Celebrities, models and people
who simply want to look fit spend days and often
years baking, broiling and roasting in the sun to
achieve a golden tan. But what kind of damage are
those invisible UV rays doing to your skin?
"Your skin can appear up to 10
years older just by going in the sun without
protection," says CAREN CONRAD,
spokesperson for the Boscia skincare line.
To prove it, Caren invited
several young women to sit under a Wood's Lamp
skin scanner, which uses deep violet rays to
expose hidden skin conditions, such as sun spots
and permanent damage, that normally are not
visible to the naked eye. The different skin
lesions show up in varied shades of violet, with
damage showing up as bright white.
One of the girls, VONNY
FAUCHEUX, has been modeling for 14 years. She
says she used to prepare for auditions by bronzing
her skin while lying atop aluminum foil.
"I would sit on my rooftop in
Louisiana and lay out aluminum foil and really
attract the rays," she says.
But after seeing herself under
the Wood's Lamp, Vonny is scared straight!
"It was shocking!" Vonny says.
"It was kind of a wake-up call. I saw a lot of
spots and things that were what's going to be
visible in a few years."
Caren says the lamp acts like a
"crystal ball to see what's coming in your
future." "Sometimes you will see so much sun
damage," she says, "that we do recommend that they
go to the dermatologist and have it checked for
skin cell cancer."
Caren recommends the Japanese
Boscia line for skincare, and says that stars from
GWYNETH PALTROW to
ALICIA SILVERSTONE are
fans of the cleansing and moisturing products.
"They're all using Boscia to
condition their skin, keep it healthy."
For more star beauty tips, keep
watching "The Insider."