A Pale Girl’s Guide to Summer Skin Care

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SUMMER!  There is nothing like the warmth of the sun and fresh air to help you relax and clear your mind. Getting outdoors…whether to bask in the sun, picnic at the beach, check out the sights in a new city or exercise…is what I love about the summer months. 

However, being rather pale, the sun and I don’t always have the best relationship!  I burn easily, I get heat rash (yeah!!) and I overheat easily. Summer skin care is super important for us pale girls.   🙂  If you are like me, here are some tips to help you put your best skin forward over the coming months. These tips will help you to beautify your skin from the inside and out.

Don’t Overdo It!

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While spending 8 solid hours at the beach sounds heavenly, it is best to ease your way into the sun. A few hours, especially early in the season may be all you can handle. Don’t overdo it in the sun.

Wear Hats!

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There are a lot of adorable floppy summer hats out there to choose from. There is no excuse for not having one. A large brimmed hat will keep your head cool, protect your face, shoulders and eyes and keep the top of your head from burning.  I also always wear a cap when running or hiking in the summer months.

Drink H20!


This is a great habit to have year round, but it is even more important in the summer. Staying hydrated is just so important. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go and keep sipping throughout the day. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. I find that by adding a few slices of lemon or lime to my water I drink a lot more. If you are tired of water, try unsweetened lemon green ice tea.


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The most critical aspect of summer skin care is to wear sunscreen. Whether you plan to be in the sun for 15 minutes or 5 hours, it is so important to use sunscreen to protect your skin. Skin cancer is no joke!

I am loving the New Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen Pump. It is so lightweight that you can barely feel it on. It doesn’t leave that greasy feel on you either. Also, it totally smells like summer!

Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation to protect against the sun’s harmful rays, Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and it is available in SPF 30 (which is what I use).

Cover it Up!

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Don’t head to the beach without a cover up. Limiting your direct exposure to the sun is helpful in preventing burns. Personally, I find that a cover up also helps to cool me down. Make sure your cover up actually covers you!  Don’t pick one with spaghetti straps because you need to cover your shoulders and chest.

Eat Right!


Your summer skin care routine should include eating right.  There are so many abundant fruits and vegetables in the summer months. Eating right will help to give your skin a healthy glow. You will be amazed to see how closely healthy skin and healthy eating are linked.

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More Tips!

  • Applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Re-applying your sunscreen every two hours and more often if you have been sweating.
  • Keep sunscreen in your purse, at work and in your car. You never know when you will need it.

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What Else?

For your face try Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Face Lotion. It moisturizes with a lightweight feel. Also try some after-sun products to soothe and moisturize skin that has been exposed to the sun.

Scrub it Off!

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Exfoliating your skin helps to give you a healthy glow. This homemade pineapple sugar scrub smells amazing, leaves your skin so incredibly soft and gently exfoliates without irritating. The best part is that it is so easy to make and it lasts for a few weeks.

sugar scrub

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Pineapple Sugar Scrub
  1. 1 1/2 Cups cane sugar
  2. 1/2 Cup coconut oil
  3. 1/2 Pineapple
  1. Blend the pineapple until smooth.
  2. Add coconut oil and continue to blend until well incorporated.
  3. Transfer pineapple-coconut mixture to a bowl.
  4. Mix in sugar, adding more until desired consistency is achieved.
  1. Store your scrub in the fridge to keep it fresh for a few weeks.
xoxoBella https://xoxobella.com/
I found my Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen and some other beach essentials at my local Target store. Look for it in the cosmetics section.

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  • I relate to this so much! Being pale and getting sun in the summer aren’t exactly two things that go together! Great tips, I’ll definitely have to try out that scrub!


  • Great tips! I can’t summer is two weeks away, where has the time gone? I’ll definitely have to try that scrub out.

  • Alli Smith

    I’ve been using Hawaiian Tropic tanning products for years. I can hardly wait to grab the new Silk Hydration. And that smell . . . yum! Great photos too!

  • Jenny Austin Finney

    I have a hard time finding myself drinking water ( I know, everyone needs to), but I have found, that if I added cucumber and such to my water, I am more apt to drink it. I am definitely going to have to try that Pineapple Scrub!

    • I find having a cute water bottle help me drink for water hehe!! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Mish

    Pale or not pale, these tips are definitely musts! I live in a tropical country and I can’t leave home without putting on sunblock. I am not sure if we have Hawaiian Tropic here, but it looks like something I should try!

  • Courtney Drew

    YES! Sunscreen is so important, whether you are pale or not! Great post, I love the hat!

  • I’m super pale and these pretty much hit all of the bases!


  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    I am super pale and have such a hard time in the summer. This is very helpful! I am loving that pineapple scrub, I love making my own scrubs but I’ve yet to do pineapple!

