9 Things No One With A Pale Complexion Wants To Hear, But Always Does

9 Things No One With A Pale Complexion Wants To Hear, But Always Does

Yes, the sun in my enemy and sunscreen is my best friend.
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Having fair skin can be both a blessing and a curse. Finding the perfect foundation match can be an absolute nightmare and going out in the sun without SPF 100 can be a death sentence. Even finding the perfect hair color is crucial in order to not make you look like a living corpse or completely washed out. While being fair skinned can be a real pain in the tush it also has some perks (you kind of look like an old-timey Disney princess without even trying).

With pros and cons aside here are some things that you should just never say to someone with a fair complexion.

1. "Hey, Casper!"

Yes, very original of you to call me a ghost. Very original.

2. "Your foundation looks a little too dark for you."

I got the lightest shade available and look like a pumpkin. I was really hoping you wouldn't notice.

3. "Do you, like, burn super easy in the sun?"

You bet your bottom dollar that I do!

4. "When was the last time you went outside?"

Really, Jessica? We're sitting outside right now. How about you answer this one.

5. "Have you tried a spray tan?"

Self-tanning lotions, gels, creams, spray tans and just plain old tanning oil. I've tried it all my dude. I've tried it all to no avail.

6. "Haha, look at my arm compared to yours. I'm like three shades darker!"

Yes, we are two different people with two different skin tones. Very very good. Proud of you.

7. "Are you feeling OK? You look a little pale."

Oh, yeah I'm fine. That's just my face.

8. "Do you ever just wish you were tan?"

Only every time the sun it's May through August.

9. "You actually really make the whole pale look work."

Oh, gee.. .thank you. I've lived my whole life to hear someone finally say that.

Cover Image Credit: Cassidy Burger

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Digestive Issues And Food Intolerances Turned My Life Upside Down At 17

For as long as I could remember, I was never a picky eater.

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For as long as I could remember, I was never a picky eater. I liked most foods and didn't have any allergies or intolerances. I was a "normal" kid who could eat whatever I wanted. That all changed when I turned 17.

A few months before my 17th birthday, I got food poisoning and felt awful for two weeks. I didn't want to eat anything, as I feared it would make me sick again. Over the next two months, I lost 20 lbs because I had almost stopped eating entirely. I was afraid that I would become ill again.

I went to my pediatrician's office and after a series of tests, they said that I was just "stressed-out" and that I would return to normal soon.

(As I write this article, four years later, I can attest that things would not be normal soon.)

I eventually was able to eat semi-regularly again, but I definitely was not the same. I began having problems eating a lot of foods that I had loved before. As a self-described carb-a-holic, I loved bread, crackers, and pretzels. I could no longer eat any of these.

But they weren't the only things I couldn't eat.

I had problems consuming apples, frosting, milk, burgers, pasta, chicken, soups, bagels, hoagies, pancakes, tea, and much more.

I needed help, however, I was discouraged after my pediatrician had blamed my problems on stress and said: "it's all in her head."

I continued living my life in fear of how my body would react to food. My symptoms were sometimes consistent, but other times were completely unpredictable.

I began eating mostly gluten-free and carried various "upset-stomach pain medications" to help fix how I felt when I ate.

I continued living like this until this past May, the end of my freshman year of college.

I felt that my quality of life wasn't the same as my peers who didn't have to constantly worry about what they ate.

I made an appointment with an Allergist, who ran tests for various food allergies.

They came back negative.

Once again, I felt as if my problems and experiences weren't taken seriously. My allergist suggested that I may not have allergies, but food sensitivities and intolerances. I was diagnosed with gluten, shellfish and lactose intolerances. (Most allergies and intolerances are developed in a person's 20s and 30s.)

She also referred me to a Gastroenterologist who eventually diagnosed me with acid reflux and a chronic digestive disorder, as well as various food intolerances.

After years of waiting, I had finally had an answer from doctors who took my symptoms and more importantly me seriously.

So you may ask, "Why did you want to put all of this out on the internet for all to see?"

My experience is an example of the importance of advocation. Without advocating for my health and well-being, I'd still be living my life in fear of how my body would react to what I ate.

I now know what foods I can and can't eat, how to manage my pain and live a healthy lifestyle without hurting my body.

If you believe something is wrong with your body, advocate for yourself. Find someone who will believe you and actually listen to your concerns.

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