Drinking, smoking, poor diet, bad genetics, etc.. are all contributing factors in aging our skin. However, did you know that SUN EXPOSURE is responsible for more than all these factors combined! Consider those UV rays to be kryptonite to your skin
If you don’t want to be nicknamed Leatherface avoid the sun like you would the plague. Or at the very least take precautions!
Statistics reveal that one out of five Caucasian women are literally addicted to going to the tanning salon at least once a week.
I have seen it with many people. At first, the golden glow is very pretty, until the freckles and wrinkles quickly catch up. Sadly, in a society that is based upon instant gratification, the problem becomes a temporary solution. Tanning covers the wrinkles and freckles yet causes further skin damage. It becomes a vicious cycle!
Donatella Versace a role model for sun avoidance!
This is Donatella naturally when she was younger, you can already see the premature aging on her face from prancing around in a bikini on the beaches of Miami. She’s not so bad looking in her youth.
I did a little photoshop experiment (shown below) to see how she really might have looked had she stayed inside that Versace mansion! Personally, I like the paler look on her than that yellowy orange.
Regrettably, Donatella transformed herself into a monster with excessive plastic surgery trying to recapture a youthful look destroyed by hours frying her skin.
The doctor who worked on her face should have been placed in front of a firing squad instead of taking his business to Lindsay Lohan!
Dr. “Fill my Pockets, I Fix your Wrinkles” saw her coming a mile away! Let me guess the surgical materials he acquired from the local discount drug store.
- Sewing needles
- A clothing iron
- A thick black eyeliner pencil
- Heavy concealer
- A strong prescription for valium to keep Donatella from ripping him into shreds when she saw herself in the mirror.
Donatella learned from her mistake. She went right back into the sun carrying a bottle of Coppertone!
Repairing Sun Damaged Skin
Okay, so you are not quite at Donatella’s level yet or you are rapidly approaching it. There is always hope. Here are some ideas to repair your skin unless you have enough money to cover it all up in Versace.
STOP TANNING! Whether the sun or a booth. You are fighting a losing battle! Use a sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher.
HYDRATE, moisturize, moisturize and moisturize some more … Advice from Oprah. We may not have her money, but aloe vera, honey, coconut oil or vitamin e oil will work!
EXFOLIATE! Discipline yourself into a weekly routine of ridding yourself of dead skin cells.
DRINK WATER AND EAT SALMON! Drench your skin internally with Omega 3 and plenty of water. Take multivitamins, eat nuts (not like nuts!).
READ DR. PERRICONE’S BOOK – The Wrinkle Cure. This man is an absolute genius who revolutionized the basics of skin repair. His products contain some of the most potent ingredients out there to maintain beautiful skin. Peptides, Vitamin C, DMAE, Retinol, Collagen, etc…
STOP SMOKING, STOP OR CUT DOWN ON THE DRINKING! Or accept having a bloated face and a wrinkled upper lip.
RETIN A. If you can afford it, get a prescription from your dermatologist.
WASH YOUR MAKEUP OFF YOUR FACE AT NIGHT! There are more damaging chemicals in makeup than you might think. Sucks when you are tired, but night time is when your skin needs time to breathe and this will keep your pores healthier.
DON’T WASH YOUR FACE WITH SOAP. Everyone has a different opinion about this. The chemicals are too harsh and will dry up your skin. You might as well use 99% rubbing alcohol as a face moisturizer!
GO EASY ON FACIAL FILLERS AND BOTOX! A moderate amount can look good! Overdone – you succeed in scaring your friends and family with a stretched shiny face that cannot show any emotions and just looks wrong. Be kind and don’t do this to people around you.
Recommended Products that are worth it!
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 16 oz $34.95
Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi-action Foam Cleanser/Purifying Mask, $25.81
Perricone M.D. – High Potency Classics – Nutritive Cleanser $23.34
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 100 $17.91
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Fluid Sunscreen $33.50
Be careful other there, you don’t want to be Lindsay Lohan at 25 being mistaken for Donatella at 56! And yes it that really did happen! A bunch of photographers frantically shot photos of Lindsay thinking she was Donatella!
Hopefully that scared you all enough to get on a disciplined skin care regime!
Lindsay, Lindsay, Lindsay… I think I also forgot to mention that SLEEP helps a lot as well!