Just yesterday, I asked you ladies to share your take on being pale vs tan. While I personally love both, did you know having pale/dark skin actually have scientific pros and cons over the other?
Below is a brief summary of both sides from an awesome book I came across recently, Write Your Skin A Prescription For Change by Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields.
|* Light skin is more responsive to lightening treatments and laser hair removal.
* Not as prone to the development of dark marks following trauma, which can sometimes can months to years to fade.
|* As we all know, light skin is more prone to sunburn so all you PPPs out there, make sure you stay out of the sun and use sunblock with at least SPF 30 religiously!
* Unfortunately, facial redness, broken capillaries and other flaws do tend to show more on lighter skin.
* Paler skin has a thinner fat layer which can cause a more gaunt appearance with aging.
Medium To Dark Skin
|* Just as most of you have said, a darker skin tone does help to hide redness.
* People with darker skin also have larger fat cushions underneath the skin, making them less prone to wrinkles and aging.
|* Dead skin cells are more visible on darker skin, thus creating an ashy appearance. My tip to correct this problem? Exfoliate your skin regularly!
* Darker skin has a higher tendency to develop ingrown hairs and razor bumps, especially on those with curly hair. Again, exfoliation is the key here. A great way to prevent and get rid of ingrowns is the homemade TendSkin receipe that I swear by!
* Following trauma, darker skin is also more prone to keloid-type scars and post-infammatory hyperpigmentation.
* The denser population of melanocytes in darker skin tend to produce a more uneven discoloration with sun exposure.