Covering your face with a towel isn't enough. From the neck down, UV exposure makes skin leathery and cellulite more dimpled. Here, the breakthroughs in safe sunning from head to toe.
In the age of Botox and fillers, a woman's neck, chest, and hands are more likely to give away her years than her face. "In your 20s, you'll start to see brown spots and broken capillaries on your neck and chest," predicts Miami dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt. "Sun thins the collagen in blood-vessel walls, making them weak and prone to bruising." With age, collagen and elastin loss also causes wrinkling and sagging. "Crepey lines appear between the breasts and are more noticeable if you wear a push-up bra," says New Orleans dermatologist Dr. Mary Lupo. "And your neck gets bumpy like a plucked chicken."
Unfortunately, the body is difficult to treat. "Body skin doesn't regenerate as quickly as facial skin because it has fewer hair follicles and oil glands," explains Brandt. Lasers are most effective for treating redness, brown spots, and sagging, but if you can't invest in four to six treatments, start with a topical regimen of retinol and peptide creams to even tone and firm skin.