I often get asked how I take care of my skin, and I'm going to share my secret.
Just so you know how well it works, here's a photo of me at the beach, complete with sunglasses and killer tan:
Well, not exactly a killer tan. Not actually ANY tan. And I should add that this photo was taken on the last day of week at the beach.
Actually, my skin WILL tan. My ancestry is mixed--along with my English and Irish ancestry, I'm also 1/32 Cherokee. So I wouldn't have to be a paleface. I choose to be a paleface.
Since I'm in my late 40's, people often ask me if I have any anti-aging secrets. My #1 secret? Sunscreen. Not just when I'm at the beach, but every single day I use a moisturizer containing a good sunscreen.
Here's the sunscreen I use--recommended to me by my dermatologist:
It's inexpensive but very effective. It's a great moisturizer plus sunscreen. In addition to a chemical sunscreen, it contains micronized zinc, which provides a physical barrier to sun. It's good stuff, although it's very, very white. It goes on just a little pasty-looking.
Then one day I was about to throw away an "empty" bottle of my foundation make-up. It wasn't completely empty, of course--there was a good bit of foundation left clinging to the sides and bottom of the bottle. So instead of throwing away the bottle, I filled it with my sunscreen. Then I shook and shook and shook. Upon opening the bottle, I discovered that it still the contents still weren't thoroughly mixed, so I used a Q-tip and stirred it. Then I shook some more.
And presto! I had moisturizing sunscreen tinted just the right color for me!
I wrote an "M" on the bottle to distinguish my tinted moisturizer from my regular foundation. Some days, of course, I don't even need to use foundation, especially since my tinted moisturizer is just the right color for my skin.
So how about you? Do you use sunscreen? Do you have any anti-aging tips to share? Do tell!