Like a lot of other people, I only started really worrying about sun damage around when I turned 30. Needless to say, as a fair-complexioned girl, I’ve suffered through my fair share of sunburns—many so bad, I blistered. Did I regret it? Yes, completely. Could I do anything about it? Well, only kind of.
In addition to becoming infinitely better about remembering to wear sunscreen everyday, I also tried a IPL treatment (which stands for Intense Pulsed Light) that helps reverse the signs of sun damage on a cosmetic level. Some of the freckles around my shoulders and chest had gotten darker and splotchier as a result of my time spent frying in the sun, and I was super self-conscious about it. Here’s a photo of me right around my 30th birthday—you can see why I rarely wore V-neck tops or dresses.