YOUR ETHNICITY: English; Scandinavian; Northern European; East Asian
YOUR SKIN ISSUES: Ageing and rosacea
Pale skin’s thin dermal collagen layer shows signs of ageing faster than other ethnicities. “Think of collagen as scaffolding,” says skin specialist Dr Terry Luong. “Without it, wrinkles and fine lines appear.” Paler skin types have a naturally low level of SPF. Your skin’s response? To produce pigment (read: sun damage). Cute freckles when you’re young, less adorable dark spots when you’re old. Porcelain complexion? Layer your sunscreen (yes, even in winter) with vitamin C. “It brightens, protects against sun damage and promotes collagen production,” says dermatologist Dr Rachael Eckel. Just call it skin surance. Your other issue is rosacea, which is where the blood vessels of the skin enlarge due to inflammation on the surface. Cue rosy cheeks, large pores, rough skin and spots. It’s genetic, but excess oil can make it worse, so thorough cleansing is essential. The good news is that pale skin types can be more aggressive with treatments such as lasers and peels, as they’re less prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. So feel free to blast away for a fitter, healthier (and more radiant) face.