‘No amount of photo editing can help you’, and other realities you must accept when you’re the pale friend
Everyone wants to stand next to you in the group photos
We all know the feeling. You get back from a holiday, you see your friends and they squeal ‘ooh have you even been away?’. It’s no wonder the self-tanning industry is thought to be worth as much as $1bn.
My pale, pale friends, there are certain realities of having melanin-deficient skin we have all come to terms with.
You will be teased for carrying suncream, when it is not deemed necessary by normal people
Yes, I’m aware it’s only seven degrees, but the sun will push through that and I will get burnt.
If you're ever feeling down remember that when it's 7 degrees, your pale friend whacks out the factor 50 sun cream ? pic.twitter.com/vB0QQjntxT
— han (@hanbywater) March 15, 2017
Spending every day in the shade when you and your friends go on a pool holiday
You will while away your days playing uno with the other pale ones. You gave sunbathing a go on the first day but realised it’s not hugely worth it without the end result of a tan. You are just getting hot and sweaty, risking getting burnt and you have to spend 45 minutes ensuring equal suncream coverage. Pass.
When you're the pale friend and have to sit in the shade to avoid getting burnt pic.twitter.com/tfRCTeetqK
— Abby Ahrens (@abbyahrens22) May 24, 2015
When the outline of your pale frame is imprinted into people’s retinas
Honestly, people shield their eyes as you walk past them on the beach.
Every photo on your phone is taken in ‘transfer’
Wooooo holiday OK let me just edit that a bit.
People will use you as a way to make their pale friend feel better
Case in point:
Thank you to the girl who comforted her pale friend by "subtly" pointing at me and whispering "you're not pale. That's pale" ???
— Chlo (@_chloepaige) March 13, 2017
Your mum tells you you’ll have ‘such lovely skin’ when you’re her age
Well I better.
No makeup is pale enough
The girl at the counter says ‘no no, you need ivory’. You try it and you’re still too pale.
When you're the pale friend pic.twitter.com/y8o8YGEQjS
— kathi (@kathifrufoo) February 9, 2017
Losing your fake tan on holiday is comparable to losing your passport
As far as Facebook knows, you never even went on holiday. You’ve dodged and dived your way out of every picture.
When it’s day five and everyone is repping their tan and you are just repping arm freckles
And you are paler than when you left because your fake tan has worn off
But you sit in the sun and pretend it will make any difference anyway, covered from head to two in 50+spf.
People get tired of you asking them to reapply suncream
‘Am I burnt? Am I burnt yet? How about now?’
Everyone wants to stand next to you in the group pics
‘Hey, come here. Quick!’ The shutter sound goes off and you’re standing there thinking, ‘how nice, Becca wants to stand next to me’. Then it dawns on you. They were all fighting over you because you make them look more tanned. You’ve been fooled.
You ruin the exposure on the pictures
That awkward moment when you're the pale friend pic.twitter.com/vDSzb947dR
— Sarah Bourke (@Truth_0r_Sar) June 2, 2014
Instagram filters are your only hope
Come on Hefe, you’ve got this.
That sometimes you’re more blue-gray than white
You worry for your health occasionally. You’re checked for anemia and, sure, you probably have it.
Even the tanning salons are bullying you
Don’t forget to book in your spray tan done in the comfort of your own home and avoid being the pale friend for… https://t.co/4MeHvKnvKp
— Salon Secret (@SalonSecret) February 12, 2017
The kimono will be your best friend
It stays firmly covering your shoulders, saving you from sunstroke and sunburn.
And you constantly check everyone around you isn’t burnt
Come here I’ll put some cream on your shoulders, they look a bit pink.
You then have a go at whoever put cream on your shoulders for not doing it properly
You can never use too much. You will punish them by forcing them to apply aftersun every five minutes.
Even though you told them you ‘don’t burn’
‘I’m really careful with cream and stay in the shade a lot. I just stay the same colour.’
When your iPhone camera can’t handle your paleness
THE GLOW. IT’S BLINDING.
— Airika (@erica__miller) August 19, 2015
Pretending to enjoy the sun when it comes out
Ah yay, summer, great *looks for shade to hide in*.
james wants me to take a sun bed with him, does he not realise my Irish skin will sizzle!!
— erin (@erin_gibbons_) March 27, 2017
And you ruin all the holiday pics with your whiteness
Jus’ me being super pale.