  • Anna Hubbard

    Fellow pale girl over here! You shared amazing tips on how to keep pale skin safe out in the sun. I love your hat and swimsuit!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • LoriPace

    This is an excellent post with excellent tips that we all need, pale or not! Thank you so much! (client)

  • So many great tips that EVERYONE should take into consideration. I wish I cared more about applying sunscreen when I was younger. And a hat is definitely a must when out in the sun.

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  • Meghan Conard

    Great tips for being sun-safe this summer! I will admit when I was younger I was so foolish about SPF and my skin shows it! The past few years I have become a sunscreen nazi haha! Definitely agree with having a good hat & coverup too! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

    • I always wear tons of sun screen I’m always so scared to burn!! I hope you have a lovely weekend thank you!

  • I can so relate to this post!! I have the most sensitive skin and in the summer I have to take good care of it. Thanks for sharing your tips!! Love that swimsuit!

    xo Lacey

  • linda spiker

    As a fellow pale girl I love this! My face looks great but my arms and chest suffered. I appreciate summer skincare as long as it is safe and non toxic!

  • Candy Kage

    Hope everyone reads and take your advice for keeping healthy skin. Love the hat!

  • Chrishelle Ebner

    This should be any girls guide to summer skin care. Young girls need to be mindful of how the skin will affect their skin later in life. Love the sugar scrub recipe too.

  • I am so pale too! Great tips and you look amazing.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • These are some great tips and I love the idea of a homemade scrub. Looks like something great to make!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Your photos are gorgeous! And I love the recipe for the sugar scrub — making a note to test it out!

  • Lovely photos, I really like the straw hat!


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  • Michelle mink

    I try to always make sure that i have a hat and sunscreen with me. I love the pineapple scrub, can’t wait to try it out.

  • WhatWouldVWear

    Such a great post, Bella! I couldn’t agree more: Taking care of your skin is important! Need to check out Hawaiian Tropic, oh, and you look STUNNING!
    Love these beach pics!

    Happy Weekend, love!

    xoxo, Vanessa


  • I love this! I used to lay in the sun for hours, but for the last several years now I have been trying to take much better care of my skin. It is so important!

  • I want to get a floppy hat for our honeymoon! 🙂 Love Hawaiian Tropic products.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • Jessie

    What a great post! Myself, I tend to be rather pale too, so these tips will come handy. Thanks for sharing!

  • These are great tips for people with pale skin for sure!

  • Love this post! Summer skin care for us pale ladies is vital. I am super careful to always apply sunscreen when I’m outdoors because a sunburn can put a damper on your fun real quick.

    xo Gennifer

  • You look adorable, Bella! This post was certainly meant for me too! I’m literally see through— aghhh! Thanks for your tips!

    xo, Jennifer

    • Hahah I feel ya Jennifer!!! yay for pale girls lol!
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Great tips and your photo in this post are amazing.

  • I wear sunprotection on my face all year long. And honestly it is the best beauty tip I followed! Great pics as always!

  • I love the smell of Hawaiian Tropic products. I’m super pale and I’ve been itching to go to the beach, going to use sunscreen + a giant hat. Maybe an umbrella too. Have a great summer!

    xoxo, Sam | thehauntedhousewife.com

  • Carrie Colbert

    Summer skincare is so important! Great post, Bella.



  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are all great summer skin care tips. It is so important to stay hydrated and to make sure to use sunscreen. This Pineapple Sugar Scrub I am going to have to try for sure. Thanks for the tips and recipe.

  • Miss ALK

    Your bathing suit is ADORABLE!!

    xoxo A

  • Aww, these pictures are just dreamy! I agree that eating well is important and those strawberry popsicles look delicious! <3

  • I am pale skinned too and couldn’t agree more with easing into the sunshine and having suncreen handy in lots of places. Your floppy hat is so cute!

  • I don’t have pale skin, completely opposite but I also use Hawaiian Tropic products. I live in a high altitude city and need all the sun protection I can get.

  • Megan Elford

    I have pale skin too, and going from a cold winter to a sunny summer is just murder on it! I have to be so careful. I’ve already burned this year, even though I applied sunscreen. Lesson learned: always reapply sunscreen after the recommended time!

    • I reapply so much, I also get really bad head rash too so i have to be careful!!

  • Patricia Conte

    I’m super pale (and live in AZ!!) so these are great tips to remember! Love that sugar scrub!

  • From a fellow pale girl I loved all your tips!

  • Love all of these tips, Bella. I am a rather pale girl myself so I have the same problems as you. The hat is a must for be when I am at the beach!


  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Yes!! These are all great. I completely agree. As a pale girl, I do all of these.

