This March Break, are you planning to go somewhere warm and bake your skin?

Maybe you’ll even try to justify it by naming all the Hollywood stars that sport a sun-kissed look?

Don’t do it! A week of sun tanning really roughens the texture of your skin and increases the number of lines and wrinkles.

I have seen it time and again. We do laser resurfacing with the Pixel and get a woman’s face looking smooth, bright and radiant and then she goes on holiday and comes back with rough, wrinkled, tanned skin.

Here’s an example of the rough texture that occurs after just one week in the sun:

And what is really ironic is that the stars we are trying to emulate stopped tanning long ago. They are in the business of looking young and they know that having sun exposure would add years to their skin.

Remember ’80s supermodel Stephanie Seymour? This is what she looks like on the beach nowadays. Talk about a whiter shade of pale.

Stephanie knows that sun damage will age her quicker than anything.

Still not convinced?

Sharon Stone is one of those stars that often appears sun-kissed.

This picture of her was taken when she was in character for a role in Law & Order: SVU but I think her skin tone here is exactly what I expect for Sharon.

She looks like she has a nice, even tan, right?

But Sharon is another one who wants to look as young as possible. No way is she going to risk prematurely aging her skin or reversing the benefits of all her anti-aging treatments by tanning.

Have a look at what she looked like before she sat in the makeup chair. Another example of very fair skin.

So if you want to keep your face looking as youthful as possible, avoid the sun.

Wear a high quality sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 (50 – 60 would be preferred).

Wear a hat when you are outdoors.

And now that I have brought to your attention how fair all the Hollywood stars are these days, you are going to start noticing that very few leading ladies ever look tanned.