If you have fair skin, you are often told to stay out of the sun, or to at least wear sunscreen with the highest SPF. Fair skin ranges from being extremely dry to very greasy, but the most common denominator is a susceptibility to irritation, sensitivity, and damage caused by UV exposure.
A smart skin-care regimen should largely depend on the type of skin you have—whether it is oily, dry, combination, or normal. With fair skin, it is important to be familiar with conditions you might face. For starters, if you have fair skin, you may tend to sunburn easily, which makes you more susceptible to skin cancer.
While it is important for everyone to practice smart sun protection, it is crucial for those with lighter skin. Your dermatologist urges you to be extremely diligent about applying, and even reapplying, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 year-round. Wearing protective clothing can also add additional layers of defense from sun damage. Alert your dermatologist immediately if you notice any changes in your skin and be sure to schedule annual skin exams and mole checks for added protection.
Other skin care tips for those with fair skin, include:
Choose a good cleanser that is gentle and won’t dry out your skin.
Use a good moisturizer that replenishes the skin without clogging pores.
Protect your skin from the elements.
Schedule routine skin checks with your dermatologist
While proper skin care is essential no matter what color or type of skin you have, it is vital that those with fair skin take extra precautions to protect their skin from the harmful effects of the sun and other elements. Your dermatologist is available to help you properly care for your skin all year.