We’ve all seen the memes and the jokes about girls with pale skin. The modern day ideal that tanned skin is better or more beautiful is something that caused a massive issue for me for a long time but this post is going to explain to you how I came to love my pale skin, and you can too!
My skin is practically translucent. That is not an exaggeration. I suffer from a medical condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which means that my skin is extremely thin with very prominent veins, coupled with the fact that my Mum’s family is Irish and my Dad’s have roots in Eastern Europe and the Nordic area means that without makeup, my skin tone can only be compared to Casper the Friendly Ghost. Sure, this can be annoying; I find it very difficult to find drugstore or cheaper foundations; I burn if I leave the house without SPF in December never mind during the summer or if I go abroad and if I join in with a water aerobics class on holiday, I will look like I am emitting some sort of bright light when stood amongst the group of sun-kissed tourists. But I have managed to look past most of this and find some positives.
1. Shade-matching online is easy
As I said before it can be hard to find a cheaper foundation that is fair enough for my skin but when ordering from higher-end brands whom typically have a better shade range, just order the lightest one. Honestly, don’t worry about all that shade matching nonsense, 9 times out of 10 the lightest one will match. They may have questionable names like Siberia or Porcelain but as long as its practically white, it will be alright.
2. Historically, you would be slaying that beauty game!
Once time travel is invented us Snow White impersonators can just go back to the 1600’s when being pale was considered more attractive since having a tan meant that you were outside all day working in the fields as a manual labourer. Conversely, being pale meant that you didn’t have to work and could afford to stay inside and do nothing all day. So you know, next time your fair skin makes you feel inferior just remember that traditionally you would be the envy of society.
3. English Rose
This is more of a personal anecdote and the main reason I really learnt to love my skin. I was shopping in Costco one day when a woman came over to me. What she said really made me think.
“I’ve been watching you as you’ve been shopping and I just had to say that your skin is mesmerising. You’re like a proper little English Rose.”
This just made me think, how many people have had this said to or about them. Until this point I had always hated my skin. I wanted ‘normal’ skin than tanned in the sun instead of burnt, didn’t give away my embarrassment in a second and didn’t show all of my veins. But in this day in age with all our new beauty ideals, how unique is all of that! Never underestimate the power of a compliment guys and gals.
4. Celebrate our differences instead of resenting them
It takes all sorts to make a world. We are all completely different in so many ways and this is something to be celebrated not hidden. If you are lucky enough to have something that makes you so visibly unique, surely a bit of sunburn or having to spend a little bit more on foundations and beauty products is worth it?
I guess what I’m hoping to achieve by writing this post is to promote the idea of self-love. Whatever your hang-ups or insecurities, try to look for positives behind them. They can be silly, funny ones like the first couple of examples that I gave or try to think of a time that someone has mentioned it in a positive way. Life’s too short.
I hope you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@bethtakesonbeauty) and Twitter (@Bethtakesbeauty). If I did a ‘makeup products for pale skin’ post, is this something that people would be interested in?
P.S. If you follow me on social media I’m sorry I’ve been so inactive this week, I’ve been feeling so sick. That’s also why this post is quite short. I’ll get back on it next week. Love you guys xoxo