What is pasty skin? 

pasty skin type

There are so many types of skin tones out there, beige, Italian skin tone, olive skin tone and many more. Figuring out how to identify or to distinguish one from the other can be a great challenge, especially when you are a beginner. 

Pasty skin, in particular, is one of the least common types of skin. While it is normal to be born with pale skin, there are some cases in which pasty skin is recognized as a sign of a medical problem.

That being said, it is very important for you to know your skin type. “But, just how is it important?” you may ask.

Well, have you ever gone through a situation where you are trying so hard to take care of your skin by using different (and even expensive) products but your skin just doesn’t seem to reciprocate? If yes, then you might have been using the right products for the wrong skin. 

The point is, once you know your skin type, you are able to know how to take care of it and identify the right products that will suit your skin. 

So, let’s get back to the subject at hand.   

Do you have pasty skin? Want to know more about its appearance and how you can take care of it? If so, you have come to the right place. 

In this article, we will tell you all you need to know about identifying pasty skin and some of the factors that can cause pasty skin. 

Also, if you want to know about some face and body products, particularly skin toners and vitamin C serums that are available in the market for you to try out, including those that work with pasty skin. 

So, what is pasty skin?

Pasty skin (also known as pallor skin tone) is when you have light skin that is lighter than normal skin in terms of color and hue. In simple terms, it is a pale complexion. 

As we said before, a lot of people are born with this type of skin, and it is very normal. However, having this skin type can also be due to a number of reasons, like:

Lack of enough exposure to the sun

When you are getting enough sunlight, your pale skin tends to have a little dark color to it- because sunlight stimulates the production of melanin. When you are keeping yourself away from the sun, your skin will naturally start to lose its dark complexion. Other reasons are 

  • Albinism
  • Anemia
  • Vitiligo
  • Melanin Deficiency
  • Other various infections

At the end of the day, no matter what skin color you have, you can still have pasty skin, even dark-skinned people. 

So, how can I handle Pasty Skin?

If you are born with pale skin, your skin is fine- accept it the way it is. It’s your skin and if you won’t love it, then you will lose your confidence in it. You don’t want that, do you?

On the plus side, pale skin is said to be very attractive, especially if you can take care of it well, by developing a skin care routine as well as using the right products, some of which will be explained below.

However, if you feel like you just need to boost a little more color to your pale complexion, try these ways:


  • Sun Exposure


Remember when we said that sunlight boosts your melanin production? Well, the body naturally responds to sunlight by producing melanin. 

Once you have that darker complexion, the melanin in your skin will be able to filter out some of the sun’s harmful rays. Also, when you get exposed to the sun, your body is benefiting from vitamin D. 


  • Get enough sleep


Having enough sleep is very essential to your health. When you sleep, your body automatically repairs and produces new skin cells. This is why we naturally heal faster when we sleep longer.

When you develop the habit of staying up every night, you are putting yourself at a risk of having health problems such as low blood pressure and anemia

To look at it from another perspective, more sleep means good health and good health means long life. 


  • Eat foods that are rich in Iron


When it comes to improving your skin color, iron is one of the most important minerals. When you eat foods that contain enough iron, you are enabling your body to create more red blood cells and hemoglobin.

In case you didn’t know, about 70% of your red blood cells are made of iron, hence the need to maintain the level.

As such, I suggest that you eat more foods like nuts, seeds, beans as well as vegetables. These are rich in iron that will improve your skin complexion in the long run.

Improving your Skin’s health (with Vitamin C Serums and Skin Toners)

Now that we have defined pasty skin and covered a few ways that you can deal with it, this section will mainly look at some products that you can use on your skin, particularly skin toners and Vitamin C serums. 


Top 10 Best Vitamin C Serums For Pasty Skin Tones

Caring for pasty skin tone is a full-time job! fake tan, sunscreens and above all, Vitamin C is an essential mineral that can help safeguard ppallor skin types while also removing impurities on your pasty skin as well as improve your skin texture (among other benefits). Here are the top 10 best Vitamin C serums that we have selected for you. 

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic 

This product is, by far, the best Vitamin C serum of all time. It is known for minimizing skin pores and giving you deep antioxidant treatment while preventing any skin damage. 

Also, it keeps the skin moisturized through the day and leaves you with a refreshing smell. It is for these reasons why the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic made it in first place on this list.

Jan Marini C –ESTA Face Serum

This is one of the products that come with a combination of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid, both of which aid in providing anti-ageing benefits , such as reducing fine lines.

Also, it is known for leaving the skin feeling soft and hydrated. As such, it is a great product for people of all skin types, even the Caramel skin.


SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex

The SkinMedica comes with great age-reversing benefits as well as UV damage-fighting capabilities, which may come in handy in the summer season.  

