I realize how important it is to take care of your skin. Since I was about 18, I was all about the tanning salon. I had a membership for years! I associated beauty with a darker skin color (and of course I loved the way it made my abs look).
Now at 27, I'm more concerned with wrinkles! It's all about slowing down the aging process, especially around my face. I gave up the tanning about a year ago and embraced the lighter skinned me :). I also started using a facial and under eye moisturizer daily. In addition to the moisturizers, I wash my face twice a day and twice a week with a facial scrub. Using a toner after I wash and before I moisturize seems to get all the old cells and dirt that the face wash didn't catch.
After a year of my new routine, I have definitely seen the difference in my skin. Not only have I reduced the depth of my "crow's feet", but my skin just seems to glow. While I didn't have too many breakouts, they have gone down to almost nothing. And because of the quality of my skin, I've stopped using foundation makeup on my face and only use a mineral powder. I can't believe the difference it has made! If you don't believe me, take a look for yourself:
No makeup or retouching (just excuse the bad hair day, I just woke up!). It's obvious to me now how important it is to take care of my skin. Let's just hope I don't see the effects of all that tanning later in life!