From porcelain tones to shades of beige, fair skin often requires special, gentle attention. While pigmentation levels can differ, one thing unites all fair-skinned women: increased susceptibility to sun damage, often leading to premature ageing. Let us take a look at how to best care for your fair skin.
Common Fair Skin Concerns
Lucky for you, fair skin tends to be more even and well-toned than other skin shades. Hyperpigmentation and dark spots are not as common since fair skin naturally contains less melanin, or skin pigment. In fact, Caucasian skin contains less than 10 percent of the cellular structures responsible for color-making (melanosomes) when compared with darker skin.
On the down side, fair skin is at a higher risk of sun damage and skin cancer. Sun damage can cause fair skin to wrinkle and sag prematurely when elastin (the fibers that give your skin elasticity and resilience) weakens. UV damage can also slow surface skin cell turnover leaving skin looking dull, sallow and susceptible to dryness.
Sunscreen Is King for the Fair Skinned Queen
You have heard it before and you will hear it again: sunscreen is critical. Wear a broad spectrum daily SPF moisturiser every day, during the warm summer months as well as in the winter. Generously apply it to your face, neck, décolletage, arms, and hands to maximize the protection from the sun.
Broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 help prevent early signs of ageing and decrease the risk of skin cancer.
The Best Skincare Tips and Tricks for Fair Skin
- Cleanse Regularly. Wash your face in the morning and in the evening. Use a skin cleansing brush to completely remove makeup and any grime or oil that has accumulated on your skin throughout the day.
- Double Duty. Make your morning moisturiser do double duty by selecting one that has SPF and anti-ageing ingredients, like glycerine or Niacinamide.
- Nighttime Repair. Encourage your skin to naturally repair itself with a nighttime moisturiser that contains Niacinimide and retinol to speed surface skin surface cell turnover.
- The Eyes Have It. Lightly massage a daily eye cream containing Niacinimide into the area around your eyes to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
A commitment to sun protection and a healthy skincare regimen will help you achieve fabulously beautiful fair skin.