If you have fair, porcelain skin like Julianne Moore or Sharon Stone, your skin is the most susceptible to UV damage compared to other skin tones. But since you can’t tan, you might not try to, which works to your advantage. Those who see the worst damage in this skin tone group are those who burn, then tan, and continue the damaging cycle. Those who subject themselves to sun damage, because their skin is thin and lacks melanin, experience fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and redness.
But while you can’t change your genes, you can change your skin care to have a focus in sun protection to avoid premature signs of aging.
Protection from the sun a must for those with fair skin, because light-toned complexions experience much greater free radical development when exposed to sunlight. After just five minutes in direct sunlight, free radicals are activated, primarily in the cell plasma membrane. This leads to the release of arachidonic acid, which begins a damaging cascade.
While you are more vulnerable to sun damage, fair-skinned people tend to have decreased oil production, which means less acne breakouts and blemishes. Unfortunately, this also means dryer skin, which makes lines and wrinkles more visible. Fortunately, fair skin is less likely to scar or develop patches of discoloration.
What fair skin needs are cleansers formulated for dry or sensitive skin. Porcelain skin also needs a moisturizer rich in emollients, and preferably, equipped with sunscreen. If sunscreen isn’t in your moisturizer, apply a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 over your moisturizer and under your makeup. Every. Day. Apply sunscreen on your neck, chest, and hands as well as these areas are just as vulnerable to sun exposure.
This moisturizer is perfect for porcelain skin as it:
- Provides a non-chemical SPF 15 barrier
- Supplies antioxidant protection, especially important for more vulnerable fair skin
- Helps to firm skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
With the right regimen, your porcelain skin will remain as fair as you treat it.