Many people consider tanned or olive skin to be a symbol of beauty; however, the porcelain doll look has been popular for centuries in Asian countries and is now considered equally beautiful. Particularly with concerns about skin cancer and sun damage, rosy white skin is a beauty goal we all should reach for. A few tips can help.

Protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun by applying a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 on a daily basis, even on overcast days. If you sweat or wash your face, reapply your sunscreen. There are a number of products available on the market which contain fewer oils and will not effect your complexion.

Whiten your skin by making an exfoliating facial mask with gentle bleaching properties. Place part of a cucumber in a blender. The amount of cucumber you use will depend on how much mask you would like to make. Keep in mind that the mask will only last about 2 days when refrigerated.

Add a squeeze of lemon juice to the blender and blend until smooth. If you have oily skin, you can use the juice of an entire lemon, which will not only help to lighten skin, it will also cleanse and exfoliate, leaving your skin clear of acne and naturally rosy. If you are prone to dry skin, start with a small amount of lemon juice, adding a bit each time until you find the amount that suits your skin type.

Place the mixture in a bowl and add flour a bit at a time, stirring well. Add enough flour that the mixture takes on a pasty consistency. The flour not only helps you to spread your mask, it also has gentle whitening effects.

Apply the mask evenly to your face and allow to set for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water and patting dry. You can use this mask daily to lighten skin and give you glowing, rosy cheeks.

Improve your skin tone and get a natural rosy complexion by taking supplements of Vitamin C and Vitamin E daily. Vitamin C and E are high in antioxidants, helping your body to repair and replenish your skin. Always follow the manufacturer's directions for dosage information.