Recently, we came across a Yahoo! Article written by Julie Wenzel. Although she is a brunette, we knew every redhead could relate to her story about how she discovered pale skin is beautiful. We had to share her story it each and every one of you:

“All my life I enjoyed having light skin. I never realized that I would be made fun of for it.”

“Then one day, many years ago, my grandma told me that she loved my skin. She said that I had peaches and cream skin, something people don’t have as much. From that point on I really was happy with not getting a full on tan.  So many girls from my high school were spending all this time trying to get tan.”

“Being out in the sun is definitely good for a person. The sun releases Vitamin D which, like any vitamin, is good for the body. But there are other ways to get Vitamin D than to just go out, soaking up some rays. You only need about ten to fifteen minutes of sunshine, three times a week to get enough Vitamin D that your body needs. Too much Vitamin D and you can get calcium deposits in your body. Not enough Vitamin D and you can get things such as osteoporosis as an adult or rickets as a child.”

“I find it a shame that a lot of people think that they have to be tan to look good. I mean, no sunlight at all, and living like a vampire is no good either, but there are a lot of problems that can come from tanning too much in salons or too much sun. There’s cancer and early signs of aging with wrinkles.”

Sometimes I get made fun of for having fair skin. It kind of bothers me at times, but I wouldn’t change for them. I think fair skin with a nice skin complexion is very beautiful.”

“Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything wrong with people who get a tan from being out in the sun. Remember to always wear some form of sunscreen to help protect your skin. I just mainly wanted to emphasize that people really shouldn’t frown upon people who have pale or fair skin. It doesn’t mean they don’t care about how they look. It doesn’t mean they sit in the basement for weeks at a time and don’t see the sun. A long time ago, having pale skin meant you were wealthy. The peasants would have to work outside, and the rich could stay indoors. Nowadays it seems like people think in order to be beautiful, you have to be tan. I think that those with pale skin shouldn’t be made fun of. I have gotten the, ‘Have you seen any sunlight lately?’ I am happy with my ‘peaches and cream’ skin.”

“And though my grandma is no longer alive, I carry that with me. I think that there is nothing wrong with pale skin. I think any skin color is beautiful, from the very dark to the very light and you shouldn’t try to change that to make others like you more.”

Embrace your peaches & cream skin, redheads. Rock it like a Redhead! 

READ: HOW TO SELF-ACCEPT YOUR RED HAIR & PALE SKIN

 

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