Ok, I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I have appreciated my fair skin. I won't act as though I wouldn't love to have been spared the years of bundling up on sunny, beautiful days so as to not expose my pale appendages. Or that I didn't nearly ruin my skin (and my health), for now and ever more, by baking under heat lamps like a proper hen.
Y'all, I'm pale. Like, whoa pale. I do have freckles, which from afar can give the illusion of some color (in the same way that a Seurat painting looks cohesive from a distance), but other than the Orion's-Belt-looking cluster I have on my abdomen, you can take 'em!
Nevertheless, I have a plea for my fair-skinned readers...
Ladies and gents, if you're pale, be pale. You don't always have to like it, nor should you beat yourself up for wanting to hurl things at bronzed lovelies who pass your way, pulling off pastels and jewel tones alike, looking all Mediterranean and fabulous...um, what was I saying? Ah, yes, embrace your paleness!
Unfortunately, we as a culture look at tanned skin as a sign of health and vitality, while fair skin may leave folks wondering when you left Forks and the hot vampire colony from whence you came. (Oh, the heckling.) But for those of us who are melanin-challenged, chasing that dream of super dark gams can lead to embarrassing skin conditions, painful burns, or, worse, severe health issues (some leading to death). Like it or not, it's just not meant to be. Even when I was tanning during college (one of the many stupid behaviors in which I engaged during those years), my legs never got an ounce of color. What is that all about? And the gamut of creams and lotions and spray booths...just, no. It works for some (party on!), but epic hot mess for this gal.
I have a point: It's spring. Summer is around the corner. You're going to want to catch some rays and work on your base (or just acquire more freckles to further the illusion of color). But please be safe, dear readers. No "look" is worth years of damage. Besides, there are plenty of fantastic fair-skinned celebrities frolicking about at the moment, so embrace this trend while you can.
And fair ladies look a special kind of fabulous in red lipstick. Just sayin'.
In case you didn't get enough nagging, feel free to revisit the crowd favorite on this topic from a few years ago: Safe Sun.