Am I too white?

Thanks for the tip, Scarlet, but I avoid eyeshadow because with my dark circles, I just look awful. Actually, the tan also made the dark circles look better.

You definitely don't look anywhere near nearly-40, Scarlet.
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No, it was NOT me who cried 'wee wee wee wee wee' all the way home.
I'm also incredibly pale-- I've been trying to embrace it more this summer. I've been serious about putting on sunblock and I haven't used self-tanners as frequently.

I just wish my legs didn't look so purple
Another pale one here. I haven't been tan in more than 15 years. I was pale before it was cool. On the plus side, I'm going to be 38 in October, and I still get carded sometimes.
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I have my mother's Irish skin tone, so I am quite fair and freckly.

My mom was a sun worshiper when she was younger, and is now pretty much having skin cancer/pre-cancerous lesions removed from her body a few times a year.

I stopped trying to get darker YEARS ago. I don't bother with the fake-tan stuff, either. It's too messy, too hard to get right, makes me itch, all of the above. I just don't bother anymore.
Thanks guys! I feel so much better now that I'm not the only one that doesn't want/isn't able to tan. Part of the reason I was so bitter was that I had so many horrible, terrible sunburns in my teens (when people thought suntanning lotion was the same as sunblock, lol!) I was so miserable, itchy, peeling, and looked like a tomato on fire...

I have to admit I am jealous of people that can tan easily and never burn, but I've come to terms with it and am more concerned with my health to risk it. Too many people in my family have had cancer and it is not cool at all. I hate when people act like it's a joke. Or they're just in plain denial (he didn't get lung cancer from smoking, must have been something else, etc) but yeah that's a whole other topic. (maybe should start one)

Anyway, it's true if you told someone they looked too black, it would be racist, and I do feel offended in that way when people say I'm too white. But whatever, I'm rockin the white now! So let's show them that au natural is the way to go! (ok, maybe not THAT au natural - naked !!) But you know what I mean...
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Thank you, piglet!

You can try what I do sometimes. When my circles are really bad, I don't line underneath my eyes. I just put a wash of a light brown beige across my entire eyelid, with a bit of a darker shade in the crease. This doesn't call any unwanted attention to the undereye area.
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Nother pale and proud person here!

I got a bad sunburn this summer on my chest. I hate it. What little I do tan looks horrible, almost has a greyish hue to it, doesn't look healthy at all. I can't wait until it fades. People asking if I'm sick all the time is getting old.
Another pale one here. I haven't been tan in more than 15 years. I was pale before it was cool. On the plus side, I'm going to be 38 in October, and I still get carded sometimes.
Originally Posted by LoloDSM
Unbelievable! You look so young.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not;
and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.
-Henry David Thoreau
Agree -- another pale, befrecked person here.

I will admit I do use some of that Nivea self-tanning/firming lotion for light skin tones on my legs a few times a week during the summer just to give them a hint of color. But for the most part, I embrace paleness.


Another pale one here. I haven't been tan in more than 15 years. I was pale before it was cool. On the plus side, I'm going to be 38 in October, and I still get carded sometimes.
That's awesome! Sun-worshipping really does catch up with you later in life -- even if you have skin that "tans" easily.
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I avoid tanning at all cost. I like the look of a tan but the potential damage is not worth it. I laid in a tanning bed a few summers in my late 20's and now I'm close to mid 30's and the damage is rapidly showing up. So.not.cool.
I am pale white and proud of it. Be proud of whomever you are, whether you're red, white, blue, black, or green polka-dotted.
I'm 37 and people think I'm in my mid to late 20's. I still get carded when I go out and drink.
Beauty comes in all shades, including pale.
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Thank you, piglet!

