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By: Gwen Lewis

Redheaded beauties, you really are the fairest of the bunch. Your effortless radiance is unparalleled by other skin types. However, your bright complexion also means you burn like nobody’s business, so it should come as no surprise that your angelic skin requires diligent care. Here are a few tips to help you adopt a beauty routine that’s fit for a fair-haired goddess!

1. Research says protect your assets.

Your winning combination of light hair and skin makes you extra sensitive to harsh chemicals and synthetic products. Furthermore, repeated sun exposure can cause a serious case of freckling. And though patches of “fairy kisses” all over your cheeks and nose may be cute, it’s your body’s way of signaling to you that you’re suffering from sun damage.

Studies find that your red hair and pale skin is due to a melanocortin 1 receptor, a gene that controls your coloring. Sorry, gorgeous, but you just aren’t meant to look like your bronzed vixen pals. Embrace your look and listen to mother nature! The only tanning you should be doing is of the “spray” variety. Even then we say, rock what you got. It’s better to be lovely and different than to mimic someone else’s version of beauty.

2. Solution? Find ‘Redhead Friendly’ products that go the distance!

You should always apply SPF on a daily basis. Many great brands offer moisturizers that contain UVA and UVB-fighting ingredients. And if you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors, consider re-applying midday.

Looking for even more coverage? You can get an extra sun-protectant boost from your makeup! Many foundations and/or powders contain SPF. Experiment with both physical and chemical sun blockers to determine which formula is right for you. We’re guessing physical blockers might be where it’s at. (Remember what we said about that whole sensitive skin thing?)

3. Research skincare lines designed for pale ladies.

Finding the right products is a process of trial and error. Do your research and seek out companies that embrace your idea of pale, healthy beauty. Some skincare lines even offer pigmentation-correcting creams and sun-spot removing treatments.

Your look is rare. You’re a unique wildflower. Embrace and protect your fiery, flawless looks.

Rock it like a Redhead!