By: Tessa Viole

Redheads, when it comes to having fair skin, there are strict commandments for one to live by. When all of your friends are tanning at the beach, and you feel left out, have confidence that your fair skin is the prettiest of them all. Here are the 10 commandments every redhead with fair skin should abide by:

1. Sunscreen. Always. Sunscreen is important in the summer and winter months. Any kind of exposure to UV rays, whether they are high or low, can damage the skin. SPF 30+ and anything with a mineral base is recommended.

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2. Moisture is key. Moisturizer is always necessary no matter what type of skin or color you have. It’s best to use a multi-step skin regimen daily. I personally love the Clinique system for combination skin.

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Image via Pinterest

3. Choose the right shade of makeup. It’s always important to choose the right shade of makeup for your skin. Us fair skin girls should never pick a darker shade of foundation just to look darker. Plus, the line on the side of the chin is not too attractive. Let your freckles and/or fair skin shine bright and embrace your natural-ness.

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4. Use only the best ingredients. When it comes to skin care products and makeup we should only use the best ingredients. We don’t want products that can harm our skin in the long run, or things that can get absorbed into our bodies that aren’t the best for us.

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5. Eating right. Eating right can definitely play a role in how great your skin looks. A balanced, healthy diet not only will help you preserve your smooth skin but it will help your body all around. Plus, did you hear some healthy foods can actually make your skin look naturally TAN?! Read it here.

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6. Beauty sleep. There’s truth to this phrase! A full eight hours of sleep makes a huge difference in your skin. Your skin actually repairs at night, giving you the porcelain skin you’ve always wanted.

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7. Don’t smoke. Smoking causes wrinkles and aging on the skin as well as other health problems. Wrinkles are always more noticable on fair skinned women because the skin is actually thinner.

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Photo via A Cinephile’s Diary: Drive (2011). Christina Hendricks.

8. At home remedies. From DIY facials, body scrubs or natural hair highlights, sometimes the best skin remedies can be found in your home. The best part about it is you know what ingredients are going in your skin and it can be a lot of fun to do by yourself, or with friends. Read more about the power of coconut oil

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9. Beware of self-tanners. We all want that subtle bronzed look, but sometimes those self-tanners don’t do a justice on our skin. If you’re really determined to get that gilded look, go for something with more subtle color. Usually the more bold tan colors tend to streak on the skin. See How to be a Redhead’s ‘redhead friendly’ recommendation here.

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Photo Credit: Hildreth

10. Rock it like a Redhead! The most important commandment yet is to embrace who you are. There are so many girls who are ashamed to have fair skin (and red hair). Rock your natural features and other’s will begin to find it beautiful too. It’s crazy how far a little confidence can go.

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Models: Kelly Kirstein and Ash Gat at the Rock it like a Redhead 2013 Event in New York, NY