For this product, I suggest that you introduce it into your skin care routine as you will achieve best results in the long run. Despite that, it will keep your skin hydrated for longer.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum

The C-Firma, as the name suggest, maintains the firmness of the skin when you apply it. Also, it comes with a natural formula, so it is less likely to give you irritations.

On top of that, it gives you visible results in just two weeks or so, depending on the extent of your spots.

Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster

The Paula’s choice booster made on this list for a few reasons, one of them being that it enhances the benefits that you would get from a normal serum- I mean, the name does states that it is a booster.

That being said, use this product only when you have another serum in your daily routine.

 Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Brightening Serum

Known for its maximum benefits as an antioxidant, this particular serum was designed to clean the impurities in your pores, remove excess oils on your skin while keeping the skin soft and plump.

Besides that, this serum reduces the appearance of black spots, wrinkles and fine lines, making you look younger.



iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus


For people that are struggling with acne or your simply have very sensitive and unresponsive skin, say hello to this serum.

Containing a blend of zinc sulfate, kojic acid, Vitamin E & A, this product was formulated to give you the best protection against radical damage and calm irritated skin.



Eminence Organic Skin Care Citrus and Kale Potent C + E Serum


Because of the presence of natural ingredients like kale, broccoli sprout and spinach extracts, the Eminence organic skin care serum is considered to be a vegan treatment for your face.

It also combines the power of vitamin C and Vitamin E to help repair any damage to the skin while stimulating growth of new skin cells to replace the dead ones.



IMAGE Skincare VITAL C Hydrating Anti-ageing Serum


The IMAGE skincare serum is a very powerful antioxidant that, besides hydrating your skin, will give you the benefits of reducing your fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. This means that the more you use the product, the more your skin will look plump, giving you a younger look in the long run.

On top of that, it contains green tea and resveratrol, both of which are rich antioxidants that work on diminishing any black spots, thereby promoting a younger appearance.



Dr Dennis Gross Skincare C + Collagen Brighten And Firm Serum


Formulated with an ingredient called niacinamide, this serum by Dr Dennis basically helps in re-building the skin’s protective barrier, keeping you safe from the sun’s UV rays.

Also, it combines the power of vitamin c and amino acids that work to brighten your skin tone while diminishing any signs of ageing such as wrinkles.


Top 10 Best Skin Toners For Pellor White Skin

Pixi Glow Tonic

Here is a product that is known to provide effective results and which, I might add, won the Teen Vogue Acne Awards in 2017.

The Pixi glow Tonic removes dead skin cells while stimulating the growth of new skin cells to replace them.

Also, besides the glycolic acid (5%), it contains botanical extracts and it is alcohol free, making it perfect for all skin types (especially acne-prone skin)

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence Moisturising Toner

This toner, manufactured by Tata Harper, has a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which ia very essential for giving antioxidant benefits to your skin. 

It also works on reducing the appearance of post-acne skin conditions like black spots and scarring, while preventing the occurrence of another break out.

AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Toner

For those that have acne-prone skin or oily skin, here is a product that will change your life. The treatment toner removes excess oils from your skin without stripping the skin of its natural oils

Also, it reduces redness, black spots and it is the best product that you can use to calm irritated skin.

Sisley Paris Floral Spray Mist

While this may be a different form of toner than what we may be used to, a mist is an ideal way to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.

You can literary take this spray with you at work, so that your skin doesn’t dry out when you are working all day

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2

Recommended by a dozen dermatologists and having been tested over 7,200 times, the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 was clearly designed to love your skin. 

It is said to keep skin moisturized while acting as a gentle exfoliator, thereby keeping the pores clean and reduced in size.

On top of that, it works wonders on your skin, regardless on your ski texture.

Dickinson Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner.

Enriched with vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, this formula is great for all skin types, while it was particularly designed for people that have dry skin, which needs to be hydrated more often.

Also, it contains witch hazel extracts that keep your skin clean, feeling fresh and moisturized every time you apply it.

Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Toner

Another product that contains the refreshing ingredient, witch hazel, is this clarifying toner by Dr. Hauschka. It was formulated for people with oily skin

It is said to soothe inflammations that come due to acne swells and reduces the after effect of acne (the scarring and blemishes)

La Mer The Tonic

The La Mer skin toner is enriched with marine extracts that hydrate your skin, refresh it, and create a cooling effect.

On top of that, it is free of parabens, Phthalate and sulfate- making this product suitable for all skin types.

Milk Makeup Matcha Toner

Here is another product that is suitable for all skin types. The Milk Makeup Matcha toner is probably one of the few toners that come in a concealed gel formula.

Besides the matcha green tea, it contains kombucha as well as cactus extracts. As if that’s not enough, this product is free of Soy, cruelty, talc, parabens and sulfates.

Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner

For people that have dry and sensitive skin, you need a tonner that will be gentle on your skin to avoid irritating it. The Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner fits the perfect description.

It also contains licorice extracts and peony water, which go a long way to brighten your skin tone while keeping your skin soft and smelling great.

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