Sun damage can have an irreversible impact on your skin, leading to burning, irritation, some forms of cancer and early signs of ageing. On the other hand however, the sun is a vital and easy source of Vitamin D, which is crucial for good health. It is important to find a good balance between the two.
Jessica Rowe is not one to shy away from the sun. When she was younger, like a lot of us in our youth, Jessica used to stay outside in the sun and fry – in search of that much desired tan. Now however, after the harsh effects of the sun were realised, she makes a conscious effort to protect both herself and her family from sun damage, while also achieving optimum vitamin D intake.
Below she gives us her top 3 anti-ageing tips!
How do you feel about ageing?
It beats the alternative! The older I get the more comfortable I feel within myself. I wouldn’t want to be a teenager again. Those years I remember worrying about my acne, whether I would ever be asked out by a boy and if I would get good marks in my final exams. Also forget being in my twenties and thirties, I kissed far too many frogs and despaired if I would ever be able to have a family. Now I’m 47 and I am the happiest I have ever been. Bring on the fifties, sixties and beyond! I love that I care less about what other people think about me now and that awakening is incredibly freeing and exhilarating. It means I snort when I laugh, dye my hair pink and own my vulnerabilities. My husband just thinks I’m getting more eccentric the older I get, but he wouldn’t have it any other way! Life would be terribly boring…
Do you think botox gets a bad rap and why?
I’m honest about having Botox. I do it because I’m vain and feel brighter when I have some sprinklings of it in my forehead and around my eyes. However I have it done by an experienced doctor who knows exactly what he’s doing. Botox gets a bad rap because it can go wrong when it’s done by staff from beauty clinics who have no idea what they’re doing. If you’re considering having Botox it’s essential to do your research and make sure you go to an experienced practitioner.
What did you learn from your mum about beauty?
Mum told me to stop looking in the mirror and work on my brain! She is still spot on.
What projects have you got on at the moment?
I’m having a ball on Studio 10 talking about the serious to the silly issues of the day. I have also recently started up craphousewife.com after discovering that I’m not the only crap housewife struggling to have it together. It’s impossible and I’m a big believer in embracing our flaws and realising how our vulnerability is actually powerful. And I’m just become an ambassador for Solar D sunscreen. I was first introduced to the Solar D brand when fashion stylist Jules Sebastian came on Studio 10. She was an ambassador for the brand and gave me some samples to try out. Until then I was unaware that many of us these days are Vitamin D deficiency and do not even know it. I really love the idea that Solar D as both protective but still allows you to get the good stuff.
What beauty advice do you give your daughters?
I tell my daughters that being kind is the most beautiful thing that they can do! They have fun wearing my lipstick and glitter eyeliner. Since they’ve been little they’ve have been drawn to the ‘fancier’ brands and jam the lipstick lids back on without winding the lipstick down. Super annoying! In terms of caring for their skin, I’m vigilant about covering them in sunscreen. During my teenage years I used to have ‘who is the brownest?’ competitions with my girlfriends. This involved burning our skin to a frazzle without a hint of sunscreen. Thankfully I’m now sun smart and have always covered my girls in Solar D sunscreen as it also allows them to get the UVB light that they need to make vitamin D. Amazingly they are now very conscious about their own sun protection which is fantastic.
Tip no. 1 – Solar D Sunscreen
Jessica now uses Solar D every day on her face. She enjoys the super light and non-greasy formula as it doesn’t clog pores and lets the skin breath –
allowing her to avoid those pesky occasional breakouts. After cleansing the face, apply the solar D sunscreen followed by some moisturiser and you’re set for the day!
Tip no. 2 – A hat
A hat and fabulous glasses are her must have essentials when being outside to protect her skin.
Tip no. 3 – Botox
The use of Botox is an important part of her skin care regime. Jessica has always been honest about her use of Botox and swears by
its ability to reverse the damage done to her skin when she was younger and halt the signs of ageing.