You can try what I do sometimes. When my circles are really bad, I don't line underneath my eyes. I just put a wash of a light brown beige across my entire eyelid, with a bit of a darker shade in the crease. This doesn't call any unwanted attention to the undereye area.
Originally Posted by Scarlet

I'll have to try that, thanks. I swear my circles are getting worse as I get older. I'm wondering if there's a food intolerance issue. And of course, being so pale means that dark circles look so much worse.
Yes, my tail is naturally curly.
No, it was NOT me who cried 'wee wee wee wee wee' all the way home.
Another pale girl here. I don't tan. Couldn't even if I wanted to because I go from pale to bright red to peeling and right back to pale. Self tanners don't work on me. My skin sucks it in and I look blotchy. It's bad so I don't even try anymore. I like being pale and knowing that when I am 40, 50, etc, I will never look my age. I don't look it now and I'm 31. My sister who is not quite as pale as me, tans pretty regularly (she works outside). She is only 3 years older than me but looks way more than that and I can see the sun damage already starting. I won't ever be that way.

I want to get a shirt that says "Pale is the new tan"
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I want to get a shirt that says "Pale is the new tan"
Originally Posted by Rednaturalcurls
After we start our Curly Girl revolution, let's start the "Pale is the new tan" revolution...or we can be more inclusive and say "love the color you're in!"

But, I would so buy the "Pale is the new tan" t-shirt!!!
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I swear I think I saw a shirt like that in a magazine once. I will have to see if I can find it again. I already wear the "No, it's not a perm t-shirt" so I would totally do pale is the new tan

Rock the curls and the paleness!!!!
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Tell'em they NEED to mind their business!

Or be fresh and tell them, your husband didn't mind my too white legs last night...betcha they'll leave you alone!
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I'm pretty pale too and people tell me how great I look if I get a little bit of sun. But I hate getting color in my skin, because I know it's not healthy. I don't want to end up with wrinkly, leathery, cancer-ridden skin when I'm older.

I think the skin of people who tan a lot looks terrible, especially when they go bake in tanning beds. It ages them prematurely as well. My SIL tans and it looks awful.

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I used to look like a porcelain doll. My skin has darkened up some over the years. I didn't think one's skin could change color over time. Anyhow... I used to get a few rude comments. Like one day in high school at lunch I was powdering my face. My friend was like, why are you putting white powder on your face? My other friend said, well that is her skin color! I didn't like it too well, especially since indoor tanning really became popular in high school. I spent probably hundreds over two years and couldn't get more than a light chocolate milk color. My face and chest never tanned. I like having a little natural more color, not because of society's fixation with tan (I got over that soon fortunately). I have spider veins, really prominent veins. Also, thr more color you have, the more melanin you have, which is your natural protectant against the elements. Black skin is also thickest, while white is thinnest, therefore dark skin typically ages remarkably better than light skin. My skin isn't dark by any means, but since I like being in the sun, I'm glad I'm no longer quite so pale. I don't actively tan (tho I get tan regardless, being outside) and I wear SPF. I look pretty dayum good for late 20's despite my tanning misdeeds. I don't know if that is more genes or my skin color, but I do know some very light-complected women my age who used to go tanning with me that look much older than I do. I like how blush looked on my light skin though. I used to like this berry color that I still have but can't use because it doesn't even show up on my skin anymore! Also, I think as the race numbers shift in the U.S., very light skin will be seen less and could become more popular.

Didn't mean to put a damper on the "pale pride" fest, heh heh. Just sharing my experiences, having used to been a light lass. I say try to make the best of what you have. Don't try to change it.
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I don't have super pale skin, but in makeup colors I'm usually the lightest "medium." I can get a little tan, but not without burning first, and I avoid the sun as much as possible.

My younger sister, who gets tan, has deep wrinkles, but I have only the faintest of lines. Tanning is NOT good.
I wouldn't consider myself pale so much as very fair. I actually like the contrast of my fair skin to my dark brown hair & light green eyes. I feel that when I was younger I looked better with a tan, but now at my age, I believe I look better without one. Older women with dark tans, just look odd to me. I've tried the bottled tans, & they just streak on me. The spray tans don't last but 4 or 5 days at the most.
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