Post # 17
@MissCalifornia: judging by your self description (and myself being a former beauty consultant) you have type A skin. You burn rather than tan, and no amount of sun exposure will alter your genetics. If you want to even out for your boudoir photos you should consider airbrush tanning. It lasts about a week. Being fair skinned is not a curse, it just means you can’t tan because you have less melanin content. My husband is the same way (Irish). 20 minutes in the sun and he’s burnt for a week. Never gets a tan.
Post # 18
Paula’s Choice makes great suncreens. All of her products are geared towards sensitive skin.
Post # 19
@MissCalifornia: Why not just wear sunscreen everyday?
Post # 20
Looking at that pic brings back awful memories of my last bad sunburn. Eeesh. I am super pale, too, and I’ve lived in CA my whole life! Don’t bow down to the pressure to be tan. It’s so not worth it. I used to live in Southern CA, but have lived in Northern CA for years. When I go down South to visit relatives, it’s really apparant that people down there are more sun damaged than people up here. It’s crazy. Here are my tips:
1) Natural sunscreens. Look for sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients. You’ll have an easier time finding them in natural food stores, but if you look you will be able to find option in normal drugstores/Target etc. These tend to be more gentle.
2) Sunscreen of spf 30 on your face everyday, rain or shine. I also take care to apply to my neck and chest, if exposed.
3) Get yourself a sun hat with an spf rating. I have a super cute black sun hat with a wide brim that is rated at spf 60 or so. It is the best for the beach, or when I know I’ll be walking in an area with little to know shade.
4)If you ever feel the need to be tan, use gradual sunless tanning lotion. I think it’s better for us pale ladies, because we have a bit more control over how dark we’ll get.
5) Don’t be lazy about reapplying. When I am at the beach or hanging out in other sunny areas, I set a timer on my phone to remind me to reapply, or else I’ll forget.
You’ll be in San Jose, right? You’ll be fine!! If I were you, I would try to reschedule the boudoir shoot, or get an airbrushed spray tan and ask whoever does it do their best to blend in tan lines.
Post # 21
I forgot to mention powdered mineral sunscreens (like Peter Thomas Roth’s, at Sephora) are wonderful for reapplying over make up! If they are transparent, you can apply them over your part to protect against burning without getting gross sunscreen on the roots of your hair. Good luck, and I hope you enjoy living in CA!
Post # 22
@Pepperwoodsy: Oh my god you are AWESOME! This is just the kind of answer I was looking for – thanks for giving me the NorCal perspective 🙂 I will so look into a good hat or two. I have thinning hair, so lately my scalp burning has also become a problem – hadn’t thought about the mineral sunscreens for using there, I will keep that in mind.
As far as the shoot goes, unfortunately the photographer is in Rochester, NY (an hour from where I live now) and this is the ONLY weekend it can happen. Sooo… I’ll figure something out. I think people misunderstood and thought I was trying to tan for the shoot this week – I’m not, lol, I figure that I’ll just deal it as best I can.
I was more asking for what my options were in regard to moving to a place with drastically more sun — Syracuse is well known for its lack of sun (apparently Stephanie Meyer almost used this as her location for Twilight), and San Jose has 300+ sunny days a year, according to Wikipedia.
It’ll be quite the transition ^_^ But I’m sure I will work it out. Thanks everyone for the advice! I do understand that sunscreen is a viable option, thanks for those of you who read my post enough to get that I have issues with finding sunscreen that doesn’t irritate the shit out of my skin. I’m looking forward to trying out some of the products suggested by you fine ladies!
Post # 23
@MissCalifornia: You’re welcome! 🙂 I didn’t know Syracuse was so overcast! Hopefully your photographer will be able to photoshop the burn away like it never happened.
Post # 24
My boyfriend is a pale redhead, and he burns REALLY easily (I joke about having all the melanin for the both of us and some!)
He just uses super high factor sunscreen and wears long-sleeve shirts. I don’t know what else to advise, I do not tan (I am already naturally quite dark skinned on account of my ethnicity), and you’ve said above that you don’t want to wear long-sleeved shirts forever (understandably!)
I think pale skin is absolutely beautiful, fake tans can be seriously unattractive in my eyes! And I think tans are overrated slightly ha.
Either way, I hope your problem gets resolved soon!
Post # 25
@OrchidsandCandles: Oh same here! I looooove my pale skin, always have. Which is why I get so distressed when I burn it 🙁 I guess I thought if I got a “base” tan that my skin would go “oh, we’re going to behave now!”
But that’s wishful thinking hehe.
Post # 26
I moved from Minnesota to CA and I am very pale still. I got a faint tan line on my feet from sandals but I applied moisturizer with SPF religiously and I have over time acclimated to the sun. If I’m going to be out in direct sun for more than 30 minutes, I put on legit sunscreen (I love Neutrogena but hate that the company tests on animals). Otherwise, I use my SPF moisturizer and I’m fine. I also wait to do things like going in the hot tub, walking the dog, etc until it’s early evening so the rays are weaker.
Wear sunglasses! Light colored eyes especially (assume you have them with red hair) are very sensitive to the sun and scorching your eyelids and eye membranes is the worst. I would say that my skin has turned a little more beige (used to be pinker) but it’s still very close to my stomach in color (which is rarely exposed). I haven’t gotten a sunburn in a couple years. Oh, also- always apply sunscreen before putting your clothes on to make sure you don’t miss areas under straps that could shift. There are also clothes that have SPF in the weave- I have gotten some from Sierra Trading Post but try googling for other options. You can get some sun through thin clothes so that might be worth considering if you don’t want to do fullbody sunscreen on a daily basis.