Sometimes fair skin requires a little extra TLC, especially during the summer when sea salt and exposure to the sun can leave it looking less than perfect.
If you have fair skin, brush-up on your skincare and try some of our tips so it looks amazing all year round.
Even if the sun isn’t shining, it doesn’t mean that the rays won’t harm your sensitive skin! Make sure your moisturiser and foundation have at least an SPF of 20 added into the formula. Carry some additional product into your handbag if you feel the need to touch-up through the day.
Tip: Use a translucent formula which won’t leave a white, thick caste on your face all day long. This might involve using a lightweight moisturiser underneath your foundation for ultimate protection against the sun.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you will be out in direct sunlight. Not only will it protect your scalp against sunburn, but also your decolletage and shoulders from sun damage.
Remember to apply additional sunscreen to your neck and ears since these are painful places to burn.
If your skin is quite light, odds are that it won’t be easy to find a foundation which suits your colour seamlessly. Search for BB creams or light perfecting formulas which are pink-based, lightweight, and will improve the look of your skin. They are also packed with high volumes of SPF to fight against imminent skin damage.
Tip: Most concealers also feature SPF, so apply onto your problem areas and follow up with a moisturiser to hydrate the skin.
Most harsh exfoliators can leave fair skin looking rough, especially if you already suffer from regular red patches or eczema.
Exfoliate in a gentle way by using a flannel and carefully remove the scrub in an upwards motion. This won’t leave your skin red and flakey afterwards, but will remove excess skin and dirt without the additional unpleasantness.
Avoid rinsing your face and body with hot water since it can open your pores and soak in bacteria and grime. Get into the habit of washing your face with cold-lukewarm water which keeps the pores tight and firm.
Tip: Use pore strips a few times a month to open the pores in a safe way (and in concentrated areas of your face such as the forehead and nose).
If you have fair skin, then the hair on your arms and legs is probably blonde or light brown. Rather than shaving and causing any inevitable razor bumps on your fair skin, wax once a month. Not only does this remove the hair from the follicle, but it will be better for your skin in the long run.
If you do suffer from razor burn, cleanse the area with natural aloe vera then rinse with cold water. Apply a nourishing moisturiser over your legs and relax as the pain subsides. Also, never apply fake tan onto skin which is damaged since it can cause a severe allergic reaction.
Most women with fair skin find that using a traditional black mascara often looks too harsh on their skin tone. Why not switch it up and use a brown formula, instead? It makes your lashes look natural and won’t look too weird if you have little to no makeup on.
Tip: Use a waterproof formula to make your lashes last for longer and wiggle the applicator from root to tip for best coverage and lift.
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