Natural Redheads are mutants. Yes, mutants. Being a geeky one, I personally find this awesome, but it wreaks havoc on our skin and hair and tempers and everything else, being said mutants. This article is hopefully going to offer some insight on what is different about you as a redhead, and how you can care for your skin as a result of those differences.
Skin cancer is a frightening possibility for many redheads, and those who refuse to acknowledge the existence of such a disease are putting themselves into the uppermost of the high-risk category of which they already belong. The large majority of of skin cancer patients are of Scandinavian, Scottish, and Northern European descent. The reasons for this seem to be because redhaired and fair-skinned people produce a small amount of melanin, a chemical released by the body that helps create pigment to protect itself from the sun's burning rays. People who have red hair, fair skin, freckles, and blue eyes who sunburn easily but rarely tan are at a greater risk for developing melanoma.
Redheads are paler, have pink "highlights" to their skin (so for example...parts that might be brown on the average human are pink on us, such as nipples! Yes, I said nipples.) We tend to have very dry, tender skin.
By the year 2000, many doctors proclaimed culture would associate a tan with ignorance. (Blonde bimbo joke anyone?)
So ladies...and gents, keep your lovely pale skin because it may save your life!
Use products that are free of added fragrances and dyes. These ingredients are the most common cause of skin irritation. Eating a diet full of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, along with green tea and soy extracts will help fight recent sun damage and internally protect from future damage.
Now, of course we could always use some help other than merely taking care of ourselves yes? A primary source of keeping the skin nice and moisturized, is Aloe Vera. I keep some on my desk at all times! The picture at the top is actually my desk...so as you can see, I wasn't fibbing. And yes, those are star wars books next to it, a redhead encyclopedia, and a Sith holocron. Geeky redhead all the way.
Nearly all redheads have sensitive skin, so gentle skin care products are a must. Twice-daily cleansing with a sulfate-free cleanser, alcohol-free toner and a daily moisturizer is essential for keeping fair skin calm, hydrated and for fighting redness. Once-a-week exfoliation with an enzyme-based product instead of grainy exfoliates will help to even out the skin and increase natural glow.
It cannot be stressed enough---daily use of sunscreen is absolutely vital for redheads. According to CBS News, researchers have found that the melanin in redheads is chemically different than that of other hair colors and raises the risk of skin cancer in redheads. A broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or better will help block most of the sun's rays. For those with very sensitive skin, physical sunscreens featuring non-chemical ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide will protect the skin with minimal irritation. Skin should be free of sunscreen at night.
Also, we have products made JUST FOR US! Check out the link below:
Just For Redheads Beauty Products
They even have skin cleansers, make-up, and hair products! I would check out the Redhead's Dream Sensitive Skin System and the Sun Protection sections for sure!
I am sure many of you have your own tips and remedies you would love to recommend, so please leave them in the comments below for us all to share in!
I will be coming up with some haircare tips and such in the near future, as well as some interesting scientific redhead facts to read up on in future postings. I hope this was helpful.
Girls Online Magazine: Beauty Tips and Tricks for Redheads
The Redhead Encyclopedia (Stephen Douglas)