.

Dakota said...

yay red heads and freckles! be proud and beautiful of who you are! Also sun without protection is dangerous! protect yourself and still look GOOD! hats with feathers! Big Sunnies! A tan only lasts a couple of weeks! beautiful skin from safe guarding it from the sun later on in life is sooo worth it!

jenny said...

As a life-long strawberry blonde, I go white-to-red very fast, and never really get tan, so pale it it. On one hand, tan skin doesn't do much for my hair - it kind of clashes. And frankly, as I've begun to notice that some of my sun-worshipping friends are starting to get a little leathery in the summer, I'm just as glad...

Lindsay marie said...

For the last 4 summers I've avoided the sun but thus summer I'm getting a dark golden tan! I love it, I wear a little SPF still though.

Gandhali said...

... and then there's us who don't need to tan at all! ;D

Elena said...

This could be untrue but my sister told me that Coco Chanel went on vacation and came back tan. After that everyone wanted to be tan and it meant that you could afford to go on vacation :-b

Lisa said...

This post touches on a bigger issue, which is really about self-acceptance. I'm a brown-skinned gal myself, but whether we are very pale or very dark skinned, there needs to be room to accept each end of the spectrum and all of us in between as beautiful.

How horrible for any of us to be considered high or low class based on skin color. What about the content of our character?

None of us should have to risk cancer to conform to society's standards of beauty. Life is too short. We have to be happy being who we are.

michelle said...

Embrace your English Joanna! I was the whitest girl on my dorm floor at my out-of-state college, no one believed that I could be from Orange County, California with no tan whatsoever. I've been rocking the no-tan look since high school (15 years?). My inspiration was Nicole Kidman, loved how pale and gorgeous her skin always glows!

themama23 said...

Embrace the pale! Embrace less wrinkles and age spots later!

Merrilyn said...

I tan very easily, and living in Florida means I have ample opportunity to get roasty toasty every summer (and usually before and after summer, too!). My kids love to go to the pool and the beach. But I use sunscreen religiously, especially on my face. Even if I have to be out in the sun, I sure don't want skin cancer!

EM said...

I can't exactly rock the "pale" look since I'm already naturally tan. I think the 'tan is best' beauty ideal is funny and a bit baffling. I've never looked at someone and thought she (or he) didn't look attractive because they were pale....
But then again I guess I don't know what it's like. That being said, I always use sunscreen (neutragena on face and body - forget exact kind) because I actually don't like getting tanner.

Louise said...

I have red hair and quite fair skin so this post is familiar territory! I like to stay out of the sun, after seeing my Great Aunt's legs when she was 94 - smooth as silk. She said they'd never seen the sun. There's the proof in the pudding. I find the best self tanner for my colouring is 'Ella Bache Great Tan' it's a cream and lasts for ages, no streaking, gorgoues natural colour and amazing moisturiser. I've used it for 12 years!! I'd never use anything else.

Angela said...

I am naturally pale so that's the look I'll be embracing in summer. I think women with naturally tan/darker skin are beautiful, and those with pale skin are also beautiful. I get frustrated with the tan vs pale argument as if one is acceptable to the exclusion of the other. Embrace what you've got! Pale, freckled, tan, dark - they're all lovely.

So many people asked me if I was going to get a fake tan for my wedding. My response was always "Why?" My skin had been the same colour all throughout my relationship, I didn't see why I should change it for one day (and then not look like myself).

I have tried fake tans in the past, but it just doesn't suit me so I'm learning to accept (and love) what I've got. I do think it's very important to protect your skin from UV rays. I burn very easily so I use a moisturizer with sunscreen everyday - even in winter. But then I do live in Australia! :)

Thanks Jo, for getting this great discussion going!

Gabriela said...

Pale is definitely beautiful! I am full of freckles, and I love them, but even if I was more of a tanner, and less of a burner, I would have to embrace the pale living in San Francisco! The first few times (or really the few opportunities) I get to bare my legs, it does feel like I might be wearing white tights underneath my shorts.

Joanna Goddard said...

HiLLjO, good for you! you have a good head on your shoulders. (omg, i sound old :)

Joanna Goddard said...

Mersey, thanks for the tip!! i am loving all these comments xo

Joanna Goddard said...

lisa, YES! beautifully put. thank you!!

nancykate said...

I LOVE LOVE being tan. So much. However, despite my Sicilian heritage, I had my first skin cancer removed 2 years ago at age 26 and have a lovely quarter size scar on my left shin to show for it. The next year - another precancerous mole was removed from my bellybutton. Sunscreen it up ladies - it's not worth it.

Melanie said...

Love my (real) tan and refuse to feel guilty about it. :)

Joanna Goddard said...

elena, yes, i think that story is true -- and also, back in the day (like Little House on the Prairie kind of days:) it used to be considered elegant and chic to be pale, because that meant you didn't have to work in the fields. now it's cool to be tan because that means you don't have to work indoors in an office. it's all based on economics, which is fascinating!

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