Tying-the-Knot Thursday - Bringing Pale Back!

Yesterday was sunny and warm. Being conscientious about my skin, as I am, I whipped out my handy-dandy spray sunscreen and sprayed my skin until it was nice and wet and shiny. Ah, sunscreen! What a wonderful invention.

I am a sunscreen fanatic, because I don't tan. I have very little melanin in my skin. No, I burn. After the redness fades, and that scorched layer of skin peals off, then I look a little darker, but barely. In fact you probably couldn't even tell there was even a hint of darkening unless I showed you a non-burn-tanned portion of my body next to the "tanned" area. Yep, it's that bad. Rather than go through all that pain for negligible results, I just apply my sunscreen and supplement with bronzers and for that summer glow.

As I was utilizing my lovely Banana Boat sunscreen, I started thinking about this time last year. I had decided a long time ago that I would be a pale bride.
What's with all these normally very white people running out and getting spray tans before their wedding? Is it only me, or is the point of getting all dressed up for your wedding to look like an absolutely beautiful, somewhat more glamorous version of yourself? Well, I've always been pale - I saw no reason to go dye my skin an unnatural color just so it would be a nice contrast with the white dress. I decided to bring the pale bride back!

Well, this did present some difficulty, it turns out. I didn't realize it, but staying pale during a very sunny summer is rather difficult! I've always been pretty conscious of not getting burned, and protecting my alabaster skin. Yes, I said alabaster. I read a novel once in which the author joked that some pale person made up that term in order to make themselves feel pretty. I was very offended - pale skin is pretty, in my opinion. But I digress.

Like I said, I normally try not to burn or tan in the summer anyway, but if I get a little too red one summer afternoon, it's not the end of the world. But when you are trying to stay pale for your summer wedding, it is the end of the world! If I got even a little burn it would leave me (a) looking like a lobster in my pure white dress, or (b)with the dreaded tan line (which doesn't look so great on your wedding day).

I had to cut out a lot of activities. No swimming for me last summer until the honeymoon, no "sirree". No spending extended periods of time in the sun unless I had sunscreen nearby (SPF 50 or higher, preferably). I even made Derek stop and buy me sunscreen before we could go to an unexpected outdoor car show one day. He humored me - he's pretty understanding.

Well, I made it! I made it to the wedding without a single burn. I was able to be the pale bride that I had always thought I would be!

Too bad it didn't last long. The last day of our honeymoon we spent the day lying on the beach. I sprayed myself, but I threw caution to the wind, because after a quick dip in the pool, I didn't re-apply. I think that was one of the worst burns I've had in quite a while. I could barely walk - it made the, um, classic honeymoon activity rather difficult later that night, and the plane ride home was oh-so fun. But I made it to the wedding, and the pictures are pale-skinned! That's all that matters, right?

Aveeno Sunscreen image taken from aveeno.com. This is my favorite, because it is SPF 70, and it gos on really nice!

I couldn't get a picture of the Banana boat sunscreen that I used yesterday, but you can see it at bananaboat.com. This stuff is a little more oily than the Aveeno sunscreen, but I just found out it comes in SPF 85!!! I'm going to go stock up on some of the high-powered stuff for the rest of the summer.
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Jessica said...

I have extremely light skin too, and I wish I had embraced it like you did! I can tan, but I usually get very burnt a time or two before it starts turning dark. The Monday before my wedding, I got a SERIOUS burn, but luckily it had turned to a nice tan by Saturday.

You looked beautiful with your light skin in your white dress! I'm working on embracing it, too. It's funny, because Luke is Italian, and has naturally really dark skin, and never burns. I guess I'm a little jealous, just because I'd like to be spared the pain!

AmyK said...

I don't tan either--well, not any more than you do!
And I was a pale bride, too; I've never deliberately tanned before. I've never gone and had it "professionally" done or whatever. I've always embraced my pale skin as part of my Finnish heritage. If I were to go tanning, I'd feel like I was ignoring my heritage, and that's just silly.

That reminds me, too, that I need to pack the sunscreen today! We're going fishing and I'm likely to get burned without it!

Brittney Galloway said...

I've come to learn alot about sunscreen since I have been married! Ian is Scottish through and through, which means sun=more freckles or a burn! I'm mostly native american so I tan like there is no tomorrow, but I am a big advocate for sunscreen on a daily basis!

Anonymous said...

Hi Callie!
Your white skin has always looked so lovely, and you looked just beautiful at your wedding! I love the pictures you've been posting. I can't wait to see you soon!!

Katie Spinks said...

i have extremely fair skin too - although I dont burn general I dont tan either - Im always the whitest person in pictures so for my wedding I had a spray tan about 2 days before the wedding and I had a nice glow the day of the wedding... I totally would get one again

Kara @ Just1Step said...

Haha Dave just bought that Banana Boat 85!! His skin is crazy. He has to put on about 10 times as much sunscreen as I do.

I'm glad your pale wedding wish worked out. :)

Jenene said...

I too tried very hard not to tan before my summer wedding. And it worked! What's funny is that my mom tried her hardest to convince me to go tanning, which I thought was silly, and I told her over and over.

I have fair-er skin (not really pale) but I agree with you: I wanted to look like myself on my wedding day. And myself normally looks fair-ish.

AmyK said...

So, I had to come back to this post, because I think it's HILARIOUS that I commented and said how your post reminded me to bring sunscreen on our fishing trip.

I forgot.
And I got sunburned. Thumbs down for me, haha!

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