It seems that Hollywood’s leading ladies have been turning in their (faux) tans, in favor of elegant, alabaster skin. Actresses such as Renee Zellweger, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Debicki, Christina Hendricks (pictured from left to right), as well as iconic beauties, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, and Charlize Theron, have all heralded the pale-pallor, often associated with the glamorous stars of black and white cinema. Why? First of all, its about the appearance of youth: everyone knows that the sun causes visible signs of aging. Secondly, we suspect that tans have simply become too accessible. After all, now anyone can get a “vacation in a bottle,” and tanned skin has simply become common and even gaudy. Just look at most reality television show stars.
According to Dr. Sue Ann Wee of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York, symptoms of sun damage skin also include, coarse skin texture, wrinkles, pigmentation, telangiectasias (spider veins), and laxity. Aside from staying out of the sun, what can an Undercover Agent do to reverse the damage? According to the good doctor, there are many viable options to help turn back the clock and deliver a complexion that looks like it was sitting in the shade all summer long. There are many over-the-counter brightening and anti-pigment products available on the market, as well as pearly skin-brightening primers and illuminating cosmetics. But when you need something more aggressive, Dr. Wee suggests:
- Microneedling (low-tech, yet effective — and great for those who are seeking a more “natural” treatment)
- Clear + Brilliant laser (a gentle laser with no downtime)
- Lumecca IPL (a brand new light treatment that dramatically improves brown age spots while also reducing red vessels)
- Chemical Peels (they work by exfoliating or removing the top layers of the skin and rejuvenating the layers underneath)
- Fraxel (the big gun that totally transforms the skin)