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SPF nuh-uh! 
19th-Aug-2008 04:28 pm
owl-don't make me kill you
Background info for those who haven't met me in person: I'm pale. I'm "so white she's practically translucent", according to spiritualmonkey; so pale, "they don't X-ray her, they just hold her up to the light." I take my sunscreen seriously. One year I spent 10 days out at Burning Man and didn't get enough of a tan to develop a tan-line from my watch. I am a person of pallor.

So I'm used to buying the palest shade of foundation in any particular makeup company's line — if they even have one that's pale enough, that is. (Many don't.)

I've been trying different mineral makeups to see which I like best. Started out with Aromaleigh and was reasonably pleased with their foundation, but wanted to check out some others. Tried Everyday Minerals, whatever brand my skincare specialist carries, and some other brand I don't remember. I didn't like the textures of the others, so it's back to Aromaleigh.

Of course, I didn't remember exactly what shade I wore before. Level 1 Neutral, Level 1 Yellow, Level 1 Yellow/Linen, Level 1 Warm, Level 1 Warm/Linen... ack! So I got samples of each of them.

I've been trying the samples and not feeling terribly happy with the results. Okay, the Y/L is clearly the right color family, but this isn't how I remember their foundation looking — it looks awfully chalky. Maybe if I mix in some of the Level 2 Y/L sample I have left from before?

Still too light. A little more, maybe.

No, still too light. Okay, let's try the Level 2 Y/L straight.

Hey, that looks good. No chalkiness, no unhealthy pallor, and blends in well at my jawline.

What the hell?

Obviously, the "SPF 30" sunscreen I was using before ISN'T, dammit. Back to the Neutrogena for me, at least until I can dive into the Environmental Working Group's sunscreen safety database.

20th-Aug-2008 12:48 am (UTC)
I'm so pale that I can be used to light dark spaces. The history of light bouncing off my skin carries a residual glow.

Until the past week.

Why? Because of my vitamin D deficiency. Yeah, I'm taking an oral supplement. But I'm also getting out in the sun (after 4 PM) and swimming in the lake, floating and napping. I'm not getting anything that anyone else would confuse with a tan, but I am now a shade that is just enough different from the color of a white sheet that it's possible to see the parameters of my body when I'm reclining on one. And I have a few (as in literally three) on my face. Very pale, but if I am in a strong enough light I can just make them out.

Now that I know that sun doesn't cause melanoma, I'm a bit more willing to not be a completely covered person. I still know that I burn easily and don't care to age my skin that way, but the idea of getting out in the sun in a swimsuit for an hour or less without having to spackle my body with 100 SPF sunscreen first is liberating. It's probably better for the lake, too. :)

I don't wear foundation partly because when I was young enough to develop the habit, there was nothing available to match my skin at the drug store. Partly because I can't stand the feeling of something sitting on my skin. (Mascara and eyeliner are different, particularly because my eyelashes are a very light ashy color.)

I finally realized who you in your FabuHat makes me think of: Alicia Keys, arguably one of the most beautiful women alive. A pale, non-goth Alicia Keys. ;)
20th-Aug-2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm super pale as well. I've switched from Neutrogena to California Baby because of the good ingredient reviews & high SPF. We'll see how it works on the playa after next week though- that's the real test.
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