As a teen, I remember using every sunny, summer day as a blessed tanning opportunity! I would run out to my backyard with a cold drink and a good mag, always thrilled at the opportunity to get more bronzed and beautiful! If I spent a short time, I would get a nice little glow. Sometimes I would sit out too long and burn….but no biggie! It always turned into a nice deep tan anyway, within a day or two. Well…flash forward 20+ years as I’m nearing 40…and my behavior on sunny days is err…quite different.
Noticing laugh lines and a whole lot of blotchy freckles on my collarbone and chest, I wonder how much of this is a result of my never ending quest for golden, sun-kissed skin. And more importantly, is there anything I could do about it?
According to Allure magazine’s The 10 Commandments of Anti-aging: “Liberally applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains both UVA and UVB protection every day is the single most important thing you can do to prevent sun damage and skin cancer.”
Good Housekeeping’s recent article Look 7 Years Younger advises protecting yourself from the sun as one of the best ways to stay young looking. This is because the sun accelerates aging and by age 40, the damage is done and quite visible in the form of wrinkles and sunspots.
It is a good idea to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen that contains UVA and UVB protection on a daily basis. This will certainly allow the skin to repair itself, to some extent, while preventing any more damage to the skin.
For women who would like to be even more proactive in their quest for beautiful skin, there are some very effective treatments that can help reverse the damage and peel off a few years. Laser rejuvenation is a spa treatment that works wonders on wrinkles and blotchy sunspots. If you are interested in learning more about laser rejuvenation, please contact us for a free consultation.
Wishing all of us health, happiness, and a pretty pallor! (Take inspiration from the long list of beauties including Emma Stone, Kristen Stewart, Pixie Lott and Gwen Stefani. Pale skin is in!)