  • Heather Stone Brodbeck

    Thank you for sharing the Pineapple Sugar scrub, I love the scent of pineapple and using scrubs. I am pale as well, so thank you for all your tips! Plus love that water bottle

  • Yes! I am being extra careful about sunscreen this year and so far it’s working out really well for me. Also, this pineapple scrub sounds HEAVENLY. Must have it. Must not eat it. hahaha

  • kage

    Great tips, with these, people will have a great summer while staying protected. Even us tanner folks forget this sometimes so definitely going to follow these ^_^

  • Ashley

    These are great tips! I am in love with your cute suit too!! Definitely need to try that pineapple scrub.

    xo Ashley

  • We forget how intense the sun can be sometimes.Great tips onlooking after your self in the sun. The scrum recipe looks great.

  • Great tips! I’m totally trying that exfoliating scrub!

  • Ashley Kessler

    Yes a hat is a must! I’m extremely fair skinned and my face is the first to burn always.

  • Eloise Maoudj Riley

    love the tips… I must ask where you were in the photos… it looks so peaceful and beautiful there! I really want to try the pineapple scrub, just don’t sit by a dog when applying it to your face, unless you want a facial massage with a dogs tongue (maybe that’s good for your skin too?!) someone should look into that…just kidding!

    • I live in Canada, Its at a lake called Hayward!! and hahaha thats so fun!

  • You listed some great tips. Also love the details on your bikini! 🙂

  • Kristin Thompson

    These are such good tips! I am super, super fair skinned so I am extra careful about sun protection!

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  • Karin Rambo

    Wherever you are swimming at is gorgeous!! It reminds me a little bit of the North Shore here in Minnesota. 🙂

  • Tamara Goyette

    A good hat, and cover up are a must! I am destined to freckles and being as a red as a lobster.

  • Angelle Marix

    Love all of these tips!! A big hat and sunscreen is a must!! I have learned that the hard way. Love the scrub. I will have to make it.


  • Violette

    Great tips! It’s so important to take care about our skin during summer!


  • What I want to know is where your hat is from and love your doughnut float! I have one! Also its always important to wear sunscreen!

  • Subhadrika Sen

    I like your hat. I have one but its not that big and nice. but works for me even then :P; I have a very sensitive and oily skin so with summers i have to take extra care of it. I usually drink water, try to walk in the shadows of buildings ; eat lots of fresh fruit, and I use a sunscreen serum. I cant use normal sunscreen because most of them have an oily base which is no good for me.

  • ThisKenyanTraveler

    I need that hat. I love it. I always have to remind myself to wear sunscreen. You look amazing. Thanks for the tips

  • MJ

    Sunscreen is an absolute must for me. I forgot to apply some a few days ago and needed up with sunburn on my eye lids of all places.

    • Oh my thats not good!! Hope it doesn’t hurt to much and thank you so much!

  • strangedaze

    I just love this post. Your photos are adorable – I adore that hat you have! And the scrub looks so delightful! I’m going to try it.

  • This is so important! Especially the big floppy hat, because you can’t put sunscreen on the top of your head!

    Chow Down USA

  • A coverup that protects shoulders is definitely the way to go! I love that floppy hat with the writing on it!

  • Jennifer Borget

    Your photos are adorable! The sun has not always been my friend, so it’s nice to pick up a few tricks that can make my summer a little easier!:)

  • Janella Panchamsingh

    These photos are so nice and bright. I love it

  • suchi

    beautiful pics!!! and loved the pineapple scrub!!!

  • HAHA! I love the title of this post! I’m a pale girl, for sure – I BURN in the sun! I love that pineapple scrub, too. I am going to make that this weekend!

  • Amy

    So important to take care of your skin in the summer time! I’ve been super fortunate and my skin doesn’t burn that easily, *knocks on wood*.

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Very important tips which we all should take seriously. Great that you mentioned also that we shouldn’t forget to drink enough water and eat properly. Sun screen is super important. My cousin just made a research about harming sun rays. We all love su but have to be careful not to get burnt.

  • You take the best photos! What a lovely post about skin care (and it is important to take care of our skin!)

  • Renate Hjallen Leknes

    This was such a lovely post! As a redhead I know the struggle of pale skin 😛 Btw, your photos are amazing! What camera and lens are you using?

  • Anamika Ojha

    Beautiful post to welcome summer! I totally believe that proper skincare, right food and lots of water is important for a beautiful skin. I love your pictures!

  • This looks like a dream! I wish I was there! I totally agree that proper skincare, keeping hydrated and applying sunscreen regularly are the keys to surviving the summer!

  • Great post. I am all over that Pineapple Sugar Scrub, “Oh My” That is something I can make myself. Thanks a ton for sharing. Now, I think I am in need of sum lemon spiked water. 😉

  • This is such an important read for any woman! I tan very easily and my friends think I don’t have to wear sunscreen because of that but I wear it everyday!

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  • Love this guide to being careful in the sun, I can totally relate! Right now I am loving big sun hats for any trips to the beach or pool!
    xo Nan // Simply Elegant Blog