It's gonna get sappy up in here.
Hi! I have a VERY important Q for Dita:
Dita you are so beautiful and glowing and radiant‹and you are 40! I'm 24 now, and am TOTALLY stoked to get older. But duh, I still want to have great skin and age as elegantly as humanly possible, like you. What can I do now, and in the future, to ensure I won't be kicking myself for jacking up my skin in 20 years?
Let me say thank you for the compliment, and allow me to commend you on having the good sense to care about the future of your skin. Let me start with the basics. The most important things you can do to care for your skin in the long term are these three things:
1. Don't smoke.
We already know it's unhealthy, but smoking cigarettes is also the fast track to aging and wrinkles. I know several young women that are already really regretting those lines they have around their mouths. Don't smoke.
2. Use sunscreen.
This is probably the best advice I have, and every dermatologist will likely agree that sun damage is the worst thing for beauty. I use a light sunscreen on any normal day, and a heavier one on days that I know I will be outside for extended periods of time.
On tropical holidays, I also wear a hat or carry a parasol. I'm actually quite good at swimming with one hand holding parasol! Don't forget to apply your skincare and your sunscreen to your neck and décolletage.
All the incentive you need is there on the beach in St. Tropez...overly-tanned, leathery European women with wrinkled brown cleavage are everywhere, and if you ask me, the sight should be enough to scare anyone into using sunscreen. If you want to tan, do it safely with self-tanners and bronzers, spray tan or whatever it is the skin-responsible bikini-babes are doing these days. It also helps to wear UV-protective sunglasses to keep you from squinting your eyes, causing fine lines to develop.
You might want to try one of the new SPF base "BB creams," which are all the rage. I've been using an SPF beauty base like this for years. (I like the silky textured DiorSnow UV Base SPF 35 in Beige) But now I'm now seeing lots of new inexpensive UV beauty bases on the market, which is great news for anyone that wants to try one.
BB cream is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.
3. Moisturize like a maniac.
While researching my upcoming beauty book, I interviewed a very prominent professor of dermatology and several cosmetic surgeons. They all agree that keeping the skin well-hydrated is a very important factor in keeping skin youthful and healthy. There are lots of inexpensive, effective moisturizers on the market.
My dermatologist, the professor of dermatology I mentioned above, doesn't have his own line of skincare or lasers to sell me on, which is one thing to look out for when seeking skincare guidance. He tells me never to expect miracles from beauty creams and just to use the products I like the texture and scent of, because none of them are going to change your life. I've tried nearly every fancy cream on the market, and I can tell you that although I might luxuriate in some of them, the results I've had from some of the Neutrogena and Cetaphil products are exactly the same.
If you want to address specific problems, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist, because the pretty jars at the cosmetics counter don't contain miracles. I've seen a dermatologist on and off for years, because I'm quite sensitive and have bouts of redness and rashes and things brought on by allergies and stress, so I've always needed professional help.
In my 30s, I also started using a light retinol cream at night, and you can get some great over-the-counter ones now.
I'm revealing much more detailed information in my upcoming beauty book next year, with all of my beauty secrets, along with information from lots of experts and other women I know who have aged gracefully and gorgeously, so stay tuned! And remember, it's easy to look good in your 20s, so take care of your skin now and it will make things a lot easier down the line.