So I am naturally (ignore the purple hair) an English rose. I was born with dark brown hair, blue eyes and pale, slightly freckly, keratosis covered, skin. One good thing out of three, I've never been showered with the best luck. This means, I don't tan. Ever. If left alone in the sun for a - what some would say - a reasonable amount of time, I resemble a lobster. A fat lobster was never the look I dreamed of, alas it was the thing I resembled as many summers dawned. I have always wanted to tan. My god, I tried hard enough. I was the stupid little girl who went to the beach refusing to wear sun cream. I was the girl who wasted a ton of money on sun beds, and as I got older, the girl who started to delve into spray tans, or worse, St Tropez Dark from a bottle. My advice to you now? Stick to gradual tanners, and even then it's a bit of a struggle. Any slight patch or streak, I look like I could be a walking advertorial for Michael Jackson's Black or White. In recent summers, I have found the Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion* and Moisturiser for Face* easy to use. I find the lotion provides the quickest tan build up, noticing a difference after one application. It's subtle and healthy looking, but you do get a slight hint of the biscuit smell, but it's not adversely potent. If you do want a slightly darker, instant tan, I have found Lauren's Way Tanning Mousse quite effective.
In terms of suncream, I don't always like to splash the cash, because let's face it, most of us pale gals avoid the sun at all costs. Superdrug's Solait Moisturising Sun Lotion* does the job and I'd always recommend a higher factor - SPF30 should be sufficient in the UK. It's only as I have gotten older that I have come to understand the real importance of SPF, so a facial one is now a must for me. I am currently trialing the Emma Hardie Protect & Prime SPF30*, which has a lightweight formula that can be used as a primer under make-up - it's a nifty two-in-one and smells of summer too. As someone with Keratosis Pilaris, which I understand a lot of pale girls also have, the Ameliorate Body Mitt* is ideal for slogging away the build up of dead skin cells; while a quick and easy spray on moisturiser like the Vaseline Cocoa Butter Spray & Go Moisturiser is handy for those muggy mornings where you need something both hydrating and lightweight.
Now, the thing I hate most about summer and the word I can see you all cringe at: chafing. Yes girls, I admit I chafe. It's a horrible thing that can make legs extremely sore in the heat, so I suggest either over-the-counter chaffing cream, or a good sprinkle of Cuticura Mildy Medicated Talcum Powder. I put a generous helping into my hands and rub in all over my inner-thighs. Another between the thighs problem which most tend to ignore during the winer, that simply can't be ignored in summer, can be resolved with the help of the Nair Argan Oil Bikini & Underarm Glide-On*. It's super handy and gets to work quickly, without leaving a nasty, itchy, heat-irritated rash behind. I know many pale girls suffer from course hair, and this is a great product to combat that. I like to have cooler showers in the summer, I mean I'm not teaching you how to suck eggs here, but my god doesn't a cold shower feel good in summer? I really love the Sanctuary Spa Body Sorbet* for an extra hit of cool, but I know The Body Shop also specialise in a lot of sorbet-like formulas - pure and utter genius, let me tell ya!
Make-up wise, I'm not one to strip back too much. I would recommend a tinted moisturiser or BB/CC cream to those of you that have better skin than myself, but for those who still like to opt for slightly more coverage, the Urban Decay Naked Foundation is amazing. It provides a radiant complexion, akin to being in the sun all day and getting that slightly sweat-induced glow. Us paleys need a helping hand with attaining a sun kissed glow, am I right? I wholeheartedly couldn't recommend the COLLECTION Blush & Bronze Bricks* enough, I've been loving them as an easy *I've been in the sun all afternoon* glow. Pop a bright colour on your toes, spritz a bit of DKNY's Dreamsicle* and sport a pair of ridiculous (or chic, if you will) sunglasses, and you're ready to go. Oh, and don't forget your Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water spray, you're going to need it. Now let's all go and survive summer!