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Protected Skin Is Beautiful Skin (Stop the Carrot Look!!)

April 12, 2012

Charlize Theron's distracting fake bake

“Is something wrong? You look so pale!”

No, I’m fine but are you sure you’re ok? You look like a leather carrot.

Why is it that people seem to treat pale skin as if it’s some sort of a negative attribute? Protecting your skin is not only healthy but it’s beautiful.

Indoor tanning is a popular trend among young women despite it’s many risks. A study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer found that your chance of getting skin cancer increases by 75% if you use tanning beds before the age of 30.


Skin cancer is the #1 cancer diagnosis for women age 20 to 30

Skin cancer is the #2 cancer diagnosis for men and women age 15 to 30

Every hour someone in the US dies of melanoma

Simply put: tanning, indoor or outdoor, is dangerous. Especially dangerous for young children who are especially vulnerable to burns which can cause long term increased risk of skin cancer. 

Protecting your skin and maintaining a natural skin look is beautiful. Here are some beauty idols:


Queen Elizabeth used a combination of egg, eggshells, poppy seeds, white lead and alum to power her a milky white. The lead, which we now know is highly toxic, ate away at her skin but she didn’t stop using it. We don’t recommend tanning OR this method for beautifying your skin. 


(Left: Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I. Right: Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I)

To learn more about Queen Elizabeth you can go here. She is a historical role model for all women, one of  the most effective and powerful women of all time. 



Mae West

Mae West is a legendary Hollywood starlet who became an international sex symbol, leading lady, and outspoken personality on the 1950’s. She is drop dead gorgeous and went to great lengths to maintain her beautiful alabaster skin. She avoided the sunlight, never drank, and forbid anyone to smoke around her. According to her the secret to her skin was putting oil on her skin nightly, saying:

“It’s gotta be warm, and you’ve gotta have a man put it on – all over.”

She was spunky and outspoken in an era of wasp waisted housewives and restrictively traditional roles for women. Another one of her great quotes:

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

She has a number of fantastic and fun quotes that I enjoy reading and posting around my house to empower me when I’m feeling lackluster. You can read more of them here.  

If you want to know more about Mae, her life and her career check out her official website. 



Elizabeth Taylor was a legendary beauty and screen goddess. While she became a big fan of tanning in her later years, it was her fair skin and light eyes that initially made her beauty so magnetic and helped to launch her career. 



Zooey Deschanel is the “it” girl of the moment. She starred in movies such as 500 Days of Summer, Yes Man, and Elf and is now starring in a new hit sitcom, “New Girl.”




Rachel McAdams has become a household name and teen heartthrob staring in movies like The Notebook, Mean Girls and Wedding Crashers. She is an undeniable, timeless beauty, with perfectly pale skin. 




Dita Von Teese is not a household name in every household but she is certainly a stunner. The international burlesque star is known for doing her routine on stage in a champagne glass and only wearing Christian Louboutin shoes, which her good buddy Mr. Louboutin himself custom makes for her! Her light skin is one of her trademarks and contrasts beautifully with her dark hair. 


There are many other stars with beautiful fair skin, Kiera Knightley, Christina Hendricks, and Nicole Kidman to name a few. Check out some more stars who love their fair skin in this bellasugar article. 

The pale skin look is making a comeback, which is fantastic; hopefully those dark days of fake bake leather look is behind us. Tanning is dangerous and should be avoided. Enjoy your natural skin, whatever color it is, fair or dark! All skin colors are beautiful and should be preserved just the way they are.

While this article may be about beauty, the most important thing is health – I’m simply pointing out that no matter what skin color you are you should never go to unhealthy lengths to change it. This goes for any physical attribute, if you’re going to unhealthy lengths to attain an unnatural look, you won’t be happy and you won’t feel beautiful – inside or outside. Pale is no longer passe, it’s no longer a bad thing and so if that’s your natural color – rock it cause it’s totally in! 

Wear sunscreen and UV protective clothing every day, even if you’re not going to the beach and even in the winter. 

Sun Protection Zone makes many great options for UV protective sunwear which makes protecting your skin easy – no reapplying sunscreen, and no missing spots! However you choose to protect your skin just make sure you do! 

Sun Protection Zone is proud to sponsor charities like Miles Against Melanoma and the Childrens Miracle Network in their efforts to help us all be healthy! 

Be sun safe, every day is a sun day! 


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