If you’re a Millennial then you probably remember very well this sage advice from Baz Luhrman: Wear Sunscreen. The actual lyrics are borrowed from an essay written by Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune.
As I get older, I’ve become more and more determined to age gracefully… spiritually, mentally, and physically. That last part is an especially tough one, but I can definitely point to a few things that have helped me to maintain my youthful appearance thus far. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
One of them is abstaining from soda and chemically-laden foods and beverages. Aside from trying to shop mostly on the edge of the supermarket where fresh items turn over frequently and change with the seasons, I drink mostly water, and indulge in wine, coffee, tea on occasion. With the exception of wine, I try to avoid the bottled version of everything else either out of concern for the environmental impact (water bottle waste) or the health impact (full of unnecessary additives, preservatives, and sugar). As a result, alcohol or processed/packaged juices and beverages are definitely more rare in my diet (maybe only a couple of times per month). I can’t even remember the last time I drank a soda.
Another is an intentional limitation of my sun exposure. My father lives in south Florida and loves to tease me about my lack of tanned skin despite living so close to the beach in California. He cannot fathom why I am not a bronzed goddess at all times. The answer is that any satisfaction I might get from sunning myself like a lizard is generally not worth the price I’ll likely pay with premature aging later on. Although I’m not opposed to cosmetic fillers or procedures, I’ve yet to undergo any kind of cosmetic wrinkle reduction procedure myself. I generally credit my avoidance of the sun and my daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen for that. It may seem silly, but I even have cute little driving gloves to protect my hands on super sunny days in the car.
I get it. Some people don’t want to embrace a pale look because darker skin tone can offer a slight slimming effect, hide skin or vein imperfections, and combined with a dewey complexion it can be very fetching. But make no mistake, there is such a thing as too tan.
When I do want to appeal more to my Mediterranean roots, I opt for the spray-on, tanning towel, or makeup bronzer kind. There has been significant innovation in this space and you no longer have to turn a fluorescent Oompa Loompa orange or smell like a bowl of soured fruit afterward. At the top of this post I’ve highlighted some of my personal favorite products both for protecting your skin, and for achieving a believable faux tan.
Note: Although I do sometimes use affiliate product links in my blog (which help to offset the costs of maintaining and running it), this post is not sponsored and these opinions and product recommendations are 100% my own. The important thing is to wear sunscreen, regardless of where or how you buy it.